Jane Miller with FMC Technologies Inc. received a $100 Gift Certificate to use at any of the 200 Landry’s Restaurants coast to coast, or at any of their hotels, resorts or casinos, courtesy of The Downtown Aquarium and Landry’s Restaurants, Inc.
Terrence Young with Pyrotek Inc. received a weekend stay and a round of golf, courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Cynthia Ross with CDHS – Department of Behavioral Health received a two-night stay with breakfast, valet parking, and a spa treatment, courtesy of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa.
Li-Lac Chocolates offers a variety of fine chocolates to sweeten up corporate gift baskets. Customize your order with personalized packaging or a chocolate molded to fit your company’s logo.
Queenie’s Cookies is a gourmet cookie company with over 75 cookie recipes available for corporate gifts. Company names or logos can be added to gift labels, ribbons, outside gift packaging or custom designed gift cards.
Rib Ranch Events and Catering, located in Marietta, Ga., coordinates with other companies to provide tables, chairs, tents, bands, balloons and bartending for special events. Rib Ranch’s wide array of menus include barbecue, breakfast, and Italian food. For more information, call 770-422-7746 or email email@example.com.
Steve & Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School offers Sail-Race Challenges to team-build within an organization. The school also provides individual sailing lessons and other courses including Performance Sailing, and Fast Track Cruising and Racing. The school has ten locations including four in Florida and four in New York.
The Benjamin, an Executive Suite Hotel in New York City offers a “Sleep Concierge.” This full-time concierge helps guests choose from the hotel’s 11 signature pillows and other services that guarantee the best night’s sleep.
ResponseWare Web by Turning Technologies LLC is a Web-based polling system that allows attendees to actively participate in meetings via cell phones, smartphones and laptops with an Internet connection. The technology allows team members in multiple locations to give instantaneous feedback to speakers giving PowerPoint presentations.
If you were to black-light your hotel room, you’d probably find the remote control is the most germ-infested object. That’s why Zaplex has created a clear, thin, disposable remote cover that hotels can change after each guest. Available through Pineapple Hospitality. — Taylor Dahl
Need music? With nearly 20 years of experience, Spectrum Entertainment has the largest roster of professional DJs in the Southeast. — Taylor Dahl
SeeYourConference.com creates custom 360-degree event broadcasts and news recaps you can share online. It’s also a great way to green your meetings by reducing the need for attendees to travel. — Taylor Dahl
Richard Hight’s The Art of Inspiration keynote presentation combines art, music and spoken word and is available tailored to the following themes: entertainment, encouragement, staff training, patriotism, character, leadership and motivation. — Taylor Dahl
Experience traditional Southern cuisine at Horseradish Grill — Atlanta’s oldest continuously operating restaurant. The grill offers a variety of menu options, including organically grown produce. Catering menus, private dining and patio space are available. — Taylor Dahl
Villa Christina is a stunning Italianate special events facility near Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall. Amenities include 20,000 square feet of function space, including two ballrooms, a restaurant, a bar, an outdoor event pavilion with Italian-style gardens, and a nine-hole putting green. — Taylor Dahl
Tara Gordon was named vice president of meetings, conventions and incentive travel (MCIT) for the Toronto CVB. The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) named Ole Bo Larsen director of European operations. Scott Gutz became chief operating officer of Amadeus North America. Jim Fausel, CMP, CMM, 73, passed away of complications from colon cancer. Fausel was […]
A roundup of hotel openings, new developments and other amenities now available to meeting and event planners, both domestically and internationally.
Despite passing a 2005 ban on panhandlers in the convention district, Atlanta still struggles with the problem. “Convention groups have told us that panhandling is damaging to their attendees experience and to our reputation, despite all of Atlanta’s assets,” says President and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Spurgeon Richardson. The city is […]
National CineMedia CineMeetings & Events provides meeting venues in more than 1,000 theaters across the U.S. In-house Web and teleconferencing capabilities allow planners to bring attendees in several locations together. Schedule a pre-event screening to increase attendance. Programs range from company meetings, product launches, client appreciations, employee reward and recognition ceremonies to team-building events, contemporary […]
The cost of an average domestic trip will increase 1.2 percent to $1,002 in 2009, according to the American Express (AmEx) Global Business Travel Forecast. The report was released a month later than planned due to the volatility of the market. On Oct. 22, Hervé Sedky, vice president and general manager of Global Advisory Services, […]
The contemporary and spacious Retreat of Dunwoody can host up to 1,200 people. Ideal for corporate meetings, holiday parties, social receptions and team building, the Retreat has a terrace, gardens and flexible event space that have a futuristic vibe. — Taylor Dahl The Retreat of Dunwoody at PYM’s Resource Directory
The Silvertree Hotel and Wildwood Lodge, with its Snowmass Conference Center, has meeting space for up to 2,000 people. Amenities include outdoor meeting rooms, three full-service kitchens and in-house audio/visual equipment. The best thing is, you can ski-in and out of meetings. — Taylor Dahl
The average attendee has a lethally short attention span. Keep attendees engaged, by generating real-life metrics and audience demographics through your speaker’s PowerPoint presentation with The Extreme Group Inc., which creates interactive meeting environments using hand-held audience response systems.
