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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Rethink Chardonnay

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 23,2015
This affordable wine is back in a big way.
Budget

VIDEO: Prioritize Concessions

VIDEO: Streamline hotel negotiations with this tip.

Know Your History

Prove to hotels that your business is worth it with this tip.
Career

Time-Management Trick

Get more done with this simple concentration technique.

Career Maker

Demonstrate your value to the company with this smart tip.
Charity

Bag Tags for a Cause

These distinctive luggage tags help fight the war against sex-trafficking.

Charity Checker

Check out this site before making a donation.
Corporate Social Responsibility

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

VIDEO: This tech tip helps save money and does good.

Paper Saver

Click here to find out how outsourcing locally can make cents.
Decor

Artistic Ambience

Collaborate with a local artist to create custom sets and backdrops.

VIDEO: In Stock

VIDEO: How a hotel's inventory can help cut your costs.
Entertainment

Sticky Speakers

These portable gadgets will provide great sound anywhere.

Grow Your Band

One band. Three experiences.
Food and Beverage

Rethink Chardonnay

This affordable wine is back in a big way.

Affordable German Wines

Serve dry Rieslings at your next event.
Gifts

Portable Power

Stash these multi-functional chargers in your travel bag.

Sketch Artist

This notebook turns paper art into digital art
Green Meetings

VIDEO: Tidy Savings

VIDEO: Be green and save green with this hotel request.

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

VIDEO: This tech tip helps save money and does good.
Incentives

Doing Time

If you plan resort meetings or incentives every year, this tip could save you thousands.

Good Timing

When the incentive travel budget drops, consider this.
Negotiation

VIDEO: Prioritize Concessions

VIDEO: Streamline hotel negotiations with this tip.

VIDEO: Doughy Deadlines

Use this trick to encourage return visits from global attendees.
Off Site Venues

Bar Bargain

Score a big-name venue without the big price tag.

Ballpark vs. Ballroom

This event idea can cut costs by as much as 50 percent.
Programming

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

Easy Shopping

This free site brings vendors to you.
Speakers

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

Reality Star Power

Hire a reality cast member for budget-friendly entertainment.
Special Events

Double-Duty Celebration

Add recognition elements to your holiday soiree.

Sit Where the Tree Tells You

This tip adds elegance to seating-card displays.
Sponsors

Speaker/Sponsor Site

This site serves as a type of meetings matchmaker.

VIDEO: Double Up

VIDEO: This request can help cut hotel service costs.
Staffing

Rethink Chardonnay

This affordable wine is back in a big way.

VIDEO: Recycle Those Badges

VIDEO: Save time and money with this quick tip.
Team Building

DIY Team Building

Try these low-cost activity kits.

Game, Set, Match

Check out these team-building ideas that are simple, low-cost and fun.
Technology

Wi-Fi Watchdog App

Test out hotel Wi-Fi speed with this sneaky app.

Portable Power

Stash these multi-functional chargers in your travel bag.
Trade Shows

Booth Builder

No budget to hire a professional exhibit or event designer? Try this free online tool.

Rooms for Rent

With this idea, your group won't lose money on excess space.
Transportation

Transportation Checker

Use this site to find the best mode of travel between destinations.

Cab Share

Try this tip to cut down on ground transportation costs.
Travel

Transportation Checker

Use this site to find the best mode of travel between destinations.

Packing App

This app serves as a consultant for your travel wardrobe.

Features

Marriott's Wi-Fi Mix-Up

This special report examines the fallout from Marriott Hotels' recent attempt to block some attendees from setting up personal Wi-Fi hot spots in meeting space...

New Tactics for Conference Centers

While the conference center market has struggled to regain its footing post-recession, some facilities have made smart moves that have begun to pay off.

Landmark Lodging

Here are five historic resorts that offer time-tested comfort along with distinctly modern accoutrements both in and out of the meeting room.

Taste Makers

M&C contributing editor Cheryl-Anne Sturken takes part in a back-to-school boot camp for chefs from Dolce Hotels & Resorts, with delicious results.

Research

Planners Hate Paying for Wi-Fi

We offer statistical proof that meeting planners hate paying for Wi-Fi in hotels.

Planners Sound Off on Hotel Wi-Fi

What's wrong with the current state (and cost) of connectivity?

How Helpful Are Online RFPs?

What do planners think about online requests for proposal? Our latest poll reveals all.

What You Hate About eRFPs

Planners sound off on how the process could be improved.
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