Planning

What Makes You Mad?

What drives meeting planners the craziest? Waiting for others to decide, according to a Destination Marketing Association International survey. Completed April 3, the "tournament" called on more than 400 planners to choose from 16 gripes, which,

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Bespoke Events and Experiences Essential in Internet Age

In the past, many clients arranged and paid for group excursions for foreign retreats and incentive trips. The benefit of this approach is that shared experiences can be a time of bonding. The downside is that no matter what group activity is

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Meet in Flanders (It’s in Belgium!)

Flanders lies tucked away in the Northern part of Belgium between France, Germany and the Netherlands. The region offers an assortment of cosmopolitan easy to reach cities offering visitors far more than just the traditional main squares and medieval

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First Class Finds: Pet Project

Four-legged friends get a leg up on life with the help of some two-legged champions. The Paws for a Cause corporate social responsibility activity by Teambonding tasks groups of six to eight with a series of pet-themed challenges that require

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First Class Finds: Eye Candy

Truffles as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate make an especially tasteful corporate gift. Self-taught chocolatier Chris Kollar of Napa Valley–based Kollar Chocolates draws on classic European techniques acquired on his travels abroad to

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Wine App — titude

    Fine wines can be a real puzzler for meeting planners unprepared to parse the many nuances of ordering, pairing, purchasing, and savoring the various fruits of the vine. Vivino, a robust little wine app, can help. Simply snap a

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7 Tips for Planning Events in Asia

Asia is the world’s largest, most populous, up-and-coming continent. With some 51 countries—whose MICE industry maturity levels vary greatly—it can be misleading to use a broad brush when characterizing various geographies. While there can be

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Peer Genius: Advice for New Meeting Planners

“Build solid relationships with your partners. As planners, we dream up how everything will look, sound, and taste, and then work with our partners to create that reality. Inevitably, something will happen to challenge that vision—a thunderstorm will

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First Class Finds: Cheers!

Need a gift that will get conference goers excited about that upcoming event in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or other major U.S. city? Boston-based theUncommonGreen etches street maps of select neighborhoods from Portland to Manhattan

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A Top 10 List for Better Hotel Contracts

Has this ever happened to you? Your client’s event is cancelled by the supplier just a few months before the event. Suddenly they (and you, as the planner) must scramble to find a new venue. If that original contract had not had some built-in

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First Class Finds: Seas the Day

From gifts that leave a lasting impression to activities that make real connections, these premium picks promise a strategic advantage for meeting professionals. Seas the Day Today’s attendees want authentic cultural experiences;

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Peer Genius: Advice for New Planners

“Concentrate on the basics and work backward from there.  If your budget is limited, try to guide your “powers that be” to devote more of it to food and beverage and quality production equipment.  It is not nearly as important to have an amazing

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8 Ways to Refresh Your Annual Conference

An annual conference provides the unique opportunity to bond relationships between peers, clients, investors, vendors, and prospective business partners. It creates a stage where people can come together and reflect on exceptional accomplishments as

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Spotlight on Hawaii

It must be in the Hawaiian DNA, that welcoming sense of hospitality that hoteliers everywhere would like to emulate. And when it comes to natural beauty, Hawaii’s brimming with it. It’s the kind of ancient, raw beauty that makes one see the world

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10 Tech Tools to Boost Your Productivity

As meeting planners, we have to be extremely organized and efficient—but, of course, you already knew that! When you add business travel to the mix, the task becomes even more difficult. While onsite recently with a client prior to the event kickoff,

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Year-End Trend Review

After my traditional Thanksgiving, I did it all over again at a Friday “Friendsgiving.” As you know, our partners in the industry become our friends: hoteliers, DMCs, and vendors. And now, as I looked around my Friendsgiving table, I realized

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12 Tips For Better Meetings: Hospitality Experts From the Marriott Convention & Resort Network Weigh In

Just like meeting planners, hoteliers have a lot riding on satisfying attending groups. Hosting meetings is a specialty among hotels in the Marriott Convention & Resort Network, a selection of 60 hotels and resorts with from the JW Marriott,

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Team Up and Give Back

With the holidays—the traditional season of giving—right around the corner, this seems a good time to enhance our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Planning team-building events that make an impact can have a tremendously motivating

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Autumn-Inspired Activities

  Now that the sun has set on summer, we find ourselves in a new season—and autumn lends itself perfectly to evocative activities. With its crisp air and profound effects on landscapes across the country, fall sets an ideal backdrop for

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Incentives with Imagination

I think I speak for most meeting planners when I say that orchestrating an incentive trip is the high point of a planner’s repertoire. It is certainly true for me. Planning incentives not only taps my logistical side, but it gets my creative juices

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