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Working with suppliers

Tips and advice on working with destination marketing bureaux, venues, hotels, and transport and meetings management companies.
The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has identified 'significant' opportunities to improve hotelier-planner relationships, like providing more information in requests for proposals (RFPs).

At its meetings during the past few years, Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has included “idea exchange” sessions on the agenda, allowing meeting planners and hospitality partners to share experiences and ideas on various topics. It’s

Speakers sell the invisible. The intangible. The possible. They create feelings in your attendees that cause them to take action at work, at home, and in their communities.

Unless you have your own food allergies, or have a loved one who has, it can be difficult to understand why there are so many demands around food today.

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals has issued a warning to its members to help them avoid falling victim to an all-too-common meetings industry scam: hotel room block poaching.

In the past few years, badging at conferences has changed rather dramatically. Going from written paper badges to printed barcode badges; in recent years RFID (radio frequency identification) badging has become more popular.

Meeting planners can collect lots of data about attendee behavior when they use mobile apps at meetings, and really get granular about what content and experiences are connecting with participants.

Both event organisers - and sponsors - must offer more value, according to INCON expert working group.

Mobile event app developer QuickMobile has launched a new social networking tracker and engagement platform

Forge's Jeremy Rollinson says tech teams need to help planners after hotel group fined for blocking Wi-Fi hotspots at events .

It’s safe to say that human trafficking is the hot topic in the travel and tourism industry.

If you think pirates have become more aggressive of late, you’re right. It’s time to fight those persistent third-party companies that try to get your meeting’s

This question is asked during every training, conference session, and webinar I present, without fail.

The grounds for creating a mobile meeting app are quite different depending on whether the app is for an association or a corporation, according to a new Meeting Professionals International/DoubleDutch survey.

FRHI Hotels and Resorts' Mark Sergot predicts increased room rates as demand returns.

Clause guaranteeing one conference better hotel rates than any another results in loss of 38,000-delegate event

The economy may be looking up these days, but most planners still are still looking for ways to save costs while actually providing a better return on their attendees’ investment in the meeting.

Here are 50 ways to cut costs when planning your next meeting.

Here are some of the top developments one AV expert has seen recently, including ideas on how meeting pros can leverage these trends to ensure that their meetings are successful.

Nestlé has said it was 'very disappointed' a health conference was cancelled after senior NHS figures urged a boycott over its sponsorship.

A new product which will help associations make more educated decisions on where to hold their annual meetings has been launched at meetings trade show IMEX, in Frankfurt.

Corporate clients are leading the way when it comes to demanding high-speed reliable internet connectivity.

Two of the industry’s top lawyers—one who works the hotel side, the other the planner side—staked out their positions on rate protection, attrition, and liquidated damages during MPI WEC this week. Here are some of the highlights.

Everyone has heard of at least one association, whether they are related to the business events industry or not.

Just when you thought you’d learned all about what revenue managers are thinking

At the Global AgInvesting conference, event organizer HighQuest doesn’t leave networking chance.

Here are a few negotiating nuggets gleaned from attending industry event sessions led by John Foster, Esq., CHME, who serves as outside legal counsel for Meeting Professionals International, as well as senior partner/attorney with Foster, Jensen, & G

1. Termination and Excuse of Performance
Sample Clause: “The parties’ performance under this agreement, in whole or in part, is subject to acts of God, war, government regulation, terrorism, disaster, strikes, civil disorder,

Articles written for meeting planners about recovering value-added tax, or VAT, paid for international meetings and conventions are usually pretty short. That’s because the process is complex, subject to change

We tear up and put back together 10 common clauses covering attrition, cancellation, commissions, indemnification, room assignments, and more. Do your contracts have these problems?

Meeting planners who can execute flawless events domestically and outside the U.S. are a cut above the rest.

Photos can showcase your events to the world. Whether you’re a third-party planner showing clients the magnificent programs you bring to life

Scientists and medics thinking of hosting an international association meeting should collaborate with a professional congress organiser, according to a renowned professor of medicine.

Just say this: “Yes, my dates are flexible.” Because of course Hotel X wants your meeting! But it doesn’t love that pattern of yours. Would you consider a Sunday arrival?

Meetings technology has fundamentally changed how supplier relationships are built and maintained in business today—a fact that is particularly apparent when it comes to sourcing.

. Shrink the Cups.
Try six-ounce cups for coffee breaks—there’s nothing worse than seeing half-filled coffee cups at $90 per gallon. And pay for coffee by consumption, not per person.

Event managers remain uneasy about using Airbnb for delegate accommodation, a Meetings & Incentive Travel survey has revealed.

The sharing economy is driving down the number of hotel room nights booked by meeting planners.

Sherri Lindenberg, senior vice president, Crump Life Insurance Services, says she and her marketing and events team have struggled over the years to present an awards ceremony