The theme of this year's Meeting Professionals International WEC was, "Stop planning meetings, start designing experiences."
"Designing an effective channel incentive strategy needs to reinforce the sales processes, highlight product information and reinforce the sponsoring company’s value proposition. It’s about helping channel partners and their salespeople sell effectively, while answering, 'What's in it for me?'"
The 600-room hotel will help redefine Portland as a meetings destination, drawing dozens of large events and conventions every year.
See how San Antonio's River Walk is getting even more appealing to planners.
A new influx of hotels in Austin is making the city a serious hub for meetings.
New hotels, restaurants, retail, an event pier, marina and riverfront park will help redefine the city’s River District, connected by an about two-mile scenic Riverwalk.
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has five live events a year focused on industry-specific education.
Make sure attendees traveling from the affected airports are aware of the new regulations so that they arrive at the airport with electronic equipment appropriately stored in hold luggage.
Meeting planners report getting turn-downs or pressure from hotels to commit and limited hold times.
If incentive travel in general or a certain destination in particular did not have appeal, the channel incentive program is less likely to succeed.
Making its way into the Asian market, Rocco Forte Hotels also has plans to open a property in Shanghai next year.
The new design takes on the Hotel Nikko’s Japanese heritage by creating a contemporary look inspired by the fluid lines of a traditional kimono.
Some meeting planners, mostly the CMPs in the group, spoke up for the professionalism of the role. Said one: "How about everyone just know you are a Meeting Professional? Why? Because you deserve that respect!"
"A name badge with Microsoft on it screams kidnapping in cerrtain parts of the world."
When the 338-room hotel transitions to the Royal Sonesta brand, it will provide the same luxury accommodations that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Carter back in its hey day.
The expansive infinity pool, eight gourmet restaurants, and private cabanas and hammocks dotting the beach added to the property's lavishness.
Nine years in the making, the last phase of the convention center’s $297 million expansion will not only help the city attract larger events but also revitalize its Riverbank precinct.
SITE, which is known for incentive industry education, now has a new offering of 12 online courses.
A series of renovations and new group offerings at the Harrah's and Harveys help pave the way for Lake Tahoe’s South Shore to amp up its meetings game.
“As one of only a few AAA Four-Diamond resorts in Wisconsin, our definition of luxury goes a step beyond offering refined accommodations and numerous experiences to include a welcoming, home-like feel not often found in resorts."
Outdoor “Top-Chef” cooking challenges will be available for groups, with culinary staff members who work on the Golden Globes menu serving as judges.
New restaurant openings and 3,000 new hotel rooms slated to open by 2020. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of Seattle development.
“Tasked with suggesting a rejuvenating break activity during a lengthy conference, our catering manager coordinated a mid-meeting yoga session to bring energy and excitement to event attendees, followed by healthy, locally sourced snacks prior to resuming the conference.”
Predominantly making up the Henry Luce III Center is the first-of-its-kind Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery that will house rotating exhibits that focus on women’s history in the U.S.
While Quito already attracts international visitors as the first city to be named a World Heritage Cultural Site by UNESCO in 1978, this new convention center will help put Quito more on the meetings map.