Event Planning

Making Meetings Memorable Can Be as Easy as Booking the Venue By Cynthia Dial

Every destination is special, every destination is different, but not every destination has the basic component meeting experts might deem the “p” factor. Translation: perfect for planners.

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Working With VolunteersOctober 10, 2018
Unpaid Staffers Can Be Beneficial and Achieve Great Results for Planners By Mark Rowh

Does anybody have enough staff? The answer is seldom positive in the association world, but the frequent availability of volunteers can be a real asset.

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These Days, Everyone’s a Foodie – Including Your Attendees By Patrick Simms

In the not-so-distant past, hotel cuisine easily outshined that of convention centers. But that generalization no longer holds, as convention center catering staffs have been upping their game.

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Blanket SecurityAugust 29, 2018
Keeping a Meeting Safe Means Thinking of Everything By John Buchanan

No issue is more important to association conventions and trade shows than the safety and security of staff and attendees. Yet, experts say, too many associations are woefully underprepared for catastrophic incidents such as a terrorist attack, violent protest, natural disaster or medical emergency.

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Bigger & BetterAugust 29, 2018
Some New & Improved Places to Host New & Improved Meetings By Ron Bernthal

New or recently renovated convention center hotels have seen an increase in overall group business, a result of favorable macroeconomic trends that are currently boosting budgets for corporate events.

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Game On!August 29, 2018
Meetings at Gaming Resorts Have Attendees Working (and Playing) Hard By Derek Reveron

Competition among gaming resorts for meetings is heating up as more venues nationwide expand and open new properties. Las Vegas and Atlantic City remain the top casino resort destinations, however, a variety of smaller destinations also aim to attract more events. Burgeoning competitors range from properties in the Southwest nestled amid stunning scenery to small-town destinations in Pennsylvania.

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Bridging the Age GapAugust 29, 2018
Don’t Let Your Meetings Get Trapped in the Generational Divide By Sophia Bennett

As members of the millennial and Gen Z generations become a larger part of the workforce, many associations are scrambling to design events and conferences that appeal to this new audience.

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Making the Most of Off-Season Opportunities and Value By Maura Keller

Off-season events offer many advantages, including especially attractive lodging rates and flexible guest-room options due to lower occupancy.

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Creating Effective Face-to-Face Networking Opportunities By Maura Keller

“Connecting attendees through networking is essential to creating an experience and grounding those individuals in the mission of the organization.”

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It Takes a VillageNovember 1, 2017
The Keys to Successful Global Meetings By Sophia Bennett

Developing a network of international members and planners who work on international meetings is an important part of building your capacity and making your organization’s gatherings successful.

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