Shoulder Season in Hawaii's Paradise

  With temperatures in the comfortable low- to mid-80s consistently year-round, weather per se isn’t the factor determining what hotels in Hawaii consider the shoulder or low season. Rather, it’s more about patterns of demand that hotel sales directors have come to expect year-in and more

3 Must-Do’s in Paris When You Have Only an Afternoon to Spare

When working overseas, time is of the essence, and it’s pretty rare that we planner types get to see much of the cities we wind up working in. But when the work is done, the guests have left and tear-down is complete – that’s the time to grab and hour or two to catch a few sights. To do that, you’ more

3 Paris Must-Do's When You've Only Got a Morning to Spare

When working overseas, we planner types rarely get more than a few precious hours to see the cities we’re working in. But if you find yourself in Paris with an hour or two to spare and you’re prepared to move fast, it’s possible to catch a few highlights before the guests touchdown. To see the more

What You Should Know About Shoulder Seasons and the Booking Window

For years now, the booking window has grown narrower, due to a variety of factors, with the pace of change in many industries, associations and even people’s personal lives (when it comes to planning social events) at the top of the list. Given how quickly a need to meet can pop up (or fade away), more

Luxury Air Travel Soars to New Heights with The Residence by Etihad

Do you ever wish you could offer cruise-style amenities to your VIPs on long-haul flights? Well, now with the introduction of The Residence, a first-class, three-room hotel suite offered exclusively through Etihad airways, they can have that cabin in they sky – for a price. This First Class more

Corporate Event Venues: Upscale Pool Bars

For event planners that are looking for a casual or elegant urban venue that will give guests a chance to cool off, pool bars may fit the bill. It's the perfect setting for urban beach parties, summer soirees, receptions, and cocktail parties. Muzik Day Club & Pool Bar (Toronto) Billed as Toronto' more

Road to Vegas: Post-Mortem

The term “post-mortem” in event-planning circles represents a key strategy for solidifying the success of your event and making sure your future events enjoy even greater results. As event planners and marketers know, just because the event ends, doesn’t mean your work is done. After an event – more

5 Reasons Montreal Tops International Meeting Cities of the Americas Ranking

For the 3rd consecutive year, Montreal topped the Leading Host Cities of the Americas for International Meetings ranking in the 2013 International Meetings Statistics report issued by the Union of International Associations (UIA). In view of this announcement, I thought I would share my perspective, more

Shoulder Season: Perfect Time to Stretch Meeting Budgets

Shoulder season (also called off-peak season or off-season) is the time of year when demand to a destination tends to be lower. For event and meeting planners on a budget, it's an opportunity to stretch budgets and ensure that attendees enjoy a destination when it is less crowded. There also more

Cashing Out: What We Learned at #CventCMS in Vegas Pt. 1

If you’re reading this blog (and this post), you’re already aware that there’s nothing easy about meetings management. This was a topic at the recent Corporate Meetings Summit held by Cvent in Las Vegas, June 18-20, where it was determined that it doesn’t have to be as difficult as some make it more
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