Challenger, Gray & Christmas says that 70 percent of companies will hold holiday parties this year, and only 30 percent will hold them on company premises. This sounds great — how generous of these companies to throw a party! How great for morale! There’s only one problem — no one wants to go. I did […]
The appreciation of art is subjective. Otherwise, beauty wouldn’t reside in the eye of the beholder and one man’s trash would never be considered anyone’s treasure. So if our response to everything — including art, music, literature and face-to-face events — is totally subjective, how do we know what’s “good”? The power of instinct A […]
If you want to create memorable meetings and events, there are many ways to do so. All you need is a little ingenuity and inspiration. Plan Your Meetings spoke with meeting planners across the country to find out what advice they had for livening things up and engaging attendees …
I’ve been involved in the corporate audiovisual production industry for over 20 years, and one of the most consistent issues I hear meeting planners and end clients complaining about is the cost of their technology spend, specifically “hidden” or unexpected AV expenses. Part of the problem lies in the fact that many meeting planners are […]
One of the mistakes meeting planners frequently make is not paying enough attention to the layout and design of their meeting rooms. Too often planners are more concerned with accommodating the most people possible in a space instead of designing an environment that is conducive to meeting the goals and objectives of the event. For […]
Ever wonder how a general session is put together? After the opening general session of the 2010 PCMA Convening Leaders conference on Jan. 11, Freeman’s Design/Production Resource Manger Jim Irwin, CTS, MFA, led meeting and event planners on a behind the scenes tour and explained the process as it moved from the drawing board to […]
When meeting industry veteran Ben Novack Jr. was killed last month in his hotel room during a conference his company was managing in Rye Brook, N.Y., it sent shockwaves through the industry. It also served as a wake-up call for planners to think about their own safety. From hotel room security precautions to the best course of working with local authorities and the media, here are insights from industry professionals about what planners should do in case of an emergency…
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, […]
From 1994 to 2005, Walter Scheib prepared meals for the Clinton and Bush families as well as foreign dignitaries such as Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela. Currently, he owns American Chef Event Services and is a culinary partner of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts in Hershey, Penn.
Don’t know whether you’re coming or going? E-mail your flight, car, hotel and restaurant reservations to email@example.com, and you’ll get back a unified travel itinerary you can customize with photos, notes and maps. You can also use TripIt to share your itinerary with friends and family. TripIt itineraries also may be accessed by mobile devices […]
Welcome to Virtualis, the world’s largest virtual convention and learning center, created by more than 200 people based around the world, under the guidance of Dan Parks, president and creative director of Corporate Planners Unlimited Inc., a California-based meeting, event and corporate travel planning company.
In case you haven’t noticed, the presidential election season is in full swing. We thought you might be ready for a lighter, slightly more relevant look at the candidates, as well as a break from the daily back and forth rhetoric of the political pundits. So we asked ME Productions, an award-winning special event and […]
Award-winning designer Ira Mitchell-Stern, executive director of creative for All Over Miami, advises planners to comb home magazines and home furnishing stores like West Elm, Target (which recently introduced a new line of home furnishings from Dwell Studio, including pillows featuring yellow and gray palettes), and K-Mart for trends and ideas that can be applied to events.
Many people begin planning events without the benefit of taking an event planning class or having the opportunity to study the hospitality industry. You can learn all of the industry standards seasoned professionals know by getting the same books they study. When seasoned event planners cannot recall a specific detail, they often pull one of these books from their bookshelves. Hospitality professionals also use these books to study for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam.
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.
Do you know there are federal laws event planners should be aware of if they want to use music at a public event? Most people think because they buy their favorite artist’s CD, they have the right to play that CD anywhere they want to, including at an event. However, Federal laws protect all recorded music. Read the legalese on the CD: “Unauthorized copying, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.” That means you. Recording companies, musicians, and songwriters own the copyright, and are entitled to royalties every time the music is performed or played in public.
At a recent seminar, set up classroom-style, the beige linen table drapes were hung too long on the seating side. Attendees wound up pulling the cloth (resulting in some spilled drinks) and got tangled in it as they moved or crossed their legs; those with dark pants wound up with their pant legs covered in […]
Next year, meeting planners will be able to book groups into 250 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza and some select Holiday Inn hotels online.
Folks, there is such a thing as too much garlic. I know, hard to believe for you garlic lovers out there, but it is true in a banqueting situation.
While working last month in Paris, a client treated one of my bosses and me to a dinner for two at La Table de Joël Robuchon.
How much should you tip after an event?
For multi-day functions, help attendees keep their schedules straight by providing them with business card-sized agendas they can stuff in a pocket and refer to throughout the event.
Let attendees get French with La Crêpe Party.
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.
How Cara Luft created a once-in-a-lifetime, three-day, customer appreciation program for Gateway.
This is the second part of a three-part series focusing on international meeting planning. Part one focused on planning events overseas. Part three will focus on resources available to meeting planners.
A monthly round-up of who’s going where and what’s new for meeting planners in the Southern United States.
Sidestep.com has launched a search engine for cruise lines. Visitors to the Web site can search by departure dates, ports of call, cruise lines and cruise length, and compare offerings and itineraries side-by-side.
Meeting planners know how important F&B is, but thrilling clients with banquet menus can be challenging. Try breaking out of the ballroom and turn a meal function into a culinary event.
Health and wellness programs are here to stay, so get with it!
When doing a buffet meal, here are some suggestions to enhance guest experience: If seating is for everyone, instruct banquets to set the tables completely instead of placing silverware in a napkin roll on the buffet. The room looks much nicer. Ask that banquets pre-set or serve the beverages instead of having drinks on the […]
In the wake of repeated natural disasters, meetings planners are being forced to think and act quickly and creatively to adapt to the industry’s changing circumstances.