“The 7 Spells of the New Conference People 2.0” by Dan Ake is designed to help conference organizers understand how to meet modern challenges and acquire the skills needed to take them to the next level. Among the “7 spells” discussed are: finding the best topics for your conference, attracting the best speakers and selling […]
The Canaan Zipline Tour in Rock Hill, S.C., gives attendees the thrill of flying as they zip over tree-lined mountaintops as they build camaraderie and trust. Full and half-day corporate packages are available.
If you have questions about webcasts and virtual events, you can ask them on VUE, an online community for planners to discuss and share best practices and network with their peers.
The Dallas CVB has launched an online booking engine for groups needing 25 rooms or less. Users can compare a large inventory of hotels and meeting venues, and secure rooms immediately.
Visit Denver offers an app planners and attendees can use to make the most of the city. It has information on restaurants and attractions, transportation and weather forecasts. It is available for iPhones and iPads from the iTunes App Store (search for “Visit Denver”). Android users can download the application by visiting the Android Marketplace […]
Through its partnerships with food banks worldwide, Marriott has donated over $500,000 since 1992. And the brand annually contributes more than $200,000 to Habitat for Humanity. More than 150,000 volunteers from corporate and franchise hotels have rolled up their sleeves to go to work for those in need.
Guests of the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa can go on Virgin Islands Ecotours to Hassel Island, part of the Virgin Islands National Park, on a voluntourism excursion. In addition to a 20-minute paddle trip to the island, historical tours of a military fort and one of the earliest steam-powered marine railways, visitors will […]
Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater’s website offers an interactive, 3-D tour of Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island and Fort de Soto Park that uses printed “markers” from the St.-Pete/Clearwater Visitor Guide. Order one free from visitstpeteclearwater.com
Kenny Zail and his associates at Making Teams Rock! help attendees think critically, problem solve and collaborate on finding solutions to corporate world challenges. Their newest team-building package is “Competitive Advantage: Securing Your Future,” a non-physical, role-playing game for as few as three or as many as 100+ participants.
Planners can help their attendees unwind and have fun with VanGogh2Go, an interactive art party that helps participants create a lively canvas painting in two to three hours. VanGogh2Go provides all the materials to complete the work of art, which attendees can keep as a momento of the event. For more information visit their Facebook […]
International The Ritz-Carlton is now managing the 250-room Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman. The property has five meeting rooms, 200 acres of landscaped gardens and a private beach. Finnair will introduce a direct route to Chongqing, China, in 2012. Finnair is the first airline to open a direct flight route from Europe to Chongqing. […]
A short list of new hotel and venue sales contacts for meeting planners around the world.
Free Wi-Fi was one of the perks hosted buyers enjoyed at the 2011 IMEX Frankfurt conference, but 72 percent of them used an iPhone to access it, 23 percent used an iPad, and only nine percent used a BlackBerry. That’s a dramatic shift from last year’s smartphone use, when BlackBerry held the edge (47 percent […]
DJ Loczi’s Studio 54 Electric Dream show at the MGM Grand Las Vegas immerses guests in club culture history to a soundtrack of electro, dubstep, progressive house, pop, hip-hop, funk, soul and disco. It’s a fun, sonic way to expose attendees to Studio 54’s glamourous past while tying them to the future potential of communal […]
Diners are in for a wet experience at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, Arizona this summer. Splash Dinners are served at tables that are placed in the hotel’s Turquesa pool. Upon arrival, guests check their shoes and wade to their seats that are submerged. Guests are encouraged to wear shorts or knee-length pants. They are then […]
EventJobsBoard.com wants to help the hospitality industry recover and put meeting professionals back to work. Companies are encouraged to post open positions in the hospitality field, including jobs at hotels, restaurants, event service firms and event venues. Potential employees may submit their resumés to EventJobsBoard.com’s database. If applicants do not have a resumé, a team […]
Salamander Hotels and Resorts,is raising its profile and expanding its portfolio with two international acquisitions in the Dominican Republic.
As the corporate travel industry grows stronger, the cost of business travel is bound to increase. And according to a recent survey of North American travel buyers, budgets are finally expanding. According to the Global Business Travel Association’s 2011 Industry Pulse: Business Travel Buyer’s Sentiment report: More than half (60 percent) of travel buyers surveyed […]
Oct. 10 will be known as “Smart Monday” in Las Vegas, thanks to IMEX America, which is partnering with Meetings Professional International (MPI) to offer a bonus day of education for senior-level meeting planners and suppliers. On the day before IMEX America officially opens, the MPI-sponsored MeetDifferent Day of Education & Innovation will feature educational […]
According to MPI Foundation’s FutureWatch 2011, more than 80 percent of meeting planners have smartphones. And addition to the top 100 listed on MeetingApps.com, there are thousands of apps planners can use. But do they? Do you? This great blog posts the many reasons why you could or should use mobile applications during the planning […]
International Marriott International plans to open 50 new hotels under its Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand in the next four years. Twenty-four of the new hotels will be in the Asia-Pacific region; nine will be in the Middle East and Africa; four will be in Europe and 12 will be in the Americas. The Royal […]
Eva Ziegler, the global brand leader for W Hotels Worldwide is stepping down to rejoin her family in Europe. A search is underway for her replacement. Tero Taskila, the former chief commercial officer of AirBaltic, has been named the new president of Estonian Air. Choice Hotels appointed Robert McDowell senior vice president of global distribution, […]