Site Selection & Budgeting

3 Gorgeous Garden Venues in the Americas

During the summer and in destinations located in sunny climates, garden venues are guaranteed to delight guests. Here are 4 gorgeous garden venues in the Americas. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (Michigan) Set on 132 acres, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids,...read more

Luxury Air Travel Soars to New Heights with The Residence by Etihad

Do you ever wish you could offer cruise-style amenities to your VIPs on long-haul flights? Well, now with the introduction of The Residence, a first-class, three-room hotel suite offered exclusively through Etihad airways, they can have that cabin in they sky – for a price. This First Class travel...read more

Smart Venues Make Sustainability Easy

The responsibility for producing less wasteful events should be shared between the meeting planner, their sales contacts at hotels and venues, and other vendors. In my next post I'll explore the way RFPs can help planners suss out the greenest partners. In the meantime, here are examples of ways in...read more

Corporate Event Venues: Upscale Pool Bars

For event planners that are looking for a casual or elegant urban venue that will give guests a chance to cool off, pool bars may fit the bill. It's the perfect setting for urban beach parties, summer soirees, receptions, and cocktail parties. Muzik Day Club & Pool Bar (Toronto) Billed as Toronto's...read more

UK's Nice for MICE: Opulent Cliveden

As the elegant former home of Lord and Lady Astor, Cliveden’s colourful past includes famous guests Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, JFK, Charlie Chaplin, and George Bernard Shaw. With its stunningly decorated historic rooms, modern conference facilities, 5 Star dining, incredible scenery and...read more

Bastille Day Events Around the World

Bastille Day. It conjures up images of fireworks, bonfires, and other colorful celebrations but that's not how it started. On July 14, 1789, some citizens of Paris, fatigued by the tyranny of King Louis XVI stormed Hotel des Invalides and the Bastille, a virtually empty medieval fortress where...read more

What's Hot: Diner en Blanc

Diner en Blanc* - It started in Paris in 1988 and it's sweeping the world. Francois Pasquier invited some of his friends to a small yet elegant pop-up picnic in Bois de Boulogne. They dressed in white to easily find each other. The rest is history. Diner en Blanc International was founded in 1998...read more

There’s an App for That: Springs Beer Fest, Colorado Springs

Craft beers are Colorado’s claim to fame, and for good reason. The water is pure, the craft beer movement started there in 1979, and regulations are friendly to small brewers. Which is why more than 45 brewers of craft beers will be pouring unlimited samples of their artisanal suds for those who...read more

5 Ways to Keep Your Cool as Temperatures Soar

Last week it was a scorcher in Montreal and Toronto. So what can corporate groups do to keep cool when temperatures soar? 1. Go Rafting There are many ways to raft from floating on a bamboo raft in Thailand, Malaysia or on the Rio Grande or the Martha Brae in Jamaica to white water rafting on the...read more

Business, Not Weather Pattern, Defines Urban Shoulder Seasons

A decade ago, there might have been clearly defined high, low, and shoulder seasons, but those days are long gone at least in most urban markets. This doesn’t mean value periods no longer exist. To the contrary, value periods exist in most every market; they can just be harder to identify. Los...read more
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