M&C Hot Ideas

Daily Hot Idea

Visual Feast

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 11,2016
This culinary presentation idea puts chefs in the spotlight.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Goo to Go

This all-purpose skin-care kit has a salve for every situation.

Notable Tote

Throw this colorful bag in your suitcase to haul your gifts.
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

Beads to Beat Cancer

This gem of a CSR activity lets attendees support a good cause.

Gifting Dollars

This philanthropic gift spreads the wealth.
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

Off the Wall -- and Tasty!

This herb wall and veggie display gives attendees something to chew on.

A Garden for Gourmands

This colorful catering idea elevates veggies to centerpiece status.
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

Visual Feast

This culinary presentation idea puts chefs in the spotlight.

Opalescent Table Accents

This fresh décor idea gives flatware a shimmering hue.
Gifts

Let Them Paint the Town Red

Art supplies are the cool new welcome gift.

Finally: Flat Earbuds!

These slimmed-down headphones make it easy to drift off.
Green Meetings

Name Tags Made From Trees

These badges give events an earthy aura.

Calculate Your Carbon Emission

Use this free tool to estimate an event’s carbon impact.
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

Visual Feast

This culinary presentation idea puts chefs in the spotlight.

Urban Adventures

This team-building activity lets groups explore cities by hitting the pavement.
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

Urban Adventures

This team-building activity lets groups explore cities by hitting the pavement.

Cook Like a Team

Fire up your group with this tasty activity.
Technology

Get a Charge Out of This

Trade Show Giveaways (1 of 4): This gadget-saving plug can also promote your brand.

Mobile Concierge

Take this fast track to booking tours and attractions.
Theme

When Cold Becomes Cool

This icy theme can perk up a midwinter meeting.

Video: Clowning Around

Create a festive atmosphere by transforming an empty warehouse into a three-ring circus.
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

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Pool Pitch

Meet Green (Part 4 of 5): Cut down on transportation with carpooling.
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

22 Millennials to Watch

Millennials are bringing fresh energy, viewpoints and talents to the meetings and events industry; here are some stand-out examples.

Visionary Destination Marketing Organizations

Here's a look at four major-city DMOs and the especially creative campaigns they are waging to lure group business.

The Year's Hottest Food Trends

Here are some of the ways in which inventive hotel and restaurant chefs are appealing to the increasingly sophisticated palates of attendees.

Top 10 Meeting Innovations of the Year

Our second annual edition of this special report highlights influential concepts and tools beginning to make waves in the meetings industry.

Research

M&C Survey: Meeting Professionals Are Canceling, Moving Meetings Due to Zika

Concerns about the virus already have many changing plans.

The Power of Word of Mouth

When it comes to finding out about new hotels and destinations, colleague recommendations are key, per our latest survey.

How Planners Meet Suppliers

Meeting professionals had more to say about their preferred methods of introduction.

30 Seconds to Smart: The 2016 Planner Wish List (Video)

We asked planners what they would like to change about their jobs in 2016.

Latest News

Survey: Business Travel to Europe Remains 'Largely Unaffected' by Paris Attacks

Business travel to and within Europe remains resilient three months after the Paris terror attacks.

Reed Stays the Course With Events in Latin America

The show organizer hasn't rescheduled any meetings due to the Zika virus; ICANN has.

Airbnb's Effect on Manhattan Hotels Is Minor

STR analyzed two years of Airbnb data and found little effect thus far on Manhattan's hotel market.

President Asks Congress for $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika; $250 Million Earmarked for Puerto Rico

Proactive measures, not panic, are called for to control the virus, now in 26 countries and territories.
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