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You Really Like Us: 56.4 Million Visitors Make NYC a Top Destination

Every year, during the dark, short and cold days of late February, the Mayor's Office releases its annual tourism report for New York City – and for several years, the picture has been a pretty sunny one. Throughout Mayor Mike’s reign, the numbers grew ever upward and that impressive annual… Read more
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Trouble with (And Potential Solution To) Hiring and Promoting

The internet, digital media, and technology advancements have changed the way we live and work so dramatically that life without these tools is often hard to imagine. However, when it comes to hiring and promoting employees, even major companies have trouble fully utilizing the tools and information available to them. Read more

Multiple Streams of Revenue for Event Planners

I remember attending a workshop a few years ago for entrepreneurs. The speaker was talking to a group of (mostly) software engineers and app developers and was encouraging them to think about how they could develop multiple streams of income for their companies. Monthly subscriptions, packaged products, individualized coaching.I looked… Read more
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Does social media have a place in your professional development initiatives?

"Sharing knowledge for more effective meetings and more productive individuals;" it's right there at the top of our website. Social media sounds tailor-made for sharing knowledge, doesn't it? But does it work in our world of meetings and professional development? We surveyed CMPD members about their current usage of social… Read more

Incentive Destinations: U.S. Virgin Islands

For corporate groups seeking a sun destination where Americans can travel without a passport, U.S. Virgin Islands, one of 6 inhabited U.S. unincorporated territories, is definitely a destination worth considering. With many direct flights from continental U.S., these tropical Caribbean islands are accessible. Travel time is 5 hours from New… Read more

Atlantic City: Meet Space, Meet Style, Meet AC

Atlantic City has everything in a destination you need for the perfect East Coast convention, trade show, or meeting.  You’ll find first-class meeting facilities at the Atlantic City Convention Center and at the casino hotels throughout the area. Located in the heart of the country’s most populous area, Atlantic City… Read more

New Social Network Is All College, All the Time

Once upon a time, Facebook was reserved for college students only. A new social network is trying to reboot that idea, with a college-only service called Friendsy.The service is the creation of two Princeton University undergraduates, Michael Pinsky and Vaidhy Murti, who hope to help facilitate connections among college students… Read more

3 Stand-Up Desks to Boost Productivity and Health

When the doors close, guests are seated and the conference is in full swing, usually the only person still circulating is the planner. There’s always something to do and keep us in motion throughout those on-site days. Between events though, the actual planning portion of the job is a sedentary… Read more

Meetings 411: 6 Tips for Quick Set-up

If it seems that set-up time is shrinking, you're not imagining it. Whether you're planning off-site or onsite meetings, space is often at a premium. With back-to-back meetings booked at popular venues, unless a client is willing to pay to to ensure early access to meeting rooms, set-up is sometimes done… Read more

Optimizing Your Event Schedule for Larks, Owls & Hummingbirds

According to Michael Smolensky and Lynne Lamberg,  authors of the book, The Body Clock to Better Health... Approximately 10% of us are larks, those "up at the crack of dawn" folks who enjoy their best moments (and best thinking) in the morning. Another 20% are owls, preferring to start their… Read more

Grand Junction Offers Seven Ways to Make a Business Trip a Pleasure

Grand Junction stocks plenty of white-out... Visitors can erase their office blues while conquering the rapids on the Colorado River. A premier whitewater rafting destination, Grand Junction offers mild to wild water adventures – guided or do-it-yourself – that beat a “rolly” chair any day of the week.Grand Junction does board… Read more

5 Ways to Keep Venues Warm During Winter Events

Clearly the winter chill isn't going to let up any time soon. Even areas that don't normally get winter are experiencing colder-than-normal temperatures. So, for event planners, it's important to develop creative ways of staying warm.Whether you are heating a lounge, patio, tent, or outdoor waiting area, there are high… Read more