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Eventprofs to the Rescue: A Story of Disaster AvertedCase StudyEvents

Salvaging a situation that involves entities outside a hotel property can be especially difficult. But Ann Renneker, director of event management at Sheraton Dallas Hotel, was recently able to accomplish that for a 900-person group—and on just one hour’s notice. The event was a “walk of remembrance”—part of a three-day educational and support conference for…

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Harnessing the Power of AI in Hotels and Meeting SpacesGadgetsTechnologyTechnology News

As more hotels provide in-room electronic concierge systems such as Alexa—which can do everything from answer spoken questions to making restaurant and spa reservations—attendees will soon come to expect that event hosts provide on-demand artificial-intelligence (AI) solutions for meeting-related inquiries and needs. One example of how this personalized technology can benefit event attendees is the…

Nominate a Smart Woman for Special RecognitionNews

The event industry is filled with visionary, passionate, talented women who dedicate their time to bringing people together, getting business done and putting a little more joy in the world. Last year, author and speaker Fawn Germer was one of the top women honored, and she told our editor that the most important tip for…

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Innovating the First ImpressionAppsTechnology

Online registration for events is nearly universal now. Sophisticated event apps maintain a personalized agenda in attendees’ phones. However, people still have to check in once they physically arrive at the venue to obtain an identification badge. This is where the event experience can go awry, souring perceptions just moments after walking in the door….

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6 Strategies for Large Event Contract NegotiationsMeeting Planning

While some event professionals may gleefully embrace the prospect of negotiating contracts for large events, many would rather run for the hills. To make the process less daunting, here are six tactics to strengthen your hand at the bargaining table: 1. Consider multi-year agreements In many instances, event professionals can land sweet deals if they…

6 Tips for December MeetingsMeeting PlanningStyle

Planning a meeting in December can be stressful. Holiday parties, social obligations and work commitments are all competing for attention. As the days grow shorter, draw inspiration from the season to design events that everyone will want to attend, and to help keep them engaged long after. Below are six tips to incorporate holiday cheer, connect…

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5 Ways to Keep Event Costs LowPlannerTips & Tools

Whether you’re planning a small meeting or gearing up for a large trade show, odds are you’re working within a set budget. Surely you’ve been thinking long and hard about how to put together the best event at the lowest cost. The following five tips will help keep your event costs low while planning an…