Venues

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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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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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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Luxury, Two Ways

As attendees’ tastes and preferences become more defined, planners are realizing that one definition of “luxury accommodations” doesn’t necessarily fit all palates. There’s a long, established tradition of formal, even staid luxury certainly. But

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Marriott, Absorbing Starwood, Eyes Group Sales

Since closing on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in September, Marriott International has methodically gone about the massive integration process. Planners—especially those who were either Marriott or

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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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Private Dinner Primer: 7 Pointers

Skillfully arranging small, intimate dinners for company senior officers, VIPs and select groups of other stakeholders during a larger business meeting or event has always been an important part of a planner’s toolbox. Ten years ago, a boardroom or

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Venue Wisdom: 3 Secrets for Planning Success

Whenever I get together with my fellow planners, inevitably we talk shop, exchanging war stories about our experiences with one venue or another, which ones we love, who’s got the best facilities, which properties have the most attentive meetings

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Team-Building: How To Make Sure It’s Memorable

Team-building activities are an important way to foster connections among meeting attendees.  With today’s world of instant entertainment and viral internet sensations, people are looking more for memorable experiences rather than the traditional

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New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Downsizes

In late-2014, a Chinese insurance company announced plans to acquire the iconic Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, well-known by planners of luxury meetings, for a record-breaking $1.95 billion, the most ever paid for a U.S. hotel up to that

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Awesome Art Museums

As extracurricular sojourns go, art museums are a meeting planner’s ace in the hole, a sure-fire destination where every participant, regardless of age, background or culture, will experience something that moves them on a human level. As an added

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Hilton Debuts New Hawaii Option

The Aloha state is certainly known for its fair share of luxury, ocean front resorts, many carrying the flag of some of the world’s leading hotel brands. But over the past few years, these trophy properties have been joined on various Hawaiian

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Costa Rica: Moving Beyond Eco-Tourism

Long known as a destination that placed a high priority on preserving and enhancing its rich natural beauty, Costa Rica is in the process of raising its visibility as a host of luxury meetings and conferences. The latest evidence occurred last month

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3 Things This Event Planner Wishes Venues Would Change

Event planners and venues. Venues and event planners. The two go hand-in-hand. Venues are one of the first things that event planners look to secure when we are hosting an event. And, in doing lots of the new research over the years, there are a few

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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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What Do Meeting Planners Want? Survey Says…

The meeting planners have spoken. And what they want from a venue is more flexibility, more access to the latest technology, and more unique experiences to keep their groups engaged. The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), in

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Group Favorites: Maui

If you’re looking for a destination with beautiful weather year-round, notable accommodations, and unique entertainment and adventure options for your next group, Maui should be at the top of your list! Hawaii’s second largest island, Maui boasts a

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Brooklyn, Old and New

For at least a couple of generations, when planners thought about New York as a meeting or incentive program destination, it invariably meant Manhattan with its theaters, museums, high-end shopping, fine dining and, not coincidentally, its rich

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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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