Meeting Strategies

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.

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.

Event Speakers that Give Your Meeting a Trick or Treat

by Agatha Gilmore | October 01, 2014
Magicians, jugglers, and a stuffed-carrot-throwing recognition expert are just a few of the quirky and entertaining, yet informative speakers in this month's round-up.

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.

Meeting in the Fast Lane

by Deanna Ting | September 30, 2014
Xtreme Xperience brings groups together for a unique opportunity to drive exotic cars.

How To Improve ROI by Leveraging Your Sales Team

by Tom Myers | September 15, 2014
Improving ROI is the key to turning things around when exhibitor and sponsorship revenues are declining at your event.

How to Evaluate Events

by John Kagia and Heidi Guglielmino | September 02, 2014
A customized approach with carefully designed questions will translate a simple feedback exercise into valuable market insights.

How the Guy Who First Hired Steve Jobs is Changing Meetings

by Andrea Doyle | September 02, 2014
Steve Jobs' first boss is out to turn the meetings industry upside down.

There's a Meeting Planner App for That

by Leo Jakobson | September 02, 2014
Mobile app solutions for six major challenges planners face.

Farm-to-Table 2.0

by Deanna Ting | September 02, 2014
Unforgettable farm-to-table experiences evolve for meeting groups.

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Hotel Updates

Hilton Launches New, 'Local' Hotel Brand: Canopy by Hilton

Hilton Worldwide's new lifestyle hotel brand, Canopy, is focused on local rather than global appeal.

New Ritz-Carlton App Powers Real-Time Service Requests

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has released a new version of its app that facilitates real-time service requests.

Marriott Rolls Out Wireless Charging in Hotel Lobbies

Marriott Hotels is installing wireless charging stations in the lobbies of 29 hotels.

Starwood to Move Corporate HQ to India for Month-long 'Immersion'

To learn about the local market, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will temporarily relocate its corporate headquarters to India in March 2015.
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