From order takers to trusted advisors: How to make your in-house event team more valuable to your clients.
Did you realize there are 33 essential skills you must master to be an efficient and effective event organizer? Here’s a preview of PYM’s newest educational series.
In speaking with event organizers and industry suppliers at IMEX America, a common theme kept popping up: Meeting professionals were getting ripped off. In one situation, an independent planner brought a friend in to help her on a job last year. When the client called the friend about coming back this year, the friend took […]
The answer to the question, based on numerous event ROI studies, is that exceptional program content is the single most important attribute of any event – more so than location, theme, activities, duration, timing and even cost. There is no doubt that attendees come to meetings and conferences for a number of reasons. Networking, recognition […]
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 […]
We’re not just meeting planners anymore, we’re also event marketing managers, which means we have to prove ourselves through ROI. I want to share a specific equation and other techniques on how to accomplish this very difficult task. RELATED STORY: Event marketing strategies for tough economic times Since ROI is the World Record-setting and gold […]
Questions at the table included: How do you attract new business? How do you introduce your services to planners? and How do you get planners to book with you?
Questions asked at this table were: What are the best markets to target in this economy? and What do incentive groups (or your clients) want now?
No matter how convenient it is to receive news through Twitter or a RSS feed, nothing replaces getting information from a good book. Over the course of the past year, these are the titles we’ve heard bandied about by people in the know. Consider this an abridged, business-savvy version of Oprah’s Book Club: “Made to […]
MPI President and CEO Bruce MacMillan shares his thoughts on the AIG fallout and how important meetings, events and conferences are to our economic recovery. Dear Editor, I’ve followed with interest the coverage of executive excess at AIG and comments by Attorney General Cuomo that led to the subsequent cancellation of most of AIG’s planned […]
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Change is a major reason why the allure of traveling to meetings and events is so strong, despite the challenges and expense. People may complain about having to make the time to attend, but meetings that get them away from the office produce many positive benefits. Studies and experience attest to a sense of renewal, […]
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 […]
“If your group is going to do a lot of copying, consider bringing your own copier. It may be cheaper than paying to use the hotel’s business center.” — Kent Emeson, speaking at the 2007 Plan Your Meetings Southeast Expo in Atlanta
The SnowSports Industries America (SIA) show is leaving Las Vegas after 35 years in the city. The four-day SIA SnowSports Trade Show, which annually draws 20,000 ski and snow sport retailers and manufacturers, has signed an agreement to hold its convention in Denver for 10 years, beginning in January 2010. The estimated annual economic impact of the four-day show is $30 million.
Travel & Leisure magazine drew the line between business and leisure travel, releasing its readers’ picks for North America’s best business hotels.
The U.S. State Department has issued travel advisories for many cities in Mexico, but that doesn’t mean your group has to miss out on all Mexico has to offer. Just head for the border, the American border that is.
With the arrival of hurricane season, travel vendors and hotels are working to make hurricane-prone areas less stressful places to do business this summer and fall.
The National Foreign Trade Council estimates the United States has lost $31 billion in international business between 2002 and 2004 due to tightened entry regulations that went into effect post-9/11. Bloomberg News predicts new U.S. visa requirements will mean even bigger losses as companies abroad choose to meet in countries that are easier to enter. […]
In the race to make every element more functional and friendly, hotels are giving their check-in desks the boot, preferring to station front-desk personnel at lobby “pods” or stations with multiple computers, similar to what is found at retail stores.
New Orleans businesses, poolside drinks, ferry rides and “green” hotels.
If you do not play golf for business, you are missing an opportunity, says David Collins of Business Golf Success. This is where relationships are built, he says. His advice to beginners? Learn how to get out of the cart quickly and take your turn quickly. Dont take too long looking for golf balls. Take […]