Everyone’s getting pumped for the 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show. With registration only a month away (September 16!), you may be thinking, how can I afford the trip? CHA wants this to be your most efficient business trip ever. Use these tips to start saving now.
Before the Show
Register by Monday, December 21 and it won’t cost you a penny to get on the Show floor. CHA buyer and industry professional members who register early attend for no additional cost to their membership dues; CHA buyer and industry professional members who register after Monday, December 21 pay $25 to attend.
Reserve your hotel room through onPeak, CHA’s official housing partner, by October 31, 2015 to take advantage of the early bird promotion rates at CHA’s hotel partners, which are as low as $90 per night! Start monitoring flights now using websites like Kayak and Trivago so you can find the best rate on the best airline and book on the cheapest day of the week.
Save Your Money
Set aside money every day until the MEGA Show. If you set aside $5 a day, you will save enough money for a six-night stay at several of CHA’s hotel partners.
Find a Roommate
Cut the cost of your hotel room in half when you share a room with your business colleague, friend or another Show attendee. Don’t know anyone? Join the See You at CHA Facebook group and meet one of your peers who is in the same situation.
Evaluate how much money you will spend on daily expenses, such as food, and education seminars and workshops. Some of our events include food and drinks, which means fewer meals you will have to pay for out of pocket.
At the Show
Shop the Grocery Store
You don’t have to eat out every night. There are several grocery stores in the area, like Krogers, where you can purchase meals for less than the cost of restaurants.
All of CHA’s hotel partners offer a complimentary shuttle service or are within walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center. A couple of hotels offer complimentary parking too.
Rental Car Discounts
Discounts for car rentals and shuttle service to and from the airport will be listed on the CHA MEGA Show website soon. Take these vehicles when your destination is further than walking distance – they’re cheaper than a cab ride!
Show Your Badge
Local restaurants and venues will give you a discount when you flash your CHA MEGA Show badge! A list of participating businesses will be shared online closer to the event. These discounts are in addition to the low cost dinner options you can explore in Anaheim (ask the hotel staff about their favorite places!).
Network, Network, Network!
Make your trip worth your while. The more people you meet and events you attend, the more business opportunities you will have to maximize the return on your investment.
After the Show
Stay in touch with the people you meet at the Show so your newly formed relationships don’t dissipate.
Plan for 2017
The next CHA MEGA Show is in January 2017. Start thinking about it after your 2016 adventure in Anaheim to give yourself even more time to budget, plan and save.