Degree vs. certification–what’s best for you?
John Lisack Jr., CAE, George Aguel and Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., CMP, will be honored with PCMA Professional Achievement awards at the 2012 PCMA Education Foundation Dinner next May in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Fox became president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Loews Hotels appointed Michael Palmeri its vice president of acquisitions and development. Dawn Eagleton […]
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 […]
Since February, US Travel has been spearheading a promotional and advocacy campaign to give a voice to the meetings industry, with the help of industry associations such as PCMA, MPI and NBTA. But there is still some frustration with its speed in addressing media and government criticisms. Enter Yes2Meetings…
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 […]
At the end of the 2009 PYM Town Hall: State of the Industry luncheon in Atlanta, representatives from each table presented their findings to the group. Here are summaries of what was presented.
Questions asked at this table included: What is the best way to target the corporate market right now? and How do you develop and nurture business when your clients are hurting/canceling events?
Questions asked at this table included: How are you filling the void left by canceled business? and What is your biggest challenge, and solutions you’ve found?
A roundup of hotel openings, new developments and other amenities now available to meeting and event planners, both domestically and internationally.
New hires and promotions throughout the meetings and hospitality industry.
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.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of conducting a brainstorming session with meeting planners about the challenges they’re facing right now and what some of the solutions are. Whether you attended or not, I think everyone can benefit from some of the advice your peers have on dealing with toxic bosses, contract negotiations, dealing with attrition, […]
By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM We all are moving through challenging and opportunity-laden times. I just got out of a session where we heard from Montie Brewer, president and CEO of Air Canada, and Larry Kellner, chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines. Brewer suggested airlines need to plan for volatile times. Not just oil pricing […]
The key to success in our current industry seems to hinge on one word: flexibility. We see the U.S. financial market sitting on a seesaw with the global economy, creating ups and downs that require balance and tenacity. With one tip, the meeting professional can teeter, but a strong hold on creative solutions will level […]
The thoughts and ideas of our Town Hall participants at Table Five.
The thoughts and ideas of our Town Hall participants at Table Two.
The thoughts and ideas of our Town Hall participants at Table One.
New hires and promotions throughout the Southern U.S.
Last month, I was in Houston for a speaking engagement and there was a problem with my room. The front desk was very courteous, and said they would move me and send someone down with a key. The hotel had an outdoor courtyard layout and was very close to the highway. My room was near a giant hole in the security fence, so when there was a knock at the door, I asked, “Who is it?” to make sure it was the front desk and not someone who had wandered on-property.
Unfortunately, the person the front desk sent didn’t speak English. They didn’t understand enough of what I said to respond, “Housekeeping.” When I finally answered the door, they mutely handed me a key, but couldn’t give me directions to where to find my new room. It was incredibly frustrating, and we were both left embarrassed by our inability to communicate.
Hotels and resorts from coast to coast are coming up short-staffed as the federal government seeks to reduce the number of foreign-born workers who typically fill housekeeping, kitchen, front desk and banquet positions.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has given the Florida hotel industry a green incentive. Since Jan. 1, hotels have had to have Florida Green Lodging certification in order to be considered host sites for government-sponsored meetings. Currently, 54 Florida hotels have earned the “Green Lodging” designation from the Department of Environmental Protection; 207 hotels have applied […]
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 […]
New hires and promotions in the meetings industry.
In 2006, hotel industry revenue increased to $133.4 billion, up from $122.7 billion in 2005, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) 2007 Lodging Industry Profile.
Hotels are much more than a place to rest your head at night. They are social gathering places, places of commerce, luxury indulgences and much more.
New hires, hotels, developments, and products and services available to meeting and event planners throughout the Southeast and Southwest.
New hires, hotels and developments throughout the Southeast.
A monthly round-up of who’s going where and what’s new for meeting planners in the Southern United States.
A conversation with Vanessa Whitehead of Global Organization and Planning Services. This is the first part of a three-part series focusing on planning international meetings. Part two will focus on accommodating international attendees at stateside events.
Another inspiring story from New Orleans: This one is from Brian Panozzo, general manager of the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter.
Holland America Cruise Lines’ environmentally responsible policies were honored at Kuoni Switzerland’s 2006 Green Planet Awards.
An overview of the meeting industry’s new hires and staff promotions, as well as new hotels, attractions, casinos, flights and cruise ships opening throughout the Southeast and Southwest.
Brace yourselves: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) is betting hotel prices will continue to rise, despite the construction of 119,000 new hotel rooms. According to its 2006 Average Daily Room Rate (ADR) Forecast, the increase in hotel rates for first quarter 2006 exceeded PWC’s predictions. Combined with consumer price inflation (caused by soaring energy costs) and an occupancy […]
NAMES Steven A. Schuldenfrei has been named President of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association; Mary Beth Rebedeau will fill the vacancy he left as Executive Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers. Alyssa Egger has been named Account Services Representative for Plan Your Meetings (PYM) magazine. Egger will work directly with PYM’s advertising partners […]