Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Deciphering The Dining Out “Menu

When you’re planning a meeting, the default setting for dining is to stay at the hotel. But there’s a lot to be gained by going out to dinner—and we’re not talking calories here! However, if you’re not from a food-and-beverage background, that decision—and those that come after—may be daunting, so we’ve compiled a few tips…

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Intelligence Report: September 2006

On the Upswing and Gaining Speed No doubt about it—the hotel industry is coming back. A Smith Travel Research report recently revealed that industry occupancy during the second quarter rose slightly over the past year, reaching 66.8 percent in April through June. The trend is reflective of a 2.1 percent overall growth in the first…

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Intelligence Report: October 2006

Pride of the NationMany know that an investment in the community is an investment in the future. But few have invested like the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Indian tribe, whose $52-million restoration turned a 96-year-old historic landmark in downtown San Diego into a world-class luxury hotel. Scheduled to open this month, The US…

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Tee Off for Great Golf Meetings

About 20 million Americans play golf, and, due to the Tiger factor, no other professional sport in recent years has experienced as big an increase in the number of fans. It’s no wonder that golf outings and tournaments are among the most popular additions to conferences and meetings. Besides aiming for fun and camaraderie, organizations…

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One Size Fits All

Back in 1950, if you were on an all-inclusive, you’d be on the Spanish island of Mallorca, barefoot in the sand, salt water in your hair, sleeping in a straw hut at water’s edge and sharing a communal bathroom. For that mid-afternoon sangria, you’d fork over a few beads, but, otherwise, you remained deliciously decision-free…

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Interview with Diane Conti

You do a lot of work with citywide conventions. What do you see as the next big trend in that area of the industry? I think there’s going to be a huge shift in the way we do big conventions. People aren’t buying into the huge mega-conventions anymore. There’s a move toward smaller, regional shows….

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Hyatt

Chicago-based businessman Jay A. Pritzker bought this hotel in 1957, according to Fred Shea, vice president of sales, Hyatt Corporation, because he thought upscale airport business hotels had something of a future. Good call.The resulting “oak” we see today is Global Hyatt Corporation. The broad-reaching branches bear names like Hyatt Corporation, operating the North American…

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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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