It’s no secret that the economy affects the events industry. When event budgets are slashed, event attendance drops, attendees are less willing or able to travel, and those attendees who do show up feel the effects of the economy. Even in good economic conditions, exhibitors are being forced to scrutinize every detail to prove the […]
The PYM State of the Industry roundtable was a dinner held in San Francisco, with national and local meeting industry professionals, in October 2012. Click here to download a transcript of the meeting. In attendance: Corporate planner (global business services) Corporate planner (global business services) Corporate planner (technology company) Corporate planner (technology company) Independent/third-party planner (various industries) […]
The PYM State of the Industry Roundtable was a dinner held in Austin, Texas, with national and local meeting industry professionals in May 2012. Click here to download a transcript of this session. In attendance: Director of in-market sales for an international hotels and resorts company Program director for a national insurance research agency Senior […]
I don’t know about you, but the 1,000+ e-mails I get every day aren’t getting read. And when I shuffle over the mailroom, the only people sending me letters are credit card companies. So I have to say that when someone mails me something interesting, I pay attention. Yesterday, I got this package that looked […]
On April 29, 2011, meeting planners and suppliers came together in Atlanta to discuss the State of the Industry. Here is a summary of their findings.
It used to be that if you were hosting a corporate meeting or association conference, it was understood it needed a theme. Who can forget the classics? Right Team, Right Time Right Now. The Power of One. Focus on the Future. Better than Ever Together. Mission Possible. The theme sets the tone, in what planners hope […]
The PYM State of the Industry Roundtable was a luncheon held in Aspen with local meeting industry professionals in August 2010. In attendance: 1. President/CEO of a local chamber/tourism bureau 2. Director of Sales of a resort hotel with condo and vacation rentals 3. Director of Sales and Marketing for a family owned hotel 4. […]
In good fiscal years, as well as bad, the topic on every event planner’s mind is: How do we get people to sign up and attend our conference? Of course, in down economic times, that question takes on an even bigger urgency. Although there is no secret sure-fire trick, experienced planners say there are actions […]
Discussions about green communications are a hot and large topic. It opens up subjects such as social media, phone apps, attendee interaction and ability to track ROI. Meeting planners are always challenged to keep one step ahead in wowing attendees with the latest transfers of information or even just finding the most efficient ways to […]
How to make positives out of negative situations, current contract negotiation trends and maintaining marketshare were some of the topics discussed at Table One at the 2010 Town Hall Austin, held at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center on Feb. 24.
How do you attract more business, reach the decision makers and keep your staff motivated through the hard times? Those were some of the questions tackled by Table 2 at the 2010 PYM Town Hall Austin: State of the Industry Event held on Feb. 24 at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center.