The National Conference Center has released its latest white paper, this time covering the topic of what elements contribute to a productive learning environment for conference attendees. Sarah Vining, marketing manager at The National Conference Center, who authored the paper, explains that "as long as ROI and productivity are in question, planners will be saying 'no' to hotels and looking for a conference center to meet their needs."
What do conference centers provide on a consistent basis for groups? Vining says: >>
Looking for the next big location for your conference or group meeting? This week TripAdvisor announced the top 15 U.S. destinations that are projected to be on the rise for 2012. The list is based on increased traveler reviews on TripAdvisor for each location over the past year. >>
As we shared earlier, American Express Meetings & Events has unveiled its 2012 forecast—so what does that mean for our industry's trends? The report goes on to describe five changes that will have the greatest impact on meetings and events in 2012. They're going to be: >>
One of the things I love about event planning, is that so many of the lessons and skills you learn are almost always useful at home. Whether we're getting the low-down on the latest methods of organization or group communication, the extension of these skills usually manifests itself when we're off the clock. And no lesson is more pertinent than the one pertaining to the reduction of food waste. >>
Yesterday I had the chance to attend an educational meeting for the Minnesota Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The topic? Today's hottest contract issues between planners and hotels. Hospitality industry attorneys Jonathan Howe (who represents meeting groups) and Steve Rudner (who represents hotels) were speakers in the point/counter-point debate. >>
This week Andrew Freeman & Co. released its annual restaurant and hospitality trends report. Here are a few of our favorite marketing trends from Andrew Freeman—stay tuned for more predictions as we get closer to 2012! >>
Pushy sales reps (57%) getting lost (30%) and tacky freebies (22%) are the elements that event visitors dislike the most about shows and exhibitions, according to recent survey findings conducted by GenieMobile. The survey also found that while the most important component for 44% of attendees at business events is interesting exhibitors, nearly a quarter (21%) of those visitors don’t even get to see those exhibitors. >>