As thousands of furry fans celebrated at last year’s Midwest FurFest convention in December 2014, they also experienced an emergency situation. Convention participants underwent an emergency evacuation from the hotel at 12:45 am on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
Long ago, the only option for communication with one another was a carefully crafted, handwritten letter. The invention of the telegraph and telephone brought about a new era of communication. Email, followed by social media and mobile phones, changed communication tremendously. We now live in a world where you can connect with someone immediately, regardless of where they might be. Email requests are fired off with quick responses and those responses are generally met with a hasty “thanks.”
by Elaine Macy, Senior Vice President of Group Sales, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
One of the main perks of being a meetings and events planner is the opportunity to travel and experience alluring destinations that you may not otherwise ever have had the chance to visit. As tempting as it can be to respond with an enthusiastic “YES!” to every invitation to join a site tour, grand opening, and beloved FAM trip, it is important to always keep in mind the end goal for those get-togethers: Will my clients want to do business here? Unfortunately, the all-too-common reality is that the business objective of a FAM trip gets lost somewhere between the free meals, activities, and mingling, leaving the host disappointed in their return on investment.
Here are some tips to help you navigate the FAM trip process – from receiving the initial invite to securing the first business lead for the property:
Take proper precautions when traveling to keep your information safe
by Shaun Murphy, PrivateGiant CEO
When guests check into a hotel, the first thing the front desk requests is a credit card for the room for any incidentals. Guests hand over their precious plastic without thinking twice. After all, they need to check in and a card is required to do so. But before just grabbing any card out of their wallets, hotel guests might want to think twice. Hotel chains like Trump, Mandarin Oriental and White Lodging have all recently been hacked and lost massive amounts of financial and personal data on guests. Credit card numbers are not the only valuable data that was stolen.
By Tim Smith, General Manager, The Pfister Hotel
Now more than ever, hotel guests are looking for truly unique experiences to enhance their stay—an added value that cannot be rivaled by competitors. The most natural way to identify and offer these interactive experiences is by accentuating your existing brand and highlighting what you do best.
Midwest Meetings spoke with Seann DeMaris, CSEE, Sports and Leisure Sales Manager with the Ames CVB about their experience hosting the Beep Baseball World Series in 2012 and their plans for hosting again in 2016.
You've planned for a fun social/networking hour at your next event and now it's time to decide what you'll do for food and drinks. Take a cue from respondents to the Midwest Meetings Wisconsin Planner Survey and entertain your guests with a cheese pairing!
The possibilities are limitless, as there's no one cheese that pairs with just one wine, beer, or food item. Let's take a look at four types of cheese and the possible food and beverage pairings they offer.
By Brian Frakes, Executive Chef, The Pfister Hotel
For good or for bad, the days of us (chefs) being the yelling, cursing guy behind the curtain are behind us. Guests want to know us, have our email address, be able to call us with questions, and tell their friends they know us. I frankly enjoy this. It feeds the part of me that never was able to be a front-of-house person.
Mother’s Day was this past Sunday, May 10th, so we thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to the ultimate event planner - Mom.
There is no greater venue than the great outdoors. As we approach summer and regular forecasts of sunshine and blue skies, event planners can look forward to working outside of the box – literally – to design an unforgettable event for their clients and guests. Regardless of how ideal the setting is in theory, outdoor events can be challenging for even veteran planners due to the number of unpredictable factors involved. Elaine Macy, Senior Vice President of Group Sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, shares her top eight tips to help planners better navigate the obstacles and opportunities that come when planning outdoor events any time of year: