Eventinterface<title> <link>https://eventinterface.com/blog<link> <description><![CDATA[Resource Blog & News]]><description> <language>en-US<language> <lastBuildDate>Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:13:57 +0000<lastBuildDate> <pubDate>Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <atom:link href="http://eventinterface.com/rss" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"><atom:link> <creativeCommons:license>http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/1.0<creativeCommons:license> <generator>FeedWriter<generator> <item> <title>100+ Top Terms Every Meeting Planner Needs To Know<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/100-Top-Terms-Every-Meeting-Planner-Needs-To-Know<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141213010133_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>Our industry has its own terminologies for much of the things we buy, do and arrange. Some are straightforward, others perhaps a bit more vague in their meaning. It is imperative for anyone planning meetings or events to understand these terms and their implications. Today we are sharing the top terms every planner needs to know. The list is far from complete and we invite you to add your own top terms in the comment section below.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>AUDIOVISUAL</strong></span></p> <p><strong>1. A/V or Audiovisual</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Sound, lighting and projection equipment used at event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">2. Front Screen Projection</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The image is projected to the front of the screen by a projector suspended or stationed in front of a screen.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">3. House Lights</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Existing lights at a venue usually dimmed when stage lights are in use.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">4. Lapel, Lavalier or Pendant Microphone</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A wireless microphone that can be affixed to a lapel of a speaker.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">5. LED or Light Emitting Diode</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A relatively new lighting technology used to create lighting.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">6. Load In</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Specified period of time for loading in equipment at the venue.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">7. Load Out</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Specified period of time for loading out equipment

at the venue.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">8. P.A. System (Public Address System)</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A sound system that amplifies sound in one area or throughout several rooms at the venue simultaneously.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">9. Projection Screen</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Surfaces upon which images can be projected.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">10. Quad Box</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Four electrical outlets in one box.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">11. Rear Screen Projection</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A video technique in which images are projected on the back surface of a screen positioned between the projector and the audience.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">12. Roving Microphone</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A microphone brought to audience members by an event staffer or volunteer, to pose comments or questions.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">13. Standing Microphone</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A microphone on an adjustable floor stand intended to remain in the same location.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">14. Table Microphone</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A microphone set up at a table.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">15. Technical Rehearsal</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A technical run through of an event to check light, sound and projection.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">16. Throw Distance</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The projection distance between the source of light or projection and the stage.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>CONTRACTS</strong></span></p> <p><strong>17. Deposit</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A partial payment to secure a venue or service.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">18. Force Majeure Clause</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A clause in a venue or vendor contract that limits the liability of the venue or vendor should an unexpected or uncontrollable event occur.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">19. Guarantee</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A confirmed number of meals or servings you will be paying for whether or not those will be consumed by the attendees at your event.  Venues typically require a 72-hour guarantee prior to the event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">20. Master account</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An account set up with the venue to which authorized charges incurred by a group or planner can be charged.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">21. Plus Plus (++)</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Reflect the level of tax and gratuities charged by a venue if not included in the price, always identified as a “++” on your orders.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">22. Rider</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An amendment to a contract.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">EXHIBITS</strong></span></p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">23. Exhibit Booth</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">One display at an exposition.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">24. Exhibit Hall
</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The area(s) in an exposition where exhibits are displayed.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">25. Inline or Linear Display</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An exhibit that is set up along an aisle.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">26. Island Display</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An exhibit surrounded by four aisles.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">27. Masking Drape</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Fabric used to cover areas that should not be seen by an audience.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">28. Peninsula Display</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An exhibit bordered by three aisles.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">29. Pipe and Drape</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Draped fabric suspended from a tubular pipe that makes up the back and sidewalls of an exhibit booth.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">30. Strike</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The taking down of exhibits and staging.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">31. Table Top Display</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An exhibit designed for use on the top of a table.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">32. Traffic Flow</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The movement or flow of attendees through an exhibit, or how attendees travel from room to room at you meeting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>FOOD & BEVERAGE or F&B</strong></span></p> <p><strong>33. Banquet Captain</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The lead person or persons, appointed by the venue, charged with overseeing food service at an event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">34. Banquet Event Order (BEO)</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Also called a Function Sheet or Event Order, a detailed document that provides to a venue instructions and a timeline for how the banquet, meeting, or event will be run.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">35. Continental Breakfast</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Light morning meal that usually includes coffee, tea, juice and rolls.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">36. Corkage Charge</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The cost of bringing into a facility alcoholic beverages purchased elsewhere.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">37. Covers</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Actual number of meals served.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">38. Host Bar or Open Bar</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The host or sponsor of an event pays for the drinks. Guests do not pay for drinks.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">39. Minimum</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The minimum catering revenue required for an event set by the venue. If the minimum revenue is not met, additional charges will apply
such as waived complimentary meeting rooms.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">40. Off-Site Caterer</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Person or company who prepares and delivers food.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">41. On-Site Caterer or On-Site Catering</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Person or company who prepares food at the venue kitchen facilities.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">42. Overset</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The number of meals or settings the venue will prepare over what you have guaranteed. Usually 2% to 5%.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">43. Plus Plus (++)</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Reflect the level of tax and gratuities charged by a venue if not included in the price, always identified as a “++” on your orders.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">44. Water Stations</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Tables set up with self-service water bottles or pitchers of water for guests.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">GENERAL TERMS</strong></span></p> <p><strong>45. CMP - Certified Meeting Professional</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The Convention Industry Council certification program for professionals in the meeting, convention and exhibition industries.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">46. CVB or Convention and Visitors Bureau</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A local organization that can help meeting planners conduct venue and vendor selection at no cost. A CVB publishes events calendars, news, and a directory of accommodations, for visitors, meeting planners and travel agents.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">47. DMC or Destination Management Company</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A company that specializes in organizing the logistics of meetings and events in a specific location or destination.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">48. Director or Sales or DOS</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Director of Sales at a venue.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">49. D.T. Labor or Double Time Labor</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Overtime work at a rate twice the normal rate.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">50. EDT</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Estimated Departure Time.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">51. ETA
