Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Tee Off for Great Golf Meetings

About 20 million Americans play golf, and, due to the Tiger factor, no other professional sport in recent years has experienced as big an increase in the number of fans. It’s no wonder that golf outings and tournaments are among the most popular additions to conferences and meetings. Besides aiming for fun and camaraderie, organizations…

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One Size Fits All

Back in 1950, if you were on an all-inclusive, you’d be on the Spanish island of Mallorca, barefoot in the sand, salt water in your hair, sleeping in a straw hut at water’s edge and sharing a communal bathroom. For that mid-afternoon sangria, you’d fork over a few beads, but, otherwise, you remained deliciously decision-free…

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Interview with Diane Conti

You do a lot of work with citywide conventions. What do you see as the next big trend in that area of the industry? I think there’s going to be a huge shift in the way we do big conventions. People aren’t buying into the huge mega-conventions anymore. There’s a move toward smaller, regional shows….

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Hyatt

Chicago-based businessman Jay A. Pritzker bought this hotel in 1957, according to Fred Shea, vice president of sales, Hyatt Corporation, because he thought upscale airport business hotels had something of a future. Good call.The resulting “oak” we see today is Global Hyatt Corporation. The broad-reaching branches bear names like Hyatt Corporation, operating the North American…

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View From Vegas: Run Away with the Cirque(s)

In this monthly column, we offer up a round-up of tips and ideas about meetings in Las Vegas. Got a comment, question or a tip on a horse? Contact Lucky Chuck at chuck@smartmtgs.com. Cirque du SoleilFollowing the recent announcement that a fifth Cirque du Soleil production, LOVE, will be coming to the Vegas Strip, now…

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Bed Hopping

They’re out there in hotels across the nation, waiting to envelop us in smothering splendor. You’ve undoubtedly already experienced the phenomenon of these bigger, deeper, cushier beds topped with three layers of sheets, interspersed with duvets, down blankets and topped with six pillows. In the mega-bed, no crevice of your body remains unsupported. So now…

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Meeting And A Movie

If you plan meetings around product launches, product or medical updates, or even sales training of store personnel, how do you get a group of people who don’t work for your company (so, no “stick”) to cut into their day to attend? One way is to pull out the “carrot” and hold your meeting in…

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May Madness

We’re all overdue for fun, color and pretty things to brighten up our days. Here’s our recipe that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face: Banish the beige. Boot out the black. Pick paint-box happy colors for your nest and your wardrobe. Put spring in your step OOooooh cute, cute CUTE! We don’t know…

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Kitchens, Not Casinos

Leonardo di Caprio and Pamela Anderson both bought condos in the Panorama Towers. Ben Affleck bought himself a luxury pad at Aqua Blue. And even jet-setting George Clooney recently invested in one of the many condominiums sprouting up across the southern Nevada desert. And now you, too, can own a condo near the Sin City…

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Genergraphics

People were grouped by age, gender and income (i.e., ages 25 to 54, the prime purchasing years) and lumped together. "That’s a popular demo for retail outlets,” comments marketer Phil Goodman, “but there are three different generations in there.” And because they don’t think alike, marketing efforts are wasted. In response, Goodman determined that it’s…

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