Posts tagged "meeting planning"
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...
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...
The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating an Event Experience

The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating an Event Experience

As you’re probably already aware, attendees want to be wowed, dazzled and entertained most of the time they’re at an event. According to the IACC, 75 percent of planners polled stated the task of “experience creation” is part of their job compared with just five years ago, when it wasn’t even on their radar. But...
Develop the Ultimate Event Communication Plan in Five Easy Steps

Develop the Ultimate Event Communication Plan in Five Easy Steps

Who, What, When, Where and How There’s no doubt about it: A great meeting and event planner makes every conference look like it’s a piece of cake. They know the value of a good communication plan and they execute it flawlessly. Whether you’re a brand new planner or a seasoned one, it’s important to take...
Plan, Present, Punch: Nine Ways to Freshen Up a Meeting

Plan, Present, Punch: Nine Ways to Freshen Up a Meeting

Meeting planners can sometimes be resistant to change — what has worked for the last 10 years should work for the next 10, right? Not always. When your attendance numbers begin to dip and your exhibitors start to fall off, it’s time to take a step back and consider a fresh approach. Here are nine...
Meeting Industry Legal Terms 101: What You Need to Know

Meeting Industry Legal Terms 101: What You Need to Know

Before going to the negotiating table or signing a contract on the bottom line, it is important that you understand some of the legal “slang” that is associated with booking business at most hotels. While there are many terms in the meeting industry, the ones listed below can have the greatest budgetary impact on your...
Have a Meeting? Want a Vacation? Plan a Meeting Staycation!

Have a Meeting? Want a Vacation? Plan a Meeting Staycation!

With summer upon us, most employees and their families are beginning to plan their vacations. Even though the economy has turned around and gas prices are low, staycations are still very popular with family-oriented, busy professionals. What is a staycation? It is a vacation spent close to home involving a trip to one or more...
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...
Seven Strategic Steps to Keep Airbnb at Bay

Seven Strategic Steps to Keep Airbnb at Bay

Airbnb emerged onto the Internet scene in 2008, and in seven short years, it is now one of the largest hoteliers in the world. Without ever constructing or owning a piece of property, it serves more than 4 million guests. Although Airbnb has its place with budget-conscious travelers, can it threaten a conference or meeting...
Why Hosted Buyer Programs Work

Why Hosted Buyer Programs Work

Although hosted buyer programs have had immense popularity in Europe for decades, they have only recently gained traction in the United States. If your organization is thinking of sponsoring such a program in place of a traditional trade show format, today’s post will focus on what this program entails, how it works and the many...
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...
NFC Technology Tips for Your Next Meeting or Conference

NFC Technology Tips for Your Next Meeting or Conference

Near field communication (NFC) is making its way into our everyday life — including meetings! NFC is a short-range, low-power wireless link that can transfer small amounts of data between two devices that have an RFID chip installed into them when held a few centimeters apart. This is can be a smartphone, a smartwatch, a...