What happens during conference calls? (It’s not work)

The Top 3 things employees do during mobile conference calls are completely unrelated to the call they’re listening in on, according to a study conducted by InterCall, one of the world’s largest conferencing providers. The results showed that 65 percent of employees do other work, 55 percent eat or make food, and 47 percent go to the restroom (thank goodness for the [...] More

ISES names Spirit of Excellence award winners

The International Special Events Society (ISES) has announced its 2013-14 Spirit of Excellence award winners, honoring both chapters and individuals. Chapters are recognized for excellence in communications, programming and education, membership retention and growth programs, and international engagement. Individual awards go to ISES volunteers for their service. Chapter awards Chapter of the year: Austin, Texas. (Honorable mention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.) Communications: [...] More

12 really useful websites for meeting planners

Each site listed here can help you work smarter or better in some way, and is worth at least a brief visit. More

July/August 2014: Hotel renovations, expansions, destinations

INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA The 80-room Peppers Gallery Hotel opened in Canberra with two boardroom-style rooms for 14 to 36 people. Its Bicicletta Restaurant can accommodate 100 people, and a bar in the outdoor courtyard can hold 50. CANADA A 113-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites opened in Calgary, Alberta, with meeting space for up to 160 people, views of [...] More

Research: Mobile apps key to event success

The appetite for mobile apps is here to stay. So says the latest research from DoubleDutch and Meeting Professionals International, which found that most meeting and event planners today see mobile apps as necessary to their success. The research found that 63 percent of planners already use mobile apps at events and that a majority of the [...] More

ISES survey: Most event pros predict big growth

More than three-quarters — 78 percent — of event professionals expect business to grow this calendar year, according to the latest ISES Global Business Survey.  Of those expecting growth:  52 percent forecast more than 25 percent.  26 percent forecast more than 10 percent. 18 percent forecast more than 50 percent. On client spend: 57 percent expect an increase. 36 percent expect it [...] More

Make sense(s): The power of soundscaping

The next time you plan the perfect setting for an event, think beyond what guests will see, think also about what they'll hear. More

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