Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Flight Plan

Airline mergers and cutbacks have resulted in fewer flights, fewer seats and myriad new baggage rules that are anything but uniform. That makes planning for 2007 a daunting task. Meeting planners have been warily watching the cost of air travel climb even as travel budgets remain static. Airline mergers and cutbacks have resulted in fewer…

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I Love My Job

They represented a cross-section of organizations, from independent-to-legal-to-retail-to-association-to-medical, but their likes were remarkably similar. Like-wise, their aggravations—which we took to heart (you should excuse the holiday pun) for future article ideas—were surprisingly consistent. What they also shared with each other and us was their universal enthusiasm and energy for their work and a low threshold…

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Running on the Road

I’ve never been much of a runner, so this race required a rather rigorous training program throughout the fall. I also had three trade shows, two off-site meetings, the holidays and three press trips on my docket, which threw a wrench into my training schedule. So it became imperative for me to perfect an on-the-road…

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Inside The Kitchen

Furnish it with window seats, deep club chairs and crackling logs on the hearth. Set the resort atop a windswept (but sun-warmed) cliff, laced with strolling paths and pairs of white-painted wood Adirondack chairs. Top it with the strangely haunting lilt of bagpipes at teatime. Then—critical to the vision—populate this Valhalla with some of the…

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Interview With Victoria Sandvig,

Victoria Sandvig, who appears on our cover this month, epitomizes the meeting professional whose work is integral to the overall strategic goals of her company. She began her career at Schwab in 1992 as their first in-house events manager. Over the subsequent 15 years, she has steadily enlarged the range of her contributions to the…

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At Year’s End

In the city of faux everything and partying celebrities, a must-have for any party is, of course, a faux celebrity. Conveniently, Vegas is teeming with star clones who can be hired for special appearances. RNRH Entertainment (celebrity-lookalikes.com), which markets itself as Las Vegas’ “only 24-hour full-service entertainment/talent agency,” is home of ImpersonatorScentral, a list of…

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Sparkling Wines For The Season

In the old days, choosing sparkling wines meant securing bottles of pricey Champagne. But today the choices are not limited to wines exclusively made in that legendary region of France. Instead, over the past 20 years, new and vivacious styles of domestic sparkling wine trade have blossomed in Northern California and other areas on the…

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Interview With Bruce M. Mac Millan, C.A.,

Despite his Vancouver upbringing, Bruce MacMillan is very much coming home again to Dallas, in the professional sense, when he takes up his responsibilities as MPI’s new president and CEO this month. He served at MPI as vice president of marketing and digital services for more than two years following a stint as the executive…

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Hip, Hot Dining

As we’ve traveled around the country and dined out at home more frequently, we’ve become more educated, more sophisticated—and ardent devotees of the Food Network. And that phenomenon has spread into the meetings world, as well: clients who want to stay at the hippest, hottest hotels are also demanding dining and event menus to match….

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