</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Estimated Time of Arrival</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">52. Fam. or Familiarization Trip</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Free or reduced-rate travel offered to meeting industry professionals to introduce them to an area, venues, attractions, vendors and suppliers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>PROGRAM</strong></span></p> <p><strong>53. Concurrent Sessions</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Sessions that occur at the same time.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">54. Gala Dinner</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Usually an evening event, with lavish décor, food and entertainment.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">55. General Session</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A session to which all conference attendees are invited, usually hosted at the beginning or end of the day.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">56. Moderator</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A person who presides over a panel discussion.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">57. Poster Session</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The presentation of research information on posters displayed on poster boards by representatives of research teams.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">58. Session</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A workshop or meeting that is part of a series of meetings.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">59. Spouse Programs or Partner Program</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Activities planned for guests of people attending a conference.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">60. Welcome Reception</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A casual opening event to welcome guests at a conference. Food and drinks are usually served.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">61. Working Lunch</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An active meeting around lunchtime during which a meal is served.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>REGISTRATION AND SIGN-UP</strong></span></p> <p><strong>62. Advance or pre-registration</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Sign up or registration for a meeting or event prior to the day of the event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">63. Online Registration</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Event sign up or registration via a dedicated website allowing for collection of attendee information and payment processing.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">64. On-site registration</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Attendees can register upon arrival at the venue.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">65. Registration Desk</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A table where guests check-in prior to attending a meeting or event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">66. Registration Kit or Welcome Kit</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A packet of meeting materials, including venue maps, agendas and additional information important to event attendees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>SET-UP and SEATING</strong></span></p> <p><strong>67. Auditorium Seating or Theatre Style Seating.</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Chairs set up in rows facing the stage.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">68. Banquet Rounds</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A round table used seating between 8-12 guests depending on its size.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">69. Chevron Seating, </strong><strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">Herringbone or V-Shape</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A room setup where chairs are placed in rows forming a V-formation facing the stage.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">70. Classroom Seating or </strong><strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">Schoolroom Seating</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Room set up where tables are set in rows with chairs facing the stage.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">71. Hollow Square Seating</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Tables are arranged in a square shape with chairs set up only on the outside.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">72. Horseshoe Seating</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Tables are arranged in a u-shape with rounded corners. Chairs are placed on the outside but can be added on the inside also.  </span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">73. Serpentine Setup</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A series of tables set together making a curvy line, mostly used for buffet or display set-up.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">74. U-Shape Seating</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Tables are arranged in a u-shape. Chairs are placed on the outside but can be added on the inside also. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>VENUE</strong></span></p> <p><strong>75. Air Walls</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Moveable wall panels used to partition a larger area into smaller rooms. Frequently used to make divide larger ballrooms into smaller spaces.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">76. Back of the House</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Service areas of the venue usually not seen by attendees.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">77. Banquet Captain</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The lead team member(s) at the venue overseeing food service at an event</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">78. BEO or Banquet Event Order</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Can be called an Event Order or Function Sheet. This is an extremely detailed document designed by the venue outlining all of the details of your event and how it will be run. It showcases set-up, meals, times, audiovisual needs and special instructions. It is the venue’s script of your function.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">79. Block or Room Block</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Group of rooms or seats set aside for a specific event or group at a group price.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">80. Breakout room</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Smaller rooms at the venue made available for breakout sessions.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">81. Cancellation Clause</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Detailed explanation in the contract of the penalties should a cancellation occur.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">82. Change Order</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Document provided to a venue or vendor that outlines changes to an existing order or agreement.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">83. Comp Rooms</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A number of free or comp rooms provided by a venue based upon a number of rooms or room nights purchased by a group.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">84. Cut-Off Date</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The day when a facility releases the block of rooms or space held for your event if not booked.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">85. Function Space</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The locations or spaces at a venue where functions can be hosted.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">86. Green Room</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A private room for speakers, VIPs, performers to relax, away from the crowd, mostly used to meet with invited guests or media.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">87. Hall</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The facility where exhibits are held, or the area within a venue where exhibits are placed.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">88. Head Count</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The real number of guests attending an event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">89. Hospitality Suite</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A hotel room or suite reserved by a group to entertain customers and invited guests. Hospitality suites often feature refreshments and food.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">90. House Count</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The number of occupied guest rooms in a hotel on any given night</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">91. Housekeeping
</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The department of a hotel charged with cleaning and maintaining guest rooms and all public spaces in the venue.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">92. Incidentals</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Miscellaneous expenditures at a hotel such as mini-bar, phone calls, in-room movies and room service.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">93. Inclusive Rates</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Rates that include all service fees, tips and taxes.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">94. M.O.D.</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Manager on Duty

</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">95. No-Show</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">
</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">An expected attendee or guest who does not show up, and the hotel reservation is not used and not cancelled. No-shows are usually billed for one night.

