Get ready to book restaurants, boats, vineyards, bars, mansions and other group event spaces directly via Aventri. The event management software provider announced a new partnership with event space marketplace VenueBook today that will add direct booking technology and 1,500 new non-traditional venues to its long list of planner offerings.
In addition to expanded venue options in five major U.S. cities—with more on the way in 2020—the partnership allows planners to manage the entire booking process directly through Aventri, from sourcing and negotiating to contracts and payment. Planners will also be able to customize venue searches by budget, available space and meeting type, as well as food-and-beverage packages and audiovisual needs.
“This is a unique product offering,” said Brad Langley, vice president of channel and partner management at Aventri. “After integrating our Strategic Venue Sourcing solution into the Aventri platform, we realized VenueBook is the next logical step in our mission to streamline procurement for busy planners.”
With the new booking engine, planners can complete 80 percent of the sourcing process in less than 15 minutes, according to VenueBook. Planners can also request quotes from venues, e-sign contracts, manage stakeholder communications and create spending reports to measure ROI.
Moreover, the addition of team-building spaces and alternative event areas to the venue sourcing helps planners meet the growing demand for experiential meetings.
“With market dynamics changing fast, the industry will benefit greatly from our robust offering,” Langley said. “Our partnership will simplify planning for event professionals, strengthen marketing for venues and enrich the event experience for attendees.”
You can find the strategic venue sourcing page on the Aventri dashboard.