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TIP OF THE MONTH- November 2018 GREAT TIPS ON HOW TO DRIVE ADDITIONAL REVENUE AND ATTRACT NEW SPONSORS HOST A POLICY DEBATE OR DISCUSSION…with government officials or candidates. This always attracts private sector sponsors and you can create a post-event VIP reception limited to sponsors so they can get face time with the officials in a non-lobbying atmosphere. SEEK SPONSORSHIPS FROM YOUR CITY/VENUE...

Indy’s momentum has gotten the attention of national media from Condé Nast Traveler to Food & Wine, and earned the city USA Today’s “#1 Convention City in the U.S.” honors. Numerous major developments have the city continuously evolving and moving forward. Game-Changing Connectivity   Indy will soon welcome a 235,000 square foot expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and an additional 1,400+ rooms connected to the center with two Hilton-affiliated branded towers. The convention center expansion will include a 50,000-square-foot ballroom (the state’s largest), 30,000...

Curt Watkins, principal at Watkins Research, on what's changed in the CVB industry, and what planners are looking for now. by Curt Watkins October 1, 2018 Editor’s Note: Watkins Research Group Inc. is a Kansas City–based firm providing primary B2B research on the needs and views of meeting planners and third-party consultants in selecting destinations for their biggest meetings. The Watkins Report for U.S. and Canadian convention bureaus is published biennially, and the 2018 edition was recently released, featuring the responses of nearly 1,000...

A troubling new report about hotel resort fees suggests mandatory room surcharges are spreading faster than a summer wildfire. It's sure to stoke the anger of travelers, many of whom are being burned by these nonnegotiable extras when they check out. In the last 12 months ending in July, the number of hotels charging controversial resort fees has grown by 14%, according to ResortFeeChecker.com, a site that tracks resort fees. "I'm continuing to see the amount charged per night increase dramatically," says Randy...

[embed]https://vimeo.com/283731475[/embed]   Belinda and I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who attended our DC Dirty Little Secret Beyoncé/Jay-Z “Suite” Client Event Saturday night! It was an Epic evening and I hope all of you had as much fun as we did!   Thank you again to our sponsors; *HPN Global (Mark Dallman & Bill Kilburg-CEO) *Gaylord National (Brad Mettler-DOSM & Ellie McKee-Sales) *Destination DC (Chris Petrucci) *Atlanta CVB (Heather Turner) *Milwaukee CVB (Lauren Hyps)   We will have additional photos and videos coming to you soon, and if you want these events to...

[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://ameetingplannersbestfriend.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/OTR-II.mp4"][/video] Belinda and I are hosting our 3rd D.C.’s Dirty Little Secret Event in a suite at the Beyoncé/Jay-Z concert on Saturday, July 28th at FedEx Field and we are inviting 10 lucky meeting planners to join us! All meeting planners that contact me with a new hotel group/meeting RFP will qualify so please fill out the form below to be considered and GOOD LUCK! We’re looking forward to another D.C. Dirty Little Secret “suite” event!   [fc id='5' align='left'][/fc]...

**Guest Written by Timothy Arnold, CMP, CMM – Regional Vice President of HPN Global So Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City I had not been to Atlantic City for about 15 years. Upon arrival last weekend, I was very impressed with the transformation that has taken place there. No longer is it just pretending to be a rich man in a poor man’s shirt. The aurora is truly rising behind this solid meetings destination. With the recent opening of the Harrah’s Waterfront Conference...

I’m LOVING these Top 5 Hotels right now!  Do you have any other properties that you are “loving” that you would like to share?  Let me check availability for your next hotel group or meeting.  My hotel consultation services are FAST, FREE & HONEST!   Fairmont Austin -This hotel just opened and is spectacular!  Over 1,000 guestrooms and 140,000 sq ft of meeting space across from the Austin Convention Center.  Floor to ceiling windows everywhere, open market place restaurant concept and right...

Savannah is a town one has to experience in person. Words and pictures fail to capture the true essence of this amazing historic city, although I will give it my best. It is the oldest city in Georgia, established in 1733, on the banks of the Savannah river. In the main historic district, there are over 20 huge squares, with massive oaks towering overhead, each tree festooned with Spanish moss. Walking through the historic district is really like taking a...