by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | August 01, 2007

If you could change
one thing about the
meetings industry,
what would it be?

“It would be the double impact of hotel reservation cut-off dates and attrition charges. If we have to pay for rooms, why can’t we continue to try to fill them up to the event? The hotels are, in fact, getting paid twice for the same room. They have a great deal going.”

Peter Regner
Senior Conference Manager
ESI (Educational Services, Inc.)
Bethesda, Md.

“I’d like to see independent planners charge a fee to clients who request detailed proposals with original ideas. Too many companies use our ideas and expertise for free and then try to do it themselves or use the ideas they like with another planner. They should have to pay for that.”

Dolores Rauschl
Corporate Conference Services LLC
Sarasota, Fla.

“I would like the industry to receive more recognition for what we do. Too many people think we just order some food and beers and blow up balloons. Not enough students are aware of event management as an industry or career path.”

Iain Mackenzie, CMP
Manager, Meetings & Events
International Sign Association
Alexandria, Va.