Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Book ’em

According to Travis Bradberry, author of The Personality Code and president of TalentSmart, self-awareness is the “key” indicator of success. You build it, he says, by “deciphering your personality code—the fixed set of traits that explain your choices and behavior.” In this book, Bradberry distills a decades-long research study of 500,000 people into 14 fundamental…

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Gotta Have it: MacBook Air

If you didn’t get the chance to see Apple CEO Steve Jobs effortlessly pull the new paper-thin MacBook Air laptop out of a manila folder—during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco in January—you missed quite a spectacle. At three pounds and an average thickness of only a half-inch, with a five-hour battery life, the MacBook…

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Smart Moves: March 2008

Patrick S. Higgins was appointed convention sales director of Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was associate director of sales for the Palm Springs Desert Resorts CVA. The Phoenician, a AAA Five-Diamond resort in Scottsdale (Ariz.), appointed Todd Raessler resort manager. He was resort manager of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in…

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Heathly Meetings

Since the U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are more than 300 million people living in America, that means there are nearly seven million people today living the vegetarian lifestyle, a rather staggering statistic and most certainly something you should be reminded of during the meal- and break-planning stages for your next event. The Vegetarian…

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Headlines: March 2008

Luxury in the Desert Groundbreaking for the new Fairmont Avanterra, Palm Desert will begin in 2009 in Southern California. The $200-million project will feature 300 rooms and 26,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 7,000-square-foot ballroom. Planned to be situated near the Classic Club golf course, the hotel will also offer a 45,000-square-foot Willow…

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Demystifying Conference Centers

Say you’re fairly new to the profession, or that meeting planning has just been added to your job description. You’ve got a sales team of 300 that needs meeting space for a training session. It’s too big to hold in-house, so what’s your best choice for a venue—a hotel? a conference center? And what exactly…

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Palate vs. Palette

Creative Director of Food and Beverage, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. “I’m the first person to have this title,” says Burke Van Slyke, explaining that “As a company, Loews is committed to moving forward in a creative way.” For meetings, this means “creating a ‘non-banquet’ banquet experience,” she says. “We’re changing our…

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Office Space

According to a random poll commissioned by Crowne Plaza of 400 office workers nationwide, 63 percent complained that senior-level coworkers got the coziest office chairs. In fact, chair quality is a hot topic in and outside of the office. More than half the respondents prefer to meet off-site rather than at their office, 53 percent…

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