What Planners Want in Site Selection Technology

MeetingsNet

A recent GBTA Foundation study finds that, while the technology exists to help meeting professionals throughout the site-sourcing process, just over half—57 percent—say they currently use meeting management technology to plan their events. Association Meetings Resources Event Management Resources and Reports Site Selection/RFPs

Site Selection: Where to Throw a Multisensory Event

Smart Meetings

Site selection often focuses on the things we can see—ballroom size, architecture, even how well the carpets match the theme. The post Site Selection: Where to Throw a Multisensory Event appeared first on Smart Meetings. But some cities are going the extra mile to engage all the senses. From scent vaults to firepits and accordion riffs, these places create multisensory memories not soon forgotten. Sights, Sounds and Smells of Indy.

Top 3 Things You Should Be Working On Now For Your 2022 Incentive

Blue Spark Event Design

Incentive Trips Meeting Planning Attrition Food and Beverage Hotel Sourcing Local and Exclusive Experiences Registration Site Selection and Negotiation Transportation

Success Story: An Incentive-style Executive Retreat, Sonoma Valley, California

Blue Spark Event Design

The Client’s Objective: Utilize a professional creative event agency to produce an incentive-style executive retreat offering multiple days of leadership training, bonding opportunities, and local and exclusive experiences in the selected destination.

Inside the Incentive. A Focus on Scottsdale, Arizona

Blue Spark Event Design

Incentive Trips Meeting Planning Attrition Entertainment Hotel Sourcing Local and Exclusive Experiences Registration Site Selection and Negotiation TransportationScottsdale is one of our favorite locations for group incentives and meetings.

2021: Moving Forward and Meeting Safely

Blue Spark Event Design

Event Planning Meeting Planning Audio Visual - Live Virtual or Hybrid Hotel Sourcing Registration Site Selection and Negotiation TransportationBlue Spark is facing 2021 with a positive mindset and looking forward to once again planning and organizing successful meetings!

Inside the Incentive. A Focus on Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Blue Spark Event Design

Selecting a Hotel is Pretty Easy Too. Incentive Trips Meeting Planning Attrition Hotel Sourcing Local and Exclusive Experiences Site Selection and Negotiation Transportation

16 Things to Know About DMOs and DMCs

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Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate MeetingsA couple of experts untangled the DMO/CVB/ DMC relationship during a recent webinar sponsored by empowerMINT, the online information tool from Destination Marketing Association International. read more.

Unique Meeting Space by the Hour in NYC—Believe It

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Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate Meetings TechSpacebase, a website for finding and booking unconventional, non-hotel venues for small meetings, has expanded out of Europe, with a just-launched presence in New York. read more.

New Brands Emerge from Benchmark/Gemstone Combo

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Financial/Insurance Meetings Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Medical MeetingsBenchmark Hospitality International and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts have merged to become BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company with a new corporate identity and three distinct hotel collections. read more.

London: A Fall for the Pound Means a Jump for International Bookings

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Association Meetings Resources Europe/Middle East/Africa Resources and Reports Site Selection/RFPsAs many predicted, the post-Brexit decline in the pound’s value relative to the dollar has resulted in a jump in London hotel inquiries from the U.S. read more.

10 Insights for Improving the RFP Process

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Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate MeetingsBy Wendy Laugesen, CMP. What can planners do better in the RFP process? And what do planners want from the hotel? A veteran planner and a hotel exec tell it like it is. read more.

Airbnb for Incentives: A Case Study

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Housing/Attrition Incentive Planning/Management Site Selection/RFPsFaced with more qualifiers than rooms, one incentive meeting planner scrambled to think outside the resort. read more.

London: Where Exchange Rates Go, International Bookings Follow

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Association Meetings Resources Europe/Middle East/Africa Resources and Reports Site Selection/RFPsAs many predicted, the post-Brexit decline in the pound’s value relative to the dollar has resulted in a jump in London hotel inquiries from the U.S. read more.

