Greenbiz.com recently listed its Top 10 cities for sustainable events in 2014. This year’s list is the first to come out since the Convention Industry Council and the Green Meetings Industry Council released it acronym-heavy ASTM/APEX standards for sustainable meetings. ASTM/APEX is a set of nine formal, voluntary standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions […]
Well, things are always interesting around Plan Your Meetings and today is no exception. The PYM LIVE team is in multiple places, which means today’s event is happening simultaneously in Chicago; Columbia, S.C.; the Netherlands; several regions of California; and Atlanta. Because some of our panelists have to join via mobile devices, we won’t have […]
How to increase leverage during contract negotiations and augment events with virtual meeting technology were the key educational points discussed at PYM LIVE Chicago, which took place at the Dana Hotel on July 25. Here’s a Storify recap of the social media conversation surrounding this event and its #yaypym hashtag.
The Americas Meetings and Events Exhibition, known as AIBTM, will begin alternating between Chicago and Orlando in 2013. Chicago will host the event June 11-13, 2013; Orlando will host it June 10-12, 2014. The exhibition has been held in Baltimore since 2011. The move is designed to let stakeholders access new business opportunities in cities […]
Call it “convention center wars” or the “my-building-is-bigger-than-yours” affair. New York and Chicago seem to be vying to house the largest meetings and event facility in the United States, a title now held by Chicago’s McCormick Place, with 2.6 million square feet. New York plans to build a 3.8 million square foot facility that would […]
They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing. Wind speed around the corner from our final 2011 PYM LIVE Event venue was clocked at 60 mph. But that didn’t deter our hardy meeting and event planners from tromping out to take in the spectacular views the Signature Room at the 95th had to offer. […]
If all goes according to plan, the hotly debated merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines will take flight early next month. Despite corporate regulations and lawsuits claiming the merger would create a monopoly, unfairly raise prices and jeopardize hundreds of jobs, United and Continental have been given the green light to continue with the […]
On June 17, Plan Your Meetings was in the Windy City for the first ever 2010 PYM LIVE Chicago. Hosted by the Sutton Place Hotel, Steve Lowe (STLowe@harrahs.com) of Harrah’s & Harveys Lake Tahoe and Kevin R. Johnston, CMP (@Kevin_Johnston) of the Advantage Event Group addressed pressing industry topics and concerns, such as measuring ROI, […]
The proposed merger of United and Continental airlines is unlikely to raise fares in the short term, industry experts say, even though it would create the world’s largest airline. The deal would, however, make United the only choice for travelers on certain routes at 17 U.S. airports, including Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Denver International, Honolulu, Houston, […]
Webinars, teleconferences, Second Life … meeting planners have a lot of options on incorporating technology to create hybrid or virtual meetings. But when was the last time you heard (or thought) about meeting at the movies? On June 23 and 25, NCM will host Cinema Event Showcases in three cities to show meeting planners how […]
There are times in life when I feel I have the sweetest job on earth. This past week was one of those times — literally and figuratively.
Looking for a fun baseball-themed gift? Charity Wines partners with sports heroes and celebrities to create fine wines that support local charities. Among the branded wines are Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine’s Cabernet Glavingnon, Boston Red Sox David Ortiz’s Vintage Papi and New York Yankee Jose Reyes’ CaberReyes. The winery also produces branded vintages for Cincinnati, […]
When planners began moving convention business out of post-Katrina New Orleans, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau promised New Orleans that Chicago hotels would send them $10 per room per night booked by the relocating groups. Last month, bureau reps brought nearly $900,000 of hotel room rebates back to the Big Easy.