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Face-to-Face and International Meetings Will Continue to Provide Value

AIBTM 2013 trade show floor. Courtesy image

More than 1,000 convention and meeting planners attended the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) in Chicago last week (June 11-13) at McCormick Place to explore future trends in the industry. "Face-to-face meetings are important for business growth and shortened sales cycles -- despite what technologists and … [Read more...]

ICCA Reports Significant Growth in International Meetings

ICCA 2012 Rankings

It seem the conventions industry turned a corner, according to data from ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association. For the first time ever, more than 11,150 regularly occurring association events which rotate between at least three countries. Which destinations made the top of ICCA's list? The following highlights the top 20 … [Read more...]

What Is the Economic Impact of Tourism?


Those who are part of the international business meetings community already know: Organizations that invest in business travel and participate in meetings have a greater chance of achieving their business goals than those that do not. Imagine the impact when political leaders acknowledge the same from their perspective: Governments that support … [Read more...]

Top Tips for Picking a Conference Venue


London has its own gravity. The best businesses, most highly educated graduates and skilled personnel are sucked into its dizzying spin. Despite the proliferation of the Internet, improvements in mobile communications and video conferencing, the need for face-to-face communication and interaction has actually grown in recent years. People need to … [Read more...]

Events in Spain


What makes Catalonia – and its capital city Barcelona in Spain – unique from other destinations for events? It’s tough to narrow this down to a single concept, but I suspect the international travel industry will continue to find out more in the years ahead. Catalonia has its own language and culture – both contributing to way this province … [Read more...]

How to Hire Catering Companies

Stacy Ziegler

Let’s say you’re charged with planning a corporate meeting, casual reception, formal dinner or maybe a wedding. You want to host the event at a venue that doesn’t have its own catering staff. You have the concept and theme in mind, and you even know that you want to have a plated meal, buffet or passed hors d’oeuvres. Before you hire catering or … [Read more...]

Skating Parties at Ice Arenas

Ice Skating Employee Appreciation Event at Richmond Oval

Skating parties are a type of employee appreciation activity that is sometimes overlooked when considering the various options. They're definitely a morale booster, and an activity that can involve the entire family in a cost effective manner. What makes skating parties a unique event that is different than many others? First of all, the fun can … [Read more...]

What is a Meeting Planner?


If you’re searching for a career that requires the ability to juggle the logistics of dozens of conferences and major events throughout the year, then the meetings industry may be for you. But you’ll need to look past the glamour of what you consider to be the guest’s experience. You’re there to work the event, not attend it. And your work will … [Read more...]

What is a Business Event?

popular corporate events

Business events happen every day at hotels, convention centers, restaurants, and event venues everywhere. The most common business events are typically fall into one of four categories: meetings, incentives, conventions and events (MICE). MICE is an acronym that represents the full scope of business events that are held in this industry. What … [Read more...]

Events and Catering: What You Should Know


Whether you're working with a private caterer or the catering manager at the venue itself, it's helpful to consider several factors before building the menu for catering events and meetings. The first thing to remember for corporate catering is that the menu options they present are almost always 100% flexible. And even though most caterers will … [Read more...]