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Where Do Retired Meeting Planners Go?

February 20, 2013 by Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM, Imagination + Meeting Planners Inc
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By Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM Imagination+ Meeting Planners Inc. Recently, I saw the movie Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring, among others, Maggie Smith. The story depicts what takes place at a retirement home for performers who had been

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Accommodating Diversity

December 11, 2012 by Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM, Imagination + Meeting Planners Inc
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By Sandy Biback, CMM, CMP We all know the horror stories of groups planning a meeting during religious holidays. As we live in a more diverse world, the planner must be more cognizant of determining dates. Online calendars abound (see

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All Points Lead to North 44

December 5, 2012 by Don Douloff
North 44's elegant dining room.

For years, Toronto’s North 44 has been a go-to restaurant for special-occasion dinners and a magnet for the city’s Big Money set. It had been about seven years since I’d eaten there, so it was high time I visited, to

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Job Priority – Strategy, Content or Logistics?

December 4, 2012 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM.

By Les Selby, CMP, CMM les_selby@rogers.com I believe the vast majority of the people who visit the MeetingsCanada.com website are involved in the events industry. So if you are reading this blog, you are a “planner”, “supplier” or “supplanner” (an

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New Hotel Developments Abound in Washington, D.C.

November 20, 2012 by Don Douloff
Rendering of the Marriott Washington.

By Anne Dimon Washington, D.C., has a number of noteworthy hotel developments, of interest to meeting and event planners, on the books. Scheduled to open in 2014, the Washington Marriott Marquis is being built next to the Walter E. Washington

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JW Marriot L.A. Offers Food Trucks for Groups

November 19, 2012 by Don Douloff
Food trucks are available for groups.

By Anne Dimon The newest dining option at the 878-room JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, in the city’s downtown, allows conference delegates to enjoy an authentically local culinary experience via food trucks. The LA Gourmet Food Truck is

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In Praise of Hybrid Meetings

November 13, 2012 by Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM, Imagination + Meeting Planners Inc
Sandy Biback, blog photo

By Sandy Biback, CMM, CMP biback@imaginationmeetings.com When you think about the next meeting you have to plan, how can you engage more people? It isn’t about everyone being face-to-face. There are so many challenges for that in today’s business world:

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Tourism Victoria Offers Planners a $150 Spa Incentive for Qualified RFP

November 12, 2012 by Don Douloff
Spa manicure area.

Tourism Victoria is offering meeting and planners an incentive to book groups into the Vancouver Island, B.C., city. Planners who send a qualified RFP, for a minimum of 50 room nights, to Meetings@TourismVictoria.com, by March 31, 2013, will receive, from

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Launches Value-Added Meetings Menu

November 6, 2012 by Don Douloff
Meetings options at Ojai resort.

By Anne Dimon Recently introduced at the 308-room Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, in Southern California, Meeting Moments is a menu of added-value options for meeting and event planners and delegates. Lauri Baker, director of national accounts, says the program

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Technology and Ethics

November 6, 2012 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM.

By Les Selby, CMP, CMM les_selby@rogers.com According to travelhotnews.com, IATA (the International Air Transport Association), on Oct. 19, adopted a resolution that will implement a new distribution standard that will “modernize airline retailing by enabling innovation in the way airline

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Who Should Do Your Venue Sourcing?

October 1, 2012 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM.

By Les Selby, CMP, CMM   If you’re not currently using an external sourcing expert, should you consider it? Until the late 1980s, anyone who ran an event did their own sourcing. Then the recession of the early 90s made

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New Website Provides Reviews of Venues, Caterers, Production Companies, Suppliers

September 27, 2012 by Don Douloff
Homepage of event-library.com.

A new website aims to help meeting and event planners make informed decisions before signing contracts, by providing independent reviews, from other planners, of venues, caterers, production companies and suppliers. Event-library.com aims to bring the same transparency to events that