Plan Your Meetings speaks with the incoming President and CEO of MPI about the challenges and changes planners face.
Now that airlines have implemented new restrictions on carry-on luggage and checked items, some planners are examining ways to minimize the amount of luggage attendees need to bring with them. Here’s a list of tips guaranteed to minimize hassles at the airport.
Soaring hotel occupancy rates and diminished room supply are starting to squeeze small meetings. Heather Hawes, director of special events, Institutional Advancement, at Spellman College in Atlanta says she’s seeing small meetings getting bumped in favor of larger meetings “all the time.”
The hotel industry has rebounded and business travel is back. Across the country, hotels are experiencing occupancy and revenue levels not seen since 2000. Coupled with a limited supply of hotel rooms due to hurricane evacuees seeking shelter in hotels across the country and properties being converted to condos in some major cities, the turnaround […]
Airline industry woes have dominated news headlines lately, but planners disagree about how this is changing the way they book group tickets. Raul Santa, who works for the non-profit organization Jobs for Progress National, Inc., based in Irving, Texas, says the organization no longer attempts to handle everyone’s flight arrangements for its annual conference.
Most hotels and facilities in Florida escaped unscathed from Hurricane Wilma. Lack of electricity was the biggest concern, but that didn't stop groups from meeting in South Florida. Wilma arrived in Florida after ricocheting off the Yucatan Peninsula, where recovery efforts are getting hotels and facilities back online as soon as possible.