The Top 3 things employees do during mobile conference calls are completely unrelated to the call they’re listening in on, according to a study conducted by InterCall, one of the world’s largest conferencing providers. The results showed that 65 percent of employees do other work, 55 percent eat or make food, and 47 percent go to the restroom (thank goodness for […]
Three Colorado resorts have created the Mountain Meeting Alliance dedicated to delivering exceptional group experiences and invite planners for a complimentary tour in August.
The entertainment world has its Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys and Tonys. Atlanta celebrates the world of special events with its annual Allie Awards, now in their 23rd year. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding examples of quality and creativity in Atlanta’s event industry and to demonstrate how working together for a common good can promote […]
A recent study conducted by IMEX America hints that the worst of the recession may be over, but recovery is slow. The inaugural Index of Optimism, which surveyed over 250 planners and travel executives (90 percent in the U.S., 10 percent in Canada), shows rising levels of confidence and business expectations. Seventy-one percent of the […]
If you want to create memorable meetings and events, there are many ways to do so. All you need is a little ingenuity and inspiration. Plan Your Meetings spoke with meeting planners across the country to find out what advice they had for livening things up and engaging attendees …
Planners wishing to book meetings and events aboard cruise lines now have a new option. Seasite.com is the first Web portal designed solely for the cruise meetings industry, gathering the top cruise lines together into an easy to navigate, searchable database that allows planners to search by various criteria. Each line has a “mini site” […]
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, […]
We are living in interesting times. Despite meeting cancellations, budget shrinkage and economic uncertainties, we know face-to-face meetings will never completely go away. What has to change, however, is how those meetings are conducted. Change can be scary; some companies truly are struggling, but I can’t help but agree with the author who coined this […]
The Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative of the non-profit Convention Industry Council (CIC), launched a new Web site as an extension to its sister site. New and enhanced features include an events calendar, planner/organizer, glossary, guides, supplier testimonials and more. Planners also may find a collection of industry best practices on a variety of […]
Advice to suppliers: Bone up on your customer service. That was the No. 1 message planners had for sales reps hungry for business. Plan Your Meetings conducted an informal “state of the industry” roundtable with 20 Atlanta-based corporate, government, association and independent planners who attended its PYM LIVE Event in Birmingham. They talked about current […]
Despite passing a 2005 ban on panhandlers in the convention district, Atlanta still struggles with the problem. “Convention groups have told us that panhandling is damaging to their attendees experience and to our reputation, despite all of Atlanta’s assets,” says President and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau Spurgeon Richardson. The city is […]
Consumer advocate and talk show radio host Clark Howard relishes helping listeners save money and avoid scams. It’s addictively entertaining.
A few days ago, a wedding planner called in with a warning for other industry veterans.
Travelsintaste.com offers luxury restaurant information for cities in the U.S. The site includes video tours of restaurant kitchens and cooking demonstrations, as well as “up-to-the-minute news about fabulous destinations.” A restaurant in each city is highlighted and changes frequently. Users can map destinations, make reservations, check local weather and email restaurant information. Useful for planners […]
The good news: Discount airlines are adding features aimed at catering to business travelers. The bad news: The airline industry (big carriers) may be shrinking again.
There are over 30 professional associations for hospitality professionals. Some organizations have monthly educational meetings, annual educational conferences, tradeshows, networking opportunities, leadership roles for hospitality professionals, and other benefits that can help you identify the resources you need to advance your career. Use the list below to determine which organizations meet your special needs and find local chapters.
Meeting planners, association executives and incentives specialists can register to win a luxury getaway to one of Associated Luxury Hotels International’s (AHLI) hotels or resorts by visiting AHLI’s new Web site, which was created with planner imput.
Welcome to Plan Your Meetings’ 2007 Houston Expo. These pages are your first look at an event we hope will reshape the way you look at yourself, your business and the meeting planning industry. Budgets, ROI, more and better for less… we could go on and on, but we know you’ve heard it all. Instead, […]
Homeless drifters, deceiving muffins and trips to the emergency room: Salisbury, Md.-based The Knowland Group released its Top-Five list of bizarre meeting planner complaints about group events.
Working an event recently, I did my usual schtick and said I wanted to do the bar inventory by counting beer caps. The property said they would make these arrangements … and then didn’t. What did they do? They served the beer in cans instead of bottles. What didn’t I like about this? A lot […]
More than 400 meeting planners and exhibitors learned cutting-edge techniques and essential skills to make the most of their meetings, their profession and each other at the 2007 Plan Your Meetings (PYM) Atlanta Expo, held Sept. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia.
On Oct. 18, the Greater Birmingham [Ala.] Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts Fright Night, a creative, Halloween-themed event where meeting planners can meet CVB partners in a relaxed, social setting. Last’s year’s event scared up an enthusiastic crowd. The event’s not limited to local planners either; if you’re interested in attending, call Janice Jefferson at […]
Travel & Leisure magazine drew the line between business and leisure travel, releasing its readers’ picks for North America’s best business hotels.
Planners love to hear case studies, meeting bloopers and ways we all turn challenges into successes. So we decided to take you behind the scenes of our Southeast Expo in Atlanta, held Sept. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia.
Last year, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) enacted rules about gift giving that dictated member companies stay within a $100-per-year gift limit to prospective customers. Recently, both organizations submitted proposed rule changes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission putting limits on business entertainment, which was not specifically regulated by NASD Rule 3060 and NYSE Rule 350.
“Any meeting planner that is seriously considering holding a meeting in New Orleans and has not been here, all they have to do is get a plane ticket, and I will be happy to arrange the rest on as near a comp basis as is possible. We need planners to believe in our city as a great place to have their meeting.”
Corporate meeting planners have a new outlet for booking group travel — this time with a low-fare airline.
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center’s Web site has two new budget and meeting planning guides available free to planners.
Meeting planners know how important F&B is, but thrilling clients with banquet menus can be challenging. Try breaking out of the ballroom and turn a meal function into a culinary event.
Health and wellness programs are here to stay, so get with it!