Planning How-To's

Move Out of the Box to Create Magical Events

Human beings tend to be creatures of habit. Event planners, who need to be open and creative when it comes to building great events, can get stuck in a rut. I know I do. Okay, I confess. I'll go to my favorite restaurants, year after year and order the same dishes. There's really nothing wrong more

5 Important Things to Clarify Before Signing a Contract

You've done your due diligence, scoped out what the client requires and identified a resort, event venue, or supplier that you feel fits the bill. Now, before signing on the dotted line, here are 5 important things to double check. Double check that your client's expectations of the hotel more

8 Ways to Discover the Magic of a Destination

Event and meeting planners often get so caught up in planning and executing for clients that they leave little time for their own R&R. Each destination has its own special magic. One way to re-charge your batteries is to spend some time in the evening, arrive a few days early or stay on at more

Managing Last Minute Participant Cancellations

No matter how carefully meeting and event planners prepare for meetings, conferences, and events, last-minute cancellations are often unavoidable. They happen for a number of reasons: accidents, illness, illness of a child, flight delays resulting in missed flight connections, and heavy more

3 Time Management Tips for the Busy Event Professional

You're busy enough already and, with the holidays coming sooner than we want to believe, we have to admit that things are piling up. How do we stay focused when life is so busy and our clients always manage to call us with changes at the last minute? We're balancing several clients at a time, more

Top 25 European Destinations: Barcelona

Stunning settings and versatile MICE venues are some of the reasons why Barcelona ran a very close second to London in Cvent’s Top 25 European Meeting Destinations list for 2015. This timeless Mediterranean city boasts more than 400 hotels (with 40,000 sleeping rooms) and has numerous more

Kid Friendly Activities For When it Pours

Everything is perfect. You've taken your incentive group and their families to a stunning resort in a tropical paradise. Everyone is excited, especially the children. Then, the unthinkable happens. It starts raining and it shows no sign of stopping. NOTE: It's happening to one of my clients as more

3 Tech Mistakes Many #Eventprofs Make

When it comes to technology, there are a lot of places where things can go wrong, but there are also many things that can go right. It's all about understanding what it takes to successfully implement the tech you're using and having the right plan in place to execute. Even so, there are three more

7 Considerations for Selecting Corporate Event and Meeting Destinations

Location, location, location. Selecting the right destinations for incentive trips or executive retreats is one of the most important aspects of event planning. While selecting a destination is more of an art than a science, there are a number of practical considerations. Budget. If budgets more

Cvent's Top 25 European Meeting Destinations: Countdown

And the winner is… Cvent congratulates London for ranking first in its inaugural “Top 25 European Meeting Destinations” list, which consists of the top MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) locations across Europe. With more than 750 hotels and approximately 1,950 unique more
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