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Savvy Planner Tip of the Week

Flight Checker

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 01,2016
This website highlights airport delays in real time.
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

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

A Great Look for Less

Whittle down décor costs by using mildy flawed items.

Take Power and Light Anywhere

These two problem-solvers should be part of your on-site kit.
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

VIDEO: Grab & Go

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

Going Off-Menu

Planners don't need to stick to the food-and-beverage list they're handed.
Gifts

Box Full of Memories

This personalized gift is perfect for VIPs or honorees.

Boxed and Ready

Planners can help attendees feel right at home with this all-purpose amenities kit.
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

Space Hack

This app is perfect for last-minute meetings.

Easy Boat Rentals

This site is like an "Airbnb” for booking sailboats, yachts and more.
Programming

Activity Arranger

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

Ice-Breaking Badges

Use this high-tech tool for real-life connections.
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

Flight Checker

This website highlights airport delays in real time.

Box Full of Memories

This personalized gift is perfect for VIPs or honorees.
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

Touching Technology

This device turns any surface into a smartphone screen.

VIDEO: Smart Tip for Tech

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

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

Starwood to Manage the St. Regis Jakarta in Indonesia

The 280-room property will open in 2019.

Kimpton Plans Ohio Debut With Cleveland's The Schofield

The 122-room hotel will open in March with 3,800 square feet of meeting space.

Latest Zika News

All the news and resources a planner needs for understanding the risks of meeting in Zika-affected destinations

U.S. Travel Campaign Highlights Economic Impact of Presidential Primaries

Evidence of politics-related travel surge gives rise to "Bloviating About Jobs Actually Creates Them" ad campaign.
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