Meetings

Ask a Hotelier: Nightly Rates and Booking Patterns

QUESTION: Why do rates (and for that matter, pricing in general) vary so widely hotel to hotel? ANSWER: Rates completely depend on supply and demand. The room inventory that is remaining in the hotel dictates the guest room rate. Hotel A may have a group already contracted and that makes rates higher than Hotel B over the same dates. Hotels ...

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Quick Tips: Smaller Cities, Big Returns

Big airports. Big arenas. Big hotels. Big convention centers. Big cost. Bigger (excepting what they say about Texas!) may not always be better. So while attendees might be wowed at the idea of New York, Chicago or San Francisco – and surely these cities do have their charms – in the case of meetings, it’s results that counts. Were members ...

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Quick Tips: Tier 2 Meetings Cities, Consultants

Size Matters Chicago shines, Orlando is awesome and what happens in Vegas is always noteworthy, but some meetings don’t require the convention center kings – or any large venue, for that matter. And while Texas often likes to do “everything bigger,” association planners in the Lone Star State know that isn’t always the best philosophy when it comes to site ...

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When Event Cancellation is Your Only Option

Like most associations, the annual meeting is the centerpiece of our always busy year. Site searches, contract negotiation, months of event planning, member questions and reservations, hotel and destination deposits, and, equally important, significant staff emotional involvement and anticipation are all integral to a successful meeting. When all of this collides with Mother Nature’s terrifying force, a clear decisive mind, ...

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Ask a Hotelier: Rooms-to-Space Ratios and Unique Menus

QUESTION: What is rooms-to-space ratio, and why does it matter? Answer: The rooms-to-space ratio represents the amount of meeting space your event uses for every guest room your attendees occupy. It’s the most important metric hotels and convention centers use to determine the best group rate. Meeting planners should know their room-to-space ratio to help with venue selection and rate ...

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Destination: What’s New in Austin, Waco and College Station

Austin Downtown Continues to Grow There’s no shortage of places to stay in Austin, as 2017 saw new hotels opening throughout the city, but especially in the growing downtown. As Austin continues to become one of the country’s top event destinations, that trend will only continue, as 2018 will see innovative brands and unique properties join the city’s offerings. In ...

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Quick Tips: CVBs, Hotels, Unique Venues – Trends in 2018

New year, new members, new programs, new challenges, new gatherings! The bright face of hospitality is always changing to meet the needs of a dynamic traveling public. Want to know what’s on the horizon? Fresh design, fast food and full-sized venues are things to keep your eye on as you plan your calendar! Hotels: The New Green Speaking of fresh, ...

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Ask a Hotelier: Contract Negotiations and How to Tip

Editor’s Note: Ask a Hotelier is a new reoccurring column in Association Leadership in which TSAE takes association professionals’ burning meeting planning questions and poses them to hoteliers in our membership. Have a question you want answered? Interested in providing feedback to planners? Send your questions or interest to josh@tsae.org. Participants will remain anonymous. QUESTION: What elements (if any) of ...

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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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