Tips & Trends

Negotiating contract risk with Robyn Mietkiewicz

Hotel contracts can be complicated, but are a must to protect your organization and make mutual obligations perfectly clear. Additionally, contract risk reduction and cost containment have become an i...

Take a youthful group to Spain's Sol Wave House, Twitter hotel

Contrary to “digital detox” experiences that are becoming a trendy travel offering, Melia Hotels International debuted the Sol Wave House ...

Recent Blogs

Budget Planning Tips for Social Events

Molly Blaisdell

When planning a social event, you first need to create a budget. Here are some helpful tips for getting and staying on track: •  Create a budget and define what it is you want to accomplish...Read full story »

Preventing Guest Information Theft in Meeting Contracts

Joshua Grimes

  Hotels and other meeting industry vendors process millions of credit card charges daily. They are also entrusted with tons of guests’ personal information, including driver’s licens...Read full story »

Taking a Stand for People in Hospitality

Joan Eisenstodt

This blog, as do all the blogs I write, does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Stamats, the parent company of Meetings Focus, or of Meetings Focus magazine. If you follow the news at...Read full story »

Destination Close-Ups

Cedar Rapids is a city reborn

The Iowa flood of 2008 devastated Cedar Rapids. There was so much damage that the city was forced to rebuild many of its historic buildings and businesses from the ground-up, a project that is st...
According to the latest rankings from the Union of International Associations (UIA), Brussels, hosting 556 meetings in 2012, retained its 2010 and 2011 ranking as Europe’s leading destination fo...
From cooking competitions to private wine cellar tours, DMCs and tour companies offer groups a wide range of options when it comes to sampling South Africa’s renowned wine culture and unique cul...
Whether it’s locally produced wines, pairing dinners, herb-infused cocktails, microbrews or the finest single-malt whiskeys from Scotland, there’s a full glass of options for beverage educ...
It used to be that meeting planners chose a destination based on price, distance and weather. Now they must consider food. America’s palate is evolving. Progressive chefs are bringing their tale...
[Editor’s Note: This letter was drafted by MPI to provide an explanation of the recent changes to the CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management) program, and to address recent criticism from some i...

Going Places

Radhi Toefy was appointed managing director of MCI South Africa.  Currently, Toefy is the CEO ...
Daren Kingi has joined Indianapolis' Visit Indy DMO as senior vice president of sales.  Kingi ...
The Montage Beverly Hills recently named five new members to its leadership team: Masato Komina...

Gifts & Gadgets

Pack Your Pockets

Planners love Magellan’s Travel Vest because it keeps everything they could need for last-minute meeting emergencies close at hand while they rush around on-site. What it lacks in style it make...

Wire Tamer

Tired of headphone cords getting trapped and tangled while you’re on the road? Spooled–Wound for Sound will keep musical accessories tidy ...