Meeting & Event Intelligence

Meeting Generously: Create a VIP Giving Experience

by Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Competitors pose for a quick picture before teeing off in the MSP Love Josh Williams Golf Tournament. This VIP event raises funds for the Midwest Sports Production’s Love Fund’s Scholarships. Associating your organization with a cause is more...read more

Meeting Generously: Make It Personal

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Attendees at an event held at the Culinary Center of Kansas City wrote personal notes of encouragement to include with food packages that went to three local charities – Mattie Rhodes Center, Lazarus Ministries and Ronald McDonald House. The...read more

Negotiating 2015 Rates: 7 Things You Need to Know

Labor Day next week marks the start of the fall group travel season. And the fall travel season means the start of the request for proposal (RFP) process for event planners that will end up determining 2015 rates. According to hotel managers, group demand was slow to rebound in the aftermath of the...read more

Why You Need to Treat Your Staff as Well as Your Attendees

There's a triple bottomline to sustainability: people, planet, profits. The last two are pretty clear, but how are you supposed to treat people sustainably? The answer is simple: Like human beings. How often have you served a three-course banquet to your event attendees while serving your staff...read more

Meeting Generously: Provide a Change of Scenery

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB Members from several Garden Railway Societies volunteered to build the “Old Town” display in the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s Train Garden. The National Garden Railway Convention was hosted in Overland Park in 2011. When it...read more

How Your Event Can Help End Hunger in America

Look around you. Imagine if one out of every six people you see went to bed hungry. Well in the U.S. they do. At the same time, Americans throw away up to 40 percent of the food they prepare, creating more than 133 billion pounds of food waste a year. Hunger isn't only a third-world problem. And if...read more

Meeting Generously: Fight Hunger Together

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB During the OPCVB’s Fall 2013 Familiarization Tour, attendees took the time to fight hunger together by competing in a peanut butter and jelly making contest. This breakout session, established by the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the...read more

Managing Volunteers? Learn from the Lutherans

According to a Bureau of Labor report in March, the overall volunteer rate of Americans last year was the lowest since 2002, when the bureau began tracking volunteer service. While volunteers are a big part of almost every convention, for religious groups they are crucial, often constituting 80...read more

Eating on the Job Part 2: Special Situations - Small Meetings, Overseas Events

Last week, we discussed eating and drinking on the job. The main conclusion was that, unless a specific invitation is extended to dine with the group, it's best to make separate dining arrangements for event staff and entertainers. However, sometimes there are special situations. Small , Overseas...read more

Meeting Generously: Organize a Collection Drive

By Mindy Lallier, Senior Sales Manager, Overland Park CVB The Overland Park hospitality community hosted a penny drive for the American Baptist Churches as part of their national campaign “The Penny Project,” which goes to support their ministry efforts. When it comes to planning meetings and...read more
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