Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Utah Flavors in a Grand Way

Imagine our delight when eight top members of the 60-person culinary team of The Grand America Hotel—Salt Lake City’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel—visited our Bay Area headquarters to talk about food! On a given day, The Grand’s kitchens can serve up to 5,000 meals. Last year, the grocery bill totaled $6.8 million, some of which…

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Boutique Hotels

Last summer, Chris Ryman, chief operating officer of Booth Creek Ski Holdings herded his staff in for a retreat at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, Calif. Fifteen human resources team members encircled the boardroom table, firing off ideas. And some seemed to be bobbing. Yes, bobbing. Well, wouldn’t you be if you were…

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Show(S) And Tell

Las Vegas is full of wacky shows: a new flock of hypnotists, magicians and comedians seems to appear (and disappear) every week. But no show has done a better job of punching through the noise than Beacher’s Madhouse, a free-for-all, freak-and-variety show that has become one of the most popular shows in town. BEACHER’S MADHOUSE…

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Interview With Eduardo Chaillo, Cmp

On the 14th of this month, the México Tourism Board will open a new marketing office in Washington, D.C., making a total of nine in North America. Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, who until now has directed the MTB’s North American promotional efforts from the board’s regional office in Chicago, will head up this new facility in…

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The Beauties Of Cool Climate Syrahs

Add  to your event-planning arsenal an appreciation of unusual wines that can satisfy the pickiest guests. For most, the old standbys of chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon usually do the trick. But for those looking for more adventure, try syrah. Commonly referred to as a “grower’s varietal” for its natural vigor and versatility, syrah is…

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Dude, It’s A Radical Meeting Destination

When Bill Wulff, CMP and president of Above The Rim Events in New Jersey, was planning a sales meeting for a pharmaceutical company his client wanted a West Coast destination. “They had been to San Diego and L.A., and wanted something different,” he says. The “something different” he planned was Huntington Beach, a mellow coastal…

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Fields Of Dreams

It’s commonly held that environments best suited for grape-growing are also ideal for human well-beings. Though that’s reason enough to plan your meeting in a wine-producing region, it helps that wine country’s relaxing aura evokes focused thinking and fresh ideas. In wine country, enlivened productivity stems in part from breathtaking scenery: endless rows of meticulously…

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Affordable Meetings

Affordable meetings are a state of mind. After all, what’s affordable to a corporate CEO might not be so affordable to a nonprofit organization. Nevertheless, there’s one characteristic all groups likely share: they want to stay within budget. And that’s become an increasingly difficult chore for planners as our economy has shifted from a post-9/11…

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Team Strategy

Your company’s CEO saunters to the front of the meeting, moving easy and confidently, hips rolling like John Wayne’s. He ignores the snorts and snickers of some of the gathering’s more bored, we’ve-done-it-all-before participants. “All right, let’s get moving,” he says, with the acid of black coffee still graveling his voice. He moves over to…

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Interview with Suzanne Ashton

Suzanne Ashton founded The Perf-ormance Group of Emeryville, Calif. (San Francisco East Bay) nine years ago. Today TPG averages more than 50 meetings and incentives annually worldwide. Ashton honed her negotiating skills earlier in her career, during a seven-year stint in the maritime industry.   What did contract negotiations in the maritime industry teach you?…

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