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  • Planning accessible events for every body

    Chances are that if you are an event planner, you are able to move around quickly, you are agile and you are used to literally being on the run! It is a physically demanding job. This also means that because you are able-bodied, it might not occur to you to plan for people who are not as mobile. If this is not the case and you are always proactively planning for different abilities at your events, I congratulate you. This,…

  • Rights and remedies for event venue performance

    When an event host chooses a venue at which to hold their event, a number of considerations have been factored into the decision (see my earlier post on this topic here). Two of those key considerations include: the published and actual quality of the venue’s physical surroundings; and the venue’s published and actual standards of services or performance. If an event host is prepared to sign a venue contract well in advance of their event dates, it benefits and protects the…

  • Resourceful ways to stretch a small meetings budget

    Meeting planners don’t generally lack original ideas for how to wow attendees. It’s fun to daydream about having a limitless planning budget and all of the things we could do, from infamous speakers, to the highest quality of food and beverage, and holding events in the most breathtaking destination locations and venues. Now, back to reality. Many of us face small or shrinking meetings budgets, especially in the not-for-profit world. Here are a few ways that you can help stretch…

  • Using nature to boost engagement and attention at your next event

    By Ben Moorsom Last year we were in Vienna working out of a Hilton, sitting inside dim meeting rooms for 12 hours at a time (sound familiar?). At the end of each day, we’d walk to this vibrant neighbourhood nearby for dinner. There were three different routes we could take to get there. But, every time we left the hotel that week, I noticed that we’d all naturally walk in the same direction—toward the big park with a scenic pathway…

  • Immersive hotels create unique experiences for corporate travellers

    Technology plays prominent role in what corporate travel guests now covet By Rebecca Melnyk Hotels are no longer just a place to sleep or eat; they have become “social connectors, ambassadors of all things local, curators of personal narratives,” as well as tangible extensions of a community, says Ian Rolston, senior project designer at HOK Ltd. (HOK). The economic downturn post 2009 and the rise of technology are two elements that have shifted the idea of status in North America,…

  • Getting noticed: Four tips planners can use for making their event RFP stand out

    Growing up, one of my mom’s adages was “there’s a time and a place for getting noticed!” This may or may not be true – but what I do know for sure is that I want the Request for Proposal (RFP) for my events to stand out to prospective venues every time. Preparing to release an RFP for an upcoming event can be an exciting time, but it can also be wrought with anxiety about how much/what information to include,…

  • Can event venues cancel your contract concessions?

    It feels great to negotiate concessions as part of an event contract. Concessions, by definition, are a contractual agreement where one party provides something of value to the other party in exchange for something else. In the case of the events and meetings industry, one typically sees concessions offered in a venue contract, in recognition of the event host choosing the venue to host its event. Venue contract concessions can be wide-ranging and are prioritized differently for each event. Examples…

  • Planning and making the most of your Toronto city visit

    By Marian Staresinic Meeting and event planners tend to always be the ones with their finger on the pulse of any given city. Whether they’re just visiting or call somewhere home, their clients look to them to entertain a variety of people on multiple levels while understanding their needs and introducing new event ideas, locations and experiences for business, pleasure or both at once. I recently had the opportunity to connect with a long-time colleague and director of sales in…

  • The power of events in disruptive times

    When “unpredictable” is the new buzzword for the economy, everyone in the meetings and events industry should be a little nervous. We have been through cutbacks, recessions, governances, regulations, and threats from both Mother Nature and other humans, all forever changing our ability to deliver hospitality to our guests in the way we (and our clients) feel they are most deserving of. Yet, as humans, we still travel, meet, attend events, and celebrate all that life brings us. These events…

  • Finding the perfect event venue: A wish list

    By Daniella Bustamante Much like every painter needs a canvas, every event planner needs a venue. Thinking through the event needs and objectives is a solid starting point in your search for the right venue. What works for an 800 person conference won’t likely work for a 50 person social event. Though the “perfect” venue is different for each and every event, there are some key areas across the board to think about during the site selection process to ensure you…

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