Planning How-To's

National Dance Day: Time to Reflect on Dance for Corporate Events

Tomorrow is the 4th annual Official National Dance Day, created by Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer of So You Think You Can Dance, the hit TV show that has done more to raise the profile of dance than any initiative in recent memory. This celebration of dance, takes place on the last Saturday of...read more

10 Tips for Creating Child-Friendly Menus for Corporate Events

For incentive trips, conferences and other corporate events that include family members, it's important for event planners to give careful consideration to children's menus. Simply serving the same gourmet dishes that the adults are eating will result in waste if they are not pleasing to a child's...read 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),...read more

Smart Venues Make Sustainability Easy

The responsibility for producing less wasteful events should be shared between the meeting planner, their sales contacts at hotels and venues, and other vendors. In my next post I'll explore the way RFPs can help planners suss out the greenest partners. In the meantime, here are examples of ways in...read more

Dining Options for Staggered Arrivals

Even for some internal meetings and conferences, attendee arrivals can be staggered. There can be delays in flight arrivals. Even if a lot of participants are local, there can be significant delays due to traffic jams, problems on the subway system, accidents that block roads, flooding or, in the...read 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's...read more

Shoulder Season in Hot Destinations: When It IS About the Weather

As fellow Cvent blogger Bruce Serlen recently pointed out, destination demand patterns are not always clearly defined. There are a number of factors that can influence demand and pricing. Weather is just one of them. In sun belt resort areas, what is taking place at their market destinations has a...read more

UK's Nice for MICE: Opulent Cliveden

As the elegant former home of Lord and Lady Astor, Cliveden’s colourful past includes famous guests Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, JFK, Charlie Chaplin, and George Bernard Shaw. With its stunningly decorated historic rooms, modern conference facilities, 5 Star dining, incredible scenery and...read more

The Cost of Being Sustainable

For those just beginning to plan "green" meetings, cost-saving measures abound: eliminating water bottles, using digital guides rather than printed show programs, using silverware instead of plastic forks, etc. But once you pick all that low-hanging fruit, the procurement decisions become harder....read more

Bastille Day Events Around the World

Bastille Day. It conjures up images of fireworks, bonfires, and other colorful celebrations but that's not how it started. On July 14, 1789, some citizens of Paris, fatigued by the tyranny of King Louis XVI stormed Hotel des Invalides and the Bastille, a virtually empty medieval fortress where...read more
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