Site Selection

Onsite Visits Sponsored by Local CVBs or DMOs Are a Win-Win For Planners and Venues Alike By Sophia Bennett

Familiarization or FAM trips allow meeting planners to visit a destination and determine if it’s a good fit for future conferences or other events.

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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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Planner-Hotel Sales Staff Relationships Don't Have to be Planets Apart By Christine Loomis

We spoke with five meeting planners and five hotel sales staffers to learn what lies at the core of this relationship and what it takes to make it work.

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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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Planners Prescribe Best Practices for Healthy Attendance By Keith Loria

A health care association conference is something that physicians and other health care providers should look forward to, because it affords them the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and discuss the latest trends.

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Above Average Experiences at a Below Average Cost By Ron Bernthal

Cities where planners can leverage less obvious costs to meet their bottom line.

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From 'Bathroom Bills' to Open Carry By Sophia Bennett

Social and political issues can cause meeting planners to avoid certain cities and states, and hotels.

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And Do the Right Thing Ethically By Maura Keller

The do’s and don’ts of familiarization trips, which can turn out to be a crucial piece of the site selection process.

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Where Expanding Convention Districts and Meetings Infrastructure Are Getting Planners’ Attention By Sophia Bennett

These cities are about to become major movers and shakers in the convention scene.

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