Meeting Strategies

Tourism Boards and CVBs Offer Incentives to Attract Groups

by Leo Jakobson | November 03, 2014
A growing number of tourism boards and convention and visitors bureaus are offering both cash and non-cash incentives to attract meeting groups to their destinations.

How to Identify and Overcome the '7 Meeting Sins'

by Joel D. Levitt | November 03, 2014
Even the best managers may find themselves in the midst of a bad meeting. Here are seven meeting sins to look out for, such as lacking a clear purpose, starting late, or allowing a couple of attendees to dominate the discussion.

How to Drive ROI for Event Exhibitors and Sponsors

by Tom Myers | November 03, 2014
The key to driving up interest in your event from sponsors and exhibitors is to show them what return they will get on their investment. Here is a four-step approach to making that case.

Room to Think: Better Meeting-Space Design Harnesses Attendee Brain Power

by Andrea Doyle | November 03, 2014
New strategies in meeting-space design mean hotels and conference spaces are helping planners to harness the brain power of attendees. To get the most from attendees, planners must take into consideration elements such as lighting, ergonomics, acoustics, and brain-friendly foods.

Making the Case for International Meetings

by Agatha Gilmore | November 03, 2014
Tasked with cutting costs and demonstrating the value of every element, planners must now more than ever outline the advantages of going abroad for meetings -- here's how.

Themes and Iconic Locations: A Recipe for Event Success

by Barry Brown | October 29, 2014
Combining memorable themes with special destinations can create unforgettable meetings and incentives.

VIDEO: Create a Memorable Experience With a Wine or Port Tasting

October 24, 2014
Wine tasting events can help attendees discover new experiences.

IMEX America Wraps On a High Note

by Leo Jakobson | October 16, 2014
SAP CEO Bill McDermott tells attendees he will champion the meetings and events industry.

Savvy Sponsorships

by Alex Palmer | October 01, 2014
Conference and event sponsorships require options more creative, flexible, and entertaining than the traditional lanyard-and-meal packages, yet they must not create excessive work for overburdened planners. Here we look at how to design sponsorships that appeal to three of a meeting's main stakeholders: the planner, sponsor, and attendee.

Incentive Travel Trends: Growing Budgets Lead to Stricter Focus on ROI

by Deanna Ting | October 01, 2014
Companies are spending more on their incentive travel plans, but that return to pre-recession budgets is accompanied by a laser-like focus on ROI.

Roger Dow Weighs in on the Past, Present, and Future of Meetings

by Agatha Gilmore | October 01, 2014
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow reflects on the changes he's seen over 25 years in the travel industry, and how they will impact the group business travel market.

How to Fend Off Room Poachers

by Kayla Schwenk | October 01, 2014
Five tips to prevent room block poachers from defrauding your attendees, including sending cease-and-desist letters and creating password-protected sites.

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Hotel Updates

Starwood Extends Free Internet to SPG Members

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will offer free Wi-Fi to loyalty-program members beginning in 2015.

IHG to Purchase Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to purchase boutique hotelier Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

ALHI Launches New 'Distinctive Discoveries' Hotel Options

Associated Luxury Hotels International has introduced a new collection of hotels offering "bucket list" experiences for groups.

Marriott Continues Rollout of Global Meetings App

An additional 75 hotels have adopted Marriott International's Meeting Services App.