Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Interview with Michael Beardsley

You may know Michael Beardsley already—he’s currently chairman of the Board of Trustees for the MPI Foundation, where he has served as a board member for the past five years. What you may not know is that last month Mike launched Inn Fluent, LLC, a new independent site-selection company, one that redefines the model (innfluent.com)….

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Smart Events: Jump Start the Holidays

In fact, even broader than differences in popular culture, L.A. is a huge melting pot of traditions and cultures (not to mention cuisines), the most of any city I’ve ever seen. Here Christmas and Hanukkah coexist with holidays like Kwanzaa and celebrations like the Winter Solstice. Which means that holiday event planning can be a…

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Incentive Meetings: Reap the Rewards

    Success is said to be 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.  For incentives, which measure and reward success, the formula is similar, only the inspiration is not internally sparked. For meeting professionals who plan these enticing carrots, the inspiration comes from their travels and research. The perspiration part involves creating an incentive that…

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Eco-Friendly Features Are Gaining Ground In Meetings Industry

…and trade-show providers for eco-friendly practices within the meetings and conventions industry. Meeting planners are increasingly going green, and it has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. An increased awareness of the need to protect the earth’s environment has turned into a groundswell of support from planners, hotels, convention centers and trade-show providers for eco-friendly practices within the…

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Ready, Set, Goal!

Visualize yourself on a bright sunny day in October 2008. Are you relaxing on a beach in Maui on a long-deserved vacation? In a glass-enclosed office with your name on the door? Sitting at the head of the boardroom table—leading the meeting instead of planning it? Hold that thought! If you’re like many of us,…

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Reinventing Inspiration

Inspiration is the most ethereal of desires, sought-after by writers and painters, musicians and entrepreneurs. Whether it manifests from a mountain landscape or from absorbing a foreign culture, it usually requires something out of the norm to spur our minds into thinking outside the box. The need is no different with that most-crucial of brainstorming…

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Affordable Meetings Part 2: The Venue

It’s probably an understatement to say that hoteliers and meeting planners define affordability in different ways. And in a sellers’ market, hotels hold the upper hand, while meeting planners struggle to control costs and justify meeting expenses. In a recent survey by PKF Hospitality Research, 63 percent of planners said they were under pressure to…

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How does the new Las Vegas Convention Center chef do it?

When everyone comes to Vegas, they want the ‘Wow’ factor,” says Andrew  Atwell, executive chef at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And that’s no different when they come to the 3.2-million-square-foot Aramark-managed center, where Atwell’s goal is to provide the same five-star experience as downtown hotels, with the same quality food and service. Some of…

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Making The CVB Connection

Whoever said “nothing in life is free” has obviously never worked with a convention and visitors bureau. Closely tied with local businesses and the latest developments, CVBs know what’s happening. Who’s undergoing a pricey renovation or a shift in flags? Are there any government issues that have the potential to interfere with your event? Call…

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Did You Know?

Christo and Jeanne-Claude would be proud: They’re not the only ones swathing inanimate objects in colorful cloth. Bernie Gaps has been doing it for almost 20 years, bringing a more streamlined, contemporary form to function—er, meeting functions, that is. Gaps’ event-design company, Spandex USA, does it all—from manufacturing various products to shipping, even set-up if…

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