</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">96.Overbooked</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Confirmed reservations at the hotel exceed the number of available guest rooms at the hotel.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">97. Per Diem</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">By the day expenditure allowance commonly, but not exclusively, used by government employees.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">98. Pick-Up</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The number of guest rooms used compared to the number of guest rooms blocked for an event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">99. Pre-Con or Pre-Convention Meeting</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A meeting for the event or meeting planner to review in detail the Banquet Event Orders and other details of the event with the staff of the venue.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">100. RFP or Request for Proposal</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A formal request by a company, containing detailed specs, to a prospect vendor asking for a bid based on the provides specs.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">101. Rooming List</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A list of guest names and their lodging needs given to a hotel by a meeting planner prior to the event.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">102. Service Charge</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">A fee for services provided by facility, including food staff.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">103. Set-Up Time</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The time to set-up an exhibit or prepare for the event prior to guest arrival.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">104. Skirting</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Fabric attached to the side of tables, stages and risers, hiding cords and storage.</span><br /> <strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">105. Walk or Being Walked</strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Guest with confirmed reservation are sent to another hotel due to overbooking at the hotel for which they hold a confirmed reservation.</span></p> <p> </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/100-Top-Terms-Every-Meeting-Planner-Needs-To-Know<guid> </item> <item> <title>Rebirth Of A Miami Icon<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Rebirth-Of-A-Miami-Icon<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141213120221_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>After a two–year $250 million renovation, Trump National Doral Miami joins the Trump Hotel Collection. 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Trump Grand Ballroom to 75,000 square feet of flexible outdoor venue locations in various spots around the resort’s 800 tropical acres. </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">More intimate rooms are perfect for board meetings and small conferences.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Trump National Doral Miami Crystal Ballroom - Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1418454881_TrumpCrystalBallroom.jpg" style="width: 848px; height: 292px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Crystal Ballroom</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Trump National Doral Miami Boardroom - Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1418455041_Trumpboardroom.jpg" style="width: 848px; height: 557px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Boardroom</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>GUESTROOMS</strong></span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The resort's 643 deluxe guestrooms offer a sophisticated atmosphere featuring plantation shutters, private balconies or terraces, deluxe baths, and high-speed Internet access in every room.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="Trump National Doral Miami guest room - Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1418455544_trump007.jpg" style="width: 848px; height: 557px;" /></span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="Trump National Doral Miami guest bath - Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1418455601_trump009.jpg" style="width: 848px; height: 594px;" /></span></p> <p>Eight villas boast luxury accommodations all punctuated with classic gold leaf Spanish revival details, custom fit with rich furnishings, expansive marble bathrooms, paired with luxurious Trump Hotel Collection bedding and bath amenities. Private balconies and lanais afford panoramic outdoor vistas.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>AMENITIES</strong></span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">The resort offers fine dining restaurants BLT Prime - a modern American steakhouse and bar, Champions Bar & Grill - an upscale American grill offering indoor and outdoor patio seating, and Palm Grill offering alfresco dining poolside at the Royal Palm Pool. Trump Kids Camp offers a full service program for ages 4-12. The Fitness Center and weight room features Technogym Equipment. The 48,000 square-feet spa has 33 treatment rooms, a full-service Salon, an indoor saltwater pool, outdoor lap pool and more than 100 services and treatments.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Trump National Doral Miami Royal Palm Pool - Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1418455149_Trump001.jpg" style="width: 848px; height: 365px;" /><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;">Royal Palm Pool</span></p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/miami/" target="_blank">Trump National Doral Miami</a>.<br /> <em style="line-height: 1.6em;">Photographs courtesy of Trump National Doral Miami.</em></p>]]><description> <pubDate>Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Rebirth-Of-A-Miami-Icon<guid> </item> <item> <title>How To Hire A Video Production Company For Your Events<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-To-Hire-A-Video-Production-Company-For-Your-Events<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141206042431_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>We are joined on Event TALK by Joel Cunningham, Co-Owner & Head of Video Production for Parametric Studios, a Phoenix, Arizona-based video production company. Joel studied at SCC and ASU, and began acting at the age of 5, which would go on to ignite his passion for video production. Joel has worked in video and film production for the last fifteen years with roles as cinematographer, writer, director, and producer for corporate events & videos to feature film shoots.</p> <p>Joel joins us to talk about the different aspects you need to be aware of when bringing on a video production company for your events and meetings.</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Listen to host Eric Dye & Joel Cunningham discuss the following:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>As planners consider bringing on a video production company for an event, what do they need to think about before reaching out to you?<br />  </li> <li>What specific information do companies like yours typically need from planners to develop an as accurate as possible proposal for service?<br />  </li> <li>As planners receive and review a proposal for video production, what do they need to look for, what do they need to understand in order to avoid frustration during the project?<br />  </li> <li>Going on site, how can planners best support the video production process?<br />  </li> <li>What are your top 3 tips for planners to insure that a video project turns out exactly as they wanted?</li> </ol> <p align="center"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>LISTEN TO THE SHOW</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <audio controls=""><source src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/eieventtalk/EventTalk_22.mp3" type="audio/mpeg" /> Your browser does not support this audio element.</audio> </p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>About our guest:</strong></span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Born on the East Coast but raised Arizona, Joel is the co-owner & co-founder of Parametric Studios. Having studied at SCC and ASU, Joel began acting at the age of 5, which would go on to ignite his passion for video production. Joel has worked in video and film production for the last fifteen years with roles such as cinematographer, writer, director, and producer for anything from corporate events & videos to feature film shoots. In addition to his production experience and work at Parametric Studios, he has had experience with film distribution and marketing, and is currently serving on the board as Treasurer for the children’s organization Young Ones United.</span></p> <p>Reach Joel at<span style="line-height: 1.6em;"> 480.220.8444 or visit </span><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><a href="http://www.parametricstudios.com" target="_blank">www.parametricstudios.com</a>.