Airbnb and Meetings: “A Win for Everyone”

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Association Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate Meetings TechSan Francisco Travel’s Joe D’Alessandro talks about his city’s tax-then-partner relationship with the home-share giant. San Francisco Travel’s Joe D’Alessandro talks about his city’s tax-then-partner relationship with the home-share giant. read more.

United CEO Charms GBTA Audience

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Financial/Insurance Meetings Site Selection/RFPs Corporate Meetings Event Planning Global Events Medical MeetingsOscar Munoz understands that by the time you step on board an airplane, “you’re frankly pissed.” He’s determined to make it better. United’s new premium Polaris seats (pictured) should help. read more.

Michigan Corners Podcast: An Interview with Mark Bondy

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Click here to listen to Mark and Vic discuss the state of incentive travel, tips for program design and site selection, and the things VIKTOR is helping to make happen here and around the world. Michigan Corners is the new Michigan Business Network show dedicated to helping you find your way around all of the meetings, travel, events and incentives in the great state of Michigan.

Influencing the Influencers: 4 Best Practices for Marketing to Site Selectors

DCI

Site selection consultants influence an estimated 40%-60% of location decisions nationwide involving 100 or more jobs. All site selection consultants agree that you need a compelling value proposition that demonstrates your community’s “why.”

Covid-19 Site Inspection Checklist

Achieve Incentives

Team Achieve’s site selection specialists have been traveling to meet with our partners in top incentive destinations. As you get started on selecting your hotel partner, you’ll want to make sure the property can safely host your attendees.

Dariel Curren’s Interview with The Place Brand Observer

DCI

For our economic development clients, we survey corporate executives in targeted industries and site selection consultants, as well as prospective talent from prime feeder markets.

LaGuardia Terminal B Receives LEED v4 Gold Certification

Business Traveler USA

The certification recognizes specific benchmarks the project meets for energy efficiency, water conservation, site selection, material selection, and waste reduction.

Designing Events For Introverts

Endless Events

In fact, she’s meeting planners’ go-to expert in Canadian hotel site selection, helping hotel sales connect better with planners. Even though most events are now going virtual , designing events for introverts still remains a relevant topic.

State of In-Person Events: Who’s Booking What, Where & When?

Smart Meetings

Who’s Booking : Hyatt is seeing a huge increase in leads from third-party RFP platforms like Cvent, and site selection companies like HelmsBriscoe.

More Associations Are Sounding the Climate Alarm

Convene by PCMA

Climate change is making its way into more than the site-selection process for many associations by becoming part of their curriculum. In April, the Glasgow Convention Bureau became the first DMO to join Tourism Declares Climate Emergency. Nine other bureaus have signed on since then.

Cvent: Q3 RFPs Much Higher

Smart Meetings

Bad news for planners: Venue selection may be getting more competitive. The conclusions of the Cvent report support the notion that site selection is much like pumpkin picking. This could mean fewer people are attending meetings, more attendees are opting to share rooms or attendees are finding alternative lodging off-site.

Event Planner Challenges and Opportunities of the Next Decade

Maritz Global Events

With so many things to consider, site selection will challenge more and more and event planners. Post authored by Rachel Stephan, Event Marketing Strategist, sensov/ event marketing. A lot goes into crafting the ultimate event experience.

Prioritizing Event Security in Uncertain Times

Maritz Global Events

It affects everything from the site selection process right through to delivery. It only takes a few minutes of perusing news headlines to grasp how important event security is in this day and age. Safety and security is one of the biggest issues we have in our business currently and people are talking about it continually,” said Ben Goedegebuure, Vice President, Global General Manager of Maritz Global Events.

7 Smart Moves at Hotel Crescent Court and More

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He’s based in Thailand and will help planners with site selection and contract negotiation throughout the Asian market. More : 6 Smart Moves: Wellness Edition. Denise Mope Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas’s Uptown neighborhood added Mope as director of sales and marketing. Most recently, she held the same title at The Westin Dallas Downtown.

