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When You Desire a Layover

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 04,2015
This site lets you add a stop in a second destination.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

When You Desire a Layover

This site lets you add a stop in a second destination.

Roll-Up Travel Bag

This carry-on was designed with minimalists in mind.
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

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

Interactive Giving

Give donors a say in what charity to support.
Corporate Social Responsibility

VIDEO: Take Paws

This creative meeting break will have attendees barking for more.

VIDEO: Beachy Clean

This activity combines beach time with giving back.
Decor

White-Petal Wonder

Opt for the crisp, clean look of monochrome centerpieces.

Splashy Hashtag

Borrow this clever trick to promote social media at your event.
Entertainment

VIDEO: Flashy, Flickery Fun!

This new twist on the photo booth makes attendees stars of their own GIFs.

VIDEO: Groovy Green Screen

This new technology will have attendees dancing in their seats.
Food and Beverage

Sip Through a Logo

Attendees will drink in style with these biodegradable straws.

Keep On the Grass

This firm produces upscale picnics for groups.
Gifts

Webbed iPad Mini Holder

This unique case holds a small tablet and more.

Lather Up

Add these luxurious shower amenities to attendee gift bags.
Green Meetings

Calculate Your Carbon Emission

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

Sustainable Flower Finder

Use this website to source florists who work with U.S.-grown blooms.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

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

Chatty Caddies

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

Rank and Recognition

These handcrafted awards double as works of art.  
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

VIDEO: Flashy, Flickery Fun!

This new twist on the photo booth makes attendees stars of their own GIFs.

iPad Drawings

This high-tech version of old-school sketching will appeal to guests.
Social Networking

Silent Disco

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

Splashy Hashtag

Borrow this clever trick to promote social media at your event.
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

VIDEO: This Contest Runs Hot and Cold

Attendees vie to make s'mores in a fire pit.

Canned Challenge

Here's how one company turned food donations into a team-building event.
Technology

Mapped Out

The new travel app everyone is talking about.

Safety App

Safer travels (3 of 4): This app ensures someone always know your whereabouts.
Theme

Hunger Games for Groups

This popular movie theme elevates the traditional obstacle-course experience.

VIDEO: What's the Password?

Check out the detailed décor on this Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed event.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

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

Payment App

App Happy (1 of 3): Use this app to collect payments anytime, anywhere. 

Fully Charged

Appease sponsors and attendees with this sure-to-be-popular kiosk.
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

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.

Travel-Friendly Cocktail Kit

Here's a new-fangled take on old-fashioneds.

Features

Cornering the Market

Behind the scenes with meetings-tech juggernaut Cvent, which estimates it will be approaching $10 billion in group business this year alone.

Building a Better eRFP

How RFP overload affects meetings planners and hoteliers alike, and what both sides can do to help ease the problem.

Unforgettable Incentives

These six trips offer winners experiences that foster personal growth and engagement with other peoples.

Top 25 Cost-Cutting Tips

These smart moves cover the entire spectrum of meetings and events.

Research

Smaller Cities Edge Up List of Top 50 Meeting Cities

Orlando, Las Vegas and Chicago top the list, but some surprises follow.

How Do You Choose Speakers?

Planners weigh in on how they choose speakers.

What Work/Life Balance?

M&C's latest poll covers the work/life balance (hint: It's out of whack).

Planners Confirm: Downtime Is a Myth

Planners' verbatim answers to M&C's June 2015 Research.
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