Site Selection & Budgeting

Christmas in Wilmington, Delaware

The Greater Wilmington, Delaware area, located 25 miles south of Philadelphia and at at roughly the halfway point between New York City and Washington, DC comes alive for the Christmas season for a series of festive events. For example, in Odessa, the historical homes dating back to the 18th and...read more

Event Themes to Explore: Steampunk

It's not easy to theme. Okay, maybe it is, but coming up with fresh ideas? Not so much.  Which is why steampunk, a fantasy concept composed of 19th-century, steam-powered science and sci-fi, may be the next event theme to catch on.  Steampunk is all about re-creating a fanciful future as envisioned...read more

Texas Sets Store on Bitcoin

Call it the future, or maybe the currency version of Esperanto (remember that?), but Bitcoin, the virtual currency, has taken Texas by storm. The first bitcoin ATM (CoinVault) appeared in Austin in February; followed by two CoinVaults in Dallas last August. This month, however, Houston took Bitcoin...read more

Out on a Limb in Dubai, Palm Jumeirah’s Newest Luxury Properties

The thought of a conference group stranded on a desert island could be a meeting planner’s worst nightmare. But if that desert island is in Dubai, and is in the shape of a palm tree, it’s likely that the group has landed on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s iconic man-made archipelago that is home to more...read more

Tres Bon: Promotions in Montreal

Fun-loving, alluring, sports-minded, chic: Montreal is all of these and more. Its hotels, of course, fit a variety of group profiles, budgets, and personality types. And perhaps because of the language and culture duality, Montreal seems to take that extra step to make everyone feel at home. Take...read more

Dutch Treats—Promotions in Amsterdam

With its long experience in business and trade, Amsterdam is a city that attracts sharp dealmakers. But some event planners are signing nice deals at several of Amsterdam’s prime meetings hotels—and doing it without so much as lifting a finger to punch numbers into a calculator. To get in on this,...read more

What's Hot: Pop-up Event Venues

It's a trend that's gaining popularity in the UK. It's a great way to surprise guests with unexpected event spaces. The venue, decor, and concept are there for a season to return again next year. Today we will look at some of the UK's hottest pop-up seasonal event venues. Watch for this trend to...read more

Christmas Event Planning: Finding Venues at the Last Minute

Finding a Christmas event venue at the last minute may seem like a daunting task but it's not impossible. Even after the calendar has flipped to December, some venues will still have availability. They are just as eager to fill their vacant dates as you are to find an event venue. Here are 6 quick...read more

Sydney Convention Centre Sets Reopening

Scheduled to reopen in December 2016, the new $1-billion International Convention Centre Sydney is being positioned as a premier MICE venue not just for Australia, but for the entire Asia Pacific region. The new complex, which replaces a more modest structure that closed at the end of 2013 after 25...read more

Cool Christmas Event Venues

Once again, it's time to unveil some unique Christmas event venues to inspire planners. Today, I'll take a trip around the world to discover three. (The best news is that at the time of writing, all 3 venues still had some limited space for this season.) United Kingdom Christmas Bar (Bournemouth) is...read more
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