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Safe and Inclusive Events: Tips for Harm Reduction

September 26, 2023

As event planners, our primary goal is to create valuable and enjoyable experiences for participants. While we often focus on event content and logistics, safety and inclusivity should also be at the forefront of our planning process. Harm reduction goes beyond just addressing substance use concerns; it encompasses a wide range of considerations that ensure…

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8 Tips to Transform Your Meeting into an Experience

June 16, 2023

  Participants’ expectations for events have shifted significantly over the past few years. Now, more than ever, planners must exercise thoughtful efforts to ensure that cultural sensitivity, accessibility and sustainability are parts of their events, creating the ultimate experience for all attendees. Below are eight ways that planners can transform their meetings into an experience….

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Destination Management Company Contracts:  Best Practices You Need to Know

November 5, 2021

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events have started to make their comeback. Now, planners must deal with a mix of old and new challenges, as it seems there is no shortage of COVID variants, hurricanes and wildfires to keep everyone on their toes. In addition, destination offerings (venues, restaurants, etc.) have changed considerably over the…

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10 COVID-19 Safety Considerations When Booking Your Next Venue

September 23, 2021

We are more than a year into COVID-19 and there are still so many unknowns in the event industry. With the pandemic still looming and vaccinations available, it may be time to rethink your needs and expectations in a venue. Want to know more? Read on for more safety considerations when booking your next venue.

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Decision Time: What Makes Sense for Your Next Event?

July 27, 2020

Where do we go from here? Things are changing rapidly every day, and tomorrow is unknown, making it more challenging than ever to plan an event. Yet that doesn’t stop the need for people to connect — now more than ever.

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Virtual Event Management

May 27, 2020

Your audience may be quarantined, but does your event need to be?  The answer is no!  The service partners and technology exist to help you continue to train employees, motivate your sales force, recognize greatness, inspire your team, and simply continue to connect.  Engagement is more important now than ever. 

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5 Ways to Keep Your Conference Attendees Energized

February 11, 2020

As event managers, we know how important it is to create a dynamic environment for our attendees. The more they engage, the more likely they are to find value in the experience. Incorporating movement into meeting design supports that goal. Here are five ways to keep participants energized.

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When Worlds Collide: HGTV Meets Special Events

January 21, 2020

Do you walk into an empty room and feel the thrill of a blank canvas, whether it’s a home, hotel ballroom or empty warehouse? For interior designers and special event planners, those moments are like shots of adrenalin. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. We immediately launch mental Pinterest boards, envisioning the…

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4 Best Practices to Inclusive Meeting Design

November 6, 2019

Inclusive meeting design is intentional and based on the assumption that all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities or health care needs, have the right to be respected and appreciated as valuable members of their communities.

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4 Fresh Ideas for Women-Focused Events

October 8, 2019

The rise of women-focused conferences (usually organized by women for women) is a trend that is not going anywhere anytime soon. The type of meeting varies by design, technology, business or art, but they all are using face-to-face gatherings to ensure women walk out feeling inspired, refreshed, connected and supported. Here are a few creative ideas to include at your next women-focused convening.

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5 Tips for Planning Your Company Holiday Party

August 20, 2019

Start planning now by considering all possible venue options. The healthy economy means more employers will be celebrating this year. Resources (venues, décor, rentals, etc.) are likely to be in high demand as the end of the year and holidays draw near.

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