Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Beyond The Gift Shop

They’ve also become live-in shopping malls that let you play with all the latest toys before you buy them. If you’d like to remember that terrific weekend on the road—or recognize the people who made it possible—a signature gift from a classic or cutting-edge hotel says a lot more than a souvenir T-shirt. Forbidden fruits…

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Diary Of A Fam

Day 1Planners from around the Bay Area and the Midwest checked into a clutch of new and newly expanded properties: the River Terrace Inn and the Napa River Inn in downtown Napa (the valley’s new hotspot), The Meritage Resort, also in the city of Napa, and Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville. What better way…

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View From Vegas: Vegas Golf

"We call it the ‘Vegas flu,’ because people have a tendency not to get out of bed the next day,” says Andy Anderson, director of business development for Walters Golf, an operator of four golf courses in Las Vegas. “That can become kind of a problem, because when they no-show, they’re stuck with the fee.”…

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Does This Meeting Require An Roi Study?

But should every meeting planner go through the Return on Investment (ROI) process—an effective, but time-consuming procedure for determining the costs and benefits of a meeting? The answer depends on what’s at stake, say the experts from the ROI Institute who are working with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) to develop the documentation process. “Cisco Systems…

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Cooling Off Period

POOL PARTIES Ahhh, Vegas in July. With average high temperatures hovering around 104 degrees F, there's only one safe haven outside of full-blast air conditioning: swimming pools. The Vegas pool scene is getting hotter, as it were, with different properties offering frequent parties to lure sun-soaking fun-seekers. Further, they're opening private "clubs" in their pool…

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Convention Centers Tastings

Soft lighting accentuates lush wood detailing and throws the table into a warm spotlight. The aromas from the kitchen swirl in the air and act as an appetizer before the appetizer. Someone across from you motions that the show is about to begin. Turning in your plush chair, you are greeted with an elaborate act…

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Take our beds…please

Don’t worry. He’s not a detective. Young is vice president of creative and operations for Boxport, a San Francisco-based company that sells the luxury goods, furnishings and amenities featured in many hotels. These include Kimpton Hotels, Shutters Hotel on the Beach in Santa Monica and the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Young is always on the…

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Interview with Reina Herschdorfer

You’re working in one of the most competitive meeting venues in the world. What can planners do to establish a good relationship with you? It’s important for meeting planners to come in with the mindset that this is going to be a partnership. The most successful meetings are the ones where they become part of…

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Escape from the rock (by taking your group out to dinner)

If you're planning a group meeting and thinking about doing all evening events in one hotel, the same place where everyone will not only be staying, but where you're also holding all the group's meetings and where they eat all their meals, think again. That place could start to feel more like the Chateau d'if…

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nTag’s New Featherweight

Smart Meetings has covered the latest in Radio Frequency ID (RFID) in the past, but we're delighted to note that Version 2 of the nTAG interactive name badge was released two weeks ago, holding true to form. Following the successful circulation of the chunkier original some 45,000 times since the company's founding less than three-and-a-half…

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