</span></p> <p>On the next episode, we are speaking with Al Wynant, CEO of Eventinterface about 2015 trends in meeting planning and technology. </p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>About Event TALK</strong></span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Event TALK is a podcast show by Eventinterface for event and meeting planners. We bring you interviews with experienced professionals who share top tips and advice. </span></p>]]><description> <pubDate>Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/How-To-Hire-A-Video-Production-Company-For-Your-Events<guid> </item> <item> <title>TSA Names Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Of The Year<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/TSA-Names-Phoenix-Sky-Harbor-Airport-Of-The-Year<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141208082249_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>Transportation Security Administration recently recognized Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport of the Year. The TSA awarded Sky Harbor with the honor for providing "exceptional courtesy and attentiveness" to more than 42 million annual passengers while maintaining high levels of security.</p> <p>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the ten busiest in the nation for passenger traffic. On a typical day more than 1,200 aircraft arrive and depart carrying more than 100,000 passengers.</p> <p>The honor likely highlights improvements made at the airport, which had been criticized for a number of complaints against TSA last year, as reported by the Phoenix Business Journal.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://skyharbor.com/index.html" target="_blank">Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport</a>. </p> <p><em>Photograph courtesey of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.</em></p>]]><description> <pubDate>Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/TSA-Names-Phoenix-Sky-Harbor-Airport-Of-The-Year<guid> </item> <item> <title>Event And Meeting Planning Workshop<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Event-And-Meeting-Planning-Workshop<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141207032502_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>Have you been asked to plan an event or meeting for your company, organization or school? Don’t know where to start? Are you responsible to develop a sponsorship program for your event or meeting and need help? Do you need to market your event, draw an audience and don’t know exactly how? Then this one-day workshop is for you! <strong>Early registration ends on Friday, December 19</strong>. More information and <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration/h0txni4" target="_blank">sign up here</a>.</p> <p>Many people are asked to plan events or meetings without having the full knowledge or toolset to do it correctly. There is a huge risk associated by having a person plan an event without the right tools or knowledge. There is risk related to budget, brand, program, product, safety and so much more. Many of these risks can be prevented by having the basic knowledge, and access to the tools and processes to plan it right from the beginning.</p> <p>Eventinterface is hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday, January 15<sup>th</sup>, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona that will address all of these event and meeting planning aspects. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge to successfully produce, market and manage an event or meeting for your company, organization or school. You will know how to develop sponsorships and attract attendees to your events.</p> <p>The workshop is presented by planners with more than 30 years of international meeting and event planning experience, and you are encouraged to bring the projects you are working on to discuss during the workshop.</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><strong>MORNING SESSION:</strong></span></span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Goal setting;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Budget Development;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Sponsorship how to, trends, development and agreements;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Negotiation techniques;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Site visits and negotiations with vendors;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Understanding venue and vendor contracts;</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">AFTERNOON SESSION:</span></strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Planning and logistics timeline development;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Risk prevention;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Event marketing and public relations, integrating social media;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Onsite management, the attendee experience;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- No cost tools and resources available to planners;</span><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">- Event evaluation;</span></p> <p>The workshop runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. Early Registration (before December 19, 2014) is $75 per attendee. <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Late Registration: $105 per attendee. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong style="line-height: 1.6em;">Early registration ends on Friday, December 19</strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">.<br /> <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration/h0txni4" target="_blank">SIGN UP TODAY</a></span></span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Registration fee includes light breakfast, snacks, lunch and workshop working materials.</span></p> <p>More information and <a href="https://www.eventinterface.com/registration/h0txni4" target="_blank">sign up here</a>.</p>]]><description> <pubDate>Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Event-And-Meeting-Planning-Workshop<guid> </item> <item> <title>The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Becomes Founding Partner of IMPACT 2030.<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-RitzCarlton-Hotel-Becomes-Founding-Partner-of-IMPACT-2030<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141206030801_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has become the first Founding Partner of IMPACT 2030: The Global Initiative for the Advancement of Corporate Volunteering. IMPACT 2030 introduced at the United Nations on Friday, December 5, 2014 on “International Volunteer Day” where The Ritz-Carlton and the fellow Founding Partner companies will showcase the meaningful difference their employees are making locally, nationally and internationally through corporate volunteering.</p> <p>IMPACT 2030 is a global private sector led collaboration created to mobilize corporate volunteers to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Initiative’s partner companies recognize that a commitment to corporate volunteering — when used in concert with the United Nations, peer companies, and philanthropic and nonprofit organizations — is a powerful tool to address critical social and environmental issues and inspire the private sector to positive action. The focus areas for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, are hunger and poverty relief; child well-being; and environmental responsibility, and are key components of the company’s culture of corporate social responsibility. </p> <p>“Through IMPACT 2030, the power of many will be the force that will allow us to make a significant impact,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “In communities where we do business, we will be collaborating with corporate partners and other stakeholders to help address critical issues”. He is joined at the United Nations on International Volunteer Day by Sue Stephenson, the company’s vice president of community footprints and Vice Chairperson of the Executive Committee for IMPACT 2030, to recognize and celebrate the dedication and impact being made by Ritz-Carlton employee volunteers.</p> <p>On the day, the Community Footprints teams at The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the globe will participate in volunteer activities in their communities. Through the combined efforts of all of the Ladies and Gentlemen, the Community Footprints teams will reach out to 100 communities in 28 countries and territories throughout the world on this day.</p> <p>A sample of the Community Footprints projects that The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen are participating in with their local partner community organizations on International Volunteer Day include:</p> <p>- At The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Center, planting and helping conserve the Ghaf tree, a rare desert plant species of culture and ecological significance.</p> <p>- At The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, volunteering to renovate FamilyHouse, a center supporting children and families in a low-income community in the cancer treatment and recovery process.</p> <p>- At The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, preparing and distributing over 1,200 lunch boxes in support of Hong Chi Association, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong that helps people of all ages with intellectual disabilities and their families.