When you think of green meeting destinations, what cities spring to mind? San Francisco? Portland, Ore.? Atlanta? If Atlanta doesn’t, it should. Here’s why: Atlanta has the world’s largest LEED-certified convention center, the Georgia World Congress Center. The first chapter of the global Green Meeting Industry Council incorporated in Atlanta in 2009. The city’s focus […]
Can’t be with us in person at PYM LIVE Atlanta II? Follow the #yaypym hashtag on Twitter, or get a window into what’s going on through the live event feed here.
Delta Air Lines is adding new nonstop seasonal service to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. with a daily flights to and from Atlanta and a Saturday-only flight to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul. The flights begin Dec. 21 and end March 29-30, 2014. With these flights, Delta becomes the only airline to offer daily nonstop service to Aspen/Snowmass from […]
When meeting professionals from throughout the Southeast gather for the Meetings Exploration Conference 2013 (MEC) in Atlanta next month, the chatter will be all about innovation and new thinking. The April 24-26 conference, designed for meeting and event professionals of all expertise and skill levels, will center around the theme “Re:Imagine — Innovative Ideas for […]
We think of our PYM LIVE Events as a way to put ideas into motion. At each event, we’re trying something new and figuring out new ways to maximize the value of the time our attendees spend with us. At our March 6 event at 200 Peachtree Special Events & Conference Center, some of the […]
Atlanta, home to 50 hospitals and several university research centers, is becoming increasingly popular for medical industry gatherings. Last year, more than 65 groups chose the metro area for future meetings and conferences, representing the largest number of rooms booked since 2008. This March, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) brings more than […]
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The first dual-branded hotel in Georgia, the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton, has opened in Midtown Atlanta. The 12-story hotel features 136 Hilton Garden Inn rooms and suites, and 92 Homewood studio and one-bedroom suites on 10th Street near the I-85/I-75 Downtown Connector. Together, they have five meeting rooms with more than […]
The relationship between hotels and meeting planners doesn’t have to be antagonistic. But it’s easy for conflicts to form when both parties are operating under different assumptions of what has value during contract negotiations. That’s why Michael Dominguez’s educational presentation at PYM LIVE Atlanta II 2012 focused on defining what the “new abnormal” in the […]
If you weren’t able to join us in Atlanta for the March 1 PYM LIVE Event at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, you missed a couple of incredible sessions on essential planning skills. Luckily we didn’t forget you, so we archived half of it, and the other educational session will be available as a […]
Apparently, his charms aren’t only appreciated by little girls. During our impromptu after-event chat at the Georgia Aquarium, one of our PYM planners shared a bit of information about their Beluga whales that we found fascinating. Take a look: And I hope those Georgia Aquarium girls aren’t jealous. They’re not the first Belugas he’s romanced:
Why is it acceptable for meeting attendees to play a round of golf, but not to play with toys? Why is the idea of play so looked down upon? Joan Eisenstodt questions our assumptions about common meeting practices and challenges meeting organizers to plan uncommonly exceptional events in this interactive session, recorded at the Georgia […]
More than 100 people joined us in Atlanta to hear @JoanEisenstodt talk about the importance of play and planning uncommon events. An additional 100 or so people joined us virtually to attend her session via Telenect. It was a thought-provoking day — and not just because of Joan’s speech. The way she integrated the virtual […]
On April 28, @DQTweets (Denise Quashie) led the “Next stop: Innovation” educational session at PYM LIVE Atlanta II. Inspired by her social media know-how, here’s a Storify recap instead of our usual Twitter stream: [View the story “2011 PYM LIVE Atlanta II ” on Storify]
Going through an obstacle course blind as a team-building exercise pales in comparison to the Wyndham Peachtree City [Ga.] Hotel and Conference Center‘s latest innovation — Dragon Boat racing. “It’s certainly out of the ordinary,” stated Wyndham Peachtree’s Director of Sales and Marketing Karen Pendleton. “But it’s a highly effective team-building exercise.” In racing, everyone […]
A new event venue in Atlanta, actually two venues in one central location, wants to help planners ease the transition from meetings to social hours. 595 North and the Brickyard are in the city’s growing Westside neighborhood, minutes from downtown and the Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center and many hotels as well as Georgia […]
Our third PYM LIVE Atlanta event, sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody, took place Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Ravinia at Perimeter. Our educational discussion was about “everything you’ve ever wanted to know about meeting planning but never had the chance to ask.” […]
Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing Inc. walked away from the GAMMA Awards luncheon a big winner. Both its publications took home honors from the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS). Encore Atlanta, the official arts publication of the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and Alliance Theatre won an Honorable Mention for Best Custom Publication for […]
Current and emerging trends, professional designations, pricing structures and social media best practices were among the topics of discussion at the 2010 PYM LIVE Atlanta II, held at the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center from 2-5 p.m on April 20. Top planners Terry Singleton, CSEP (@CCPEvents), Qualena Odom-Royes, CSEP, CMP (@EventEssentials) and Claudette […]
So we’re kicking off our 2010 series of PYM LIVE Events today. New format, new whitepapers, new destinations and exhibitors. Atlanta’s Jan. 7 show promises to be very exciting, and not just because it may end with some snowfall. Here’s a transcript of what we were up to (start at the bottom and read up […]
We geared up for a very special sustainability-themed PYM LIVE Atlanta at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sept. 16. @Kevin_Johnston presented about contract issues planners need to consider when trying to put together a green meeting — clauses, tips and other advice.
