In this issue

Under the Microscope

Sponsored by Sheraton Phoenix Downtown The health care industry—whether equipment, supplies and services, or pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and related life sciences—is a vibrant part of the U.S. economy. It’s one of the largest and fastest-growing fields in the country, predicted to grow 30.3% between now and 2014. It’s also one of the most highly regulated. From…

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Money-Crunching Cheat Sheet

Sponsored by Boise Centre Meeting-planning budgets have taken such a hit during the recession, they might as well be surrounded with crime-scene tape. Yet despite the deep spending cuts, planners have still been expected to produce stellar events. Marjorie Risinger, CMP, owner of MYR Consultants, who spoke at HSMAI’s Affordable Meetings West conference in Long…

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Tips from the Top

  Few meeting planners would argue that Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Thor and all the X-men/women would make welcome additions to their fast-moving teams right now. In fact, just discovering a lone superpower would be most welcome to combat the dastardly evils of longer days and shorter resources. Certainly one coveted power would be the…

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Where it's @:Top 5 Music Videos Filmed in Hawaii

In our most recent issue (link here), I wrote about famous TV shows and movies filmed on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Kauai. Over the years, these locales have set the scene in everything from Lost to Indiana Jones to Pirates of the Caribbean. But it’s not just the silver screen and boob tube…

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Where It's @: Acapulco in Pictures

                         

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Dear Mr. Smart E. Pants

Dear Mr. Smart E. Pants, I am relatively new to the planning industry, and I have found that although I really love my new profession, there are a few things that I struggle with. I am a person who loves people, and in past positions I have gladly employed a lot of customer service tactics…

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Green Scene: APEX Green Guidelines

If you can do it, make it, think it, or eat it, you can probably make it green. Green cleaning products, green blue jeans and even literal green eggs and ham have become a reality and as meeting planners we have come to look at everything that we do through a different lens—a green one. …

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Where It's @:Top 5 Steps to Save on Any Meeting

It’s no secret meeting planners are outrageously busy. If you don’t have time to pore through a lengthy money-saving checklist, just remember these five simple steps to make any meeting a little (or a lot) more affordable. 1)      Do It Yourself While it’s convenient to utilize external resources to help with meeting planning, it’s also…

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All the Buzz: Snail Mail

Last month, SmartMeetings.com reported that the United States Postal Service had fallen on hard times. After lobbying for postal reform, the USPS resorted to emergency action and discontinued its monthly donations to the Federal Retirement Fund. The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, an advocacy group of business mailing associations and companies, predicted that…

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Case Study: The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

The Event: A fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and catered by slow-food champion and Chez Panisse founder, Alice Waters. The event charged $2,500 per plate, between $2,500and $3,000 for photos and featured an appearance by the first lady herself. The Venue: The Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in…

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Top 5: Uses for Local Honey

1)      It tastes good, and will make you feel good about yourself.  Commercially harvested honey has some questionable farming practices, such as replacing bee’s honey which they use as a carbohydrate, with sugar water.  They also sometimes ship the hives across the county to pollinate different crops. Happy bees make happy honey. 2)      Raw local…

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Making Sense of Cloud Computing

Huh? If this is your reaction to cloud computing, the latest tech craze, you’re not alone. Robb Henshaw, director of corporate communications for the cloud-based service SugarSync, admits the concept often conjures confusion. “If you ask 50 different people what [cloud computing] is,” he says, “you’ll get 50 different answers.” So what’s the straight(est) answer?…

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Diamonds and Stars

In the hospitality industry, AAA’s Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide’s Star rankings are considered the gospel of quality. Meeting planners routinely seek out properties with these stamps of approval, and in the pages of Smart Meetings, you’re likely to read several call-outs to the prestigious designations. Yet for all the clout these rankings have, surprisingly…

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Eye on Orlando: Food for Thought

World-Class World Tastes If there were any doubt that Orlando has good taste, that may have been taken off the table two years ago when the National Plastics Expo began searching for a location for their 2012 event. At the time, a nagging concern was that Orlando dining options would confine attendees to buffet meals…

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Go Ahead, Skip the Line

Once in a while a good deal comes along, such as an off-season discount or promotional package. But a good planner doesn’t wait for savings to fall into his or her lap—and with CityPass, there’s no need to. CityPass combines tickets for the most popular attractions in an area into one pass. With a single…

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It’s a Flash Mob!

Flash mobs are sprouting up across the nation as the new “it” thing, so it’s no surprise that the events industry has followed suit. One organization that has sparked these spontaneous public—most commonly dance—sessions is Flash Mob America. The company first gained recognition when it recreated Sweden’s “Beat It” flash mob tribute to Michael Jackson…

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