5 Hot Trends for Holiday Party Planning

I haven’t even finished my Halloween goodies, purchased my Thanksgiving turkey, and been nipped by Jack Frost. Yet retailers are already planning their holiday displays — and we meeting planners, our holiday parties. With that in mind, I wanted to

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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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Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Resorts Plan Six-Star Experience

The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara’s $80 million dollar renovation positions the resort at the center of a significant transformation within the all-inclusive market. According to Kevin Froemming, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, the

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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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Jamaica: 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

Jamaica, the Caribbean's third largest island, epitomizes the region's allure with its easy airlift, diverse resort areas, all-inclusive options, and more than 100 rivers tumbling down from green-velvet mountains to a sea edged in dreamy golden sand.

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Eco-Minded Planning

Kermit the Frog lamented, “It’s not that easy being green.” That may be true for Kermit and his particular brand of greenness, but it doesn’t have to be that way for green meetings. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are terms

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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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Filling Stations

Last month I wrote about perfect summer meeting activities (Sizzling Summer Summits). In it, I gave food station ideas to go along with suggested activities. I received several emails asking me about other creative food station ideas, so I thought it

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Sizzling Summer Summits

Summer is here and I personally could not be happier. An office is the last place I want to be on these long, sun-filled days. So, when I am planning summer meetings, corporate picnics, and incentive groups, I always incorporate the outdoors into my

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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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Social Media—It’s All the Buzz!

I am always excited when I hear that someone has chosen meeting planning as their career path. I give lectures to a college hospitality program from time-to-time and keep in touch with some of the students. One student is in her first year—of her

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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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Out of Office: The Power of a Well-Planned Retreat

  Today’s frenzied, do-more-with-less work week has presented senior business leaders with a challenging paradox—namely, how do you discuss strategic planning, brainstorm on new business opportunities, and spend quality time as a group 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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Spotlight on Sydney

          I had the great pleasure of taking a FAM to Sydney in March. Although I had heard great things about Sydney, visiting in person was a revelation. Sydney offers a great platform for groups, whether for

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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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Expert Advice on Social Media for Events

  We asked a group of savvy meeting professionals to share their best tips on using social media for events. “Three of the things that have worked for me include asking guest speakers to blog prior to the event to create buzz, using Twtpoll or

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Planning for the Unplanned – An Emergency-Preparedness Action List

  Create a preparedness plan with contingency checklist for site visits and planning processes. During site inspection, determine evacuation and safety plans. Send and collect a medical form from attendees that lists health concerns,

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The Magic of Mexico: Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s second most visited tourist destination—together with the Riviera Nayarit, a recently designated tourist destination just north of town—nestles in a narrow corridor between the emerald peaks of the Sierra Madre and the azure

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