We captured the buzz on Twitter, for those of you who couldn’t be with us …
Thirty minutes southwest of Atlanta, a sustainable farming community with accommodations and meeting space has opened up and is making big news. Described in the New York Times travel section as a “utopian experiment in New Urbanism being molded out of red Georgia clay,” Serenbe has two farm-to-table restaurants, the Farmhouse at Serenbe and the […]
If you couldn’t be at today’s PYM LIVE Event in Atlanta, no problem. Here’s a live Twitter stream of what people are talking about:
The theme of Atlanta’s new Hotel Palomar is “art in motion,” and that is conveyed through every aspect of its design — from meeting space to hotel décor. The Kimpton property is scheduled to open in midtown this Wednesday; its grand opening will be May 14, 2009. I was lucky enough to get a pre-opening […]
The PYM Town Hall: State of the Industry event was a partner appreciation luncheon hosted by Plan Your Meetings and held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Jan. 29, 2009. It was the second of its kind, the first having convened in July 2008. The event was designed to be a group “think-tank” session between […]
Marriott Atlanta Marquis General Manager Erica Qualls is excited about a lot of things. She’s excited MPI’s MeetDifferent conference is in town, she’s excited about the completion of her hotel’s $138 million renovation, and she’s excited about being the host venue for MeetDifferent’s Closing Night Reception. At your service is an occasional series PYM does […]
On Feb. 6, MPI president and CEO Bruce MacMillan addressed the Atlanta CVB, their board members and assorted media. He wanted to let them know how valuable hosting an event like this is to the future of the city and how well-positioned Atlanta is to coming out of this recession ahead. Here’s a short video […]
A sign above the podium at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia read “History Starts Now.” A video contrasting congested, polluted areas with virgin tracts of land flickered across the screens to either side of the stage. Then, Home Depot USA’s Senior Manager, Events Management, Audrey Davies addressed the crowd.
We are living in interesting times. Despite meeting cancellations, budget shrinkage and economic uncertainties, we know face-to-face meetings will never completely go away. What has to change, however, is how those meetings are conducted. Change can be scary; some companies truly are struggling, but I can’t help but agree with the author who coined this […]
If you have a group meeting in Atlanta between January and March 1, 2009, consider taking them to see Cirque du Soleil’s “Kooza,” which is playing under the big tent at Atlantic Station. The storyline follows The Innocent, a melancholy loner, who meets all sorts of colorful acrobats and clowns while searching for his place […]
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 […]
Groups meeting in metro Atlanta’s Perimeter area now have two more high-end catering options. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant in Dunwoody is offering breakfast meeting menus for groups of 15-80 and a lunch delivery service for parties of 10 or more. Contact Danielle Cole at 770-399-9900 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Atlanta’s Bluepointe has a fun takeaway for groups dining at the Buckhead Life restaurant. Playing off its Asian-themed cuisine, gift boxes contain fortune cookies, a bottle of sake, and are fastened with a pair of silver chopsticks.
Looking for a fun baseball-themed gift? Charity Wines partners with sports heroes and celebrities to create fine wines that support local charities. Among the branded wines are Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine’s Cabernet Glavingnon, Boston Red Sox David Ortiz’s Vintage Papi and New York Yankee Jose Reyes’ CaberReyes. The winery also produces branded vintages for Cincinnati, […]
Major meetings and events were disrupted by a tornado that cut a six-mile swath through downtown Atlanta Friday, March 14. Events lost over the weekend included the Atlanta Home Show, a dental convention and much of the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament. Estimated damage to the city is in excess of $250 million.
Atlanta-based Active Production and Design has increased its inventory of LED Pars and Bricks, which consume 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting. “We are getting more and more requests for green meetings,” says general manager Steve Zaug. “That’s why we invested in the upgrade.”
A new Web site for the Cobb County (Ga.) Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) includes an enhanced meeting planner section, with information based on market segment. Other new options for users include a photo tour and video library, as well as expanded listings and a new “members only” section that allows members to keep their […]
Time moves so fast, especially when you’re planning seasonal events every year. It seems as if we just finished planning our annual fall expos and our holiday events planning is almost over (except for last-minute details and the actual event). 2008 is already here. Well, not quite. Every city has seasonal happenings, and some make […]
Atlanta’s luxe hotel inventory is exploding: 10 new luxury properties are in development, with the first four hotels scheduled to open early next year.
More than 400 meeting planners and exhibitors learned cutting-edge techniques and essential skills to make the most of their meetings, their profession and each other at the 2007 Plan Your Meetings (PYM) Atlanta Expo, held Sept. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia.
Planners love to hear case studies, meeting bloopers and ways we all turn challenges into successes. So we decided to take you behind the scenes of our Southeast Expo in Atlanta, held Sept. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia.
How Coca-Cola managed to make a difference for business partners, employees and the community with one meeting in New Orleans.
Find out how dynami group created an adult-size sandbox for Doosan Infracore’s clients.
New passport regulations, managing virtual meetings, city-wide attraction passes and more.
Winners of the 2006 Plan Your Meetings Expo Southeast Booth contest, selected by attendees. Awards include: Best Use of the “Pampering” Theme, Best Promotional Giveaways, Best Overall Booth Design, Special Mentions
Despite a laws passed to curb panhandling, many cities are still criticized for having aggressive panhandlers. How is this affecting your meetings?
Pam Norris of Randstad (Atlanta) won a $100 gift certificate to Joel Restaurant, and tickets to a Broadway in Atlanta show, courtesy of Plan Your Meetings Magazine. Pam says, "We certainly enjoy the luncheons, and I have bookmarked pages in the magazine with places that we might use in the future." Pam used Plan Your […]
Haunted bed-n-breakfasts, NASCAR simulators, ice-breakers, and candy.