Post Event Survey – III LIVE 2008 Atlanta at the Retreat of Dunwoody: Elizabeth Brannen from Tandberg Television, part of the Ericsson Group, in Duluth, GA – $50 Buckhead Life Restaurants Gift Card.
Raise cancer awareness while pampering attendees with Spa Sydell’s luxurious services. The Pamper Me Pink program offers the divinely pink quickie facial and massage, or the powerfully pinkalicious manicure/pedicure and facial. Spend $5,000 or more on corporate events or $2,000 or more on gift certificates by Oct. 31 and 10 percent of the total sale […]
New hotels, renovations, expansions and developments in cities throughout the U.S.
The Strategic Meetings Management Suite by SignUp4 provides planners with digital tools to organize and manage all aspects of meetings and events, from budgets and registration to travel. No HTML knowledge is necessary. The suite allows planners to create Web sites, generate reports and send invitations intuitively. — Taylor Dahl
On Sept. 20 an explosion killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 250 at a Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan. Soon after, Bill Marriott responded to the act of terrorism in his blog, writing: “This senseless tragedy and the profound loss of life has left me greatly saddened, my heart goes out to […]
New hires, promotions and award-winners throughout the meetings industry.
Business Travel Connexion, an online community that brings business travel mangers together, is set to launch next month.
Tens of thousands of people have logged onto TSA’s Evolution of Security blog to list their grievances about laptop screening procedures at security checkpoints.
In response, several manufacturers have taken on the challenge of creating a more travel-friendly case, submitting 40 prototypes for testing.
Schott Chocolate Images creates edible and memorable personalized chocolate gifts for corporate promotions, client gifts, events and parties. Customize chocolate treats with your company’s logo, pass out chocolate business cards or provide personalized lollipops for guests printed on site at your next event. — Taylor Dahl
New hires and promotions throughout the meetings industry.
An unencrypted laptop with the personal information of 33,000 people disappeared on July 26. The laptop belonged to Verified Identity Pass Inc. — the company that operates Registered Traveler under the brand name Clear. It resurfaced a week later in its original San Francisco International Airport office with no explanation…
The Atlanta-based Association for Green Meetings & Events has developed The Certification in Green Meetings and Events for planners interested in greening their meetings. The group’s first meeting is Aug. 24-27 in Long Beach, Calif. – Taylor Dahl
A study carried out by Greenwich University for the CAA found that the aisle seat near the exit row is the safest in an emergency. The most dangerous seats are those six or more rows away from the emergency exit. –Taylor Dahl
The Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has created “Go the EXTRA Mile,” a hospitality training program, in preparation for the Aug. 25-28 Democratic National Convention (DNC). So far, 2,400 people and 500 hotels, restaurants and hospitality businesses have participated in the program.
Rising fuel costs are forcing airlines to add fees to checked bags, in-flight beverages and frequent flyer rewards at a pace that’s difficult to track. At the same time, there is some good news that’s getting lost in all the bad press. So here’s a quick look at what’s going on …
Software conferences tend to focus on the positive; however, the blog Deciphering Glyph proposes FailCon, a conference on the failures of software programming. Submitted papers or talks would focus on projects that failed in an interesting way. –Taylor Dahl
Everything we do at Plan Your Meetings is designed to help you plan better meetings and events. It is with the support of our partners that we are able to. We’d like to know if you are booking business with our partners, and if your experience with them was a pleasant one, because it is with their support that we are able to offer you high-quality educational events and free resources. Every time you fill out this form, letting us know which PYM partner you’ve booked business with, we will enter your name into a drawing for some very cool prizes.
Looking for corporate gift basket ideas? Sensational Baskets offers a huge assortment of baskets and group gifts priced from $25. Based in Atlanta, they can ship their products around the world.
It’s a snap transferring digital information over e-mails … until your file size starts to max out the inbox. If you’ve been relying on FTP sites and couriers to move data files and presentations from point A to point B, check out YouSendIt.com, a service that allows users to send large files quickly via the Web.
Plan Your Meetings congratulates Sanece Reed from SMR Events in Lopatcong, NJ – $100 Visa gift card.
Working towards gaining your CMP certification? The Professional Convention Management Association, the Convention Industry Council, the International Association of Conference Centers and the Content Management Corporation are hosting CMP International Study Day on July 18th at nine IACC-certified conference centers in the U.S. and Canada. Cost for the half-day event is $49, which is refundable if you don’t pass the CMP Exam. CMP Study Day host facilities include …
In the meetings world, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is fast becoming the new ROI. If you’re looking to incorporate a CSR program into your next event, consider The Foundation for Hospital Art (FFHA), a non-profit whose mission is “to donate at least one painting to every hospital on earth.”