</p> <p>- At The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, the hotel’s Ladies and Gentlemen will host interview skills classes for young students at Bildungswerk-Kreuzberg, helping them improve their social skills and guide them through mock interviews.</p> <p>- At The Ritz-Carlton Corporate Office in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the team will participate in a Succeed Through Service literacy coach program to help the young students at Cardozo Education Campus improve their reading skills.</p> <p>More about <a href="http://www.impact2030.com" target="_blank">IMPACT2030</a>.<br /> More about <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Default.htm" target="_blank">Ritz-Carlton</a>.</p>]]><description> <pubDate>Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-RitzCarlton-Hotel-Becomes-Founding-Partner-of-IMPACT-2030<guid> </item> <item> <title>Kimpton Earns Top Marks Again<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Kimpton-Earns-Top-Marks-Again<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141204073948_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>Kimpton earns top marks in 2015 Corporate Equality Index for 11<sup>th</sup> Consecutive Year. Boutique Hotel Company Earns 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 13th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality.</p> <p>“Without a doubt, our employees are behind every recognition we receive and are key to our continued success,” said Mike Depatie, CEO and president at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “Earning a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the eleventh year in a row, which speaks directly to the diverse and inviting culture that we’re careful to maintain, is extremely rewarding.”</p> <p>The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.</p> <p>"In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job. We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values."</p> <p>Download your free copy of the 2015 Corporate Equality Index <a href="http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/assets/resources/CEI-2015.pdf#__utma=149406063.792369786.1417746838.1417746838.1417746838.1&__utmb=149406063.1.10.1417746838&__utmc=149406063&__utmx=-&__utmz=149406063.1417746838.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)&__utmv=-&__utmk=167247550" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS</strong></p> <p>San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants in the United States and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for while away from home through thoughtful perks and amenities, distinctive design that tells a story and inspires a sense of fun at each hotel and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton also leads the hospitality industry in eco-friendly practices that span all hotels and restaurants, and is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a Fortune magazine “Best Place to Work” five times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates more than 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges in 26 cities and counting.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.KimptonHotels.com" target="_blank">www.KimptonHotels.com</a>.</p> <p><em>Photograph courtesy of the Kimpton Firesky Resort in Scottsdale. </em></p>]]><description> <pubDate>Fri, 05 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Kimpton-Earns-Top-Marks-Again<guid> </item> <item> <title>Eventinterface New Site Launched<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-New-Site-Launched<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141202085846_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p><img alt="Eventinterface CTO" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1417578997_Rod_Bridges.png" style="width: 140px; height: 221px; float: left; margin: 6px;" />We are excited to have launched our new website. The Eventinterface team re-developed the new site with the goal of making service and pricing information clearly accessible to meeting planners. The planner sign up process has been simplified as well with new planners gaining access in seconds.</p> <p>Company co-founder Rod Bridges took the leadership role of redeveloping the previous site into this version. “We wanted to present meeting planners with the information they need when researching online technologies in an easily digestible format,” said Bridges. “In addition we streamlined our blog for meeting planners, offering a magazine layout with easy access to a growing library of articles, tools, resources and podcasts.”</p> <p>Eventinterface is a cloud-based software for the meetings industry offering planners end-to-end meetings management. View the site at <a href="http://www.Eventinterface.com" target="_blank">www.Eventinterface.com</a>.</p>]]><description> <pubDate>Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-New-Site-Launched<guid> </item> <item> <title>Top Event Registration Strategies<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Event-Registration-Strategies<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141201074328_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>An event registration strategy evolves around much more than price. It takes a well-thought-out plan to successfully attract paying attendees to your conference or event. It is about creating a first-class experience that will set the tone for your event.</p> <p>As a contract planner I participated in many pricing strategy conversations. Once an agreement was reached the client would move on and never speak about registration again. There is something wrong with that process. Registration isn’t just about setting a price; it is about creating an experience that will attract an audience to your event.</p> <p>The registration experience will most likely be the first opportunity you have to connect with the attendee. It’s the first impression and one that sets the tone for the lifecycle of the event. Think about making a hotel reservation. Does the hotel reservation experience reflect the expectation you are having of the hotel? Why not the same thought process for an event? With this in mind I am sharing top tips to get the experience right for your event.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>PRICING</strong></span></p> <p>Pricing is indeed a discussion to have early on in the planning process. Define the strategy early. Decide on early and late registration, any discounts or special incentives. Define what will be included in your registration fees and what will require an additional fee. Think through your strategy and stick with it through the planning process. Simple pricing strategies are often best.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>THE BUYER EXPERIENCE</strong></span></p> <p>Next, you will need to think about the buyer experience. How easy will it be for an attendee to purchase a registration? Does the solution you use offer the tools to collect the data you need? Does the solution allow you to share important event details as part of the process? Does the solution reflect the brand of the event you are producing?</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Work though the questions you need answered from your attendees as part of the sign up process. Will you require contact information, emergency contact details? Will you require information about meal restrictions and allergies? Any ADA and special need issues? Flight information and transportation requests?</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">It is key for planners to realize that when asking questions, attendees will have an expectation that their requests will he honored. Again, keep it simple. Don’t offer ten different meal choices if you know the venue and event staff may not be able to deliver on the requests.  </span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">It is key to work through these questions before creating your event registration portal and materials.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>MESSAGING</strong></span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Price is set and the buyer experience defined. Now it is key to design the messaging around your event. How will you tell the story? How will you get people to come to your registration site? What do you need to share with prospect attendees in order for them to sign up? How will your marketing campaign address all of this?</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">THE SOLUTION</span></strong></span></p> <p>Now that you are ready to start accepting registrations, you will need to think about the solution you will use to create the online registration portal. There are great products on the market to manage simple registrations, and end-to-end meeting management solutions that can help with the management process and increase efficiencies.</p> <p>Opt for a cloud-based or SAAS solution, most are affordable and offer the latest in data security and features. Selecting a solution, it is key to understand the cost implications, features, limitations and support.