What Planners Want in Site Selection Technology


A recent GBTA Foundation study finds that, while the technology exists to help meeting professionals throughout the site-sourcing process, just over half—57 percent—say they currently use meeting management technology to plan their events.

10 Insights for Improving the RFP Process


Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate MeetingsBy Wendy Laugesen, CMP. What can planners do better in the RFP process? And what do planners want from the hotel? A veteran planner and a hotel exec tell it like it is. read more.

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New Brands Emerge from Benchmark/Gemstone Combo


Financial/Insurance Meetings Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Medical MeetingsBenchmark Hospitality International and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts have merged to become BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company with a new corporate identity and three distinct hotel collections. read more.

Some benefits of selecting second-tier cities

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The post Some benefits of selecting second-tier cities appeared first on Plan Your Meetings @ Meeting Professionals International. Attendee experience Vendor and site selection second-tier cities

16 Things to Know About DMOs and DMCs


Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate MeetingsA couple of experts untangled the DMO/CVB/ DMC relationship during a recent webinar sponsored by empowerMINT, the online information tool from Destination Marketing Association International. read more.

The fastest way to save time and money

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Event websites, online registration, event marketing assistance, discount coupons for local attractions, writing pads, local media contacts, assistance arranging site visits and speakers gifts were other perks of CVB partnership, she explained.

Airbnb and Meetings: “A Win for Everyone”


Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate Meetings TechSan Francisco Travel’s Joe D’Alessandro talks about his city’s tax-then-partner relationship with the home-share giant.

8 Best Practices for Planning Corporate Events


Site selection can make or break a meeting. Site selection checklist. For any food and beverage brands, it is important to ensure that the venue selected supports the food and beverage brands the client represents. Demographics are huge in site selection.

5 Top Tips To Help You Organize A Conference in Singapore


Location and venue play an important part in the site selection process for a conference or event.

Is paid influencer marketing ethical in the event industry?

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” “Are there ways that this participation could influence site selection?” Paid influencer marketing is spreading to the event industry, and I doubt that it’s an ethical practice.

London: Where Exchange Rates Go, International Bookings Follow


Association Meetings Resources Europe/Middle East/Africa Resources and Reports Site Selection/RFPsAs many predicted, the post-Brexit decline in the pound’s value relative to the dollar has resulted in a jump in London hotel inquiries from the U.S. read more.

How Meeting Planners Book, Plan, and Execute Their Events

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The 26th Annual Meetings Market Survey collected information about the number, size, revenue, and budgets for meetings industry during 2015, as well as information about site visits, booking windows, housing, and other topics: .

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United CEO Charms GBTA Audience


Financial/Insurance Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate Meetings Event Planning Global Events Medical MeetingsOscar Munoz understands that by the time you step on board an airplane, “you’re frankly pissed.” He’s determined to make it better.

HelmsBriscoe COO Greg Marlark Talks Rebranding

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It’s also the hallmark of a company celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as one of the industry’s leading site-selection agencies. HelmsBriscoe COO Greg Malark came to the events management company 15 years ago.

TravelMath is Great Tool for #EventProfs

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When you are first starting the site selection process, most planners will meet with event stakeholders and go over a list of objectives, toss out a few potential destinations, and maybe put together a loose budget. Travel adds up in many ways.

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The Women (and Men) Tell All: Third-Party Planners Edition

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For many organizations, using meetings procurement companies (aka, third-party planners) like HelmsBriscoe and ConferenceDirect for site selection, contracts and other meeting planning functions is crucial to executing a successful event. I can give them back some of their time by providing support for site selection and contracting, and we do that at no cost to them. I set up all the site visits for them and make sure they are treated like gold.

How Columbus Lured IFLA Back to the U.S. After 16 Years

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From there, it was all hands on deck to “roll out the red carpet” for the site-selection team, says Losinski. The site visit was very personalized. At the concluding reception, the president of IFLA said this had not been a normal experience for a site visit, and that it may have been the best one they’d ever had.

Spearin Doctrine: A Construction Case Described in A Tweet!


In order to build the dry-dock in the site selected for it, the contractor was required to relocate a portion of a sewer that ran through the specified site.

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The Event-Changing Magic of Site Visits

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Try to make your site visit at the same time of day that a delegate would be travelling to the site. Conference Care New Business Manager Gary Hutton, suggests asking to talk to the audio/visual team during a site visit. “A

4 Lessons Event Planners Can Take from 2016 Rio Olympics

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Don’t skip site visits! Site selection is a critical step in event planning , and site visits are crucial to the process. Meeting planners can make travel easier for attendees by selecting a destination with good public transportation and highway systems.

