Planning How-To's

#IMEX14 Event Ideas: Fun and Games

When guests attend the same corporate events annually, it's important to keep their experience fresh and exciting. Fun and games entertain during social events, make great energizers, and add variety to team building and training. Here are 6 fun ideas from in and around IMEX America 2014: Selfie and...read more

How to Create Personalized Itineraries

The weeks leading up to group travel can be hectic for your guests. In addition to managing their regular work responsibilities and ensuring that they everything is under control at work, they are also busy preparing and packing for their trips. It can be overwhelming. The 4 main sections to include...read more

#IMEX14: 8 Must See Tradeshow Booths

Eye-catching designs that grab the attention of attendees is just one component of compelling tradeshow booths. Effective off-line and on-line marketing and activities that engage attendees are also essential. I interviewed representatives from a number of the exhibitors that stood out at this...read more

Event Tech at #IMEX14 #techsytalk

I'm here in Vegas this week for IMEX14 - a HUGE tradeshow filled with event professionals from around the world. This is my third IMEX event and I'm struck by how technology in the meetings industry has grown. Its footprint is larger at each event and the impact tech is making on our industry is...read more

Learning the 'Dhow' of the Arabian Gulf

For visitors to the Arabian Gulf, one of the "must-do" experiences is climbing aboard a traditional wooden sailing vessel called a dhow. For centuries, the dhow has been a lifeline to the sea for the region’s people, and is one of the region’s most iconic images. Conference attendees in the Gulf can...read more

Savvy Roommate and Rooming List Strategies

When it is necessary to stretch a budget for a business meeting, internal conference, sales rally, or team building retreat, opting for villas, suites or double occupancy rooms with 2 beds can result in significant savings. On some properties, while there is a shared living room and kitchenette,...read more

Smart Monday Serves up Cutting Edge Content for IMEX America #imex14

Once again, MPI and other association partners provided IMEX America attendees with a full day of free pre-trade show education, training, workshops. and networking. In total, 30 concurrent sessions and deep dives have been presented. Here are a few highlights. Association partners that teamed up...read more

Don't Be a Trashy Traveler

Have you ever thought about how much more waste you create when you travel than when you’re at home? Eating on the run, drinking out of water bottles, using tiny sample-sized toiletries — road warriors leave a tremendous sea of trash in their wake. Here are some ways you can minimize your impact. ...read more

4 More Ways to Use Music for Meetings

Music is one of the most powerful yet underutilized meeting and event design elements. When used effectively, music can: underscore an event theme signal a group that is time to return from a break or lunch mark transitions in the agenda calm a rowdy group 1. Themes for Themes Finding music to...read more

Robert's Rules of Order Refresher for Formal Meetings

While meetings in the US and Canada tend to be informal, in some countries formal meetings are still the order of the day. Familiarity with Robert's Rules of Order, which dates back to 1876,  is important for event planners who work internationally and also for those who serve on boards and work for...read more
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