Forecast 2015

by The M&C Staff | December 01, 2014
Our annual report finds surging group demand, higher room rates, limited airline capacity, continued trade-show consolidation and more in the year ahead.

25 Hottest Ideas of the Year

by Lisa A. Grimaldi and Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2014
Here are the most popular of M&C's celebrated daily tips, offering savvy advice on career development, easy traveling, décor, F&B and more.

Getting Fresh With Food

by Jonathan Vatner | November 01, 2014
M&C asked some top chefs and caterers to share their most enticing new dishes, along with updated twists on old classics.

The Hosted-Buyer Format Is a Win-Win

by Michael J. Shapiro | November 01, 2014
Here's why those one-on-one meetings between suppliers and select qualified buyers are becoming increasingly popular at trade shows across the country.

Top 20 Cost-Cutting Tips

by Sarah J.F. Braley and Lisa A. Grimaldi | November 01, 2014
Presenting the best of M&C's Savvy Planner advice, with suggestions on décor, F&B, speakers, videos and more

Joyful Themes

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | November 01, 2014
A blue-ribbon panel of planning experts offers their best and brightest ideas for year-end holiday parties.

Best Apps for Overseas Travel

by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 01, 2014
These must-have programs will help make your international trips easier and more productive.

Wanted: Quality Attendees

by Michael C. Lowe | November 01, 2014
How to identify and attract the ideal audience for your exhibitors.

Coming to Terms With Airbnb

by Michael J. Shapiro | October 01, 2014
Alternative lodging sites are a game-changer for meetings -- and planners who face some thorny issues ranging from attrition to liability and more.

Cheap and Green: 20 Tips

by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 01, 2014
M&C presents a portfolio of low- or even no-cost ways to gather attendees in ways that will be kind to the environment.

Business + Pleasure = the 'Bleisure' Effect

by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | October 01, 2014
Here's how various hotel chains and visitor bureaus are catering to the growing number of attendees who are adding vacation time to their meeting or event.

Great Venues in the World's Finance Capitals

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 01, 2014
These 24 facilities in 10 major global destinations are especially hospitable to the unique needs of financial/insurance meetings. Here's why.


Quick Chat With Elena Peroulakis

by Allen J. Sheinman | December 01, 2014
The director of sales and marketing at the new Wyndham Grand Jupiter in Florida discusses the challenges of luring planners to a new property.


Finally, Optimism Reigns

M&C's latest exclusive survey finds that planners expect healthier budgets and more attendees next year.

Planners Tell Us About 2015

Verbatim comments from M&C's 2015 outlook survey.

Event Themes: Yay or Nay?

How planners develop event themes and other theme-related findings from our latest poll.

Charting Current Airline Fees

Here's an update on what major carriers are charging for ticket changes and checked baggage.

News Analysis

Major Hotel Chains Expand Mobile Room Key Initiatives

Starwood launches a pilot program at 10 properties as Hilton expands the functionality of its mobile-app keys.

China-U.S. Visa Extension Could Bolster Economy

Travel- and meetings-industry executives are applauding the recent move by the U.S. and China to enable their citizens to obtain visas valid for up to 10 years.

Ebola and the Crucial Need for Preparedness

Education and planning are key to continued travel, say experts.

Los Cabos Properties Set Reopening Dates

Cleanup efforts are progressing quickly at the Mexican vacation destination in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.