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16 Event Resources to Plan Your Next Great Event

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It’s not the prettiest of sites, but Adrian Segar is an event industry expert with lots of insight. Update: 7/19/2016: This piece has been updated to reflect comments and new software options since the article first went live. New additions appear in the “Blogs” and “Podcasts” sections.

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How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

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It starts with site selections—being aware of city and state policies, including laws that could be discriminatory,” Clapes says.

5 Things Planners Can Learn from the Presidential Inauguration

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On site visits, planners should ask hotels and venues about their crisis management plans. Are there staff available on-site who can perform first aid if necessary? When planning a big event , don’t forget to consider transportation during the site selection process.

The 33 skills meeting and event planners need to succeed

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I: Site management. Develop selection criteria. Select best candidates and offer positions. Select program content and delivery formats. Educational objectives should dictate the speaker-selection criteria. Develop selection criteria. Select candidates.

Best in Show: Class of 2017

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Because it’s usually a collection of people working together, in person and off site, in tandem and autonomously, who create one truly singular experience. Her calm and sweet demeanor makes her a pleasure to be around on those long days on site.

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Tough Calls

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Meanwhile, similar bathroom bills are being considered in other states — 16 as of last month, according to CNN — which can certainly affect a planner’s site-selection process.

Super Bowl LI Offers Insights on Winning Events

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Sometimes it’s hard to fit a site visit into your schedule, but our site selection experts at Smart Meetings 360 always emphasize that site visits should not be skipped. Select entertainment wisely.

Will San Diego Keep Comic-Con?

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Planners and local governments both know that convention center capacity is a critical determinant of site selection.

How Philadelphia Geared Up to Host the DNC

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From a site-selection point of view, it’s a no-brainer: Stage a pageant of American democracy in its star-spangled birthplace. Convene On Site Event Design Experience

Associations Hit It Big at Gaming Properties

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This is a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the $240 billion gaming industry, according to the American Gaming Association , as they court meeting planners with renovations, world-class dining options and amenities important in the site selection of other properties.

5 Online Event Planning Classes To Jumpstart Your Career

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I looked at curriculum, reputation, and student testimonials to guide me in my selection process. Venue Selection. Site Selection. I take pride in being a well-rounded individual.

Health-Care Event Planners Adapt to a Shifting Landscape

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health-care events this year: It’s also affecting site-selection decisions for meetings scheduled over the next few years.

All Politics Is Local

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that February to present to the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee. A month later, representatives from the selection committee visited Cleveland, and the city moved to the next round of the competition. “It

Here’s Why Nontraditional Venues Are on the Rise


It’s been proven that aesthetics and logistics have the most influence on site selection , so it’s no wonder planners are looking to plan their events that are high on visual impact.

The Political Circus Is Coming to Town(s)

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Destination Cleveland and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) were heavily involved in their cities’ bids, from serving on host committees to organizing site visits, and now are busy helping set the stage for the conventions. How did your CVB participate in site visits?

The Ultimate Guide on How to Start Your Event Planning Business

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Venue Selection. Site Selection. Now that you know all there is to know about event planning, it’s time to decide whether you want to do general event planning or select a niche market to target.

Dear conference attendee…

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I undertake dozens of activities to assure a successful meeting, including visiting potential sites, walking the halls and inspecting the actual facilities, even going up to the rooms—all to ensure your satisfaction when you actually stay there for three or four days.

Now live: Last Plan Your Meetings magazine of 2016

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In fact, it was due to an earlier edition of the survey that I began contemplating the intersection of guns and meetings as the research exposed the extent to which site selection in the U.S. Will you allow or prohibit legal firearms on site?

Smart Meetings Celebrates 4 Folio Eddie/Ozzie Wins

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Site Selector ; Best B-to-B series of articles in the travel sector for the April issue’s Women Rising Up special feature; Best B-to-B media kit; and Best B-to-B annual or one-shot supplement for Smart Meetings’ Culinary Guide to the Midwest supplement.

4 Cities That Will Change Your Perception of the Midwest

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It’s no surprise, then, that Midwest residents are perceived as friendly and welcoming, which is always positive when it comes to site selection for your events. If your mental image of the Midwest is more cornfields and gravel roads than world-class museums and fine dining, it’s time to get to know the region a little better.