Strategic Meetings Management Program

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In recent weeks, the meetings industry was decimated by knee-jerk criticism of any company in financial trouble that dared to stage a meeting or event. Even companies not getting federal assistance now are hesitant to leave home for fear of ending up on the front page of a major newspaper or on the 6 o’clock…

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MPI Announces New Courses to Address Security, Risk Management

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Less than 50 percent of meeting planners have risk management plans in place for their events, said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in remarks given at WEC 2017 on Tuesday. This can range from contingency plans in the case of an active shooter or preparations in advance of extreme…

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Banyan Tree and AccorHotels Form Strategic Partnership

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Banyan Tree Holdings has entered into a heads of agreement with AccorHotels, which will develop and manage 43 Banyan Tree branded resorts and hotels located in 28 countries. Under a long-term partnership, AccorHotels will invest $16.7 million in Banyan Tree, giving it a 5 percent stake in the Singapore-based hotel group, with the option to…

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Meetings Outlook: Treading Lightly in 2017

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JB Duke Hotel rendering, Durham, North Carolina Uncertainty suggests a conservative year for meetings Predictions are a matter of cause and effect. Sure, there’s some guessing, some hunches. But most of the trends and happenings we expect to see take hold of the meetings industry in 2017 are the direct result of what has already…

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10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: August 16, 2016

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Cindy Hart Cindy Hart joined Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado, as director of sales and marketing. She has been a development leader in the hotel sales industry for more than 20 years, most recently as director of sales for Saratoga Resort and Spa in Wyoming. She previously served on the opening team in the same…

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10 Smart Moves in Meetings: May 9, 2016

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Carmen Cruz Carmen Cruz has been named general manager of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, California. She brings more than 25 years of international hospitality experience to the Bay Area property. In her new role, Cruz will oversee day-to-day operations and guest service. Originally from Barcelona, Cruz began her career in luxury, five-star,…

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5 Strategies to Get the Most Out Of Meetings

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Companies can waste less time and be more efficient with a few simple steps, says business development expert Many employees probably groan and grumble when they see that the boss has scheduled yet another meeting. But Cameron Herold, a business development expert and author of “Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in…

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Medical Meetings Summit at Home in Philly

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Early registration for the fourth annual Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit Feb. 10-12 in Philadelphia ends Friday, Dec. 17. To register for this important medical meetings event, click here. The summit, which will take place at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, draws senior pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and healthcare meeting executives for insightful education, networking and inspiration….

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Small Meetings, Big Impact

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State Department Photo/Public Domain Unassuming state capitals, mountaintop experiences and distraction-free zones Bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to small meetings and executive retreats, there are options galore to ensure that issues are resolved, creativity inspires innovation and memorable experiences spur provocative thinking long after events have concluded. For example, the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage,…

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Best Practices for Planning Multinational Meetings

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As more organizations establish a multinational presence and choose to hold meetings in emerging countries, planners need to think carefully about how a meeting will fit into the culture of a foreign nation. It is important for these planners to stay aware of specific country traditions to ensure success for all attendees during multinational meetings….

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