Planning

How to Prepare for These 4 Common Speaker Hiccups

No matter how ready you think you are, rest assured at your next meeting or conference, there will be a few blips along the way. Here are four common speaker-related challenges that can pop up just when you think it’s smooth sailing—and here’s how to

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CSR Initiatives: 4 Ways to Give Back at Corporate Events

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a huge and growing trend. Organizations are recognizing the importance of giving back to the destinations where they generate income and the places they travel for corporate events. Well-designed CSR

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How to Manage Challenging Clients? Start With These 5 Tips

Ah, clients. Seems there’s always one or two who are, to put it politely, completely bonkers. Recently, when I polled my planner colleagues, virtually all agreed that one of the biggest challenges we all sometimes face isn’t the event at all, it’s

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Marriott Grabs Starwood: 7 Takeaways for Planners

Hotel companies, owners, managers and analysts woke up Monday morning to some startling and unexpected news: Marriott International had agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in a $12.2 billion deal. The scope of the combined

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Managing Last-Minute Participant Cancellations

No matter how carefully meeting and event planners prepare for meetings, conferences, and events, last-minute cancellations are often unavoidable. They happen for a number of reasons: accidents, illness, flight delays resulting in missed flight

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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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RFP Season: Why You Should Know Lodging Taxes

With many planners already knee-deep into the RFP process for 2016, negotiations over preferred hotel rates are already heating up. With what could be the most stressful few months of the year for planners, it’s easy for the vexing matter of lodging

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What Makes a Successful Meeting? It Depends.

Think you know a successful meeting when you host one? You may be surprised by how widely the perceived essentials of an effective meeting vary from country to country. Rest easy: A new global survey by Hilton Worldwide on the DNA of successful

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The 7 Times That Meeting Face-to-Face is a Must

Let's face it: one hardly needs to sell meeting planners on the importance of face-to-face exchanges. After all, it's their stock in trade. Day in and day out, their effectiveness depends in large part on mastering the art of bringing people

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“Teachable Moments” Abound with IMEX America’s Smart Learning Line-Up

At next month’s IMEX America in Las Vegas you can not only broaden your business power and contact lists but also your horizons thanks to the extensive IMEX America education program that show organizers and partners have in store. The learning

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Hold the Line: 4 Billing Snafus and How to Avoid Them

When it comes to producing meetings and events, the old adage is true: it’s always something! As in no matter how perfect the planning and execution, there’s always some wildcard that pops up to remind one there’s always more to learn – and lessons

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Feng Shui for Better Event Flow

Want to become a better meeting planner? I have four friends I'd like you to meet: Phoenix, Tiger, Dragon and Turtle. They're the four companion/energy guides that can help even the undercaffeinated more effectively navigate this physical realm

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The Stakes Have Been Raised for IMEX America 2015

Can you hear it? That electric buzz of excitement? The contagious whirr of business in progress? That’s the sound of IMEX America celebrating its 5th year with renewed enthusiasm. This topnotch event has been growing in popularity since its

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5 Considerations for Group Activities

I’ve been on both sides of the group activity fence, both as an organizer and as a guest. Along the way, I’ve had my share of wonderful experiences, plus a few I’d rather not repeat. I am, however, grateful for the less-than-stellar ones as they’ve

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The Intriguing Habits of Millennial Meeting Planners (Infographic)

Everyone in our industry is talking about the rise of the millennial (Gen Y) planner generation. Their online-first behaviors, early-technology adopter mentalities, and aversion to conflict are fundamentally changing the way hoteliers and

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7 Ways to Keep Travel Expenses in Check

Planners travel. A lot. To keep clients (and the accounting department) happy, one planner must-do is to keep travel costs under control no matter how large or small the budget. Here are a few thoughts to help keep travel expenses in line without

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Inspiration & Innovation Planned for IMEX Frankfurt 2015

As the meetings and incentive travel industry evolves, IMEX in Frankfurt continues to provide a wide range of new thinking, new destinations and new venues all under one roof, providing inspiration, innovation, fresh insight and brand new

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Team Building Hits a High Note

Continuing the theme of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Elite Meeting Alliance gathering in Las Vegas, an incredible team-building activity produced by Hello! Las Vegas DMC was not only fun, but served a great cause. Before the EMA,

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Industry Trends Explored at Elite Meetings EMA

The May 2015 Elite Meeting Alliance meeting started out with a hard-hitting presentation on Industry Trends by Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice-President, Hotel Sales, MGM Resorts International. Here are some of the highlights from his educational

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Accessibility Guidelines Around the World

As event planners design meetings and events, it's important to ensure compliance with all accessibility regulations in the jurisdictions where they are having their meetings. Even if a particular destination does not have legislation, referring to

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