News & Articles - venue

  • 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

  • Unexpected added costs when planning an event

    At one point in every event planner’s career, there has been the situation of receiving a final invoice from a venue with added costs that were never included in the budget. This refers to power costs, internet costs, extra catering labour costs, and so on. This is especially problematic when a third party such as a DMC has given an inclusive price to the client and must absorb the extra costs or an in-house planner must go back to their…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations

  • The insider’s guide to internal meeting spaces

    There are times when corporate planners are tasked with planning events in an internal meeting space. Usually, this means planning meetings in office buildings while managing client expectations – and what they expect is the same standard as if the meeting was held in a purpose-built venue. Perceived convenience and cost savings become the deciding factors for internal meetings, however there can be hidden costs and inconveniences that should be considered. Moving meetings into the office are rarely as simple…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Meeting Checklists, Site Selection

  • The challenges faced by event food and beverage teams

    From addressing food allergies to dealing with shrinking budgets and tighter-than-ever timelines, venue food and beverage teams face a host of challenges with every event they help organize. Corporate Meetings and Events magazine recently spoke with senior leaders at several successful event venues to learn about how these hard-working teams address such challenges to create exceptional experiences for planners and guest alike. Participants: Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef; Virgilio Vea, Director of Food and Beverage; and Kate Mackay, Director of Sales…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • Striving for sustainability in events

    By Daniella Bustamante The concept of “sustainable” and “green” events is not new. Over the years, we have seen a shift towards making events more eco-friendly. This has been most noticeable with more hotels and convention centers coming up with detailed eco-friendly initiatives. With venues stepping up to the plate, planners and producers (myself included) need to do our part to prioritize sustainability. Overhauling an event to make it “green” is not an easy nor appealing feat, but even through…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Meeting Checklists

  • Safety and security education for planners

    By Maria da Cunha, CTC, CMP Planning an event consists of various planning aspects throughout the life of the event. In today’s environment, one of the most important stages is security for the event and how the planner ensures that everyone and everything is protected leading up to and during the event. Security has always been part of event planning, but it’s not always top of mind in the initial planning stages of the event. Instead, it is often considered…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

  • A new revolutionary 17-acre events space, Lot42 Global Flex Campus, to open in Kitchener

    Lot42 Global Flex Campus, a new revolutionary events space, has announced a fall grand opening for the highly anticipated venue. The 17-acre Global Flex Campus is located at 41 Ardelt Place in Kitchener and is the first of its kind; dedicated for use in the arts, technology, manufacturing, music, festivals, athletics and community events. With more than 150,000 square feet of event space, LOT42 is creating new types of meeting spaces and expanding what is possible regionally and globally, from…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Group bookings: Getting the total package

    It used to be that planning an event meant finding a room and setting up tables and chairs. Today, however, expectations are higher. “Whether it’s an industry conference or group occasion, attendees are often taking time away from their home life and work, so they want that experience to be worth it,” says Scott Fischburg, Director of Resort and Hotel Sales with Caesars Windsor. “That means not only providing a comfortable and modern venue, but great entertainment, top notch food,…

    Industry Insights

  • IACC Meeting Room of The Future publishes second set of research

    Visionary global initiative will transform meetings As part of an ongoing dynamic initiative from IACC, a second set of research has been conducted and reported following the survey of global venue operators, suppliers and industry experts. IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference space design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management.  The first research, which surveyed meeting planners, was published in April 2016, with this next…

    Breaking News, Industry Research, Meeting Community

  • Trends in the conference venue industry

    The news is positive The IACC has released the 2016 edition of “Trends in the Conference Venue Industry.” According to IACC CEO Mark Cooper, “The industry growth theme of the last four years continues.  This comprehensive trends report, the only one which focuses on small meetings-focused venues industry-wide, indicates that IACC members have improved revenue, occupancy, rate and profit over the previous year. For the second year running, significant strong performance was seen from IACC’s corporate meeting venue operators.” Cooper continued, “Corporate conference venues…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

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