6 ways to create continuous feedback

Regular interactions with your audience are critical to having "wow" events. More

Budgeting tips, guidelines, pitfalls

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

AH&LA, TripAdvisor get greener together

For those of you keeping score, AH&LA has accepted the minimum eco-friendly requirements of the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program as part of its new green guidelines. That means accommodations meeting AH&LA guidelines will also qualify for the TripAdvisor program. To apply, lodging properties can visit To view AH&LA’s additional 65 guidelines, including ROI, best practices and [...] More

September 2014: Hotel renovations, expansions, destinations

INTERNATIONAL BALI The 290-room Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak opened with meeting and breakout space for up to 350 people. BURMA The new Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw opened in Myanmar with 141 rooms/suites and six meetings rooms. CHINA The 565-room Wyndham Grand Xi’an South opened in the Qujiang New District near the Xi’an International Conference Center with 53,820 square feet [...] More

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

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