DECA kicks off 50th Conference with Private Show
Kissimmee, FL- Arabian Nights recently hosted more than 1,400 attendees from 35 states in a private and customized show for DECA members. The opening session for the 50th Annual Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference took place at Arabian Nights on Wednesday April 13, 2011. DECA is a not- for-profit organization that prepares emerging leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world.
The collegiate officer team for DECA chose Arabian Nights to create a customized experience for their attendees by booking a private show. The team wanted to incorporate theatrical lighting, costumes and music to create special introductions and recognition for staff and attendees.
The private event took the place of the regular Arabian Nights show and lasted approximately 3 hours from start to finish. Arabian Nights offers a wide variety of corporate event services, with a private show being the most exclusive option for large groups.
The staff at Arabian Nights prepared meals in three locations to accommodate the large dinner party; the Arena, Skybox and Great Hall. Groups from the different chapters arrived at varying times and all were served dinner before being re-seated in the Arena for their opening ceremonies and the main performance.
Once the ceremonies began, four DECA officers entered the arena in a horse-drawn carriage in authentic Arabian Nights costumes to welcome the attendees with the help of the DECA President, who made announcements from the stage in the arena while also in costume. All 35 states in attendance were recognized in an announcement and a special parade of flags in the arena. New chapters were introduced and recognition given for two representatives who had been serving with DECA for 30 years. The atmosphere was fun and high-energy, with cheering sections on either side of the arena getting very enthusiastic, some even doing the wave.
This event is the first of several private events scheduled to take place at Arabian Nights in 2011.