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Event Security: The Planner’s Guide

Security and safety considerations are becoming increasingly important for professional conference and event organisers to address in their meetings. But best practice and typical execution are rarely one and the same thing. This planner’s guide is a checklist of proactive thinking across a meeting’s entire timeline: before the event, during and after. From tmf dialogue marketing…

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Don’t Ignore the World Outside the Meeting

Too often business travel to events and meetings pays no heed to the wider attractions a destination has to offer. Too often organisers don’t either. From the recent 2017 PCMA Global Professionals Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, here are some thoughts about creating experiences that are engaging, fulfilling and memorable for those attending them. From PCMA…

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Fam Trip: Forbidden Words

After the contentious issue of blacklisting freeloaders – and the idea of requiring a charitable donation to attend – it seems there’s a re-evaluation underway of what the familiarisation trip should be. According to a comment from the Site GB Incentives Summit, perhaps it’s time to ban the phrase and coin a new name. From…

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Event Insurance: The Hurricane Question

In the wake of the devastation left across the Caribbean and Florida by Hurricane Irma – just after Hurricane Harvey’s in Texas – the industry has been discussing the delicate subject of meetings insurance. Hiscox, which has been insuring against such risks for 30 years, says three quarters of organisers fail to purchase adequate cancellation cover. From…

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Getting Exercised About Engaging Attention

It’s a familiar problem. After a great start to the opening session, the room’s energy dips over a couple of hours. The morning break is supposed to revive and refresh, but somehow that initial dynamism never quite seems to return. Perhaps instead of tea or coffee, the secret sauce is an exercise break. From the Event…

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“Exciting” ESC Congress Defies Terror

Following the terror attack in Barcelona, the European Society of Cardiology Congress has been held in the city. Over 31,700 delegates attended from 153 countries. 4,515 abstracts were submitted. A three-day public health event was also staged. ESC President Prof. Jeroen Bax said attacks “only succeed if we allow them to succeed.”. From Association Meetings International…

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Events Postponed as Hurricane Irma Nears

With cities across the path of Hurricane Irma braced for impact, major events were postponed as the storm neared. With a state of emergency declared in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Iceberg partner Northstar put back Destination Southeast in Miami Beach to December. Meanwhile, the Caribbean is reeling from Irma’s pass. From…

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One Third of MI Professionals Experience Mental Health Issues

One in three UK event industry workers experience a mental health problem. The national average is one in four. The findings are from a survey for the industry campaign EventWell, which starts on September 18. Three quarters of respondents suffered stress due to their workloads, and 13 percent were currently experiencing a problem. From…

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Rather than controversial name and shame blacklists, here’s a rather more creative solution to the problem of discouraging the attendance of FAM trip freeloaders. Charge an appropriate token entry fee… and then donate the proceeds to industry charity Meeting Needs. Some clever thinking at Cliveden House in Berkshire, United Kingdom, from the editor’s blog at…

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On the Horizon – Healthcare Congress Trends to Watch

For the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, compliance and regulation are a way of life. In this already complex environment, the ever-changing regulatory landscape has increased the pressure over recent years. These dynamics are having a profound effect on healthcare congresses, which represent the largest segment of educational meetings. The future of these events depends on…

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Three Quarters of Planners will Drop Venues over Service

Three quarters of event planners will not return to a venue if they receive bad service, according to a survey by the Victory Services Club. 84 percent think quality of service is one of the most important aspects of the overall experience. 61 percent base their booking decision on first contact and staff attitude. From…

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#EventPlannersTalk to Debate Attendee List Vetting

Following the anonymous email blacklist of 31 people alleged to be serially freeloading at business events – one of those named has now said he will no longer be doing so – familiarisation trips and the vetting of attendee lists will be debated at the next #EventPlannersTalk breakfast on 26 September in London. From…

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