THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES

Marije Vogelzang, food revolution, food design, F&B, food and beverage

Joining the Food Revolution One Event at a Time

The combination of food abundance and food problems increases the need for creative spirits now more than ever.

Fiesta Americana’s Chefs Take F&B to the Next Level

Each Fiesta Americana bar has a signature drink; grape caipiroska for Live Aqua Cancun, to the craft beers from Argentina to Belgium featured in Fiesta Americana’s Cielito Lindo.

Puppies at a Trade Show? Absolutely!

The puppies performed just brilliantly, bonding with attendee after attendee and posing for an endless stream of selfies and performing.

SPARK (NEW!)

What I Needed to Unlearn…

In this meeting planner confession, planners share what they needed to learn, or often unlearn, both professionally and personally.

CSR on the Go: How to Give Back When You Don’t Have Much Time

Community services activities at meetings are more popular now than ever. But not every meeting can accommodate a full-blown community service activity—there may just not be enough time in the program or the logistics may seem too daunting. Ira Alemas of impact4good shares some of his top CSR activity options for giving back under a time crunch.

Doug Chorpenning on Millennials to Why Meetings Fail

As CEO and founder of wet paint group, Doug Chorpenning is tasked with helping organizations tell their story in creative ways. Here, he explains why meetings fail and how to spot these red flags before the game begins.
configuring tablets for event planning, meeting tips, event tips, professional development blog

Tablets Are a Planner’s Best Friend

Managing mountains of paper as part of your meeting planner job is a thing of the past. So why, then, are so many planners still doing it?

And Now Something Different: Engaging Generation Z

We’ve heard quite a bit in the last two years on how to engage Millennials at meetings, but what about the generation coming up after them—those born in the mid-to-late 1990s?

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Caribe Royale Makes Orlando Meetings Simple

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Imagine Holding the Perfect Meeting

Thanks to unparalleled creative resources and service, a perfect meeting is possible when you host it at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

NEWS

Puppies at a Trade Show? Absolutely!

The puppies performed just brilliantly, bonding with attendee after attendee and posing for an endless stream of selfies and performing.
Sheraton Bay Point Resort, Florida, Panama City Beach, Shell Island

5 Beach Activities to Attract Groups to Sheraton Bay Point This...

Snorkeling with dolphins, paddle boarding and even a water trampoline await attendees at Sheraton Bay Point.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Monaco, incentive travel

Team Building Lets Attendees Sample a Taste of Monaco

Monaco’s Marché de la Condamine, an indoor/outdoor farmer’s market, can be privatized for special events, with food stations featuring local seafood, organic products and French and Italian desserts.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, San Antonio meetings, convention center

Q&A: San Antonio Debuts Convention Center Expansion

"The center’s architecture is indicative of San Antonio’s personality with a gorgeous limestone exterior, enhanced by public art installations."

TIPS & TOOLS

How to Choose the Best Incentive Travel Destination

Dominican Republic, incentive travel, incentive travel destinations, incentive planners, incentive travel planners
Some destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico have drastically different airfares to and from the U.S. because of their popularity.

How to Make Long-Haul Flights More Comfortable for Attendees

Emirates Airline, air travel, long-haul flights, international flights, meeting abroad, international meetings
Airplane food is never great, so some of your attendees may have not eaten for a solid 15 hours.

5 “Musts” Your International Meeting Itinerary Might Be Missing

Passport, international meetings, meeting itinerary, global meetings, meeting travel
In the Middle East for instance, some women feel uncomfortable shaking the hands of men they don’t know, even in professional settings.

How to Trim Your Meeting Budget

Meeting budget, meeting savings, cost savings, event savings
By keeping branding generic—no specific date, venue or hash tag, for instance—that means that banners, staff uniforms and other signage can be used year after year without having to be replaced.

DESTINATIONS

Monaco, incentive travel

Team Building Lets Attendees Sample a Taste of Monaco

Monaco’s Marché de la Condamine, an indoor/outdoor farmer’s market, can be privatized for special events, with food stations featuring local seafood, organic products and French and Italian desserts.
Barbados, incentive travel

A Rum-Inspired Taste of the Caribbean in Barbados

Although Barbados is a tiny island, our group quickly immersed ourselves in the local culture—which, of course, always involves a rum tasting.

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