Experts at OKT Meeting Reveal 2013’s Up-and-Coming Affordable Meetings Destinations

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International picks include Costa Rica, South Africa and Israel. Austin, Texas, also makes the list.

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To be successful, we must provide the ultimate event experience within budget. These regions offer great value for your next meeting destination.

With meeting planners scurrying to schedule next year’s events, experts at OKT Meeting revealed what they expect to be some of the hottest and most affordable meetings destinations in 2013.

“As meeting planners, we always try to bring something new to the table, whether it is unique team building ideas, innovative ways to be environmentally friendly or finding great venues in unfamiliar destinations,” OKT Meeting Senior Director Idan Keren said. “To be successful, we must provide the ultimate event experience within budget. These regions offer great value for your next meeting destination.”

Austin, Texas

Austin is quickly becoming one of America’s most popular meeting destinations. With great food, happening nightlife and state-of-the-art facilities, the city can accommodate any group at an affordable price. Home to the South by Southwest music, film and interactive conference, Austin also boasts a strong local music scene for fans of all stripes.

Those looking for value should steer away from weeks when Austin’s flagship conventions are in town. Instead, book meetings when things are slow and hotels need customers. July, August and September are the best months for finding deals.

Costa Rica (Northwestern Region)

Costa Rica has had issues with regard to air and ground transportation to the Northwestern Region. However, a new terminal at Liberia International Airport makes it easier to visit the country’s beautiful beaches. Relax in the hot springs of Arenal Volcano, zip line through 25 courses at Adventure Park or shower under one of 11 waterfalls.

Rates are surprisingly affordable as tourism officials promote the region with great meeting deals and cheap all-inclusive resorts. From August to October is the best time to find deals in Costa Rica.


Companies may hesitate to hold meetings in Israel. But many people don’t realize how safe a place Israel is and how vital tourism is for Israel’s economy. For meeting planners, Israel’s most attractive attributes include great restaurants and amazing weather. Because of Israel’s rich history, set alongside the hustle and bustle of world cities, the country is a great place for companies organizing incentive tours or corporate meetings. Most Israeli businesspeople speak English, and business services are sophisticated, accessible and very affordable for business travelers.

South Africa

Africa’s complex and fascinating natural history would make a dozen visits worthwhile. Where else on Earth can someone asleep to the sound of lions roaring, or watch a million flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake. While traveling in Africa can be challenging, South Africa’s meeting industry is booming. The country has pleasant weather, helpful people and most importantly, great prices can be negotiated.

According to, MEETINGS AFRICA 2012 was hailed as a success. Sources said attendance at the event increased 20 percent this year, with the number of international visitors nearly doubling since 2011.

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