Category Archives: Meeting Planning

A Strong Incentive

But creating an effective incentive meeting means addressing particular challenges and needs. Meeting professionals can be forgiven for thinking that the opportunity to attend a well-organized meeting in a handsome hotel or lovely resort location ought to be incentive enough for meeting attendees. But incentive-based meetings—what meetings companies and organizations use to reward employee achievement,…

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Movers & Shakers: August 2006

Las Vegas Meetings by Harrah’s Entertainment has announced the recent promotion of two key executives: Jordan D. Clark to vice president of sales-Las Vegas and Don Ross to vice president of meeting operations-Las Vegas. Clark is responsible for all group sales efforts for the company’s six properties in Las Vegas, and manages a team of…

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Midsummer Musings

Wolfgang Pucks Redux These days, you could hardly throw one of those hockey doodads in Las Vegas without hitting a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. Ja, the wily Austrian has come a long way from his high-flying Hollywood Spago days; the company’s Vegas banquet and catering services reaps annual revenues of about $6 million. And for good…

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A*List Dining

That’s partly because incentive planners are so successful in staging wonderful events. After an all-out effort, an incentive planner is often challenged to conjure up ever more impressive rewards. Employees and clients expect to be impressed, and that requires considerable finesse. Dining incentives may be the most difficult experiences to tweak. If you want your…

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Interview With Mark Andrew, Cmp, Cha

As the new Chairman of MPI—with 20,000 members worldwide, the largest association in the industry—Mark Andrew is well positioned to lead the organization. A 13-year member, he has been one of the architects of MPI Member Solutions. This program is the global meetings industry’s first initiative to define meetings management as a recognized, respected profession…

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Experience This: August 2006

..Going deeper; going higher, exceeding your expectations; reactivating your senses, rediscovering your motivation and your courage, your feeling of just being vitally alive. Since my last column in this space in March, I’ve done more stretching of my horizons (and my waistband, truth-be-told) than I have since my 20s. I’ve been shot up out of…

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A Day At The Beach

The vast ocean itself, with curling breakers collapsing into spray and foam and rhythmically, hypnotically rolling up the white, sugar-fine sand, again and again and again, inspires the imagination like almost nothing else. Add a limitless blue sky and sunlight as warm and pure as a field of yellow poppies, and you’ve got the natural…

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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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