News & Articles - Andrea Boulden

  • Alcohol-focused team-building events: Is it time to rethink them?

    When planning meetings and events, it is our job to step out of our own preferences and think about the perspectives of all attendees. This can be challenging as the majority of event planners fall into the same demographic and it can make seeing different perspectives even more difficult when most of your peers see the world through a similar lens. Meeting professionals have a real opportunity to bring diversity and inclusion to life, which is a strategic priority for…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • Ramadan is coming – Are you prepared?

    Experienced meeting professionals know to check the calendar very carefully when choosing event dates. Statutory and religious holidays are simple – we need to just avoid them altogether! Examples of some dates that are completely off limits: Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Passover. One of the religious holidays that causes some confusion among event planners is Ramadan. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide, it falls in May/June and it lasts for about a month. The timing is different every year.…

    Event Operations, Meeting Community, Special Events, Special Events & Conferences

  • Meeting Professionals Against Human Trafficking to hold meeting in Toronto

    Perhaps you have been hearing the buzz about Human Trafficking lately and how it is becoming a hot topic in the events industry, or maybe this is the first you are hearing about it (and you aren’t alone). Either way, you might be wondering what this has to do with the meetings you are planning (assuming that someone else in responsible for this) or, if you work in a hotel, you might be thinking that surely it isn’t happening in your…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • How to plan events with food allergies in mind

    I would say that I have a lot of food preferences. I like healthy food: nothing fried, no white sugar or processed food. I often have a hard time when the only options at conferences are sugary breakfast items or processed meat sandwiches. The frustration! I thought I had it hard… until I spoke with a few colleagues who have serious food allergies and heard what it is like to be in their situation. I now have a sense of…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • Planning accessible events for every body

    Chances are that if you are an event planner, you are able to move around quickly, you are agile and you are used to literally being on the run! It is a physically demanding job. This also means that because you are able-bodied, it might not occur to you to plan for people who are not as mobile. If this is not the case and you are always proactively planning for different abilities at your events, I congratulate you. This,…

    Event Operations, Meeting Venue Overview, Site Selection

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