We see many cases where symposium organizers opt to invite catering companies to the events – in order to have the attendees served with meals at the symposium venues. A question comes up as to why the symposium organizers opt to use this approach, rather than simply having the symposium attendees have their meals outside the venues. It emerges that there are several reasons as to why some symposium organizers opt to invite catering companies to the events.
Firstly, it is widely acknowledged that when symposium attendees are given a chance to have their meals together, they get an opportunity to bond and to network better. In the course of the meals, the attendees get to know each other better. They may even get a chance to exchange their phone numbers. Some could even go as far as exchanging their email addresses. Like, for instance, if a given attendee uses SBCglobal mail, he may be inclined to give his SBCglobal email address to another attendee: either on a small sheet of paper, or as a part of his business card. Subsequently, after the symposium, the said person may go to the SBCglobal login page, which is found on the Internet at the Sbcglobal.net site, only to find an email from the person he exchanged contacts with at the symposium. This would set in motion a potentially highly productive engagement between the two.
Secondly, it is an obvious fact that when symposium attendees have their meals at the event venue, that translates into an opportunity to save time.
Thirdly, there is always an opportunity for the symposium organizers to raise a bit of money through the catering component. Like let’s take an instance where the amount of money paid by the attendees for the meals is lower than the amount that is paid (by the symposium organizers) to the outside catering company for the food. In that case, the difference can be pocketed by the event organizers as a profit.