4 TED Talks to Get You Back in Love with Planning

So you're out of love with the job you loved just last week? Is it the stress of waiting for the stakeholders to make a decision? The shrinking budget? The stampede of execs who can't make it to the next meeting? The constant calls from assistants

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Arianna Huffington to Deliver Keynote Address at Cvent CONNECT

Arianna Huffington will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Cvent CONNECT conference. As the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group—an influential online news organization with a prolific digital

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What Makes You Mad?

What drives meeting planners the craziest? Waiting for others to decide, according to a Destination Marketing Association International survey. Completed April 3, the "tournament" called on more than 400 planners to choose from 16 gripes, which,

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Airlines Put the Squeeze on Seats

You might want to sit down for this blog. On second thought, you may be more comfortable standing, along with me, as we wedge ourselves into a subject area increasingly unfit for human habitation: airline seating. Admittedly, I'm a tad

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Deals on Wheels: Mercedes’ Self-Driving “Boardroom”

It's event day. Go time. You've got three anxious passengers crammed into your rental car and a strange city to navigate. Everybody's stressed. Wouldn't it be great to beam out to a boardroom right now? And a latte? Mercedes-Benz feels your

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The $70,000 Minimum Wage

Plenty of hotel and events workers throughout California were on the front lines when the "Fight for 15" movement failed to convince legislators to nudge the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. As it turned out, they'll have to wait until next year to

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Meet Healthier In Paris

For years, Paris was the place to be if, among other things, you wished to indulge in fine wine, food, and Gitanes. While fine dining continues unabated, fortunately, le smoking is on the wane. In fact, in the last few years, smoking in public

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Picture Perfect – Tips on Working with an Event Photographer

An investment in great photos just keeps on giving. Photography that successfully tells the story—and captures the emotions of an event—pays dividends for years on end, in everything from printed collateral to social media to future promotions and

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Fam Etiquette

When people comment that “meeting planning is a cake job,” I often laugh and think to myself, “you have no clue what my job fully entails!” I must confess that there are some serious perks (and much deserved, as far as I’m concerned) to being a

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Farm to (Banquet) Table

The green movement continues to make inroads in our industry, from vendors to hotels to restaurants. The good news is that planners are increasingly joining this mission. Yet, as much as we are being conscientious about incorporating “green” into our

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The Next Best Thing to Being There: 5 Tips for Site Visit Workarounds

You’ve done your research. You’ve narrowed down the possible locations—using EliteMeetings.com’s handy search engine of course—and now it’s time to take the final, in-depth look at your top two or three venues. Though nothing beats a real, live site

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5 Tips to Better Tweeting

I tweet, therefore I am. While one might nitpick over the existential certainty of that statement, the fact remains that Twitter has become one of this young century's most exciting new channels for human expression, with 288 million monthly users

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When a River Runs Through It

Among sport fishing experts, fly fishing is in a class by itself. Few other kinds of sport fishing require the same mix of patience, precision and know-how, skills not dissimilar from those required in planning and conducting effective strategic

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7 Ways to Keep Travel Expenses in Check

Planners travel. A lot. To keep clients (and the accounting department) happy, one planner must-do is to keep travel costs under control no matter how large or small the budget. Here are a few thoughts to help keep travel expenses in line without

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Loews Launches New Luxe Brand

The rebound in the luxury lodging segment notched another milestone on April 15 when Loews Hotels & Resorts unveiled plans to create a luxury Loews Regency brand separate from its portfolio of 23 hotels and resorts in the U.S. and

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7 Airport Innovations That Really Should Take Off

If meeting planning has its own version of Hell, it almost certainly resembles an international airport terminal, at rush hour, on the eve of a national holiday weekend. Fortunately, a whole tarmac-full of clever innovators out there have been

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In Praise of Gratitude

Funny, the things you stumble onto along the road of life that somehow become every bit as indispensible as good shoes or a rain slicker. One of mine, oddly enough, is a lovely ballad called "Streets of London" by a journeyman British folksinger

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10 Helpful Hints for Your Hospitality Desk

Hospitality desks can add tremendous value for corporate event and meeting attendees. A hospitality desk can be: a place for guests to receive a welcome drink, moist towel, welcome amenities, and information packages upon arrival a central

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Inspiration & Innovation Planned for IMEX Frankfurt 2015

As the meetings and incentive travel industry evolves, IMEX in Frankfurt continues to provide a wide range of new thinking, new destinations and new venues all under one roof, providing inspiration, innovation, fresh insight and brand new

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Soaring Profits: The Airline Baggage Business

Not so long ago, one of my biggest fears of flying was that the airline would lose my luggage. These days? I wish! Now that baggage fees have become the cash cow of the airline industry, my greater fear is that they won't lose my luggage, and

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EMA Education Session: Creating Awareness of Human Trafficking

It was shocking to learn that worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million children are enslaved through prostitution. Much of this trafficking is done in hotels. At the EMA meeting in Las Vegas, we were given advice on what to look for and what to do if we

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San Diego Resort Goes the Brand Route

Independent luxury hotels and resorts pride themselves on offering individual experiences. Branded properties, on the other hand, are more likely to prize consistency and, therefore, be more standardized. This would seem inevitable, considering

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CSR That Saves Lives

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is increasingly important in today’s environment. Planners, as well as destinations and venues, see the benefit. Tammi Runzler, Vice-President of Sales and Corporate Social Responsibility, Clean the World,

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Overheard at the EMA

Our triannual Elite Meetings Alliance brings together qualified meeting planners and luxury hotel representatives from around the world for a weekend of quality networking and good times. As you would expect, these attendees have a lot to say about

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Team Building Hits a High Note

Continuing the theme of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Elite Meeting Alliance gathering in Las Vegas, an incredible team-building activity produced by Hello! Las Vegas DMC was not only fun, but served a great cause. Before the EMA,

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The Explosion in Soft Hotel Brands

What started as a trickle has become a wave. Yet another major hotel company has rolled out a soft brand, the industry term for a collection of independent hotels that want to retain their individual identity yet believe they can benefit from access

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Industry Trends Explored at Elite Meetings EMA

The May 2015 Elite Meeting Alliance meeting started out with a hard-hitting presentation on Industry Trends by Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice-President, Hotel Sales, MGM Resorts International. Here are some of the highlights from his educational

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The Week in Reviews

See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences with Mandalay Bay, The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, and Canyon Ranch in the

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Savoring a Summer Retreat

Summer isn’t the peak corporate meeting season, what with vacations and a slower pace generally. But there are exceptions. At the top of that list is the executive retreat—the opportunity to take a handful of top senior executives (possibly with

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