Inspiration

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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How To Dress Up a Ballroom That Isn’t, Well, Versailles

Lets face it, every venue can’t be Versailles. Every planner isn’t Martha Stewart. But when tasked with re-purposing an odd space or hotel boardroom into an environment suitable for a sit-down dinner, minus budget for an event designer, it’s time to

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7 Takeaways from “Oldchella”

Last weekend (Oct. 7-9), promoters presented Desert Trip in Indio, Calif., a rock ‘n roll extravaganza specifically targeting Baby Boomers with heavyweight acts famous since the ‘60s on the order of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil

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Hospitality Leaders Share Secrets of 5-Star Service

Wouldn’t it be great to have the wisdom of the world’s best customer service savants at your fingertips? Micah Solomon thought so, too. What’s more, as a world-leading customer service trainer, speaker and consultant himself, as well as a regular

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Martini, Anyone? A Classic Cocktail Goes Fashion-Forward

Given today’s wall-to-wall marketing, it will come as no surprise to planners that June 19 was National Martini Day. It’s not clear which association or trade group, if any, sponsors this annual recognition, but the event apparently has been

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Destination: Jacksonville

Memo to Florida’s highway signage department: To best assist first-time visitors to the state’s northeastern gateway city, we would humbly suggest posting at its myriad entry points the image of a smiling dolphin or gator that proclaims, “Welcome to

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Hotel Programs Adding Local Color

After decades of stressing consistency and conformity in service, amenities and guest room design as they expanded their respective brands, hotel companies in recent years have done an about face. Travelers—meeting attendees included—no longer want

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10 Creative Tech and Social Media Tips for Events

Are you looking to take your events to the next level? Wish you could inspire a little creativity at your next event? As event planners, we are really busy so in respect for your time, I’ve got a quick list of ideas you can implement at your next

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A Q&A With Event Designer Extraordinaire Sasha Souza

Sasha Souza, of Sasha Souza Events, is one of the busiest and most influential event designers in the country. With offices in San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and Los Angeles, her clients range from A-list wedding couples to Johnson & Johnson, the

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Tap This Bartending Wisdom

Your day has unraveled. By 5 o’clock, the meets and measures you woke up hoping to knit into a fine, formfitting sweater now resemble something the cats appropriated for their own amusement. Simply put, you need a drink. Now. Which is precisely

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The World’s Wildest Golf Courses

Since the dawn of organized assembly, meeting planners have set about their task by first asking a question more suited to F&B: Will that be with or without golf? So widespread and synonymous has Scotland’s addictive “good walk spoilt” become

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Offsite Activities: A Literary Approach

Bored with the same old obvious offsite activities? Depending on your event destination, perhaps you need to think outside the box – or, in this case, the book. Touring the homes of American literary masters is a great way to interject art,

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5 Wonderful Winter Festivals in Montreal

Some destinations have figured out how to truly celebrate winter and Montreal is the perfect example. Throughout the winter, Montreal offers a variety of activities and festivals that visitors and residents can enjoy together. It’s one of the reasons

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How to Ensure a Successful Holiday Event

A holiday event is a very important moment for any company and, often, are occasions to celebrate your organization, your colleagues, and the achievements of your team over the past year. These events also help set the tone for the coming year and,

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One City, Four Experiences? Here’s How…

As brands like Kimpton (now part of InterContinental Hotels Group) and Autograph Collection (from Marriott International) have increased the number of independent hotels they manage in a major group destination in the past few years, planners have

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Destination: Phoenix

Warmth. From the moment you deplane at Sky Harbor International until you pour your desert-sated self aboard your flight home, your constant companion during your exploration of Phoenix, Arizona's convivial capital, shall be warmth. Neither

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Destination: Vancouver, BC

Whether you're headed to Vancouver, British Columbia for business or pleasure, there's not a Zagat, Michelin, or Fodor guidebook, TripAdvisor must-see list or Yelp-approved menu of dining fabulousness that will improve your stay one iota. Why?

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Destination: Boston

Steeped in Revolutionary War history, Kennedy-esque Brahmin accents, Harvard/Cambridge/MIT brainiacs, Cheers bonhomie and a sports fanaticism that borders on the Pentecostal, Boston combines New York highbrow and New England wildbrow into an earthy,

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What Can “Burning Man” Teach an Event Planner? Plenty.

Each year during the week leading up to Labor Day, the countercultural Camelot known as Burning Man emerges mirage-like on the lava beds and alkali silt playa of northern Nevada's utterly inhospitable Black Rock Desert, an aural, visual and communal

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Destination: Denver

Sea-levelers often find touchdown at Denver International a breathtaking experience -- literally. After all, they don't call this the Mile High City for nothing. As a University of Colorado student, I drove my share of fly-in friends wheezing all

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