Event Operations

  • Immersive hotels create unique experiences for corporate travellers

    Technology plays prominent role in what corporate travel guests now covet By Rebecca Melnyk Hotels are no longer just a place to sleep or eat; they have become “social connectors, ambassadors of all things local, curators of personal narratives,” as well as tangible extensions of a community, says Ian Rolston, senior project designer at HOK Ltd. (HOK). The economic downturn post 2009 and the rise of technology are two elements that have shifted the idea of status in North America,…

  • Getting noticed: Four tips planners can use for making their event RFP stand out

    Growing up, one of my mom’s adages was “there’s a time and a place for getting noticed!” This may or may not be true – but what I do know for sure is that I want the Request for Proposal (RFP) for my events to stand out to prospective venues every time. Preparing to release an RFP for an upcoming event can be an exciting time, but it can also be wrought with anxiety about how much/what information to include,…

  • 10tation Event Catering partners with top Canadian celebrity chefs

    Are you looking for star power at your next event? Are you interested in bringing the cuisine of a renowned chef to your guests at an upcoming gala and looking for somebody to make it happen? While chefs offering catering services outside their restaurants is not a new concept, their partnerships with popular catering companies has become a rising trend in staple American hotspots, starting with Mario Batali in New York City. In the summer of 2013, Batali teamed up…

  • Meeting design for transformative experiences

    According to dictionary.com, the term meeting has many meanings, and many synonyms. It struck me that the synonyms are the words we need to more carefully consider when we are designing our meetings if we want them to be effective. What do I mean by effective? If we consider the origin of meeting design as a philosophy that began around 2009 with the Meeting Architecture Manifesto, and as a stakeholder deliverable as laid out in the Event Design Handbook in…

  • Five areas to watch for reducing risk in business event planning

    By Yma Sherry The meetings and events environment has undergone a lot of change in the past few years. More and more companies are rolling out managed meetings programs to enhance transparency, gain efficiencies and save money. But, as with any bustling business division, there are inherent risks lurking in meetings and events departments. These are risks that companies cannot afford to overlook. American Express Meetings & Events took a look at meeting planners’ current awareness and behaviours around these…

  • Can event venues cancel your contract concessions?

    It feels great to negotiate concessions as part of an event contract. Concessions, by definition, are a contractual agreement where one party provides something of value to the other party in exchange for something else. In the case of the events and meetings industry, one typically sees concessions offered in a venue contract, in recognition of the event host choosing the venue to host its event. Venue contract concessions can be wide-ranging and are prioritized differently for each event. Examples…

  • Stretch goals: Why your special event should have an exercise program

    Any presenter will tell you that one of the worst times to make a presentation or give a speech is immediately after lunch. The end of the day also ranks high in the least favourite times to speak. There is a long held adage, “What the bottom cannot endure, the mind cannot absorb.” The reality is that the more people remain sedentary at a special event, working in an office or indeed throughout the whole day, the less well they…

  • Selecting the right mobile event app

    By Phil Rappoport The growth of mobile app usage for meetings and events continues to climb rapidly, and the tipping point might be occurring right now. The 2016 Event App Bible revealed that while 30 per cent of event professionals already incorporate mobile event apps, an additional 37 per cent said they planned to use event apps within the next year. Apprehension that existed three to five years ago is clearly giving way to acceptance. An oft-heard obstacle was the…

  • Leveraging the power of choice within corporate events

    By Ben Moorsom Chicken, beef, or fish? Spa or golf? These are the types of choices you’ll most often find when it comes to corporate meetings and events. People are asked to choose amongst more trivial things, but rarely given any choice when it comes to the content or structure of the information they’re receiving and how they’re receiving it. While many association meetings and conferences do a great job integrating ‘choice’—the same hasn’t been translated to the corporate event…

  • Planning and making the most of your Toronto city visit

    By Marian Staresinic Meeting and event planners tend to always be the ones with their finger on the pulse of any given city. Whether they’re just visiting or call somewhere home, their clients look to them to entertain a variety of people on multiple levels while understanding their needs and introducing new event ideas, locations and experiences for business, pleasure or both at once. I recently had the opportunity to connect with a long-time colleague and director of sales in…

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