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Looking Good: Pro Tips for Better Floral Design

When you’re a planner, you have to wear a variety of hats, and speak any number of vendor languages. For many of us though, when it comes to flowers and floral design, it’s easy to come up a little short. With so many flowers, colors, and styles to

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10 Ways to Wow Your Group in Los Angeles

It’s been said, only partly in jest, that to book group activities in Los Angeles is redundant. Given the embarrassment of diversions available in the world’s reigning entertainment hub, this mad mecca is itself a nonstop group activity, and one that

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Tips for Creating Awesome Instagram Stories for Events

Social media is a great (and inexpensive) tool for marketing a meeting or event, while keeping your group informed of the latest news and updates. It’s also the sexy choice for creating buzz, which can build the all-important engagement and buy-in

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Vegas Entertainment: Trending Millennial

Move over blackjack. Take a seat Cirque. There’s a new entertainment option appearing in Las Vegas for attendees to enjoy, but you won’t see it advertised on giant marquees or featured in high-stakes cable shows. In fact, it’s as close to sinless as

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11 Tips to Manage Event Music – and Your DJ

If you plan events for a living, chances are, you’re no shrinking violet. You’re used to being the boss and issuing orders, firmly but respectfully. You are, after all, the captain of the ship, with your hands on the wheel ‘till the last guest

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Places for Perks: A Who’s Who of Hospitality Rewards Programs

For those of us planner types who spend a lot of time on the road, where we bed down for the night matters: high levels of comfort, business-friendliness, cleanliness and amenities are, of course, non-negotiable. Perks and points accrual helps too,

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Will Wellness Work for Your Group?

No question, planners know the pros and cons of holding a meeting in a luxury destination spa. They’re less certain when the subject turns to a wellness spa, however, “wellness” being one of those positive-sounding terms that can cover a whole range

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Can You Hear Me Now? The Debate over Cell Calls at 35,000 Feet

So far at least, it has remained the one dependable amenity in today’s constantly changing airline cabins: once wheels are up, cell phones are off. Seats may have gotten narrower, leg, arm and head room tighter, carry-on storage space tinier and food

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How the Hotel Majors Stack Up

With Marriott International’s huge acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide now six months old, planners are reasonably wondering 1) how the ranking of the world’s largest hotel companies stacks up and 2) and, probably more importantly,

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Magical Maui

Long before bucket lists became a baby boomer obsession, I inadvertently knocked a whopper off of mine by viewing sunrise from the crater rim of Haleakala, Maui’s highest volcanic peak at just over 10,000 feet. Although I was vaguely aware that

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JFK’s Iconic TWA Terminal To Become Airport Hotel

It’s one of the most architecturally stunning airport terminals in the world, yet no one gets to experience it. Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK airport has been sitting largely unused since 2001, when the mid-century modern masterpiece by famed

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6 Notable Trends for Meetings This Year

  If future-predicting, crystal balls existed just for meeting planning, most of us planner types would be sure to have one. How great would it be to have all the answers before we even started planning? But alas, such crystal balls don’t exist, so

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Disney’s Four-Season Calendar for Groups

Thinking of a meeting at a Disney resort? Or a theme park event during your next Orlando or Anaheim conference? The obvious advantage of a Disney-inclusive meeting is the built-in entertainment. Special group activities are easily accommodated by

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Eco-Friendly Venues for Your Next Meeting

Who isn’t on board for an eco-friendly meeting these days? Attendees appreciate it, knowing their carbon footprint is kept to a minimum. And corporate bosses get to tick another box on their company’s CSR agenda, adding to their brand’s

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Work It, Girl: 4 Incredibly Useful Phone Accessories

As a smartphone-addicted planner, I’m always on the prowl for problem-solving accessories for my trusty iPhone which, much as I love it, I do, on occasion, still want to throw out the window. In our line of work, iPhone ownership is not without its

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Outdoor Adventures: Get Your Group Thinking Outside the Box

We’ve all been there: Sitting in the glow of yet another PowerPoint on day X of a meeting, wishing there was a window to stare out of, at the end of your energy reserves and the limit of your caffeine intake. Meetings can be a fun few days of quality

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Get Smart: The New Tech-Savvy Hotel Room

It can be difficult at times to warm to the fast-approaching robot apocalypse, which inevitably reasons out to look like a classic Dantean contrapasso, in which we humanoids are sentenced to suffer the opposite for our shortcomings. For example,

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10 Capital Treats to Savor in Washington, DC

Admittedly, it feels a bit redundant to be recalling favorite destinations in Washington, D.C., having spent much of the past month mentally resident in the nation’s capital as the history-making administration of POTUS 44 Barack Obama decamped and

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6 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Create Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsors. For many types of events, like expos and exhibits, they’re absolute must-haves. And to maximize revenue, it’s generally a case of the more the merrier, in some cases with sponsors signing on virtually 'til doors open. While all that extra

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San Francisco’s Bay Area Beauties for Group Events

As attractions and activities go, the San Francisco Bay Area can claim an embarrassment of riches. World-famous sights, Michelin-starred restaurants, stunning nature, beautiful architecture, year-round mild climate, endless cultural and outdoor

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