Meeting Planners Blog

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Activities Planned Around a Meeting Make the Difference

By Beth Buehler Want to catch someone’s attention with a meeting itinerary? Good chance you will if there is a chance to experience the destination or engage in unique activities built into the agenda. Here are a few ideas to get the wheels turning for a Colorado meeting that attendees will remember.

Meeting & Event Planning 101 Checklist

By Melissa Layton Planning a corporate group event, large or small, can seem like a daunting task managing endless details and a lot of moving parts. When it all comes together, culminating with a successful program and happy clients, there is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment that is euphoric.

4 Reasons Why Meeting Planners Hire Destination Management Companies

By Kathy Fort Carty I was recently asked why meeting planners hire destination management companies (DMCs)?  I wish there were some earth-shattering revelations, but frankly it is pretty simple and there are four basic reasons: 1.     Save time; 2.     Local connections and destination expertise; 3.     Risk management; and 4.     Peace of mind. With the economy… Read more »

Include Transportation in Your Destination Meeting Plan

By Jorge Sanchez  One of the biggest hurdles of planning a meeting from afar is the inability to see things first hand. You may be able to choose a venue and hotel from across the country based on photographs and trusted advice, but what about everything that your attendees will experience in between? Do you… Read more »

Colorado’s Meetings & Events Industry Provides Rewarding Jobs

  by Gary Schirmacher, CMP Thirty years ago, when I lucked into the hotel business, there were very few individuals who were university trained coming into the hospitality industry. You had to be from Cornell, UNLV or Michigan State to have been trained in the business, and even then it was more hotel focused than event… Read more »

Annual Meetings Made Memorable

By Beth Buehler It’s that time of year, planning for your company’s or association’s annual meeting. Just as today’s teenagers require a little more excitement in the classroom than just a chalkboard and a textbook, today’s meeting attendees plug in better if there is an element of experience. Here are five ways to help create… Read more »

Meeting Planning: Its Not What You Know but Who You Know

By Beth Buehler I’ve planned my fair share of meetings and events as a downtown district manager, community development coordinator, public relations and marketing firm owner and magazine editor over the years. Writing an insightful article is much like developing a successful meeting. It’s all about the sources. Sources are people who can provide meaningful,… Read more »

Colorado Meeting Planning is Easier than Ever

By Beth Buehler You know that Colorado is the place your group wants to meet. Or perhaps you have narrowed it down to three destinations in three different states, and one is in the Centennial State. Time is of essence to get a date and place nailed down, and the thought of contacting countless venues… Read more »

DMC, DMO, CVB… What’s The Difference?

By Stacy Daeffler   When it comes to meeting planning, planners have several resources available to them in terms of tourism organizations. CVB’s, or Convention & Visitor Bureaus are non profit organizations, and they are the quintessential source of information on hotels, attractions and service providers in their area.  Their services are typically free to… Read more »

Tips For Putting Together A Great RFP

When used properly, an RFP (Request for Proposal) is a great tool for attracting bids for your meeting or event.  Putting together a properly detailed RFP is not only essential in the meetings industry, it will also help you to procure the most qualified suppliers. But what is an RFP, anyway, you ask? Quite simply,… Read more »