by Hunter R. Slaton | March 01, 2010

Illustration of a microphoneWhen you're on vacation, do you check out the hotel from a meetings perspective?

"Even on vacation it's hard to turn off completely! So I drag my family through the meeting space, check out the hotel outlets and ask a few questions of the concierge. I'm constantly running through the checklist in my head."

Maria Miller
Conference Manager
GIE Media
Richfield, Ohio

"IACC only holds meetings at member conference centers, and usually I vacation at resorts. However, out of curiosity I do check out a few meeting rooms wherever I go -- though that's just one part of the equation. You have to experience a facility from a planning and service perspective to know whether a meeting there would be successful."

Tom Bolman, CAE
Executive Vice President
International Association of
Conference Centers
St. Louis

"When I'm on vacation, I am there for myself; work is the last thing on my mind. I never ask for freebies, as my time is my own and I don't want to be obligated to anyone. When I am working, I am working totally -- and the same goes for off-time."

Janet Bolzell
Meeting Manager
Northwest Public Power Association
Vancouver, Wash.