M&C Hot Ideas

Daily Hot Idea

High-Style Sausages

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 28,2016
Better Barbecue (2 of 4): This BBQ menu idea takes hot dogs up a notch.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Tote Dirty Laundry in Style

This clever accessory keeps dirty clothes corralled.

Plug Into the World

This ingenious converter works everywhere!
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

Take the Squint Out of Signage

This tip will make sure your message is visible.

Things Are Looking Up

Create a buzz at events with these unique flying displays.
Entertainment

Audio Guest Book

Let attendees "phone it in" with this fun party prop.

Be a Postcard Picasso

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

High-Style Sausages

Better Barbecue (2 of 4): This BBQ menu idea takes hot dogs up a notch.

Cook's Couture

Better Barbecue (1 of 4): This giveaway can get attendees in the BBQ spirit.
Gifts

Plug Into the World

This ingenious converter works everywhere!

Think Inside the Box

This supplier delivers the goods in cute packaging.
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

Lights + Camera = Action

Give photo booths a crazy neon glow.

Escapist Fare

This activity gives new meaning to the word breakout.
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 Higher Power

This battery pack brings your electronic devices back to life.

A Laptop That Bends to Your Needs

This device converts from laptop to tablet with ease.
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

ON THE COVER: Are You Covered?

This comprehensive guide to event insurance offers the facts on essential policies addressing general liability, communicable diseases, cancellation and more.

Guest-Room Boom

While rooms are scarce in many major meetings markets, these five second-tier cities are upping the inventor ante to lure business.

10 New Urban Resorts

A new breed of big-city hotel incorporates all the trappings of a typical destination resort, such as full-service spas and trendy dining, minus the resort...

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.

Research

Will You Meet in Mississippi or North Carolina?

Most planners polled by M&C Research say they would avoid destinations that have passed controversial laws that some could find discriminatory.

To Boycott or Not?

Planners sound off on whether controversial laws should influence site selection.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Feel Mergers Will Affect Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners how they feel about industry consolidation.

30 Seconds to Smart: How Planners Feel About New or Lesser-Known Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners if they would consider a new or lesser-known hotel brand for a meeting.

Latest News

Reagan National Airport to Get $1 Billion Makeover

Reagan National Airport's newest building project will replace a problematic gate with a new commuter concourse.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis Unveils $78 Million Renovation

The property’s 1,663 guest rooms and 160,000 square feet of meeting space have been upgraded.

Three Hotel Projects Planned for Chicago's O'Hare

The $350 million investment will bring significantly more meeting space.

New York City's Waldorf Astoria to Convert Majority of Rooms to Condos

Next year, the iconic hotel will close for up to three years while up to 1,100 rooms are made into private residences.
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