Five Basic Tips to Jump-Start Your Planning

Over the last year, more and more of my friends, who do not have “meeting planner” in their title, have been asked to handle their companies’ meetings. I often get a call from them seeking my advice, “tricks of the trade,” and so on. With many

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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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Sending Targeted RFPs to Multiple Venues Yields Competitive Bids

As a meeting planner, one of the biggest benefits of online RFP tools is the ability to send your Request for Proposal (RFP) to multiple hotels at one time. With a few clicks, your completed RFP can be sent to several locations simultaneously. A

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Food & Beverage: Paring Down Rising Costs

When the worst drought to hit the United States in 60 years combined with widespread crop loss in Africa, it sent grain prices soaring, driving up the cost of beef, pork, and poultry. In the second half of 2012, wholesale prices began to rise.

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European Meetings – A Planner’s Primer on VAT Recovery

When selecting a new international site for his events, Philip Arbuckle, association and conference manager with MeetingTrack Inc., looks for a winning combination of a unique destination experience and inspiring business ideas. “My clients enjoy

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Star Planner 2.0: Separating Your RFPs From the Pack

In 2012 the Star Planner Program was born. Conceived with the desire to identify and reward our most qualified and dedicated users of and the SpeedRFP Network, the program promised greater planner recognition amongst hotels &

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