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Audio Guest Book

by Barbara Peterson | May 27,2016
Let attendees "phone it in" with this fun party prop.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

High-Tech Wheelie

Take the pain out of air travel with this tech-savvy suitcase.

Dutch Treat

Airport Week (4 of 5): This busy European hub takes visitors behind the scenes.
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

Things Are Looking Up

Create a buzz at events with these unique flying displays.

Lighten Up

This illuminating décor idea blends old with new.
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

Bring On the Rum

Shake up an event with a make-your-own mojito class.

Melon Martinis

Try this refreshing take on a classic cocktail.
Gifts

This Coffee Might Require a Toothpick

Delegates will love these coffee-infused treats.

Blanket Coverage

This compact cloth has many uses.
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

Sweet Surrender

Groups will enjoy this honey-laced activity in New York City.

Games People Play

Give attendees some grown-up fun.
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

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.

Hotel Revenue Managers Tell All

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

Research

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.

30 Seconds to Smart: Here's Why Planners Are Loyal to Certain Hotel Brands (Video)

We asked planners about the factors that influence their loyalty to a hotel brand.

30 Seconds to Smart: This is How Much Hotel Brand Matters to Planners (Video)

We asked planners if a hotel's flag matters when selecting a property.

30 Seconds to Smart: Are Planners Taking Necessary Bedbug Precautions? (Video)

We asked planners if bedbugs are still biting at hotels.

Latest News

LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Opens as Part of Hilton's Curio Collection

LondonHouse Chicago has 452 guest rooms, 25,000 square feet of meeting space and Chicago's only tri-level rooftop.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina Unveiled Today in Hawaii

The 371-room luxury property has a ballroom, five function rooms and several outdoor spaces for events.

Embassy Suites Makes Wisconsin Debut in Milwaukee Suburb

The former Brookfield Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Brookfield, Wisc., underwent a $10 million renovation.

Embassy Suites Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield Debuts

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield has 203 guest suites and more than 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
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