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Event Themes and Ideas

Many people are often stumped about what event theme to select for their meetings. When this happens, it may be useful to generate event themes and ideas based on major events that may be held elsewhere. Just because you can’t bring your guests to the actual event in person because it may be held out of town or in a completely different country, … [Read more...]

All-Inclusive Packages at Business and Convention Hotels Attract International Meetings and Events

The advantage of booking all-inclusive resorts is well known among meeting planners: Budget certainty. But the risks are well known too: Will the service levels provided by the staff be sufficient? What is the quality of the food and beverage? Is the all-inclusive rate lower or higher than if services were purchased à la carte? The industry has … [Read more...]

Business Travelers Prepare: Airfare and Hotel Rates Increase Internationally

Business travelers have already noticed that rates have jumped for travel within North America in 2010: domestic air fares up 39% for business class and 21% for economy. This trend will continue in 2011, but at a lower pace, according to an American Express Business Travel report. Hotel rates are also expected to increase between 1-6% in 2011, … [Read more...]

Sustainable Companies for Green Printing Print Solutions and Services

It's All About Choosing Certified Paper and Using Soy Ink. Whether it's your marketing or meetings strategy, printing solutions don't need to be perceived as wasteful or environmentally-unfriendly just because you're printing brochures, business cards, conference materials and other publications – these are necessary. That’s why many have … [Read more...]

Business Etiquette for Good Manners at Meetings and Events

Appropriate business etiquette is expected of everyone, especially at corporate events. However, few are trained in the art of good manners. That means most people learn meeting etiquette and how to conduct themselves at business events “on the job.” Of course, not everyone is completely at ease with knowing whether they are conveying … [Read more...]

Small Business Travel Agencies May Be Best Solution for Crisis and Deals in Corporate Travel

The volatility experienced during the last two years may be setting the stage for permanently changing the way corporate and business travel will be managed. And as it relates to the needs of small and mid-sized businesses, perhaps small travel agencies that are part of larger networks may be in the best position to help navigate it. When the … [Read more...]

Should U.S. Airline Tarmac Delay Rule Apply to International Flights

At first glance, it seems as if it may make perfect sense to impose a fine on international flights that exceed more than a specific amount of tarmac delay time. After all, it reinforces the point that passengers should not be delayed longer than necessary when it comes to their personal and business travel. However, the tarmac fines being … [Read more...]

Importance of a Personal Welcome and Greeting at Events Cannot Be Overstated

Imagine having this happen to you: You've invested the appropriate amount of time selecting the theme, venue, catering, décor, entertainment and guest list for your business event. It doesn't matter whether the event is in town or out of town - some of your guests will be local and others will fly in. We all know that sometimes the event … [Read more...]

Planning Food and Beverage for Business Events

When planning the food and beverage for any event, planners should know several items about event catering in order to ensure a successful program. Here's How: 1. Know Your Guest Profile What is the profile of the guests being invited to the event? For example, most business people attend many events throughout the year, and "rubber chicken … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Favorable Hotel Contracts for Meetings and Events

Depending on economic times and the particular demand for a property, negotiating leverage may tilt in favor of the planner or the hotel sales team. At the end of the day, it's important to strike a deal that allows both parties to walk away feeling good about the final arrangements. So what tools and ideas can a meeting planner use to gain … [Read more...]