Category Archives: Meeting Planning

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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Planning An Affordable Menu

The best memories I have of events are based around the food that was served, and while it was all beautiful and delicious, not all of it was expensive. So don’t turn out your pockets in despair at the thought of planning a decadent event complete with a sumptuous meal. There are plenty of ways…

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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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Interview with Robert Marx

What do you think a CVB should do for a meeting professional? We should facilitate their event planning so it is as simple for them as possible. The process should be customer-centric, so the planner can book San Jose easily, without crawling out of a bunker, without 45 shells flying over their head. When it’s…

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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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Interview With Leslie Zeck, Cmp, Manager, Events And Conferences, American Red Cross National Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

The last year has been very demanding on the Red Cross. What are you planning for the annual meeting this month? This is our 125th anniversary. We’ll be meeting here in Washington, D.C., where we were founded. We are pretty big; we take up a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall. About 5,000 come to the national convention….

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