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Venue managers in monks’ cells

EAVM1203EAVM, the training programme for venue managers in Europe, backed by IAVM, will hold its 6th year of classes in the renovated hotel of the Sopron Monastery, Hungary.

Venue managers will reside in cells formerly occupied by monks. It’s not clear whether monastic sobriety will be enforced. EAVM says that the beautiful venue is an ideal place for the intense educational experience that venue management students will have at EAVM 2013.

Students attend a week of classes for two years where they learn the best practices of venue management from top industry professionals. Each year has between 13-16 classes. First year classes include: Crowd Management; Emergency Preparedness; Customer Service; Venue Contracts & EU Law; Event Production; Producing and Promoting In-House Events; Financial Management I; Professional Ethics; Merchandising; Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations, and others. Second year classes include: Communications; Leadership; Strategic Business Planning; Managing Venue Costs; Risk Management; Catering Management; Revenue Sources; Architecture; New Technology and others. This year there will also be a class and site tour on Organizing Outdoor Festivals.

Transportation will be provided for students between Vienna International Airport and Sopron Monastery. Meals will be in the Monastery’s gourmet restaurant. Accommodation is in renovated former monks’ cells. Most students will have their own room and bath, but there are six rooms that can be shared by two students at a discounted price. Online registration is at There will be a discounted rate for students registering and paying by 30 April 2013.

EAVM 2012 graduate Mijke Loeven said of his time at EAVM,

EAVM was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot. Most importantly, I made new contacts and met interesting people.

Picture: EAVM Sopron Monastery hotel, courtesy EAVM