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>LAUNCH TIME</strong></span></p> <p>The earlier in the planning process you can get your registration portal online the better. Events and conferences are expensive to produce and the sooner you can start accepting registrations the faster revenue is being generated to support your planning process.</p> <p>As mentioned earlier, the registration experience will be one of the first touch points an attendee will have with your event or conference. You must insure that the process is tested before going online to offer an error-free and seamless experience.</p> <p>Insure that all of the needed data to make a decision to attend is easily available, alongside information to make hotel reservations, program details and other key information important to your audience. Clearly spell out what is included in your registration fee and what is not.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Make sure your confirmation and receipts contain all of the information needed for the attendee to make it to your event or conference unscathed. Share where the onsite registration desk is located at the venue and when the registration desk will be staffed.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">THE ONSITE EXPERIENCE</span></strong></p> <p>We have all been there. You arrive at your conference and check-in lines seem to go on forever. There is limited signage and you can’t figure out what line to get into. Maybe you will make a few new connections while queuing, but in general you are frustrated with the experience. Not a good start to the day, however it doesn’t have to be this way.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">PLANNERS, BE PREPARED AND READY EARLY</span></strong></span></p> <p>Check-in staff must be prepared. The registration desk is not the place to assemble nametags and conference packages in full view of the attendees. The only function should be the welcoming of attendees, checking them in, and the distribution of the conference bag and name badge. If you plan on having registration open at 7:30 a.m., be ready no less than 30 minutes early. People will show up early!</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">SIGNAGE</span></span></strong></p> <p>Do not skimp on signage. Clear and easy-to-read signs are a must for your event. Attendees should be directed to the correct location and line as soon as they enter the facility. Signs should be at eye level or suspended above check in to insure they are visible from a distance. </p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>AMPLE STAFF</strong></span></p> <p>It is key to understand your program and audience. For some events, audiences will trickle in, and other events will result in mass arrivals. Understanding your event and audience is the key to success. For example, if you expect 1,200 attendees, plan on opening your registration at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m., you will have to check-in 1,200 attendees in 60 minutes or less. That is one every 3 seconds. In our experience as planners we would assign no less than 1 person per 100 attendees. For this event we would have no less than 12 people checking in attendees.  We also employ a handful of hosts to navigate through the lines and direct attendees, answer questions and make people feel welcome. Longer registration periods will require less staff.   </p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>WI-FI</strong></span></p> <p>Are you checking in people electronically using a service such as Eventinterface, or a printed attendee list? If using electronic check-in, you must have dedicated Internet access for the registration desk. It is never a good idea to share bandwidth when attendees have access to the Wi-Fi at events. You cannot afford your speed to crawl to a standstill at the check-in desk. Read this post to learn about checking bandwidth at venues.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>ONSITE SIGN-UP AND ISSUE REGISTRATIONS</strong></span></p> <p>It is key that you have a clearly marked area for walk-up attendees and issue event registrations to the side of the main registration area. This will allow check-in staff to focus on check-in and the issue desk staff to focus on processing onsite registrations and deal with all other registration issues.  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Event-Registration-Strategies<guid> </item> <item> <title>2015 Meetings and Events Forecast<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/2015-Meetings-and-Events-Forecast<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141129035139_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>CWT Meetings & Events released the 2015 Meetings and Events Forecast supplement to the 2015 Global Travel Price Outlook, CWT’s annual price forecast, conducted for the first time this year in partnership with the GBTA Foundation.</p> <p>The report’s findings are condensed in the conclusions below. You can view the full report <a href="http://www.carlsonwagonlit.com/export/sites/cwt/en/global/insights/global-forecast-2015/pdf/2015-meetings-and-events-forecast.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Try going hybrid</span></strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Implementing virtual elements into live events can save on costs, draw in remote attendees unable to participate in person, and extend event duration through online-hosted content.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Get savvy with sustenance</span></strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Ordering local, seasonal produce will cut food costs, reduce carbon footprint and provide healthy, vitamin-packed options that link with the “brain food” trend of 2015.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Vote domestic over international</span></strong><br /> Basing your events in-country or in-region will minimize travel costs and carbon footprint, and help maintain delegate satisfaction through reduced travel times.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Streamline suppliers</span></strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Reducing the number of partners you do business with will increase your bargaining power. Choose partners that can support your business at a local, regional or global basis.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Consolidate your hotel program</span></strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Reviewing your spend based on travel patterns, key markets and emerging markets will help you identify opportunities to drive synergies and leverage spend across transient and meetings, using properties that can effectively accommodate both types of travel.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Extend your lead-time</span></strong><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Ensuring your event has a longer lead period will give you greater availability, leave you more time to negotiate on rates, and enable you to research and implement effective technology solutions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Manage meetings from end-to-end</strong></span><br /> Implementing a technology platform that enables delegates to register online and you to capture budget information will increase efficiencies and help mitigate costs.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:14px;">Leverage agency relationships</span></strong><br /> Engaging with an agency that has strong industry relationships will help ensure a better deal, as suppliers continue to clamp down on cancelation and attrition clauses globally.</p> <p>View the full report <a href="http://www.carlsonwagonlit.com/export/sites/cwt/en/global/insights/global-forecast-2015/pdf/2015-meetings-and-events-forecast.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Lead image report cover courtesy of  CWT Meetings & Events.</em></p>]]><description> <pubDate>Mon, 01 Dec 2014 07:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/2015-Meetings-and-Events-Forecast<guid> </item> <item> <title>Stylish JW Marriott Houston Downtown Opens<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Stylish-JW-Marriott-Houston-Downtown-Opens<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141127113320_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p><img alt="JW Marriott Houston Downtown at Eventinterface Blog" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1417112816_Marriott_Story_Picture.png" style="width: 160px; height: 183px; float: left; margin: 6px;" />Historic 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building in Downtown Houston now houses the new 328-room luxury JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Officially opened on November 19, the project by JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Pearl Hospitality is the chain's first adaptive reuse project in Texas. It beautifully blends the past and the present, showcasing art by local artists.</p> <p>The property features 16,000 square feet of event space, with 9 separate meeting spaces. The largest meeting space, the Picasso can accommodate 700 attendees with theatre style set-up. The JW Marriott Houston Downtown is conveniently located to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and the Texas Medical Center.