Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Caesars to Manage Iowa Convention Center

Caesars Entertainment is getting into the convention-center management business in Iowa. The gaming company has taken over operation of the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Neb. The facility features a 24,000-square-foot convention center, including two ballrooms and eight breakout rooms; 24,500 sq. ft. of exhibition space; 15,000…

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Top 5 Headlines of 2012

The Smart Meetings team has posted hundreds of headlines to the Industry News section of smartmeetings.com this year. They range from cut-and-dry briefs on the latest developments in the hotel industry, like the big Marriott-Gaylord deal, to sublimely silly items, like the post about the crocodile that got loose on an Australian flight. Through the…

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Contract Risks in Joint Meetings

In my practice, I’ve encountered and worked on legal disputes arising from two organizations holding a meeting jointly. One form of a joint meeting involves a total overlap in goals and events. Another is a partially overlapping meeting in which space is sometimes utilized jointly and other times individually. Motivations to hold a joint meeting…

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PCMA Calls for Action on Bill

U.S. Capitol, via wikimedia.org Congressional representatives have been focused on the November election for months, leaving them with little time for, you know, passing bills—which has generally been a good thing for the meetings industry. Several pending pieces of legislation would place significant restrictions on government meetings, which has been lawmakers’ primary response to charges…

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The Ins and Outs of City-Wides

Knowledge is power—and that’s especially true when you’re planning a citywide convention. Organizing starts with analyzing a group’s objectives and specific requirements to find the right destination to fulfill them. “Know your group, their patterns, their interests,” advises Kareem D. Jenkins, director of meeting services for the American Sociological Association (ASA), who plans seven meetings…

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We Love 2012

The Smart Meetings, editiorial staff has an enviable task research and share information about one of the most dynamic, exacting, just plain-fun industries around. And while it may seen bold to say, we think 2012 was the best year yet. We fell for the wacky news headlines, from a boarding oaby security breach to a…

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Planning Abroad: Meet in the United Kingdom

What is Britain for Events? Britain for Events is the promotional entity for the U. K. meetings and events industry. We’re supported by the major trade industry associations and key U. K. destinations, as well as venues and businesses involved in buying and selling meetings and events. Why is the U.K. ideal for North American…

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Planning Abroad: What’s Hot, What’s Next

In an incredibly dense and overwhelming international-destination landscape, it can be difficult to know where to begin when choosing a meeting site. Which countries and cities have the built-in infrastructure to accommodate group business? Where can you rest assured that hospitality staff is well-versed in dealing with the needs of attendees from different countries? A…

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New & Renovated: Fresh Digs

The Grove Park Inn In preparation for its 100th anniversary in 2013, The Grove Park Inn underwent a $25 million restoration and renovation to its public areas, guest rooms, dining outlets and meeting spaces this fall. Over the years, the property has accumulated a collection of Arts & Crafts furniture that has become the largest…

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Smart Tips: 5 Simple Ways to Handle Complainers

It seems every event has one: the chronic complainer. The person who, no matter what you do, acts unhappy, grumpy and ungrateful. Who whines about the meeting room being too hot, and then, when you turn up the air conditioner, gripes that it’s too cold. Who basically makes your life as difficult as possible. When…

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