6 Tips for Managing Upgrades and Extensions

For many foreign incentive trips and corporate retreats, attendees have the option of extending their stay pre- or post- the time their company has booked at a resort. Some organizations also give participants the option of upgrading to bring spouses and/or children. Here are 6 tips to keep in mind...read more

Pan Am Games Show 7 Ways to Wow a Crowd

Last night, the closing ceremonies for the 2015 Pan Am Games took place in Toronto. International blockbuster events of this scale are always an opportunity to pick up ideas for conferences, corporate events, meetings, and other special events. Here are a few things that stood out from the opening...read more

Designing Spousal Programs for Corporate Events

While most guests involved in spousal programs for corporate events are still female, the demographic is gradually shifting and there are more and more men in attendance. Coming up with gender neutral activities and activities that are appealing for men can be a challenge. Today, I'll provide a few...read more

Take Your Gifts to the Next Level: 6 Key Factors to Selecting a Memorable Gift Experience

By Brett Hatch You’ve thought of every detail to plan the perfect event, and now it’s time to plan the perfect gift. You want it to be memorable, so don’t just pick something without considering the factors below. When you take time to think these through, you’ll save yourself time, money and...read more

10 More Tips to Trim Meeting Budgets

There are number of reasons that organizations may need to trim meeting budgets this year, as a number of international destinations are feeling the pinch of economic challenges. Likewise, it's important for meeting planners to be proactive and deliver value in an affordable manner, to avoid cuts...read more

What's Hot: Immersive Gamification and Entertainment Technology

To appeal to Millennials and, eventually Generation Z participants, it's important for event planners to keep abreast of emerging trends. Yet, it can be challenging to keep track of what's new and hot, and sort out one technology from another Here is a quick primer with inspiration for using GoPro,...read more

Outdoor Meetings: Some Practical Considerations

Outdoor meetings are the perfect opportunity to take participants out of their routine, stimulate brainstorming and foster out-of-the-box thinking. But planning outdoor meetings is not exactly the same as planning outdoor events.While some of the same best practices apply, there are other...read more

Where to Stay to See Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games

Yesterday, I confirmed that tickets for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, beginning July 10th, are still available. With the strong value of the US$ against the Canadian $, it's the perfect time to surprise corporate groups with impromptu meetings or executive retreats in or near Toronto. I did a...read more

The Millennials Are Here...What are you doing about it?

The time for saying "the Millennials are coming" is past. The Millennials, representing 25% of the U.S. workforce...and climbing, are here. By 2020, they will make up 46% of the labour force. Associations and organizations need to dramatically transform their approach to marketing and re-engineer...read more

Nice for MICE: Meeting in Sumptuous Syon Park

One of the joys of English stately homes is that while set on vast landscaped estates, there are often smaller or “secret” garden areas or temporary shelters near the main house where guests can access the outdoors during summery intervals, then beat a quick retreat inside when the weather changes....read more
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