Although COVID severely knocked down the event industry, Raleigh Union Station is preparing for a resurgence as soon as possible.
The venue space at Raleigh Union Station (RUS) may not be able to hold large events due to Governor Cooper’s capacity restrictions to slow the spread of COVID, but that has not stopped our events team. RUS has been able to reschedule most of the 2020 events for 2021 and continues to book new events. The events scheduled for 2021 are mostly social (i.e. weddings) and we anticipate that social events will outnumber corporate events next year. Too many weddings have been postponed!
While they wait for a return of events, Karen Clymer, York Event Coordinator, in partnership with Richard Costello, City of Raleigh, have focused on strategic marketing efforts. The duo approached local production companies to pitch RUS as a cool backdrop for commercials. IBM was the first locally-produced spot and several others are scheduling. In addition, RUS produced their own venue photo shoot with photographer Richard Barlow and 20 local vendors. The images from the photoshoot will be seen in a full-page ad in Heart of NC Weddings Magazine, Walter Magazine and WRAL online. Karen and Richard also filmed a venue tour with Thomas Blake Films, who filmed York’s Christmas Car Karaoke video last year.
So don’t wait if you’re thinking about booking Union Station for an event next year!