Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) is your best career buddy because it provides quantifiable, clear progress to goals, and everyone should realize that in order to know how much you are worth, you have to know the value you have provided to the organization.
I’ve been in the consulting business for a long time and am convinced I’ve seen it all. An executive recently told me that he saw no value in social media, that it was a waste of his already limited resources. In his mind, he felt he must have done something right to have stayed in […]
What planners need to know when hotels are renovated or change brands
Recently, while coordinating a meeting in Palm Springs, Calif., I became concerned when my breakfast set-up was not complete 15 minutes before guests were due. “We still have some kinks to work out due to the management change,” the hotel salesperson informed me. The hotel had recently changed brands and management companies, which was reflected in the service for this particular function. Ultimately, the hotel provided seamless service, and the guests did not notice anything amiss.
In many cases, though, a change in hotel brands or management companies can present challenges for planners.
According to Selling Power, a meetings newsletter geared towards planning events for sales teams, up to 80 percent of your sales team is probably made up of Gen Xers, born between 1961 and 1981. When planning meetings for this picky bunch, Ann Fishman, president of Generation Targeted Meeting Corporation, has a list of critical do’s and don’ts.
Team San Jose, a management team with members from the city’s convention and visitors bureau, labor unions, hotels and arts organizations, was awarded a five-year contract to manage the McEnery Convention Center and Civic Auditorium after the City Council voted unanimously to renew its contract on Dec. 17. The decision comes more than a year before the current contract is set to expire, in June 2009.
PRA Destination Management, which has 19 American offices, has been acquired by Allied Europe.