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Memorable Meetings Require the Right Venue

Memorable Meetings Require the Right Venue

4 Key Questions Event Planners Should Ask An event planner’s greatest asset for a memorable meeting is the right venue. Finding the perfect site is easier said than done, however, because every meeting, convention or conference is different and all will have discrete goals. Whether you’re planning a large conference that rotates geographically on an...
What Worries Meeting Planners the Most? And How to Meet the Stress Head On

What Worries Meeting Planners the Most? And How to Meet the Stress Head On

Meeting, conference, and event planners all deal with challenges and stresses – large and small. CareerCast consistently lists the profession among the top ten most stressful jobs in the U.S., along with the military, police, and firefighters. We polled a group of career meeting planners to find out what’s keeping them up at night lately,...
Expanding the Ideal Meeting and Event Experience – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Expanding the Ideal Meeting and Event Experience – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Double the Size, Opening September 2019 Since breakinge ground in October 2017 – Kalahari Development has been diligently working to double the size of the Convention Center at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Wisconsin Dells. The expansion is due to growing demand of group business and will boost tourism and visitation to the area. “When...
Event Networking Ideas That Work

Event Networking Ideas That Work

Would it surprise you to learn that 84% of attendees come to events for networking? Why? Because even the smallest meeting is the best place to find new leads, clients and prospects. Yet, the thought of approaching random strangers can be nerve-wracking, especially for work-from-home or introverted employees.  However, there is good news. This blog...
Kalahari Progress: the path to completion in Round Rock, TX

Kalahari Progress: the path to completion in Round Rock, TX

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~Nelson Mandela It’s been nearly 8 months since we broke ground on Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Round Rock, Texas and the progress is not only exciting – but simply astonishing. Check it out. This is our biggest resort yet – 1.5 million square feet, to be exact,...
Food Rules to Effectively Navigate Meeting Menus

Food Rules to Effectively Navigate Meeting Menus

Satisfy Special Requests Easily with These Suggestions Vegetarian. Gluten-Free. Paleo. Kosher. These are just some of the requirements and/or requests event planners are hearing from today’s attendees. A lot of pressure on you and the chef…right? Fortunately, with good planning and collaboration with venue staff, you’ll be able to put together the right food for...
5 Meeting and Event Trends for 2019

5 Meeting and Event Trends for 2019

Here’s some great news; according to the 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends demand for meetings will grow five to ten percent in 2019. The small meetings planning cycle will be more than one month and for large groups the average planning time is expected to be 75+ days. Group sizes should increase by fourteen...
5 Ideas to Take Your Corporate Holiday Party from Boring to Buzzworthy

5 Ideas to Take Your Corporate Holiday Party from Boring to Buzzworthy

Your boss has put you in charge of this year’s celebratory party, and your mission is to breathe some fun into the party and get people excited to be there! Before launching into planning, it’s important to answer the following six questions: Will the party include employees’ families, spouses or be an employee-only gathering? Do...
Family Friendly Conferences Increase Attendance: Are they right for your attendees?

Family Friendly Conferences Increase Attendance: Are they right for your attendees?

Most professionals attend two to three conventions a year in a variety of locations throughout the United States and the world. These events usually last three to four days and when you add on travel time, attendees may be gone from their families for a week or longer at a time. This can mean each...
Build the Best ROI Methodology for Your Corporate Event

Build the Best ROI Methodology for Your Corporate Event

Whether you’re planning one or a hundred events every year, tracking and reporting an event’s return on investment (ROI) can be a tricky proposition. With the right processes in place you will be able to report metrics that can directly measure an event’s contribution to the company’s goals or bottom line. Before undertaking this process,...
How to Market Your Meeting to a Five- Generation Workforce

How to Market Your Meeting to a Five- Generation Workforce

For the first time in history, we have five generations in the U.S. labor force. This is due to a greater life expectancy, an increased divorce rate, more women in the workplace and, because of the current talent shortage, some choosing to forgo college and enter a vocation right out of high school. This can...
How to Get More Members to Your Association Meetings

How to Get More Members to Your Association Meetings

It’s not uncommon for associations to have a small percentage of their members attend regional meetings and annual conferences. Many are comprised of the same group, meeting after meeting, which makes conversations stale and networking negligible. Why is this happening and what can be done? It boils down to knowing what attendees want and then...