Category Archives: Trends

Never a Dull Day in the Industry

Attendees gobbling more than their fair share of cookies, audiovisual equipment going dead in the middle of a presentation, even curious vagrants wandering into your meeting.      Well, you’re not alone in the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of planning. As numerous corporate and association events transpire nationwide, so, too, do the strange behaviors….

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Give Me a Break!

At last, it’s break time after that intense three-hour meeting. You’re anticipating coffee and snacks—nothing more than a breather, right? Instead, imagine yourself perched at the edge of a shimmering turquoise lagoon. One hand stretches out to touch a friendly Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin; the other holds a cool glass of iced tea. Sounds like a…

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Big Hat, Lots of Cattle

Best-selling author and branding consultant Joe Calloway frames his new book, Work Like You’re Showing Off!, with a startling premise: What the world needs is more showoffs, in work and in life, not fewer. But the Tennessee-based consultant (whose clients include American Express, Volvo, BMW, IBM and the like) is not referring to the pretentious,…

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Smart Moves: July 2007

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) appointed Bren Clevenger-Ori, CAE, CMP as chief operating officer. Clevenger-Ori was vice president, program services with Promotional Products Association International,  also located in Dallas. John Cooper was named president and CEO of the Yakima Valley (Wash.) Visitors and Convention Bureau, which also manages the Convention Center. He was president and CEO…

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Experience This: July 2007

excitations n. Beach Boys parlance (as in, “She’s giving me excitations”); an experiential gift-giving company. There is a connection between the two. “That was the origin of the name,” says Kim AuBuchon, COO of the innovative, two-year-old company, with a laugh. “It was unbelievably hard to find a ‘.com’ that wasn’t taken!” AuBuchon and her…

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Smart Moves: June 2007

Laurie Armstrong was named vice president, marketing and communications for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. She was previously vice president, public relations for the 1,800-member bureau. Lisa DeCambra-Morrill was named director of sales and marketing for the iconic Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki. She was director of product development, Hawaii luxury, at Classic…

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A Howlin’ Great Time

Remember how much fun summer camp was—lots of activities, lots of new friends and a nifty cabin to stay in. Well, that’s just the experience Camp Bow Wow, a doggie day and overnight camp, offers to furry friends when their owners are heading out of town. Here, Rover or Rusty or Snook’ums (or whatever) have…

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Putting The

That’s why your choice of motivational speakers is so critical. But, if you’re tired of “talking heads” and absent attendees, it may be time to fire up your audience with something new and entirely different—for instance, Jon Wee and Owen Morse, two jugglers known collectively as The Passing Zone. You may already be familiar with…

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Movers and Shakers (Dec 06)

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau appointed Leonard Hoops as executive vice president, sales and marketing, overseeing convention sales and services, marketing, tourism and public relations. Hoops was senior vice president and chief marketing officer with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. She was national sales manager for the former Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel…

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Travel’s #1 Activity

Even those of us on the road for business find it hard to resist the hotel gift shop, a high-profile boutique or a big-name downtown department store. Speaking of which: If the sight of a Macy’s red-star shopping bag gets your adrenaline pumping, consider this. The huge retailer offers out-of-town groups not only an 11-percent…

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