Site Selection & Budgeting

Quick Financial Primer (Not Just for Event Planners)

At some point in their career, some event planners find themselves serving on professional association boards. When this happens, an important responsibility is ensuring the financial health of the organization. To do this effectively, a basic understanding of financial statements is essential....read more

Corporate Event Venues: Pioneer Villages for Harvest and Thanksgiving Events

While most pioneer villages are set in the 19th century and do not correspond to the era in which the Pilgrims arrived, many have special Thanksgiving and harvest themes, events, and decor during the months of October and November. With costumed guides, these living museums are perfect for harvest...read more

Emerging Incentive Destinations: Oracabessa, Jamaica

It's not too often that a sleepy fishing village takes center stage on CNN. If you caught Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Jamaica this week, one of his stops off-the-beaten track was Oracabessa, located 10 miles East of Ocho Rios on Jamaica's north coast in St. Mary. When Columbus arrived, in 1494,...read more

Molecular Gastronomy Venues

Last Friday, I discussed molecular gastronomy, a hot culinary trend that may be just what is needed to add the wow factor to an event for a group of attendees who have seen it all. Fortunately, chefs who specialize in molecular gastronomy can be found in every corner of the globe. Cocino de Autor,...read more

What's Hot: Molecular Gastronomy

If you ever watch cooking shows like Chopped or Top Chef, every now and then, a contestant like Chef Richard Blais creates a dish using molecular gastronomy. It's a term that is unfamiliar to some event planners while others are incorporating dishes created through this innovative approach into...read more

Event Planning That Respects Diversity

With communities around the world becoming increasingly diverse, it is important to take the changing face of diversity in consideration when planning corporate events and designing event venues. This is particularly important for international conferences and trade shows that attract participants...read more

The Quick & Dirty Video Interview: A Content Marketing Powerhouse

The popularity of video for content marketing continues to grow. In fact, Cisco estimates that by the year 2018, IP video traffic will make up 79% of all consumer Internet traffic and much of that traffic will come from mobile devices. So determining how to use video to reach your target audience is...read more

Culinary Delights of Riviera Maya, Mexico

Early last week, I returned from Riviera Maya, Mexico where I had the pleasure of spending 5 days managing an incentive trip for one of my corporate clients. I was impressed by the gourmet cuisine that awaited our group each and every day. Today we'll focus on what some of the resorts have to offer....read more

In Barcelona, No Collars Allowed In 2015

Inspiring meetings that spark creativity are key for businesses to kick off the year with a refreshed and energized mindset. Therefore meeting planners seek destinations that have a think tank and cosmopolitan culture and build a meeting agenda that combines work with eye opening activities and of...read more

#holidayparties 2014: Better to Give or Receive?

At the Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown, the tradition of holiday party hosts giving their guests a take-away gift has been turned on its head. The hotel’s director of catering cites a trend where guests don’t receive a gift. Rather, in the holiday spirit, they’re asked to give one. It usually...read more
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