Iowa Event + Party Planning Tips | Event Trends for 2018

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The Top 5 Things Organizers Get Wrong At Check-In

Tips and Trends | January 17, 2018

Attendees can’t read your mind, they’re not sure what line to get in - if there even is one! I have found that when events don’t tell attendees exactly where to go, they sometimes get their own ideas. Read more...

U.S. Hotel Occupancy Will Remain Strong Next Year, Says PwC

Tips and Trends | December 05, 2017

Despite the political uncertainty that marked the beginning of this year, and subsequent natural disasters that hammered the country in the third quarter, lodging-industry performance has remained strong, according to the latest edition of PwC's "Hospitality Directions U.S.," released today. Read more...

How to Use Twitter and Facebook for Emergency Travel Information

Tips and Trends | October 05, 2017

You don’t have to like Twitter or Facebook, or even post to them, but when an emergency strikes, the networking sites can be essential travel tools. Read more...

Airline workers share their 22 best tips for making travel less painful

Tips and Trends | August 24, 2017

Successfully and painlessly getting from one part of the world to another can be difficult. Read more...

Airports (Like Carriers) Use Twitter to Ease Travelers’ Concerns

Tips and Trends | August 24, 2017

Before arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Joe Carella, the assistant dean of executive education at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona’s Phoenix campus, checks the airport’s Facebook page. Read more...

Social Tables Launches Free Planning Tools

Tips and Trends | August 24, 2017

Social Tables, the collaborative online platform that features room diagramming, check-in and more, has introduced a set of free essential tools for planners. The package offers basic versions of three Social Tables tools: Diagram, which allows planners to create diagrams with real-time collaboration and more than 700 custom objects, including 3D details; Check-In, a mobile app for guests' arrival, with analytics to evaluate event attrition; and Destination, a new venue search engine featuring accurate floor plans for each entry. The suite of free tools is offered for one user, for up to five events with as many as 50 guests each. One floor plan is included per event. Read more...

2017 Green Venue Report Trends Positive

Tips and Trends | August 24, 2017

Greenview, a sustainability consulting and research firm, released its fourth annual Green Venue Report showcasing “The State of Convention and Exhibition Center Sustainability.” The 2017 report includes data for 66 venues from 14 countries, which it said is a 50% increase from last year (up from 44 venues in 2016). Read more...

Ask These 5 Questions Before Planning Your Next Meeting

Tips and Trends | August 24, 2017

How meeting planners can prioritize what matters most to their organization in planning their next event. Read more...

How to Leverage Mobile Technology at Events

Tips and Trends | August 24, 2017

Better engage attendees through video, SMS, and apps Read more...

Benchmark Shares Its 2017 Culinary Trends

Tips and Trends | August 11, 2017

Benchmark published its annual top 10 list of food and dining trends, eschewing some of the gimmicky (and expensive) F&B requests for more practical items that are also relatable to meetings and events. Read more...

Benchmark Hospitality Reveals Top 10 Food Trends of the Year

Tips and Trends | August 11, 2017

Benchmark Hospitality, based in the Woodlands, Texas, has compiled its annual list of food-and-beverage trends. Read more...

Why Tech Marks the Spot When it Comes to Meeting Planning

Tips and Trends | August 11, 2017

Meeting planners are turning to cities that are attracting new business sectors and investing in innovation. Read more...