Offsite Activities: A Literary Approach

Bored with the same old obvious offsite activities? Depending on your event destination, perhaps you need to think outside the box – or, in this case, the book. Touring the homes of American literary masters is a great way to interject art,

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5 Wonderful Winter Festivals in Montreal

Some destinations have figured out how to truly celebrate winter and Montreal is the perfect example. Throughout the winter, Montreal offers a variety of activities and festivals that visitors and residents can enjoy together. It’s one of the reasons

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While the beginning of a New Year can serve as a fresh start for many, with inspiration everywhere you turn, for me it marks the start of a hectic and sometimes overwhelming event season. Coming back from a brief break over the holidays leads to an

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Weighing the Star Wars Effect

Hollywood gave itself a giant New Year’s present this past weekend in the form of its sci-fi epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which continued to post box office records. As of Sunday, January 3, 2016, the Walt Disney Company–produced adventure tale

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6 Ways to Make Your Hotel Room Feel More Like Home

Whether you’re spending 5 days on the road or 50, as Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ said, “there’s no place like home.” While she does have a point, if you’re a planner, home is rarely where the work is, so it helps to create a bit of home wherever

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How to Manage Challenging Clients? Start With These 5 Tips

Ah, clients. Seems there’s always one or two who are, to put it politely, completely bonkers. Recently, when I polled my planner colleagues, virtually all agreed that one of the biggest challenges we all sometimes face isn’t the event at all, it’s

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Team-Building by Jeep Tour: 6 Practical Considerations

Understandably, Jeep tours are a popular option for planners looking to give their meeting attendees and incentive program participants a taste of the local environment as well as simply a morning, afternoon, or even all-day spent off the hotel

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Holiday Party Tips

With the holidays just a couple short weeks away, parties will soon be in full swing at many offices.  While they are often a little more relaxed than other office events, parties still require sufficient coordination for success.  Attention to

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Survey Says: Planners Under Pressure

Responses to Destination Hotels’ most recent meeting planner survey presents a snapshot of the predicament meeting planners find themselves in today: under pressure to control costs at the same time struggling to provide events that meet the high

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Group Favorites: Maui

If you’re looking for a destination with beautiful weather year-round, notable accommodations, and unique entertainment and adventure options for your next group, Maui should be at the top of your list! Hawaii’s second largest island, Maui boasts a

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Your Business Voice: Wimpy or Winning?

Your voice is a powerful tool when you speak for business; it has the power to give you gravitas and create a winning professional image.  It also has the power to jeopardize your credibility, especially if you sound weak or “wimpy." Here are some

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Brooklyn, Old and New

For at least a couple of generations, when planners thought about New York as a meeting or incentive program destination, it invariably meant Manhattan with its theaters, museums, high-end shopping, fine dining and, not coincidentally, its rich

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Destination: Austin

It's best to know going in that Austin is a state of mind – or more specifically, a playlist. Austin first won my heart with the Outlaw movement, when musical compadres Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings fled Nashville to create their Hill Country

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Marriott Grabs Starwood: 7 Takeaways for Planners

Hotel companies, owners, managers and analysts woke up Monday morning to some startling and unexpected news: Marriott International had agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in a $12.2 billion deal. The scope of the combined

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Managing Last-Minute Participant Cancellations

No matter how carefully meeting and event planners prepare for meetings, conferences, and events, last-minute cancellations are often unavoidable. They happen for a number of reasons: accidents, illness, flight delays resulting in missed flight

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What a Product Designer Can Teach You About Life Design

Most of us live our lives ping-ponging between the things we want and the things we need. Don't get me wrong; it's plenty challenging, endlessly educational, often deeply moving and frequently very funny to allow luck, chance and a mad circus of

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5 High-Tech House Sitters for Worry-Free Travel

Meeting planners never really leave home, do they? Some part of your brain is always flipping through that mental list of home settings you overlooked in your haste to pack everything you need for a business trip and catch your train, boat, or plane

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How to Be An Eloquent Networker

Savvy business people know that they cannot rely solely on doing their jobs well to get ahead. In today’s competitive job market, professionals who stand out are the ones adept at networking for the purpose of rainmaking:  turning relationships into

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How to Ensure a Successful Holiday Event

A holiday event is a very important moment for any company and, often, are occasions to celebrate your organization, your colleagues, and the achievements of your team over the past year. These events also help set the tone for the coming year and,

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Layover Lifesavers: 4 Apps Bound to Ease Your Travel

Bluntly put, layovers suck. Big time. You know it, I know it, the airlines and airport staffs know it. Question is, what can you do about it? The answer is, plenty. Thanks to the fingertip magic of mobile apps, that seven-hour layover at

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