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  • Are you driving your meeting design?

    When we consider meeting design, it needs to be viewed as a journey. So what does it take to plan a successful journey? First, define what success looks like on a deeply personal level. This requires starting at the beginning, with the people who will join you by attending your event. This may be based on mandatory attendance for a corporate event, or based on history, or based on your ability to entice attendees to come along with you as…

  • Five tips for successful meeting planning in emerging countries

    By Issa Jouaneh, Vice President and General Manager, American Express Meetings & Events We have seen significant growth in the meetings and events business in emerging countries this year. As organizations continue to expand globally, and standardize the meetings policy and overall governance globally, meeting planning in emerging countries will take on a higher level of importance and relevance. The four largest emerging and developing economies are the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), with Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa,…

  • Rethink 2014: Six shifts occurring in the world of corporate events

    My how things have changed in the past two decades. We have slowly shifted to keep pace with these changes in the corporate events industry and the expectations of the guest. As our world shifts around us so quickly we can barely keep pace, we’re learning to become more agile and adjust to the landscape. Some of the changes which have struck me as significant I share below, and I welcome comments from those you have experienced. Shifts in food…

  • Restaurant events: Deliciously successful corporate dining

    Event planners rely upon restaurants to host all kinds of corporate events. In fact, according to Restaurant Hospitality, a trade magazine dedicated to the food services industry in the U.S., corporate dining is on the rise. And in Canada, Restaurants Canada, the industry’s trade association, forecasts a stronger 2014 for restaurants across the country. Great news for restaurants and for planners! And why not? Nothing stimulates conversation quite so well as good food and drink. But excellent food and interesting…

  • Selecting a venue: Ask the right questions, make the right choice

    By Stephanie Rapko When it comes to real estate it is all about location, location, location. The same could be said when selecting a venue for an event. Not only do you need to ensure you have chosen the perfect location for the event, you also need to make sure all the finer details are considered to be confident the event will be successful. When selecting a venue, the type of event being held should be considered. You don’t want…

  • Top tips for choosing a hotel to suit your event needs

    By Leanne Calderwood When meeting planners are tasked with sourcing and choosing a hotel or venue for their event, the decision on which hotel is best for their group should not be taken lightly. All hotels seemingly offer a similar product – guest rooms, meeting space, hotel pool, restaurants – however not all hotels are the same. When evaluating hotel options, a planner should always go back and consult the goals and objectives of the meeting. With each objective, carefully…

  • Tourism Partnerships: Helping to make the most of destination planning

    Whether you call them destination management organizations or convention and vistors bureaus, the partnerships that planners develop with their tourism suppliers can go a long way to ensuring a successful event. In this roundtable discussion, CME asked destination partners from across the country about some of the top issues when it comes to destination management. Participants: Richard Yore, Director of Sales, Meetings and Conventions for Tourism Vancouver Julie Holmen, Director of Sales, Corporate and Incentive, Tourism Toronto Hélène Moberg, Executive…

  • Eight tips for sourcing a venue that’s as unique as your event

    By Sean Antonson We have all attended or hosted events in traditional venues throughout the years. These events tend to blur together over time as they may be held in similar meeting spaces. Rarely does a venue “wow” us anymore, touching our senses, inspiring us with their atmosphere and ambience and creating a memorable event. These kinds of venues are, however, out there and are simply waiting to be found. Many of these distinct venues may not be marketed in…

  • The choice + ability quotient: Finding creative ways to increase your meeting’s relevance

    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Professor Albus Dumbledore If we apply this wise thinking to our event planning, would we change our approach? Certainly we are thorough, detailed, organized and creative as meeting managers/producers. But, do you feel every day that you are making the choices that will create that special combination of unique experiences and practical takeaways for our participants that clearly shows you have their needs…

  • DMC vs. DIY: Taking a look at the value of a Canadian Destination Management Company

    In a recent CMN video report, Roni Feldman talks about what a DMC – destination management company is and their evolution over the past few decades. Below is my perspective from the inside of the event ecosystem, or what I see working inside a DMC in Canada. “Value” has been the buzzword, the mandatory ingredient, a required differentiator, since the global recession began in 2008. It is the final stop in choosing a destination – one that as DMCs we…

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