Event Operations

  • Top 10 Free iPhone/iPad Meeting Apps of 2011

    Meeting planners are continuously searching for ways their attendees can become more efficient. Mobile meeting apps have proven to be effective tools in increasing productivity and providing greater mobility. With over 500,000 iPhone/iPad apps available, www.MeetingApps.com simplifies the selection process. Here are our top 10 must-have apps of 2011 for meeting attendees to consider. They’re all free, too!

  • Sustainable storytelling skills

    Once upon a time, there was a talented meeting planner named Plannerella who believed with her whole heart that meetings should be more sustainable. She paid attention to all the details in planning her annual convention: her rooms had recycling bins, her exhibitors were emailed instructions on reducing paper use, and her menus were planned with local, seasonal produce. Her greatest pride was a community service project to restore a park habitat. Plannerella was excited “This is going to be the greenest, most sustainable, most fantastic convention ever!” she exclaimed.

  • Oliver & Bonacini Events

    With over 15 years of international experience in renowned restaurants, Chef Jamie Meireles is ready for any challenge that an event planner could think of. His career began at the Fairmont Royal York after graduation from George Brown College Chef’s School. From there, he headed to Europe working at Michael Caines at The Royal Clarence and the two-Michelin-starred Relais & Chateaux inn, Gidleigh Park. Returning to Canada, he joined the Liberty Entertainment Group, rising to…

  • Tackling audiovisual challenges at unique venues

    Unique venues are great to pique the interest of delegates and can offer creative opportunities to incorporate the venue into a theme or message relevant to your group. Unfortunately, those very same virtues can also create a host of audiovisual challenges.

  • How to use Just-In-Time strategies to save money (and your nerves!) on promotional products for your event

    Waiting… waiting… waiting… are the registration numbers where they should be at? What should we guesstimate for final count? These are two of the toughest questions that meeting and event planners wrestle with daily. The answers impact everything from catering menus to registration to hotel rooms blocked. An area that it also impacts is event giveaways. How many folders, bags, mugs, etc. should you have on hand? When should you order? What if the numbers aren’t…

  • Executive Chef Murray Hall at BMO Institute for Learning

    Growing up in the then-rural community of Salmon Arm B.C., executive chef Murray Hall learned at a very early age the joys of eating and preserving the bountiful produce of the Okanagan Valley. He was practicing the local food philosophy way before it became a buzz word.

  • How plastic bag bans could affect your next event

    Once a free-flowing staple in retail and at events and trade shows, the ubiquitous plastic bag has come under heavy fire for the environmental toll it can cause. With recycling rates of bags still at a low rate, cities around the world are now instituting plastic bag bans to combat the problem at the source.

  • How to minimize your guestroom block attrition damages

    The meetings and events industry has seen a lot of changes over the past decade. As an event organizer, you will have witnessed an increased complexity in the hotel contracts you negotiate. You are now faced with the inclusion of minimum performance guarantees which come in the form of food and beverage minimums, sliding scales, cancellation policies and guestroom block attrition.

  • How to cost effectively buy promotional t-shirts for events

    The ubiquitous t-shirt. After all these years, it’s still a gotta-have-it promotional tool. In fact, shirts (to include both polos and T-shirts) create around 21 per cent of all promotional industry revenues according to the Advertising Specialty Institute 2011 State of the Industry Report. That’s quite a chunk! So you’re probably pretty safe with choosing a shirt for an event promotion.

  • Scandinavian meeting innovation

    Visit Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen CVB invited international forward thinking guests to power-mingle and experience the beauty of Copenhagen early this summer.

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