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Planners and Meeting Professionals blog about a variety of topics specific to the meetings industry


The meetings industry is catering to a whole new brand of clientele

While colleagues in high tech companies are innovators and have been shaping the way we all do business through technology, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport has discovered that these new meeting planners are also defining a whole new demographic, which is creating a industry buzz because of the requirements of these progressive customers. 1. The “new” meeting planner not only has technology in mind, but also the most basic of needs as well, food and beverage options that are not only healthy, but choices that cater to the diverse dietary needs of those that represent everything from vegetarians …

The Perils of Local Laws & International Meetings

A major news story in recent days involves a Norwegian woman attending a meeting in Dubai. After she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a co-worker at her hotel, she asked the hotel to call the police. She was examined by law enforcement and a blood sample was taken. Shortly thereafter she was charged with having sex outside of marriage, found guilty, and sentenced to 16 months in jail (by the way, her attacker received a 13-month sentence). This morning the woman’s jail sentence was dropped, but this incident highlights an emerging problem as international meetings become more frequent and spread …

No Women Allowed

Women, Appropriately Attired, Permitted After 5 p.m. in Dining Room Only  Can you imagine encountering a sign like that one above at a venue to which you took a group? Did you know not that many years ago signs at hotels and other venues, enforcing their policies, were far worse?  Can you imagine taking a group to a hotel with discriminatory signs directed towards a certain race or religion? People did. Meeting Planning 101 teaches planners to know your audience to select dates, destinations and sites, to select the program and determine F&B, choose speakers and entertainers, and ensure all aspects …

The Grass is Greener on top of the Cleveland Convention Center

After reading countless press releases over the last several months, I was thrilled to finally see the brand new Cleveland Convention Center in-person on a media trip to the grand opening celebration in June. It’s huge – 750,000 square feet – and all the renderings had not done the structure justice. Built on the site of the city’s former convention center (which fell out of use in recent years), the new building offers views of Lake Erie and is within walking distance of the Cleveland Browns’ FirstEnergy stadium, Progressive Field where the Cleveland Indians play baseball and the rest of the bustling downtown.   Fascinatingly, the convention center …

Tips for Sourcing a Meeting

There is no such thing as over communication. This is especially true when sourcing a meeting. So, here are some useful tips that should help in receiving better quality information from the venues you source. History – provide room block and actual pickup from the last two years or two meetings. If you don’t have that information, ask your previous host venues for a recap. Since your contracted numbers are what the venue is using for financial projections, having support documentation creates credibility and cooperation. Specific times and attendance for meeting rooms – Adding the times for each meeting is very helpful …