PLAN WELL

Plan for Fun: 5 Fabulous Group Activities in Cancun

If you’re an American planner in the market for something a little different but not too far from home, Cancun, Mexico, is one destination to put high on the list. With great weather, favorable exchange rates, excellent hotel stock, and a unique mix

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8 Great Cancun Venues for Meetings Big and Small

Planning duties recently took us to one of North America’s great event destinations: Cancun, Mexico. What we found was just about everything planners dream of — great rates, easy accessibility, lots of activities options, and a wide range of hotel

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Find fun in Orlando during our next Elite Meetings Alliance

While scores of U.S. cities enjoy the bucks and buzz of hosting conventions and special events each year, one notably eclectic hub has truly earned the title of America’s meeting mecca: Orlando. This once-sleepy central Florida crossroads, which

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7 cities perfect for both meetings and vacations

When planners are choosing a meeting destination, they have certain criteria that must take precedence: available hotel rooms, venues near the airport, good transportation options, and so much more. Leisure activities may be a consideration, but the

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Spice up your menu with fall produce (besides pumpkin!)

We are well into autumn, and the pumpkins are taking over — and not just the carved versions keeping watch from our front steps. Pumpkin-flavored products are as popular as ever, invading restaurant menus, coffee shops, dessert displays, and grocery

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Go wild with inviting animals to events

It’s every planner’s goal to host events that people remember, whether it’s with really useful content, great parties, or meaningful connections. At our recent Elite Meetings Alliance, Cvent found one more memorable addition: animals. Not only

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6 cool libraries for events and education

If you haven’t stepped foot in a public library since the dawn of the digital age, you may be missing out on some of the most energizing meeting and event venues in North America. We know what you’re thinking: What? Libraries? Those hardbound

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EMA Wrap-up: Reaping the rewards of a fantastic event

My last two days at the Elite Meetings Alliance at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs were hectic, to say the least. I’ve been told that event planning is the fifth most stressful job, and I completely believe that now. So why do people do it? Why

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EMA Day 2: My newfound appreciation for planners

After a day of running around to deliver printouts, grab lunches, and help attendees, I was exhausted. I never believed that event planning was particularly easy, but my experiences on Day 2 of the Elite Meetings Alliance have given me a whole new

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EMA Day 1: Great scenery, great conversation, and … tomahawks?

The first day of my first Elite Meetings Alliance was quite an experience. It was certainly a whirlwind, from my early morning flight to the last cocktail. We met so many wonderful planners and hoteliers who are excited to learn and network over the

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Welcome back to Meet Well! Now off to the EMA…

Welcome back to the Meet Well blog! Did you miss us? After three months of transition and hiatus, Meet Well is up and running again, with a new face at the helm. My name is Hannah Prince, and I joined Cvent in August as the new editor of Meet Well

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What to Pack in a First-Aid Travel Kit

There are certain niggling details in life that are easy to overlook, but can ultimately prove important, like flossing, or saving receipts. For planners on a trip, packing a first-aid kit is another. You’ll probably never need it, but if or when you

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5 Fast Ways to Bust Planner Stress

Hey Planners! Got stress? Chances are, you do – and plenty of it. According to CareerCast.com’s ranking of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs 2017, being an event coordinator comes in at #5, ranking just behind airline pilots and police officers, so safe to

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Where To Stay & Play for Your Miami Meeting

  As American cities go, Miami is an outlier, whether in climate, culture or geography. It holds such a place in our teal and turquoise dreams you sometimes wonder if it’s real. Even after you’ve planted yourself on one of its soft sandy

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How 6 Brands Are Winning Millennial Hearts & Minds

While it’s probably safe to say that every generation has left its own room-service-stained fingerprints on hotel design, those who’ve come of traveling age in the twenty-first century have literally taken a wrecking ball to the place. Hoteliers

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Jay Leno To Deliver Keynote at Cvent CONNECT 2017

You know him as the “the hardest working man in show business,” and now acclaimed TV late night show host, legendary stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, and philanthropist Jay Leno will deliver the keynote at Cvent CONNECT

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7 Hospitality Trends Coming to a Hotel Near You

Predicting trends in the hotel industry these days bears an uncomfortable resemblance to taking a glass ball to the stock market. While some innovations seem here to stay—if not inevitable—others could be relegated to the dustbin of hospitality fads

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The Best of Barcelona

Europe abounds with intriguing ports of call that easily meet any footloose American’s wish list: Ideal year-round climate, world-class beaches, fabulous local cuisine, friendly peeps, wonderfully walkable bohemian neighborhoods, unforgettable

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Serenity Now: Back-to-Nature Retreats

Sometimes you just have to get away. The endless staff meetings, the constant ping of emails and texts, the checking of phones at all hours… it’s surprising the modern worker gets anything done at all. But even company meetings and off-sites can be

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Explore the Riches of San Juan, Puerto Rico

I’m standing in the sentry box at one of San Juan’s centuries-old forts, enjoying sweeping views of a rose-tinged sunset casting its hues over the rocky bluffs of the city’s historic old town. With the swells rising and crashing along the shore, I

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