Planning How-To's

Why NSO are Crucial To Selecting The Perfect Venue

In the dynamic and ever-changing world of meetings and events, maintaining strong relationships with your industry contacts is a crucial aspect of the site selection process. Cvent understands the need to keep these relationships strong and allows you to do so through the NSO Contact enterprise...read more

What's Hot: Fabulous Fall Event Colors

Today before you head off for the Labor Day weekend, we'll keep it light and easy. Labour Day is the unofficial start of the autumn season in the U.S. and Canada. Other areas that are about to go through a marked seasonal transition at this time of year include the United Kingdom, Northern Europe,...read more

A Look at the Blue: Highlighting the Event Plan

Do you ever feel like there are so many things to do but you just can't seem to keep track of them all? Never fear, with the Blue release's new Event Plan you can easily mark when each step or “to do” is done. Simply point and click, and you are on to the next! Located on the Overview screen of your...read more

Dedicated Meeting Concierges: A Triple Win to Reduce Stress

The pace at many events is non-stop. As a result, many event planners routinely go home from events exhausted and find it challenging to achieve career/life balance. A dedicated meeting concierge, assigned to work exclusively with your group, provides extra support and can greatly reduce the stress...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

Cvent's Top 10 U.S. Meeting Cities: New Orleans

Each year, Cvent looks at the more than 5,000 U.S. cities featured on its Cvent Supplier Network to compile its Top 50 U.S. Meeting Destinations. Now in its third year, the list tracks activity from July 2013 to June 2014; a ranking is then determined by a set of qualifying criteria consisting of...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

Canadian Spas: Perfect Places to Promote Balance

Some organizations still have their overseas event plans in a holding pattern. Fortunately, when compared with the price of overseas travel, spas can be a cost-effective way to reward teams. Spas are far from frivolous: In addition to being excellent venues for reward and recognition, some spas have...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
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