Category Archives: Meeting Planning

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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Personal Treats

The associate who stayed until 2 a.m. to help you rework the PowerPoint; the hotel event coordinator who found an extra 100 chairs three hours before the event; the assistant who raced to your office to pick up the forgotten briefcase. Chose one of the goodies below, and also, how about a little something for…

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Omni Hotels

As far as your meeting attendees are concerned, career-wise you can go to the bank by selecting an Omni hotel for your next meeting. You’re secure in your job because last year the international customer-satisfaction research leader J.D. Power and Associates did theirs. In preparation for the 2005 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study, the…

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Keep Accounts, Or Be Held Accountable

If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get rid of the clutter on your desk, be careful. Thanks to the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, planners who throw away the notes, files, expense accounts and even e-mails related to the events they organize could be throwing their careers away as well. The Sarbanes-Oxley Corporate…

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Five Principles

The secret to living a rich, satisfying and happy life is to be found in five simple principles. We’ve all known about these principles for over 5,000 years. Every religious tradition in the world teaches them, as do parents in every country. Without them, civilization would be impossible because there would be nothing but chaos…

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Smoke Gets in Their ROIs

There was only one catch: the group insisted that every room in the hotel be a non-smoking room. “At the time, about 80 percent of our rooms were non-smoking,” Burger recalls. “We were able to convert the top floor into non-smoking, and then have it go back to smoking rooms after they left.” It was…

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Beehives And A Bridge

Big New Idea of the Month: Hairspray “You’ve got to draw the line somewhere in Las Vegas, and it’s gotta get drawn somewhere above Shakespeare in the lounge with a two-drink minimum.” So explains Myron Martin, co-producer of the new production of Hairspray, noting why so many hit Broadway shows have found successful homes on…

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Coast To Coast

Within Smart Meetings’ geographic sphere, two independently-owned hotel companies share the word “Coast” in their names: Coast Hotels & Resorts, based in both Seattle and Vancouver and Coast Casinos, based in Las Vegas. Referring to each other’s properties as “associate” or “affiliate” hotels—although they share no common history—the two companies cross-promote on each other’s Web…

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Spa Boldly Goes Where Few Men Have Gone Before

Strong enough for a woman, but made for a man. That’s the unofficial motto of Willow Stream—The Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Believing that men may be the next great untapped market for spa treatments, the operators of the Arizona resort have redesigned their facilities with men in mind. “A lot of men come to…

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