Dariel Curren on the Benefits of EDO-DMO Collaboration and Smart Place Branding Initiatives for The Place Brand Observer

DCI

For our economic development clients, we survey corporate executives in targeted industries and site selection consultants, as well as prospective talent from prime feeder markets.

Prepare for an Experience That Goes Beyond the Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

Smart Meetings

This connection is evident in the fact that eight of ten meeting planners choose Tucson after a site visit. Site selection isn’t just a matter of who has rooms and where – it’s about culture and the opportunity to have a real experience. Consider having an off-site event at any one of our award-winning eateries that have received national media coverage.

AMEX Study: Increasing Hotel Costs and Lower Commissions Could Cut into Meeting Agendas

Smart Meetings

Site selection often requires some give and take on both sides of the negotiating table. Rising hotel and airline costs , along with increasing demand for more and longer meetings is pressuring planners to make critical choices to stay in strict budgets, according to a new study by American Express Meetings & Events.

Prepare for an Experience That Goes Beyond the Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

Smart Meetings

This connection is evident in the fact that eight of ten meeting planners choose Tucson after a site visit. Site selection isn’t just a matter of who has rooms and where – it’s about culture and the opportunity to have a real experience. Consider having an off-site event at any one of our award-winning eateries that have received national media coverage.

The Inc. 5000 List Gives Insight into Meeting and Event Trends

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Gallery Slide description: Offers destination management, site selection, meeting planning, and brand marketing services, with a focus on corporate planning services to clients in the US, Mexico, and Caribbean. A healthy number of meetings-industry companies made the list, and the rise of unique experience providers shows what your attendees are excited about. How many of your attendees want to be locked up? It’s a serious question. The Inc.

Want Some Free, Totally Useful Tips, Tricks, and Advice?

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It’s all in there, from initial ideation and market research, through budgeting and sponsorship, site selection, and marketing. Check out these seven free ebooks, white papers, and other resources you can download now. If you’re looking for some super helpful tips on everything from audience engagement, risk management, and sponsorship, to event apps and gamification, check out this grab-bag of free downloadables.

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Spearin Doctrine: A Construction Case Described in A Tweet!

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In order to build the dry-dock in the site selected for it, the contractor was required to relocate a portion of a sewer that ran through the specified site. I read in my Twitter feed this morning about a recent case where the Missouri Court of Appeals formally adopted the Spearin Doctrine. I immediately wondered if I could explain the Spearin Doctrine in less than 140 characters. Here you go: US v. Spearin: Owner designs. Contractor builds. Owner accepts. Work sucks.

Make Your Conference Memorable With Spiced-Up Keynotes, Engaging Design and Workshops

Endless Events

The cuts on hotel commissions are making site selection an inadequate revenue stream for many third-party planners. Creating successful recurring events isn’t only good for brands but also for planners. Maintain your momentum by creating events that stick to your attendee’s minds. To do this, you need to make your conference memorable. Not planning conferences? These tips can apply to almost any event.

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2019 ASAE Preview: 8 Ways to Enjoy Columbus, Ohio

Smart Meetings

If you haven’t already, it’s time to get to the drawing board to book off-site activities and venues for next August 10 to 13. Smart Meetings recently went on a FAM trip hosted by Experience Columbus to scope out the area and make your site selection job that much easier. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of BBoy McCoy, the break-dancing bat boy, who performs at select games. Upon closer inspection, you’ll discover braille is printed on select leaves.

Top Event Agencies: The Ultimate Directory (2019)

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GCG Event Partners is the leading national resource for nationwide On-Site Event Professionals. Headquartered in Stoneham, Massachusetts, they provide fully qualified on-site event management services throughout the U.S. Looking for an event or experiential marketing agency?