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How to Be a Lounge Lizard

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 29,2016

This handy app locates airport lounges open to loyalty members and the public.

Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

How to Be a Lounge Lizard

This handy app locates airport lounges open to loyalty members and the public.

Best Bedside Caddy

This travel catch-all keeps your stuff safe and accessible.
Career

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.
Charity

Lifting Spirits

This team-building activity delivers smiles to sick children.

Cultivating Team Spirit

Celebrating spring (2 of 5): This group activity beautifies neighborhoods.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Gift of Giving

This five-minute CSR program makes attendee participation convenient.

VIDEO: Take Paws

This creative meeting break will have attendees barking for more.
Decor

Lighten Up

This illuminating décor idea blends old with new.

Pretty in Pastels

Give an event a contemporary look with the colors of the year.
Entertainment

Be a Postcard Picasso

Delegates get in touch with their inner artist with this fun activity.

VIDEO: Chalk It Up

Give your attendees a different perspective with this décor concept.
Food and Beverage

Trays From Trees

Celebrating spring (4 of 5): This tableware puts eco-friendliness on a platter.

Kitchen Confidential

Wow VIP guests with a chance to eat behind the scenes.
Gifts

Lucky Lollies

These tasty treats accentuate a gaming theme.

Safe Stashing

This handy container keeps essentials at hand.
Green Meetings

Trays From Trees

Celebrating spring (4 of 5): This tableware puts eco-friendliness on a platter.

Seedy Gifts

Celebrating spring (3 of 5): Keep your brand "growing" with these green giveaways.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.
Incentives

Cycle Camp

Consider this sporty gift for your organization's top "climbers."

Chatty Caddies

Here's a new way to motivate or reward your golf-loving group.
Negotiation

How Convenient: Half-Day Room Rates

Book a hotel room for just a morning or afternoon.

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.
Networking

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.
Programming

Lifting Spirits

This team-building activity delivers smiles to sick children.

Cultivating Team Spirit

Celebrating spring (2 of 5): This group activity beautifies neighborhoods.
Social Networking

Brighter Snaps

This app makes dim, blurry low-light photos a thing of the past.

Silent Disco

Keep the volume low but the energy high with this hot party trend.
Speakers

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Farm and Fork

Bring the outside in with this green event theme.
Staffing

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Cook Up Some Fun

Give groups a lively, delicious activity via hands-on culinary lessons.

The Art of Team Building

This activity can unleash your group's creativity.
Technology

A Laptop That Bends to Your Needs

This device converts from laptop to tablet with ease.

Portable Showstopper

This little projector packs power but travels light.
Theme

Pop-Up French Market

Transport your attendees with this chic continental theme.

When Cold Becomes Cool

This icy theme can perk up a midwinter meeting.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

Attendees will enjoy wearing these funky washable ink "photos."
Trade Shows

Sustainable Drinking

Trade Show Giveaways (4 of 4): These eco-friendly coasters are stylish and practical.

A Selfie Stick That Promotes You

Trade Show Giveaways (3 of 4): Attach your logo to attendees' self-indulgence.
Transportation

Uber for Groups

Give attendees a ticket to ride with this special promotion.

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.
Travel

Child-Friendly State Guides

Bringing the family to your meeting? These books will spark kids' excitement.

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.

Features

Hotel Revenue Managers Tell All

Three executives tell how technology has changed their jobs, what they look for in an RFP and more.

Planners' Pain Points in Hotel Negotiations

Planners share their biggest challenges in hammering out a contract in a seller's market, including new, questionable fees.

Better Together: Co-Located Trade Shows

A growing number of show organizers are partnering with related shows to share space, costs and more -- and creating stronger, more value-rich events.

Global Planner 2016

Our annual survey takes an in-depth look at meetings, conventions, trade shows, incentive programs and more held outside the U.S.

Research

How Much Does a Hotel Brand Matter?

A majority of respondents to the latest M&C Research poll say brand affiliation is important when selecting a meeting hotel.

Branding Extra

Further thoughts from planners on hotel collections and the pending Marriott-Starwood merger.

Bedbugs: Still Biting at Hotels

A majority of planners say the pesky insects remain an important concern.

How Planners Battle Bedbugs

Research respondents sound off on how they handle infestations, and what precautions they take in hotels.

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