Planning How-To's

Planning Foreign Events as Currencies Fluctuate

Canadian event planners who are in the process of planning foreign incentives trips, retreats, and other corporate events are facing a new challenge this year. The value of the Canadian $ against the US$ has declined steadily since the beginning of last summer and sharply in recent months. This...read more

World Rugby Cup Is UK's Country Wide

This September, the UK will be hosting the 2015 World Rugby Cup. (For those who don't know, Rugby football, the rougher-and-tumblier form of soccer from which American-style gridiron derives, originated in the 19th century; to the uninitiated, the most telltale difference is the lack of helmets and...read more

S.P.R.I.N.G. Themes and Ideas for Corporate Events

It's official. Today the calendar flips to spring. Over the next few weeks, groups can look forward to spending more and more time outdoors as the spring thaw takes place. Here is some inspiration to "spring" into the season and create some wonderful events. Start with a spring theme that reflects...read more

Creating a Pop-up Retro Kid's Club

Many resorts and hotels have their own children's programs. If you opt to stay at a boutique hotel or inn that is suitable for a smaller group, a dedicated facility may not always be available. If the group is large enough you may want to outsource the children's program to services that are similar...read more

9 Steps for Managing Conflict During Meetings

It's not unusual for conflicts to arise during a meeting. Many groups go through the phases of forming, storming, "norming," and performing. It could be conflict during a planning or logistics meeting for your own team or during the course of a meeting for clients. Regardless of the context, the...read more

Capital Ideas: Save on Washington DC Event Venues

Nowhere else in the country does a budget get so much argument as it does in DC's hallowed halls of government. Inspired by this annual struggle, the late Senator Everett Dirksen said: "A billion here, a billion there—sooner or later it adds up to real money." No pithier statement was ever made...read more

What's Hot: Indoor Scuba Diving for Group Events

Now here's something really different...indoor scuba diving. It's the perfect fit whether  a group is preparing for a trip to a tropical location or an event planner needs an out of the ordinary experience to give a group a sense of adventure if a foreign incentive trip is not in the budget. There...read more

Accessibility Guidelines Around the World

As event planners design meetings and events, it's important to ensure compliance with all accessibility regulations in the jurisdictions where they are having their meetings. Even if a particular destination does not have legislation, referring to the guidelines of other jurisdictions will ensure...read more

Foreign Site Inspections on a Shoestring

When selecting venues, photos on websites and YouTube videos can only go so far. Site inspections are extremely important to ensure that there are no surprises. With many organizations continuing to face budget constraints, foreign site inspections aren't always possible. Despite the risks of...read more

Incentive Destinations: U.S. Virgin Islands

For corporate groups seeking a sun destination where Americans can travel without a passport, U.S. Virgin Islands, one of 6 inhabited U.S. unincorporated territories, is definitely a destination worth considering. With many direct flights from continental U.S., these tropical Caribbean islands are...read more
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