Planning

Midsize City, Maximum Appeal: Memphis

Meeting planners find an impressive package of conference facilities for up to 10,000 people at the heart of Memphis. Just 12 miles from the airport, the Memphis Cook Convention Center measures 350,000 square feet, including 190,000 square feet for

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Fam Etiquette

When people comment that “meeting planning is a cake job,” I often laugh and think to myself, “you have no clue what my job fully entails!” I must confess that there are some serious perks (and much deserved, as far as I’m concerned) to being a

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10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Fam Trip

A familiarization trip, more commonly known as a fam trip, is an informational visit that allows planners to personally experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a destination. Since these trips are often larger-than-life experiences to

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10 Tips for Planning Events in Europe

Over the past couple of years, the travel industry has seen a slow increase in the use of international destinations for incentive travel programs. A recent Maritz Travel study, the International Destination Index, revealed that many European

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Midsize City, Maximum Appeal: Portland

It’s not just Portland natives, hipsters, cyclers, foodies, and fans of the TV show Portlandia who love Portland. Meeting planners and their groups do, too. Backed by majestic Mount Hood, the city holds more than 37,000 acres of public parks,

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Hotel Site Inspection Tips

As we find ourselves in that time of year were lists are made, and checked twice, I find myself adding a few helpful hints to my site inspection list. As planners we all look for ways to improve our meetings, and sometimes, that begins with us and

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The Idea Factory: Personal Favorites From Successful Events

Have you ever dreamed up an original idea, only to learn that your conference service manager has not only been there, done that—they’ve done it eight times this week! With so many new trends and various vendor options to choose from, “originality”

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5 Apps Every Meeting Planner Should Have

Technology is here, there, everywhere! I consider myself a moderate user of the evolving tech world. I know enough to get around, but I’m certainly not the type to camp out for days to get the latest model of a phone. I certainly cannot intelligently

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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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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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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 EliteMeetings.com and the SpeedRFP Network, the program promised greater planner recognition amongst hotels &

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