Category Archives: Trends

Top 10 Meeting Trends

We don’t need a crystal ball to get a sense of what’s happening in the meetings industry—many of us have experienced reality checks up close and personal. But Benchmark Hospitality International recently surveyed its 30 conference hotels, resorts and conference centers across the country, and in Asia, to get a clear overall picture of current…

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Jump In!

“You can learn more about a person in an hour’s worth of play than in a full day of conversation.” So goes the Plato theorem and the premise behind the team-building services at Feet First Eventertainment, a 21-year-old event/entertainment company. Founded by two college students at UCLA, the company offers innovative activities perfect for meeting…

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Surviving the Ordinary

Not us, either. But taking hold of a rope swing on the beachfront of a resort in Hawaii to get over to an “island” where coffee and mid-morning treats are being served—well, that’s another story altogether. And it’s no fantasy. The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island of Hawaii offers Survivor-themed…

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Fleetwood Macadamia?

The Fleetwood Mac founder and current Maui resident has recently put together a group that masterfully blends throwback rock with Hawaiian favorites, resulting in a rock-and-roll cocktail that goes down easier than a piña colada. “Mick can mix several different elements, from Hawaiian tunes to Fleetwood Mac songs to classic rock,” says his agent, Greg…

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Making Trends Meet

From team-building fun and incentive trips to a trade-show tidbit and peek at the future, here’s a look at some waves in the meeting world. Teams Just Wanna Have FunJeff Backal, MBA, CEO of Team Builders Plus, reports a shift toward fun in the world of team building. “What we’ve been seeing is more and…

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Smart Moves: June 2008

Fairmont Raffles Hotels International has appointed Thomas Storey president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. He was previously the company’s executive vice president of development. Neil J. Mullanaphy, CHME was appointed executive director of sales and marketing, a newly created position at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. He was vice president of sales of GES…

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“Reeling” in Your Attendees

Attendees arrive uninspired, probably expecting the same old thing—a few toasts, some hurriedly prepared speeches and perhaps the predictable slide show. Instead, the lights dim, and guests find themselves taking in a first-rate video production—complete with moving interviews with the honoree’s friends, family and coworkers; home-movie clips and photo stills from their childhood; even soundtracks…

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Roughin’ It In Style

If it weren’t for the down-to-earth discomfort, food that isn’t exactly fancy fare and just plain hard work. After all, who wants to rough it during a rough week of work? No one, frankly. And that’s why “glamping” (glamorous camping) is replacing camping as an alluring option for rustic group retreats. You’ve still got the…

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MPINCC

1. Ellen Dixon, Cooky’s Creations; Mary Coelho, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc.; Linda L. Williams, Chevron Corporation. 2. Scott Baublitz, Hilton San Francisco; Steve Lowe, Harrah’s/Harveys. 3. Iris Fluellen, Event Planner; Laura McLean, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. 4. Stephanie N. Ubungen, Event Coordinator/Planner; Alexandra Carvalho, Event Productions Inc. 5. Phyllis Quinn, Quinn Associates. 6. Christine…

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The Year Ahead

While we were still polishing our crystal balls, YPartnership, a leading marketing research group based in Orlando, Fla., wrapped up their annual trend survey at the recent PCMA conference in Seattle. (If you missed the presentation by Peter Yesawich, you missed one that kept attendees on the edge of their seats!) So we asked Yesawich…

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