M&C Hot Ideas

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The Great Indoors

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 18,2017
A Week of Camp Themes: This California eatery can create your private forest retreat.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Unmask a Better Complexion

A Week of Travel Accessories: This quick fix revives parched skin.

Sleep Soundly

A Week of Travel Accessories: With this ingenious pillow, you'll never doze off against a plane window or stranger's shoulder again.
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

Go to Bat – for Bats

A Week of CSR Activities: Groups can help these flighty creatures with this team-building project.

Your Own Silicon Valley

A Week of CSR Activities: Participants build computers to helps teach kids critical tech skills.
Decor

The Great Indoors

A Week of Camp Themes: This California eatery can create your private forest retreat.

The Right Light

A Week of Great Lighting: This innovation can be customized almost endlessly.
Entertainment

Loud and Clear

This portable speaker jazzes up any event.

These Tables Have Real Legs

Colorful strolling servers will give your guests something to talk about.
Food and Beverage

Get Toasted

A Week of Camp Themes: This dessert-bar idea appeals to kids of all ages.

The Big Chill

A Week of Picnics: This beverage will keep them refreshed.
Gifts

Hot Pot

A Week of Camp Themes: This versatile skillet can be used on an open fire or home oven.

Camping: Just the Fun Part

A Week of Camp Themes: This gift lets recipients enjoy a mini camp-out at home.
Green Meetings

A More Eco-Friendly Entrée

This easy switch conserves water.

Put These on Your Fish List

Here's how to serve a sustainable species at your next event.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

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

The Winners' Cirque

Incentive winners can become high flyers with this activity.

And the Winner Is…

These one-of-a-kind experiences make singular rewards.
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

A Walk in the Woods

A Week of Camp Themes: This activity lets attendees commune with nature.

Get Toasted

A Week of Camp Themes: This dessert-bar idea appeals to kids of all ages.
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

Don't Burst This "Bubble"

These clear shelters can host intimate receptions.

Must-Have App for Wine Lovers

This free tool lets you book wine-themed events around the world.  
Staffing

Hop to It

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

Deep-Dish Bonding

A Week of Group Activities: Teams bond over dough with this culinary activity.

Clam Up

A Week of Group Activities: For this activity, participants find and cook their own seafood dinner.
Technology

A Novel Idea

A Week of Travel Tools: This phone case saves your battery while you read.

Adapt to Your Environment

A Week of Travel Tools: This accessory will work with all of your electronics.
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

Sassy Sacks

A Week of Tote Bags: These low-cost drawstring bags come in a rainbow of colors.

Notable Tote

This roomy bag comes with eco-friendly credentials.
Transportation

Hail a Tesla

Had your fill of gas-guzzling ground transportation? Try this service between three popular destinations.

Uber for Groups

Give attendees a ticket to ride with this special promotion.
Travel

These Socks Are Made for Walking

This fashionable footwear is good for feet and legs, too.

Child-Friendly State Guides

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

Features

A New Spin on ROI

Pressure is on to quantify the return on investment for meetings. Here's how some are approaching the task.

Great Golf and Spa Resorts for Groups

From Hawaii to New Hampshire, these properties offer the best of both worlds.

Hospitality on a Global Scale

We profile 10 dynamic hotel chains vying for international meetings business.

The 'Festivalization' of Events

How mega-gatherings like South by Southwest are rewriting the rules for conferences by making them citywide extravaganzas.

Research

Comfy Shoes Among Key Comforts for Travelers

More than two-thirds of meeting professionals miss their spouse/partner when they travel, but no so much their children, finds a new M&C poll.

Comforts on the Road

What you love and miss most about traveling for work

30 Seconds to Smart: Planners' Involvement in Organizational Strategy (Video)

We asked planners if they discuss organizational strategy with key stakeholders.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Are Perceived Outside the Industry (Video)

We asked planners how their jobs are viewed by people outside the meetings industry.