Last year, Florida was hit hard by back-to-back hurricanes that damaged property around the state and sent meeting planners scrambling to find alternative venues, or having to cancel events altogether. Having three hurricanes and one major tropical storm in three months is abnormal for Florida and the state's official tourism marketing agency, VISIT FLORIDA, is […]
• AirTran obviously understands the business of meeting planning. A brochure for its EventSavers program is titled “Your Reward for Playing Babysitter to Large Groups of People.” • Dave and Busters, besides making a really good Chicken BLT Salad, has some clever trivia questions on its newsletter (good for a reading during meeting breaks) and […]
Ever get frustrated with the clock in your hotel room? Just in time for Daylight Savings, the Hilton Family of Hotels says it’s got a solution. The new Hilton Family clock features one of the easiest-to-set alarms ever, according to the company, which plans to install the new clocks in nearly 250,000 guest rooms. The […]
Pillow gifts may be left in guest rooms at the beginning or end of the event as an incentive or a memento, or every day of the meeting to reinforce the meeting’s message. Baskets of fruit, cookies or a bottle of wine with a selection of cheeses are common, but always welcome at check-in. Better […]
Do you find yourself eagerly going to trade shows, grabbing the sponsor’s free bag and filling it up with as many goodies as you can, like a kid at Halloween? Do you automatically expect certain “perks” from businesses you negotiate with to service your meetings? If you do, you’re no different from most of your fellow meeting planners or, in fact, most people doing business today. But Dr. Bruce Weinstein, “The Ethics Guy,” says its time to say no to freebies and the marketing come-ons that, he contends, hurt businesses in the long run.
On March 16, 2005, Atlanta area planners learned that violins rock, gorillas laugh and Zoo Atlanta is a lively location for an event. Life-size bronze cheetahs line the path to the Conservation Action Resource Center (ARC), an unusual, organic-shaped granite building with a 2,200-sq. ft. conference room (Ford Conservation Conference Room) overlooking the children’s zoo; […]