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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Prints Charming

by Barbara Peterson | May 02,2016
Guests will love these straight-from-social-media mementos.
Budget

VIDEO: Smart Tip for Tech

How allowing for A/V wiggle room can save your meeting money.

Weight Watcher

This handy gadget prevents your bags from tipping the scales.
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

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.

Bag Tags for a Cause

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

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.

VIDEO: Buy, Then Donate

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

Delightful Décor

These playful props liven up any meeting space.

A Great Look for Less

Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.
Entertainment

Entertainment Database

Use this website to find awesome acts in your destination.

Sticky Speakers

These portable gadgets will provide great sound anywhere.
Food and Beverage

Help Feed the Needy

This app makes it easy to donate an event's leftover food to a worthy cause.

VIDEO: Grab & Go

When your group is on the run, use this lunch option to be sustainable and cut costs.
Gifts

Crank It Up

With this device, the power is in your hands.

Get the Complete Picture

This wide-angle lens lets you capture the whole enchilada with a smartphone.
Green Meetings

Ban the Bottle

This green practice can save planners money while preventing waste.

VIDEO: Tidy Savings

VIDEO: Be green and save green with this hotel request.
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: Fewer Vendors, Better Bottom Line

Planners can leverage their buying power with this tip.

VIDEO: Use Your 'Yellow Pages'

When it comes to negotiation, try this tip before you head to the table.
Off Site Venues

Enchanted Gardens

Celebrate spring in a botanical setting.

Space Hack

This app is perfect for last-minute meetings.
Programming

Get the Kinks Out

Add this 60-second exercise to a heavy agenda.

Activity Arranger

This app is like a Match.com for pairing groups with activities.
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

Prints Charming

Guests will love these straight-from-social-media mementos.

Airbnb for Road Warriors

This site helps business travelers find a place to stay.
Team Building

Activity Arranger

This app is like a Match.com for pairing groups with activities.

Turnkey Team Building

This service lets you select a preplanned team-building package.
Technology

Prints Charming

Guests will love these straight-from-social-media mementos.

Crank It Up

With this device, the power is in your hands.
Trade Shows

Show-Floor Segways

Navigate convention centers faster via a personal people mover.

Booth Builder

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

Hotel Revenue Managers Tell All

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

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.

Research

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

We asked planners if bedbugs are still biting at hotels.

How Much Does a Hotel Brand Matter?

A majority of respondents to the latest M&C Research poll say brand affiliation is important when selecting a meeting hotel.

Branding Extra

Further thoughts from planners on hotel collections and the pending Marriott-Starwood merger.

Bedbugs: Still Biting at Hotels

A majority of planners say the pesky insects remain an important concern.

Latest News

Hyatt Group Revenue Lags Behind Transient; RevPAR Slightly Up at Starwood

Group rooms revenue fell 3.5 percent at full-service Hyatts.

Renaissance Paris République Debuts in the City of Light

The 121-room hotel, located near Le Marais, has four meeting rooms.

Rosewood Little Dix Bay Closes for 18-Month Renovation

The luxury resort in the British Virgin Islands will undergo a head-to-toe refurbishment.

CIC Releases Guide to Event Internet and Communications

The publication includes a fill-in Excel sheet.
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