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Guestrooms are attractively appointed, offering iPads to order room service or summon the valet, 55-inch flat-screen HDTVs with 120 channels and complimentary wireless Internet access.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="JW Marriott Houston Downtown Reception and Guest Rooms at Eventinterface Blog" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1417112873_Marriott_Story_Picture2.png" style="width: 848px; height: 589px;" /><br /> Clockwise: Reception Desk | Deluxe King | Supirior King | Deluxe King Suite</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Onsite restaurants Main Kitchen and 806 Lounge are home to skilled chefs and mixologists who can create the perfect meal or handcrafted cocktail at any time. Comfortable spaces allow for interactive culinary demonstrations and unique Houston dining experiences.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><img alt="JW Marriott Houston Downtown 806 Lounge and Monet Function Space at Eventinterface Blog" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1417112932_Marriott_Story_Pictures3.png" style="width: 848px; height: 293px;" /><br /> 806 Lounge | Monet Meeting Room</span></p> <p>More information at <a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houdj-jw-marriott-houston-downtown/" target="_blank">www.Marriott.com</a>.</p> <p><em>Photographs courtesy of the property.</em></p>]]><description> <pubDate>Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Stylish-JW-Marriott-Houston-Downtown-Opens<guid> </item> <item> <title>DNC Announces Convention City Finalists<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/DNC-Announces-Convention-City-Finalists<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141127030134_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>Phoenix, Arizona and Birmingham, Alabama did not make the cut. Three cities, New York City, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio remain on the list to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.</p> <p>“We’re thrilled to move to the next step of the selection process to determine where Democrats will come together to nominate the 45th President of the United States,” said Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event and we thank Phoenix and Birmingham for showcasing their special communities. We look forward to working with Columbus, New York, and Philadelphia as we go forward.”</p> <p>In addition, the DNC announced the potential weeks for the 2016 convention to be the weeks of July 18, July 25 or August 22. The DNC will announce a final city and date early next year. This event draws more than 35,000 attendees and generates more than $150 million in revenue.</p> <p> </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/DNC-Announces-Convention-City-Finalists<guid> </item> <item> <title>Thank You!<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Thank-You<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141124095532_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>To all of our American friends, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. And in the spirit of the holiday, no matter where you are, want to thank all of you for the support and love you have shown us in the past year.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Thank-You<guid> </item> <item> <title>Event Marketing Trends, Strategies And Top Tips<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Event-Marketing-Trends-Strategies-And-Top-Tips<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141122065858_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>We are joined on Event TALK by Kiran “Raj” RajBhandary, founder of V12 Studios, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based consultancy providing strategic start up, branding, design and marketing solutions to businesses in a spectrum of markets worldwide. He has worked with clients such as Apple Computer, Boeing, Cartoon Network, Disney Interactive, Harley-Davidson, NASCAR, Universal Studios, among others. Raj joins us today to talk about the importance of marketing as it relates to events.</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Listen to host Eric Dye & Kiran "Raj" RajBhandary discuss the following:</strong></span></p> <p>1. How has marketing evolved in the past few years, and what are trends planners should be aware of?</p> <p>2. Marketing is an important piece of the planning puzzle as you prepare for an event. What are key marketing aspects a planner should think about as they start the planning process?</p> <p>3. - Lets say an organization does not have a budget to bring on board a marketing professional; what are some of the things planners or volunteers can do to insure the successful execution of an event marketing strategy?</p> <p>4 - What are your top three marketing tips for anyone planning an event? </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>LISTEN TO THE SHOW</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <audio controls=""><source src=" https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/eieventtalk/EvenTalk_21.mp3" type="audio/mpeg" /> Your browser does not support this audio element.</audio> </p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>About our guest:</strong></span></p> <p>Kiran “Raj” RajBhandary is the founder of V12 Studios, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based consultancy providing strategic start up, branding, design and marketing solutions to businesses in a spectrum of markets worldwide. His clients include: Apple Computer, Boeing, Boingo Wireless, Cartoon Network, DirecTV, Disney Interactive, EAU Technology, Ford, Footlocker, FOX Sports, Gary Sinise Foundation, Harley-Davidson, Mikasa Sports, NASCAR, Nexcore Capital, Nickelodeon, Time-Warner, and Universal Studios, among others. Prior to finding V12 Studios, RajBhandary was Creative Director at FRCH/SDI Worldwide, taught graduate design at Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, designed international art exhibits and publications while at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has served as the Director of Design International for MOCA China. RajBhandary's work resides in the Library of Congress, the collections of numerous museums, and he has been recognized with awards from the AIGA, Art Directors of Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Illustrators Society, Macromedia, Promax/Broadcast Design Association, Invision, Webby, STEP 100 Design, and the American Museum Association.</p> <p>Reach Raj at <a href="http://www.v12studios.com" target="_blank">v12studios.com</a>. </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Event-Marketing-Trends-Strategies-And-Top-Tips<guid> </item> <item> <title>Eventinterface Now Integrates With Stripe<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Now-Integrates-With-Stripe<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141123021807_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p><img alt="Al Wynant, Eventinterface now accepting Stripe" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1416777410_Al_Wynant_BW.png" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; float: left; margin: 6px;" />Accepting payments for your events became even easier. Eventinterface now integrates with Stripe, the best way to accept payments online. “Opening up Eventinterface to planners using Stripe opens up the use of our platform to more users in North America and Europe,” said Al Wynant, Eventinterface CEO. “It is our goal to make using Eventinterface as easy as possible to all planners, and offering the tools to seamlessly process transactions is key,” said Wynant.</p> <p>Stripe offers an easy and cost-effective alternative to typical online merchant accounts provided by banks. Planners can easily set-up a Stripe account and start accepting credit card payments in minutes. Stripe charges 2.9% + 30¢ per successful charge, or less based on volume. There are no monthly service or refund fees. Earnings are transferred to your bank account on a 2-day rolling basis.</p> <p>Planners can use all Eventinterface payment features with Stripe, from online registrations, box office transactions and automated refunds. Sign up for your own Stripe account <a href="https://stripe.com/" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Now-Integrates-With-Stripe<guid> </item> <item> <title>Meeting And Event Planner Survey<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Meeting-And-Event-Planner-Survey<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141120105550_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>We love your opinion. If you plan meetings, events, conferences, trade shows we want to hear from you! Take part in our brief online survey and be entered to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Get started below or click <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TKNK265" target="_blank">here</a>. It takes about 3 minutes to answer the 8 questions! Don't forget to scroll through the whole survey. We appreciate your participation.</p> <p> </p> <div id="surveyMonkeyInfo"> <div><script src="https://www.surveymonkey.com/jsEmbed.aspx?sm=MGgy3HIwWWaRaO2SFFbNXg_3d_3d"> </script></div> Create your free online surveys with <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com">SurveyMonkey</a> , the world's leading questionnaire tool.