News & Articles - site selection

  • Meetings Industry Profile: Leanne Calderwood, CMP

    Present: HelmsBriscoe Expertise: Site Selection Specialty: Research, Strategic Meetings Management, Social Media, Corporate Meetings Network: Tell us about yourself. Leanne Calderwood: I’m a busy-body go-getter and I love projects, whether at work or in my home. I have a hard time sitting and doing nothing. I thrive on connecting people to resources that help them in their work and their career, and I love seeing people reach their full potential. An early adopter of social media in events, I actively share…

    Industry Profiles, Meeting Community

  • Inclusive by design: Creating the perfect environment for all event attendees

    By Mariela McIlwraith As event planners and designers, we create the environment in which our participants live, learn, share and innovate. In creating these environments, we have an opportunity to design them to be welcoming, inclusive and accessible in a way that encourages full and dignified participation for all. It’s not only the right thing to do — it’s also good business sense to expand your audience, improve the quality of your events, and strengthen your reputation. Here are some easy…

    Accessibility, Event Operations

  • 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,…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Site Selection

  • Finding the perfect event venue: A wish list

    By Daniella Bustamante Much like every painter needs a canvas, every event planner needs a venue. Thinking through the event needs and objectives is a solid starting point in your search for the right venue. What works for an 800 person conference won’t likely work for a 50 person social event. Though the “perfect” venue is different for each and every event, there are some key areas across the board to think about during the site selection process to ensure you…

    Event Operations, Meeting Checklists, Site Selection

  • Best practices for site selection and sourcing corporate meetings and events

    By Jennifer Glynn and Joe Nishi From the moment someone in the office looks at you and says, “we need to plan a conference, make it happen,” what do you do and how do you do it? You would most likely call your favourite property only to find out they do not have space. Now what? You start calling every hotel in the vicinity and wait for someone to respond and hope they have space. Once you get the details…

    Event Operations, Site Selection

  • Canadian company Planner Protect to build better event contracts

    This week marked the official opening of Planner Protect, a Canadian firm that helps event planners, venues and event hosts negotiate fair contracts. Natural and economic changes over the last two decades have made business events riskier than ever for event planners. Natural disasters and extreme weather mean planners have to worry about cancelling or making frantic last-minute changes. Civil unrest, threats of terrorism and health warnings make it hard to ensure a city or site will be safe for…

    Breaking News, Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations, Meeting Community

  • Five areas corporate planners may want to consider outsourcing for their next event

    By Niesa Silzer If you are responsible for planning and executing your organization’s events, then you know first-hand how much work, time and money goes into managing a successful event. Without a doubt, you’ve needed more resources – staff, time, information – but in today’s economy many organizations are unable to allocate additional personnel to their budgets. While resources may be limited, internal planners must continue to meet the need for creative and memorable event experiences, and deliver a return…

    Meeting Community, Top 5 Lists

  • Unconventional event venues: 31 considerations for finding the perfect fit

    Finding the perfect job…finding the perfect size…finding the perfect mate…finding the perfect home… In almost every avenue of life, we are in search of finding the perfect fit. This too is true in the events industry. As event planners, one of our primary responsibilities is to find the perfect venue. Event venues come in all shapes and sizes, and range from conventional – such as a hotel or conference centre – to unconventional. The opportunities for unconventional event venues are…

    Event Operations, Meeting Checklists, Site Selection

  • Event planner grievances with food and beverage: What venues have to say

    Planners are from Mars, chefs are from Venus (or in this case, Venues!) I recently sat down with Toronto meeting and event manager Tina Aprile, CMP, who works in a popular downtown Toronto hotel. Wanting perspective from the venue side, I hoped to discuss some of my grievances when it comes to food and beverage. ML: What is the main disconnect that you experience between planners and venues when it comes to F+B? TA: It comes down to priorities and…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • Eight tips for sourcing a venue that’s as unique as your event

    By Sean Antonson We have all attended or hosted events in traditional venues throughout the years. These events tend to blur together over time as they may be held in similar meeting spaces. Rarely does a venue “wow” us anymore, touching our senses, inspiring us with their atmosphere and ambience and creating a memorable event. These kinds of venues are, however, out there and are simply waiting to be found. Many of these distinct venues may not be marketed in…

    Event Operations, Site Selection

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