Meetings

Quick Tips: The Meetings Experience, Social Responsibility

How’s the Experience? What makes the hottest parties happening? The guest list! Without attendees, there is no event. What have you done lately to ensure their experience is everything they hoped it would be? Ask yourself the below questions and see how you measure up. ARE YOU ONLINE? Do you dread that “show up 15 minutes early for your appointment” line a new ...

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TSAE Brings Record Attendance to Houston at First Post-Hurricane Harvey Conference

When TSAE members gathered in Houston earlier this month for the New Ideas Annual Conference, it was the first major event to take place in the city after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of the Texas coast with historic flooding. However, the message from Visit Houston and other city’s hospitality leaders throughout the three days was clear: Houston is back in ...

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Quick Tips: Mountain Meetings, ASU Compliance

Meet in the Mountains Mountain meetings: fresh air, fabulous views and fun activities. All of it helps inspire creativity and collaboration — and a beautiful destination doesn’t hurt attendance! During snow season, of course, ski-centric locations come at a premium. Off-season, however, deals abound — as do some stellar activities that don’t require a ton of accessories or added baggage in the ...

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Event Cancellations: When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Cancellations: They’re not a matter of “if” but “when” for your association events. That was just one of the lessons learned when a major speaker cancellation turned into a teaching experience for attendees at the Meeting Professional International 2017 World Education Congress (MPI WEC), which took place this past June in Las Vegas. Basketball legend Magic Johnson, who was slated ...

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Quick Tips: New & Renewed, Growing Your Brand

What’s New & Improved? The New Marriott Marquis Houston: A River Runs Through It It’s likely you’ve already seen the phenomenally cool Lone Star State-shaped “lazy river” atop the roof at the new Marriott Marquis Houston, which had its grand opening in April. It’s also likely you might be thinking of hosting an event on or overlooking that $10 million Parkview Terrace – ...

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Quick Tips: Tier 2 Cities, Virtual Reality

Tier 2: Smaller City, Smaller Price Tag, Big Fun Being in the No. 1 block is a nice distinction – it carries weight. New York and Los Angeles and Chicago all have their big-city pros, but they also have big-city cons to combat: expense, congestion and competition, to name a few. That’s why so many planners are choosing Tier 2 ...

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Extend the Life of Your Event with Content That Lasts All Year

I can still remember the first association conference I ever attended: It was three days of jam-packed educational sessions, networking events every night and one-on-one meetings in between. It was hundreds of people on the trade show floor, a few with familiar faces but most of whom I was meeting for the first time. It was a lot of business ...

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Quick Tips: Bragworthy Swag, Site Selection, Tech Consultants

Bragworthy Swag The folks at Austin-based Darling Promo are fresh from a jaunt to Vegas, where they meandered amid hundreds of thousands of products tailor-made for swag bags. We were lucky enough to have Sales Executive Susan Greenberg, CMP, CASE, on hand to weed through the chaff and bring us her team’s golden harvest of favorites! Love your phone accessories? ...

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Meeting Planning for the Non-Meeting Professional

“You’re in charge of the entire conference.” That is what my boss said to me, just after the contracted meeting planner called saying she couldn’t make it. Me, the part-time college intern, moments before the opening session of our association’s annual flagship conference… “You are the only person on our team who is not on stage in five minutes. Do the ...

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