Nearly everyone made the New Year’s resolution to “get more exercise.” I say, we conference planners, help them along the way!

More and more of the conferences we manage have either eliminated shuttle service or increased the distance participants walk to the meeting site from their hotel. I have shared some of the creative ways to do this and now I want to share another more excellent idea.

The Endocrine Society held their Annual Meeting in Washington DC and skipped the shuttles in favor of the city’s public transportation system and walkability. We are talking 9,000 attendees and exhibitors staying in 25 hotels. The result–“nary a complaint” according to the November, 2009, article in PCMA CONVENE. This saved their conference budget “six figures” and probably helped the figures (at least the health) of their conference community. Well done!

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