Posts tagged "conferences"
Negotiate the Best Venue Rate for Your Group

Negotiate the Best Venue Rate for Your Group

Many people have a vision of negotiations as being closed-door, hard-charging and full of blood, sweat and tears. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, if approached with a positive outlook and having the ability to convey your group’s meeting spend, you may find what you perceive as your opposition quickly becomes...
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Is Now Open in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Is Now Open in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

The Nelson family has officially opened the doors on the company’s grandest property to date in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania; ideally placed for the Tristate area less than 2 hours from New York City, 2 hours from Philadelphia, 2 hours from Harrisburg, 30 minutes from Scranton and 50 minutes from Allentown. “Today is a big...
African Adventure Meets Business Venture - Welcome to Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Pocono Mtns.

African Adventure Meets Business Venture – Welcome to Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Pocono Mtns.

What seems like the longest 1 ½ years ever, the end is finally near. Just 15 days, 11 hours and 53 minutes away marks the opening of our newest and perhaps the greatest endeavor for us, the July 1 opening of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains. We may be new to the...
Small Meetings Have Many Benefits

Small Meetings Have Many Benefits

According to the UN World Tourism Organization, the term “meeting” refers to a gathering of 10 or more participants for a minimum of four hours at a contracted venue. Whether or not you adhere to this strict definition, at Kalahari, we find that meetings usually tend to fall into one of five categories: Corporate business...
Kalahari Resorts: An Event Experience That’s World’s Apart

Kalahari Resorts: An Event Experience That’s World’s Apart

At Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, being “authentically African” is more than just a theme to us. The African spirit of Ubuntu, or “togetherness” — the philosophy that encompasses a belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all of humanity — is something you’ll find reflected throughout every aspect of the guest experience.  ...
A Unique Corporate Event – Creating Beyond Memorable Theme Parties

A Unique Corporate Event – Creating Beyond Memorable Theme Parties

More and more we’re seeing, including a few of our own, themed parties taking hold of corporate events. Personally, I love it. It’s engaging, memorable, all with the same if not more effective end-result.  Not only do themed corporate events draw the attention away from drinking (depending on the group and the party, I suppose)...
No More Boring Events

No More Boring Events

I feel like one of the worst things that can happen to any event (other than completely falling apart at the seam) is everyone is standing around bored. All this work, money, effort and everyone is just sitting around, looking at their watch, wondering how they can get out of the room unnoticed. Luckily, I’ve...
Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility Practices at Events

Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility Practices at Events

We all enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping others. The knowledge of having made a difference can be that much more rewarding when a group works together to give back. More and more, companies are finding ways to tap their employees’ altruistic impulse. Corporate social responsibility has moved from a burgeoning trend...
Mastering the Art of Negotiation

Mastering the Art of Negotiation

You’ve chosen your event, picked a date and found the perfect venue. You’re home-free, right?   Maybe. But you won’t really know until you read – and negotiate – your venue contract. Chances are the venue you’ve selected is providing a lot more than just space to meet. Venues can provide A/V equipment and support,...
There’s an app for that: utilizing mobile apps to engage your audience

There’s an app for that: utilizing mobile apps to engage your audience

If you’re planning a major conference, you’ve likely got a few key goals: get people there, get them engaged and make money for your organization. Of these, successful audience engagement likely will have the biggest impact on future years. Providing interesting and unique experiences for attendees, getting their feedback and ensuring they have a seamless...
There’s No I in Team (But There is a Me)

There’s No I in Team (But There is a Me)

Stop and think for a moment – what are the best teams you’ve seen throughout your life? Whether your mind goes to sports, business, or community involvement, there’s always one common trait in successful teams – Trust. As with many things in life, trust is hard to gain and easy to lose. As planners, we...
Meeting Planning Shouldn’t Be An Inside Job

Meeting Planning Shouldn’t Be An Inside Job

Executing a trade show or an annual conference is a lot of work and costs a lot of money. Probably the best way to save cash and time is to keep the planning in-house, right? Wrong. Organizations often turn to staff to plan their events, assuming it will make the process efficient and cost-effective. If...