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2016 RFPs: Keep Your Eye on Surcharges

Planners deep into hotel RFPs for 2016 are already dealing with the reality that both room rates and state and local so-called “bed taxes” are going
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Packing for a Pleasant Experience

What if I told you travel doesn’t have to seem so hectic? It doesn’t have to feel rushed, and it can be rather enjoyable. Like your
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RFPs in 2016: Consider Consolidating

Had meeting planners been on Marriott International’s earnings call for stock market analysts in late-July, they would have felt a chill when Marriott president & CEO
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Hold Onto Your Hat: What to Expect This RFP Season

With RFP season to determine group hotel rates for 2016 really getting underway in September, this is a good time to “test the waters” to see
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How to find top deals for your next event?

On the SpeedRFP Network, finding event deals is as easy as 1-2-3! If your next event has flexible dates and you are looking for a way
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8 Ways to Unleash Team Creativity at Meetings

  When organizations face challenges, it’s important to tap into the creativity of all team members to generate innovative solutions. When it’s time to stretch your
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Traveling Abroad? Try These 7 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar

One of the great things about a career in event planning is the opportunity to visit foreign countries. The personal growth and insights that come from
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A Q&A With Event Designer Extraordinaire Sasha Souza

Sasha Souza, of Sasha Souza Events, is one of the busiest and most influential event designers in the country. With offices in San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma,
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The Prebiotic-Probiotic Prescription for Healthy Travel

Most meeting planners at one time or another have been blindsided by the event peril that dare not speaketh its name: gastrointestinal party time! This shouldn’t
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You’re In the Army Now: 6 Rules for Event Intern Success

Can you feel it? It’s almost intern season! That wonderful time of the year when those adorable young college students appear on the doorstep, all wide-eyed
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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
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Get Your Attendees Outta the Box with Some Local Fun

  Too many planners lock their attendees away in convention centers and downtown hotels for the duration of their meetings, forfeiting a tremendous opportunity to give