</div> <p> </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Meeting-And-Event-Planner-Survey<guid> </item> <item> <title>New State-Of-The-Art Meeting Space At Innovation Central<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/New-StateOfTheArt-Meeting-Space-At-Innovation-Central<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141119104007_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>A continued rise in venue cost drives meeting planners to seek alternative solutions for their meetings and events. Conference centers are becoming more popular. Their all-inclusive pricing model and dedicated focus on meetings make them an ideal solution for the planner seeking options.</p> <p>Earlier this month a new meeting venue opened at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, a 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development located on a 42-acre campus on Scottsdale and McDowell Road.</p> <p><img alt="ASU SkySong Synergy Room Picture by Al Wynant Eventinterface" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1416418651_ASUSkysong_Story1.png" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left; margin: 6px;" />The Synergy Rooms, located in the newly constructed Building 3 are state-of-the-art, offering the latest in audiovisual equipment, charging stations and ample Wi-Fi bandwidth to support all attendees. The rooms can seat up to 250 attendees or be broken up in two meeting spaces. ASU SkySong offers 17 meeting rooms that are available for use to tenants, ASU departments and organizations from the community at large.</p> <p>Hourly rental rates include set-up, audiovisual equipment and access to Wi-Wi. The center offers open catering policies and there is ample complimentary parking.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">For more information and policies visit </span><a href="https://skysong.asu.edu/space/meeting-event" style="line-height: 1.6em;" target="_blank">ASUSkysong</a><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">. To reserve your space online, </span><a href="https://skysong.asu.edu/request-room" style="line-height: 1.6em;" target="_blank">click here</a><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">.</span></p>]]><description> <pubDate>Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:36:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/New-StateOfTheArt-Meeting-Space-At-Innovation-Central<guid> </item> <item> <title>Historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall Returning To Life<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Historic-Pasadena-Civic-Auditorium-Exhibition-Hall-Returning-To-Life<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141116075336_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>Another chapter in Pasadena’s history will return to life in February, when the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall — or Exhibit Hall C as it is known — reopens after last serving as an exhibition hall and ballroom nearly 40 years ago.</p> <p>Constructed in 1931 and opened in February 1932 as part of the original Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the exhibit hall was used for conventions, dances and various exhibits. It was repurposed as home to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center in 1976. The hall held the ice rink until 2011, when the Pasadena Ice Skating Center moved to a new, stand-alone facility to the east of the Civic Auditorium.</p> <p>“We’re delighted to bring this historic renovated exhibition hall back on line as part of our overall convention center,” said Michael Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Center Operating Company, which oversees the Pasadena Convention Center, Civic Auditorium and Ice Skating Center. “This major restoration project maintains the building’s celebrated architecture with modern amenities, and it adds to our capacity to host additional and bigger world-class trade shows, consumer shows, conventions, banquets and other events.”</p> <p>More information <a href="http://www.pasadenacenter.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>]]><description> <pubDate>Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Historic-Pasadena-Civic-Auditorium-Exhibition-Hall-Returning-To-Life<guid> </item> <item> <title>To CVB or Not?<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/To-CVB-or-Not<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/nvdds.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p>Meeting planners are blessed with many options when it comes to the destination selection process.  Are Convention and Visitor Bureaus still worth considering for the site selection process? The answer is “yes.” Convention and Visitor Bureaus, and in some cases Destination Marketing Organizations or DMO’s, should be the first organization you contact in a desired destination.</p> <p>Need to know exactly what is happening in a destination? Then the CVB will be the place to get all that is needed to make an educated decision. Best of all, the services offered by the CVB are free to the planner. They are paid for by bed-tax dollars and memberships. CVB’s do a superb job of keeping updated information on venues, activities, challenges and opportunities in their city. People working at the CVB are experts on what their destination has to offer, and many have worked in the hospitality or meeting planning industry prior to joining the bureau.</p> <p>As a planner I look at the local CVB as a partner in the planning process of my conferences. From the start they can advise about potential conflicts related to other events, major construction projects in the city and advise on traveling into the destination. Especially helpful for long-term planning, CVB’s have a great understanding of which development projects are in the pipeline and have been approved by the city. As a planner I have been pitched numerous to be build venues; quick checks with the CVB in the destinations revealed the uncertainty of the projects.</p> <p>Once a destination has been selected, the CVB can help planners secure bids on venues, hotels and other services. The only caveat is that CVB’s tend to only include member organizations in their bid process; however most venues and hotels seem to be members of their local CVB. Part of the bid process can include site visits planned and at times paid for by the CVB for the planner.</p> <p>Many CVB’s have websites or pages on their websites that allow meeting planners to submit RFPs and browse services and providers.</p> <p>Once you have confirmed your destination, the CVB can help you with promotional materials, connections and will become a great resource for your attendees as they plan their participation.</p> <p>Convention and Visitor Bureaus play an important role in the success of your event. Build relationships and make sure that once your event has completed you share with the CVB how many room nights your event picked up. This will help the bureau accurately report numbers to their constituents. It’s a simple thing to do but forgotten by so many planners.</p>]]><description> <pubDate>Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/To-CVB-or-Not<guid> </item> <item> <title>Report Reveals Cost Escalations Surpass Budget Increases<title> <link>http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Report-Reveals-Cost-Escalations-Surpass-Budget-Increases<link> <enclosure length="11779" type="image/png" url="https://s3.amazonaws.com/eiblog/744737852315_20141114013333_100.png"><enclosure> <description><![CDATA[<p><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Meeting Professionals International (MPI) released the Fall Edition of its quarterly Meetings Outlook special report. As always, the report reveals interesting trends, challenges and opportunities for the industry. This report finds that planners expect cost increases to be larger than budget increases. Air travel with a 5 percent increase, and F/B with an anticipated 4 percent increase are the most worrisome. Room rates are set to increase by 3.9 percent and AV by 3.1 percent. The overall budget growth is not expected to keep up with the increase at only 1.7 percent. Conditions are holding steady in the industry with projected grow in the United States at 3.2 percent and in Europe at 3.6 percent.</span></p> <p><strong>Click on the report below to view the full report.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.mpiweb.org/docs/default-source/research-and-reports/web-meetings-outlook-fall-2014.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="MPI Meetings Outlook Fall 2014" src="https://eieventimages.s3.amazonaws.com/1415997529_MPI_Outlook_Fall_2014_Cover.png" style="width: 713px; height: 964px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p> </p>]]><description> <pubDate>Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:28:00 +0000<pubDate> <author>info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant)<author> <guid isPermaLink="true">http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Report-Reveals-Cost-Escalations-Surpass-Budget-Increases<guid> </item> </channel> </rss>