The No. 1 problem meeting planners have today is getting hoteliers to respond to their requests for proposal (RFPs).
The best step toward better RFPs is having experienced people on the both the sourcing and supply side proactively educate the next generation.
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 […]
How often have you walked away from a contract negotiation feeling positive, happy with the deal you struck and like you got the very best deal for your money? Is negotiating hotel contracts one of your least favorite parts of your job? I think very few meeting planners feel comfortable with this aspect, and I […]
Recently, I read an article that discussed negotiating with hotels, and there was a very strong bias to the meeting planner. I am a planner, but it angered me that both sides were not presented. I believe we all want to achieve the best deal and that the real goal is to come away with […]
When it comes to the audiovisual for their meetings, most planners tell me it’s the worst part of their job. On a recent posting to the MiForum Google group, there was a long and extended conversation about how difficult it was for a planner in trying to navigate the bidding process for her AV needs. […]
In these economic times when every dollar an organization spends is being scrutinized, meeting expenses are under the microscope just like every other expenditure. What’s the single most important thing you can do to ensure you negotiate the best possible deal for your meeting? What one tool will save you time, energy and frustration in […]
On Earth Day, April 22, resorts and hotels are joining the rush to be “green” by doing their part to reduce waste and curb carbon footprints. At several Disney World resorts, tree plantings are planned along with awareness activities such as “Party for the Planet” at Animal Kingdom and “Green Weekend, Bugs are cool!” at […]
In the past, RFPs submitted to the Orlando/Orange County CVB were distributed to relevant member organizations, regardless of whether they technically were located within Orlando city limits. After all, Walt Disney World is in Lake Buena Vista, and some Kissimmee convention properties are closer to the theme parks than Orlando properties.
That policy has changed, and properties in Kissimmee (Osceola County) no longer will receive leads from submitted meeting and convention RFPs, even if the hotels are member organizations.
Six new questions to help travel buyers understand hotels’ environmental and dynamic pricing policies were added to the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) Modular Hotel RFP for the 2009 bid season.