Degree vs. certification–what’s best for you?
Tips for creating memorable events by focusing on the peak and an exceptional conclusion.
In order to plan an effective meeting, you need to understand why it’s happening and what would make it successful. That’s where your meeting stakeholders come in.
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.
In this issue: The Stanley Hotel Book at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., in January and February for group discounts plus one complimentary room for every 15 rooms booked! Discounted group rates starting at $119 per night midweek. Restrictions apply. Hilton New Orleans Walk just 2½ blocks to the world-famous French Quarter or […]
In this issue: MFH & Associates, Dave & Buster’s, Double Diamond Resorts, Irving TX CVB and Macon GA CVB.
Did you know it’s a scientific fact that if you leave your earbuds lying around, they’ll get tangled? And there’s more! Chief AV Girl Midori Connolly is back with more tech-infused travel tips. Watch this short video and learn how to stay charged up and in-control on-site or in transit. And don’t forget: If you’d […]
What makes a meeting great? What is the elusive quality, the special magic, that gives your attendees the feeling that something extraordinary is going on? I believe the answer to that lies in committing to the fifth and final principle of meeting design – unity. In visual design, unity is defined as “the underlying principle […]
We all know what rhythm is — whether you have any or not — but what does it have to do with meetings?
The Long Beach City (Calif.) Plus Pass offers 20 percent discounts, 2-for-1 deals and other offers for local merchants that can be redeemed by conference attendees. The $10 cards are good for one month. Planners interested in making them available to attendees in registration gift bags or over conference websites can call 562-980-7566 or visit […]
The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., has been welcoming guests since 1778. In 1946, famed interior designer Dorothy Draper refreshed its image. Aspiring interior decorators can now sign up for a five-day “Dorothy Draper School of Decorating” and learn how to create bold interiors, while enjoying resort perks such as afternoon tea and special […]
John Lisack Jr., CAE, George Aguel and Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., CMP, will be honored with PCMA Professional Achievement awards at the 2012 PCMA Education Foundation Dinner next May in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Fox became president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Loews Hotels appointed Michael Palmeri its vice president of acquisitions and development. Dawn Eagleton […]
Unless you work for a small local business, chances are that at some point you will have to plan an event overseas. When you do, there are a few things you should bear in mind. 1. Educate yourself about cultural sensitivities “The best way to prepare yourself for the cultural expectations of a destination is to […]
Get 150 corporate meeting planners in a room, ask them what their average booking window is, and they’ll tell you 36 days. And that may not change any time soon. A recent study conducted with planners who averaged a total of 15 annual off-site meetings found that last-minute meetings have become the norm, with 60 […]
A couple of years ago, we shared with you the Top 10 Signs that Your Speaker Will Suck, a list of things that signal when it’s time to close your notebook and head to the lounge. But one of the things we left out was a detailed analysis of what makes visual presentations so mind-numbingly […]
If your group is looking to meet within the next 90 days, say so long to ice storms and gray skies and take them to the beach. If you need some ideas on potential destinations, here’s a list of America’s Top 10 winter beach retreats. (And congrats to the PYM partners that made the list: […]
Often when meeting and event organizers begin planning conference education, they take the most efficient path. They consider the venue’s meeting space, capacity charts and room layouts. The object is to get as many people as possible in each room for each presentation. This planning process focuses on what’s best, efficient and easiest for the […]
In these economic times when every dollar an organization spends is being scrutinized, meeting expenses are under the microscope just like every other expenditure. What’s the single most important thing you can do to ensure you negotiate the best possible deal for your meeting? What one tool will save you time, energy and frustration in […]
Fast Company had this fun little story about the Top 10 “unique” personalities you typically find in a meeting. I was wondering where you see yourself fitting in. Or, as planners, do we all think we’re “maestros”? (I know I do.)
Since Delta Air Lines acquired Northwest Airlines last year, corporate travel buyers have been wondering if Delta would eliminate Northwest’s discounted fares for people flying to meetings and events. After all, when Delta eliminated its Delta Meeting Network in 2005, it inspired many other airlines to do the same. Instead, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports, […]
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 […]
Sydney, Australia, has world-class cultural venues, a sophisticated hotel inventory and a huge roster of convention-ready venues that were built for the 2000 Olympics. But, until now, the capitol of New South Wales hasn’t aggressively marketed itself as a conventions destination to U.S. planners. “We haven’t really focused on the conference market overseas because [of] […]
You’ve secured a venue, contracted vendors and selected a menu, but have you considered the safety of your guests? If your idea of event security is the property’s uniformed security guard or a burly, suit-clad bouncer checking off names at the entrance, think again. While neither are bad options, they shouldn’t be your only ones.
The PYM Town Hall: State of the Industry event was a partner appreciation luncheon hosted by Plan Your Meetings and held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Jan. 29, 2009. It was the second of its kind, the first having convened in July 2008. The event was designed to be a group “think-tank” session between […]
Questions discussed at this table were: What can you do to distinguish yourself and rise above the competition? and How can you get creative with small budgets without selling your services short?
Questions asked at this table included: How are you filling the void left by canceled business? and What is your biggest challenge, and solutions you’ve found?
What a year we experienced with 2008! We saw the greenest Democratic National Convention in history produced in Denver, witnessed the Summer Olympics in China, elected a new president and, unfortunately witnessed the deconstruction of our financial industry. Within the meetings and events industry, we also began to experience a shift in how we conduct […]
At the Atlanta CVB press conference Feb. 6, MPI Chair-Elect Ann Godi gave her top reasons companies should be holding meetings. You can watch the video here:
A roundup of hotel openings, new developments and other amenities now available to meeting and event planners, both domestically and internationally.
New hires and promotions throughout the meetings and hospitality industry.
A sign above the podium at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia read “History Starts Now.” A video contrasting congested, polluted areas with virgin tracts of land flickered across the screens to either side of the stage. Then, Home Depot USA’s Senior Manager, Events Management, Audrey Davies addressed the crowd.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of conducting a brainstorming session with meeting planners about the challenges they’re facing right now and what some of the solutions are. Whether you attended or not, I think everyone can benefit from some of the advice your peers have on dealing with toxic bosses, contract negotiations, dealing with attrition, […]
Congratulations, you have committed to planning your meetings and events in a more sustainable way! You have gained support from your executives and board members, and communicated your goals and expectations with vendors and attendees, implementing sustainable practices. What is next you may ask? Metrics! Metrics are the method of measuring an event’s impact on […]
Meetings and event cancellations may be inevitable, but burned bridges don’t have to be. Though not exactly an art or science, there are right and wrong ways to call off a booking. And handling the situation with diplomacy and tact can often make things easier for every party involved. The best way to ensure things […]
In the meetings world, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is fast becoming the new ROI. If you’re looking to incorporate a CSR program into your next event, consider The Foundation for Hospital Art (FFHA), a non-profit whose mission is “to donate at least one painting to every hospital on earth.”
Why project on a conventional screen or waterwall, when images or presentations can float in mid-air? Arizona-based Encore Creative has a 15-ft. FogScreen that attendees, entertainers or featured speakers can walk right through.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has given the Florida hotel industry a green incentive. Since Jan. 1, hotels have had to have Florida Green Lodging certification in order to be considered host sites for government-sponsored meetings. Currently, 54 Florida hotels have earned the “Green Lodging” designation from the Department of Environmental Protection; 207 hotels have applied […]