Hospitality Answerman

About the Hospitality Answerman

Dean Miller, national sales director for Visit Fairfax (, the convention and visitors bureau in Fairfax County, Virginia, is a great friend of reunions. Contact him (703-790-0643; when you are planning a reunion in the Washington, DC, area. Fairfax County is nearby, affordable, and conveniently located to all the area has to offer. 

Moving from potluck to caterer


Q? I’m in charge of our reunion this summer, and I’d like to do something a little fancier than what we’ve done in the past. We usually have a “potluck” meal where everyone brings something, but we sometimes run out of things, and the same people end up doing most of the cooking and clean up. Any suggestions for a “fun” meal that folks will remember but that won’t break out budget? A! There are lots of fun things that you could try, and many are very reasonably priced. And you’re absolutely right … having the hotel where you’re staying cater the…

5 great things a CVB can do for your reunion


Q? My sister-in-law was helping her husband’s family plan their reunion. Unfortunately, on their reunion weekend there was a NASCAR race nearby. They had trouble getting a bus to take them sightseeing and all of the restaurants were jammed with NASCAR fans all weekend long. Is there any way they could have avoided this? A! Yes! It sounds to me like they didn’t call the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) before they booked their reunion. The CVB would have let them know the NASCAR race was going on that weekend and suggested other dates when they city wasn’t as crowded. …

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