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Susan Campbell

Event Challenges & Opportunities: The Purple Paper

What is great about the events industry? What are the key challenges we should be worried about? What can the events industry do to realize the holy grail of the collaborative economy? These were just a few of the questions posed to 28 industry

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Rate a Property, Help a Planner

What could be more valuable than discussing venues with colleagues who’ve been there, done that? Developing a peer-to-peer recommendation system to provide insights into meeting and incentive venues was one of Elite Meetings’ first initiatives. Early

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Where Are You Booking? Cvent Reveals the Top 50 Destinations

Each year Cvent unveils the Top 50 destinations for meetings and events, based on booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network. That’s after reviewing data from some 5,000 cities compiled between July 2014 and June 2015. While the top 3 spots,

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Partial to Print? You’re Not Alone.

For more than a decade, the hardscrabble publishing world has been in a protracted battle for the hearts and minds of readers. I still recall a 2009 publishing-industry awards show where nearly every speech maker gave some iteration of the same sad

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First Class Finds: Pet Project

Four-legged friends get a leg up on life with the help of some two-legged champions. The Paws for a Cause corporate social responsibility activity by Teambonding tasks groups of six to eight with a series of pet-themed challenges that require

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First Class Finds: Eye Candy

Truffles as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate make an especially tasteful corporate gift. Self-taught chocolatier Chris Kollar of Napa Valley–based Kollar Chocolates draws on classic European techniques acquired on his travels abroad to

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Peer Genius: Advice for New Meeting Planners

“Build solid relationships with your partners. As planners, we dream up how everything will look, sound, and taste, and then work with our partners to create that reality. Inevitably, something will happen to challenge that vision—a thunderstorm will

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First Class Finds: Cheers!

Need a gift that will get conference goers excited about that upcoming event in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or other major U.S. city? Boston-based theUncommonGreen etches street maps of select neighborhoods from Portland to Manhattan

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First Class Finds: Seas the Day

From gifts that leave a lasting impression to activities that make real connections, these premium picks promise a strategic advantage for meeting professionals. Seas the Day Today’s attendees want authentic cultural experiences;

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Peer Genius: Advice for New Planners

“Concentrate on the basics and work backward from there.  If your budget is limited, try to guide your “powers that be” to devote more of it to food and beverage and quality production equipment.  It is not nearly as important to have an amazing

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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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Spotlight on Hawaii

It must be in the Hawaiian DNA, that welcoming sense of hospitality that hoteliers everywhere would like to emulate. And when it comes to natural beauty, Hawaii’s brimming with it. It’s the kind of ancient, raw beauty that makes one see the world

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12 Tips For Better Meetings: Hospitality Experts From the Marriott Convention & Resort Network Weigh In

Just like meeting planners, hoteliers have a lot riding on satisfying attending groups. Hosting meetings is a specialty among hotels in the Marriott Convention & Resort Network, a selection of 60 hotels and resorts with from the JW Marriott,

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Expert Advice on Social Media for Events

  We asked a group of savvy meeting professionals to share their best tips on using social media for events. “Three of the things that have worked for me include asking guest speakers to blog prior to the event to create buzz, using Twtpoll or

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Spotlight on Panama

Along with predictably pleasant weather that hovers near 80 degrees Fahrenheit all year long, Panama offers visitors a wealth of culture, natural beauty, and recently, an infusion in high-end hospitality. For meeting planners looking for an

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Focus on Scotland

When it comes to destinations with powerful appeal, Scotland has it all: rich culture, history, natural beauty, and, for meeting professionals, hospitality standards that virtually guarantee a crowd-pleasing event. These venues, from a site visit in

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