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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...
Having Trouble Getting RSVPs? Try This Pain-Free Approach

Having Trouble Getting RSVPs? Try This Pain-Free Approach

Meetings, conventions and trade shows consistently rank as effective undertakings to engage with customers, prospects and other employees. Even so, increased competition, a higher number of no-shows, lackluster speakers, and not delivering to sponsors’ or stakeholders’ expectations are the challenges planners face today in getting people to their events. Many of these problems stem from...
Eight Event Statistics You Can Use to Help With Your Planning Efforts

Eight Event Statistics You Can Use to Help With Your Planning Efforts

Let’s face it: Meeting planning is hard work. Add to that, delivering a “wow” experience to attendees while remaining within budget can make your job even more challenging. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what attendees wanted ahead of time and moved toward those trends? The good news is, Bizzabo, Statista and Endless Events...
The Future of FAM Trips: Digital, Delivery and Downtime

The Future of FAM Trips: Digital, Delivery and Downtime

In today’s online world chock-full of destination photos, videos and immersive experiences – not to mention real-time reviews – is it any wonder why planners shy away from Familiarization (FAM) trips? While it’s true these excursions take time, there’s nothing quite like seeing a venue, experiencing its amenities and tasting its food. FAM trips are...
Kalahari’s Fourth Groundbreaking Held in Texas

Kalahari’s Fourth Groundbreaking Held in Texas

The Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Round Rock, Texas, construction is underway! With a large, on-site groundbreaking on May 15, 2018, that included the Nelson family, Round Rock governmental officials and members of the press, this live event was also streamed to the world on Facebook Live. “Kalahari is thrilled to bring our authentic African resort...