Goals, group size and budget should be at the top of your list when you’re planning team-building activities.
In “Meeting technology 101,” I discussed some technologies that save meeting planners time. Now I’d like to look at some of the tools that can save you money…
Meetings and event expenditures can represent up to 60 percent of a company’s transient business travel costs and 1.5 percent of its revenues, but many companies don’t have a cohesive meeting and event spending strategy. If they did, they could save an average of 10 to 25 percent of that meetings and event spend annually, […]
This is a relationship-based business. But with hotels struggling to keep their doors open and planners wrestling with tighter booking windows and even tighter budgets, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the relationship between planners and suppliers isn’t supposed to be adversarial. In this Knowledge Series video, we take a look at ways to strengthen […]
Planning meetings and events are difficult enough. Factor in the economy and bosses or clients with high expectations and even lower budgets and you’ve got an equation for madness. Or, at the very least, an opportunity for a gullible miscalculation. Everyone knows the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” […]
A first-time exhibitor recently arrived on-site at a major meetings industry trade show with company check in hand and instructions from her boss in mind: rent a few furniture items for the booth. No problem, right? Upon speaking with show services providers, the exhibitor was floored to learn that she would have to pay $500+ […]
Questions discussed at this table were: What can you do to distinguish yourself and rise above the competition? and How can you get creative with small budgets without selling your services short?
Top of the New Year to everyone! Since we are all going to be challenged with cost-saving measures this year, why don’t I dedicate my first morsel of the year to that? Before I begin, though, I do want to clarify one talking point: Let’s not confuse cost savings with cost cutting. To me, cost […]
This holiday season, we are all getting slammed by the recession, so I would like to give you some ideas on how to save some money on catering, whether you are doing a family or office gathering. I wanted to present some options you may not have considered before. If some of these ideas seem […]
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
Motel 6 is revolutionizing the idea of the roadside motel. Without raising the per-night cost to travelers, which averaged $45 last year, the chain is remodeling rooms, adding granite bathroom countertops, flat-screen TVs, WiFi access, MP3 and laptop docking stations, as well as trendy, minimalist linens and décor.
Demand for luxury hotels is up, but pricey hotels also have bargain rates. This BusinessWeek slideshow features the cheapest rooms available in the most expensive hotels worldwide.
While working in Denver this past week I ordered a deli buffet, where guests make their own sandwiches. When you do this, pay attention to the choice of meats.
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center’s Web site has two new budget and meeting planning guides available free to planners.