Planning How-To's

Event Budgeting: 9 More Tips for Avoiding Sticker Shock

It's not easy to create event budget with no surprise. There are often unanticipated expenses, fees and incidentals that can add up quickly. Here are some important costs to keep in mind to avoid sticker shock. Wi-Fi: Don't assume that this is included. Wi-Fi costs need to be clarified for both...read more

New Views on London

The London skyline is so glorious they keep coming up with new ways to enjoy it. Here is a roundup of the most exciting new perspectives as well as some classics that often get overlooked.    Newest: Sky Garden, which just opened this year, is home to the highest public gardens in the city at 37...read more

China Savers: Meeting Planning Promotions in Shanghai

Make no mistake about it: Shanghai is a business city and a world economic power. Additionally, Shanghai harbor welcomes hundreds of thousands of cruise ship passengers each year. And all that activity creates a need for a sophisticated tourism and meetings infrastructure, which is layered on top of...read more

Nice for MICE: Captivating Cape Town

Cape Town truly has it all – jaw-dropping scenery; exotic flora and fauna; a relaxed, vibrant culture; world-class cuisine; 5 Star hotels aplenty; and a range of visitor attractions to suit all tastes, interests, and ages – making it the ideal location for MICE business. Plus, it boasts the Cape...read more

Healthy Snacks for Event Planners on the Go

For event planners on the go, it's important to have access to energy boosting snacks that are delicious and filling. Without a plan, the tendency will be to grab expensive and high-calorie snacks. While balanced diets are taken care of during the course of events, running around town in preparation...read more

40 Fun Excursions for Corporate Events

Whether you're looking for an activity in which an entire group can participate or excursions that guests can book on their own, it's always best to tailor the offerings to the destination. Opportunities to participate in unique activities, explore the natural environment or learn about the local...read more

Managing 6 Challenging Meeting Scenarios

Sooner or later, event planners and meeting facilitators encounter challenging meeting scenarios that impact participant engagement. The strategy selected to manage them will determine whether you can keep things under control and ensure a successful meeting outcome. If you can't, there is a risk...read more

Planner Smarts: 4 Travel-Friendly Power Snacks for Life-on-the-Go

Having woken up in London, Paris, and Milan at 3 am, looking for breakfast more times than I can count, I've learned the hard way that food on the road and on-demand can, at times, be tough to come by. With wee-hours room service increasingly on the wane (and expensive), I've become somewhat...read more

The Power of Education

Kat Cole, the President of Cinnabon, Inc., has a fascinating story to tell. She rose to her present position at the age of 32, having started in the hospitality business in her teens as a Hooters hostess. Oh, and she did it without a college degree. At first glance, Cole's story would suggest we...read more

7 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting a DMC

In the past, event planners have often engaged the services of Destination Management Companies (DMCs) to effectively serve large groups with events in other cities or foreign destinations. Now, however, with more organizations opting to build flexibility into their programs and give attendees the...read more
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