Meetings Outlook presents future industry trends and predictions from MPI members, including meeting professionals on MPI’s Business Research Panel. Every quarter, research firm Association Insights surveys the panel, asking a short series of quantitative questions related to the economy and a qualitative question regarding the individual’s professional outlook. Phone interviews are also conducted with randomly selected MPI members. The report provides a quarterly tracking of current business conditions and future outlooks.
As a planner, there are probably times when it seems everyone in the world wants something from you. “Keeping people happy” might as well have its own line in your job description. When it comes to special diet needs of attendees, some might be tempted to dismiss such requests as mere pickiness.
In reality, they could be matters of life or death. People regulate their diets based on a variety of factors including personal preference, religion or health. An individual might pass on red meats, for instance, because he or she has chosen a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle - or because he or she has a serious, life-threatening cholesterol problem.
Disasters can strike in any form and at any time. As a planner, the need exists for a disaster preparedness plan in every location and situation. While not every scenario can be anticipated, a good plan will dictate the steps to evaluating and coping in an emergency.
When preparing emergency procedures, try to think of as many things that could go wrong as possible, and outline how to proceed in the event of each one. Then make sure everyone knows what is to happen.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), lodging and dining facilities are required to allow service animals to accompany their owners into any and all areas that are accessible to other guests. This law supersedes any “no pets” restrictions in place at any property, including health codes in restaurants.
The “We Welcome Service Animals” campaign is a national effort to improve the level of service received by individuals with disabilities from those in the hospitality industry. Recognizing the life-enriching and vital assistance of service animals, the campaign strives to build awareness of the ADA’s stipulations for compliance. As a meeting planner, you should be aware of the guidelines for appropriate behavior in relation to service animals. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.