I was going to write about the new Dallas Convention Center hotel, but I couldn’t figure out what the problem is. (Why can’t they find someone to speak on the pro side?) Maybe you can.
By Taylor Dahl, official member of Gen Y
As a future business traveler, it’s always interesting to hear what I’ll appreciate in the next few years. Guestroom 2010, an exhibit at the HITEC show, depicted a “futuristic” hotel room that looked more like a bleak hospital ward. Seriously? That’s what two years from now will look like? Instead of Hotel 2010, it should be called Hotel 1985, because it looks more like a trip back in time with its light-up bed and tiled wall.
New hires and promotions throughout the industry.
Want to reduce the carbon footprint of future meetings and events? Create an environmental policy statement you can share with suppliers, attendees and other participants. Consider:
Freewheelin, a bike-sharing program based in Louisville, Ky., plans to provide about 1,000 bicycles for free use at both the Democratic and Republican conventions this year. The idea is to offer carbon emission-concerned politicos the chance to make a green statement while getting some exercise.
Looking for a bit of inspiration? Or want to know what it’s like to have a lavish budget, and have to provide menus for celebrity chefs? Read about master planner Lee Schrager.
Tracie Lee from The March of Dimes in Atlanta, GA – $50 Buckhead Life Restaurants gift card.
Rita Klein from The Houston Association of Realtors in Houston, TX – $100 Dave & Buster’s gift card. Karla Kreitner from Kardon Events in Stone Mountain, GA – $50 Visa gift card.
JetBlue Airways is expanding its CompanyBlue program incentives so individuals attending a meeting or seminar do not have to be coming from the same location or paying on the same bill to receive a discounted rate; individuals access the rate by entering a group code.
After six years, I am leaving Plan Your Meetings. As editor-in-chief, I have attended many meetings and events. I have visited hotels, special event facilities and convention centers, and talked with countless planners and industry suppliers. I continue to be amazed at the creativity, demands, and spread of the meetings and events business. It is a business of details that want constant attention; it is a business of change — changing fashion, changing tastes, changing tools, and changing measurements …
In case you haven’t noticed, the presidential election season is in full swing. We thought you might be ready for a lighter, slightly more relevant look at the candidates, as well as a break from the daily back and forth rhetoric of the political pundits. So we asked ME Productions, an award-winning special event and […]
Travelsintaste.com offers luxury restaurant information for cities in the U.S. The site includes video tours of restaurant kitchens and cooking demonstrations, as well as “up-to-the-minute news about fabulous destinations.” A restaurant in each city is highlighted and changes frequently. Users can map destinations, make reservations, check local weather and email restaurant information. Useful for planners […]
Travelsintaste.com offers luxury restaurant information for cities in the U.S. The site includes video tours of restaurant kitchens and cooking demonstrations, as well as “up-to-the-minute news on fabulous destinations.” A restaurant in each city is highlighted, which changes frequently. Users can map destinations, make reservations, check local weather and email restaurant information. Useful for planners […]
Change is a major reason why the allure of traveling to meetings and events is so strong, despite the challenges and expense. People may complain about having to make the time to attend, but meetings that get them away from the office produce many positive benefits. Studies and experience attest to a sense of renewal, […]
On Earth Day, April 22, resorts and hotels are joining the rush to be “green” by doing their part to reduce waste and curb carbon footprints. At several Disney World resorts, tree plantings are planned along with awareness activities such as “Party for the Planet” at Animal Kingdom and “Green Weekend, Bugs are cool!” at […]
Now is a good time to apply for a passport. The State Department is predicting no delays this year, crediting the new passport law, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), for a decision to hire more employees and add passport agencies in Dallas, Detroit and Minneapolis to handle special requests. The final rule for the […]
If you have to make a big impression or arrange a very special small meeting for your top CEO, here’s a coast-to-coast list of 10 of the best new restaurants from one of the country’s top food critics, Frank Bruni of The New York Times. Featured restaurants include O Ya in Boston, Ubuntu in Napa […]
The musical “A Catered Affair” is playing on Broadway to good reviews. It’s about a working class Bronx family in 1953 who must decide whether to spend their life’s savings on a family business or a wedding for their only daughter. The advertising teaser reads, “A simple decision, but is anything simple when it comes […]
By Christine Born When I used the word “recession” in a recent “good news” email about companies that took advantage of difficult times in the past and came out ahead, I got some negative feedback. People don’t like to say the word out loud. Generally, government and financial advisors, news commentators and press reports dance […]
PYM LIVE Events are held annually in Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Orlando. Other locations are being added this year, so keep watching our events page for more information. Educational seminars offer meeting tips, creative shortcuts and information on the newest industry trends, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs). You’ll get a chance to meet […]
Attendees and Exhibitors: On this page you’ll find the information and resources necessary for a pleasant, successful day at Plan Your Meetings LIVE 2008 Austin. Ticket Information *Please note that vendors (of any kind) are not permitted to attend this event. You must purchase an exhibit if you are interested in attending. Planners, to attend […]