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Many hands make light work. Sound familiar? Collaboration is as old as time, from the days we hunted together to survive to today, when collaboration has taken on new meaning. We are no longer only searching within our own industries for the right pa
For the International Society for Professional Management (ISPIM) working with suppliers is all about partnership, which is why the Society's Executive Director has compiled a one page document briefing document aimed at suppliers.
Meeting professionals tend to have a love/hate relationship with their housing room blocks. Love because a good room block will lock in the meeting space they need. Hate because, well, can you say “attrition”?
The geo-political and economic landscape of international association meetings today is facing growing challenges and new models of disruption. This is a fact we all have to live with and the biggest question is how do you survive in such turbulent t
Despite all your legwork to find the right location and room rates for your meeting, even after the contract is signed you may find that the hotel is in the marketplace promoting lower rates over your blocked dates. Is there anything you can do?
The vast majority of meeting planners choose their venues before they choose their AV providers. But in-house AV companies work so closely with hotels today that choosing the venue often locks you into using the in-house AV provider.
A study by cloud-based enterprise event management platform Cvent found that millennials in the US value a venue’s cost as most influential, while members of older generations value customer service when sourcing their next meeting location.
The event planning software company Social Tables and the advocacy group Meetings Mean Business have collaborated with industry experts on a trend report called “The 9 Ways Meetings Will Impact Hotels in 2015.”
Planners who attended the recent Omni Hotels & Resorts Be Collaborative education and networking event in Boston are now designated Omni Meetings Specialists, having taken the Omni Meetings University online course and passed the multiple-choice exam
Every event, meeting, and conference has to budget for AV equipment and personnel. While no one wants to overspend on anything, much less technology, a poorly conceived, unworkable tech budget can prevent a meeting from reaching its goals and objecti
Today’s planner has to deal with housing poachers who prey on exhibitors and attendees to get them to book in their block—whether they actually have a block or not. And then there are the attendees who’d rather book their rooms through Priceline.com
As much as I am passionate about strategic meetings management, I am equally passionate about forming long-lasting partnerships with key suppliers. For planners, this requires a mindset shift toward more trust and inclusiveness.
If you haven’t checked out the Convention Industry Council’s APEX resources for meeting planners, you’re missing out on a rich collection of free, downloadable templates and guides that can save you tons of time—and possibly save your budget as well.