Eventinterface https://eventinterface.com/blog en-US Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:32:39 +0000 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:35:22 +0000 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/1.0 FeedWriter Best New Hotels In The World Revealed http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Best-New-Hotels-In-The-World-Revealed- Condé Nast Traveler released its 2014 Hot List of best new hotels. The publication considered 510 new hotels in 400 cities and 93 countries.  The list features their favorite 33 properties.

How do hotels make the Hot List? The publications reviews a set of criteria

- A sense of place: a hotel that celebrates where it is in the world.
- A sense of personality: a hotel where it feels like every decoration has been hand-chosen by a person, not by a committee.
- A sense of intuition: a hotel where it feels like your needs are considered before you even know what they are.

The result is a list that takes you around the world—from Kenya to Los Angeles, St. Petersburg to Phuket—and speaks to the passions and habits of the modern traveler.

See the list here.

Picture courtesy of The London EDITION.

 

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:35:22 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Best-New-Hotels-In-The-World-Revealed-
Top 5 Reasons Why People Attend Conferences http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-5-Reasons-Why-People-Attend-Conferences- Wondering why people register for your conference? Knowing these top reasons will help your meetings stand out and attract attendees by creating value for all stakeholders.

TO LEARN
Most attendees come to your conference to learn about a topic. It is in the planner’s best interest to present a program worth attending. As part of the speaker selection process planners should make sure speakers present new information, not the same rehashed findings.

TO NETWORK AND MEET PEOPLE
Attendees want to network. Planners need to provide ample time and space for individuals to engage with each other during the meeting. Technologies such as Eventinterface allow for planners to offer networking opportunities pre-, during and post-event. Planners should offer time and space for attendees to network

TO BE INSPIRED
Conferences should be inspirational. They should inspire attendees to implement what they have learned. Attendees should return home invigorated and motivated. Planners should find new ways to excite and engage attendees at the event.

TO SOLICIT BUSINESS
Many attendees come to a conference to build a network and solicit new business. Planners should offer opportunities and technology to facilitate connections during the conference. Shameless plug, Eventinterface allows this.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
At times location is perhaps your biggest draw. It can be hard to say “no” to a conference hosted in a fabulous destination. Don’t underestimate the value of a destination. Planners should promote the destination and attractions in the area. 

What is important to you? Share with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-5-Reasons-Why-People-Attend-Conferences-
Orlando Still Number One http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Orlando-Still-Number-One George Aguel, Visit Orlando President and CEOOn April 11, Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel announced that Orlando welcomed 59 million visitors in calendar year 2013, setting an all-time record for U.S. destinations. The record-breaking figure represents a three percent increase over the previous milestone set in 2012.The news was made at IPW, the premier international travel conference hosting more than 6,000 buyers, suppliers and media.

"We are so pleased to announce this incredibly exciting news on the closing day of IPW 2014, when travel industry professionals around the world shift their sights toward next year's IPW event in Orlando," said Aguel. "Thanks to the strong global marketing and sales efforts of our team at Visit Orlando and the leadership of our tourism members and community leaders who share a common vision for our destination, Orlando continues to lead the nation as its most visited destination."

When new economic impact figures are released later this year, 2013 visitation is estimated to increase the more than $52 billion in economic impact that travel and tourism had on the Orlando community in 2012. One in three jobs in Orlando is a result of tourism, with over 380,000 jobs supported by visitor spending.

More information here

Photograps courtesy of Visit Orlando.

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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Orlando-Still-Number-One
Virgin Hotels Promises To Change The Industry http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Virgin-Hotels-Promises-To-Change-The-Industry Earlier this week, billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Hotels announced the opening of a new hotel in Nashville in 2016 in a prime location--One Music Row.  It is the third location in the U.S. – in addition to New York and Chicago.

The Chicago Hotel is set to open in the fall of this year. 

Virgin Hotels

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Virgin-Hotels-Promises-To-Change-The-Industry
Connecting Students With Entrepreneurs http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Connecting-Students-With-Entrepreneurs Earlier this week we had an opportunity to meet with 7th and 8th grade students from the Dobson Montessori School as part of the new Student STEM Journalists program started by the Arizona SciTech Festival.

The students interviewed Kyle McIntosh, Co-Founder & Creative Excitant of MAC6 and Al Wynant, CEO of Eventinterface. The conversation centered on entrepreneurship, motivations and inspirations. The students will now write an article based on their findings to be published via the Arizona SciTech Festival’s blog.

Kyle McIntosh
Kyle McIntosh, Co-Founder of MAC6 speaks with students of the Dobson Montessori School

The Student STEM Journalists program benefits businesses by attaining a highly visible coverage about their organization and ability to support local area schools. Schools benefit by providing students a real world connection with Arizona industry and an outlet to cultivate new community partnerships. 

More about the Arizona SciTech Festival here

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:21:21 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Connecting-Students-With-Entrepreneurs
Stunning Architectural Tents http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Stunning-Architectural-Tents- The Savannah Series tents by Sperry Fabric Architecture are an elegant option for events. The wooden framed tents feature clearstory windows — a second row of windows above an adjacent roof. The windows allow sunlight to stream into the tent during the day, and light to shine outwardly at night. The tents feature a handcrafted wood frame, sleek support brackets, and masterful craftsmanship. Savannah Tents are custom designed out of different woods, finishes and cloth options.

Savannah Series Tents by Sperry Fabric Architecture

More information at sperryfabricarchitecture.com.

Photographs courtesy of Sperry Fabric Architecture. Interior photograph by Jaclyn L Photography.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Stunning-Architectural-Tents-
5 Essential Tools For Event Planners On The Go http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Essential-Tools-For-Event-Planners-On-The-Go As an event or meeting planner you're often on the go. Fortunately there are many ways you can add more flexibility to your busy lifestyle without compromising your client's happiness. Imagine the freedom you'll feel when you're able to plan out your next conference or meeting while on vacation, or fulfill a client's every whim without having to step into the office. With the right tools you can easily stay in touch with your clients, regardless of your location.

Go Paperless

A party wouldn't be a party without invitations. Suggesting paperless invitations to your clients will make it easier to decide on a design. Even if your client prefers physical invitations, a tool like Paperless Post can be helpful when showing digital proofs and getting final approval before printing. This is also a great way to find out about your client's personal tastes and unique story before moving on to more complex party planning decisions. In addition to paperless invitations, consider going paperless when creating seating assignments. Inevitably this document will need to be changed time and time again, so keep things simple by using a digital seating chart like the one from Wedding Wire.

Stay Connected

Stay in touch no matter where you are with a satellite phone. These phones offer global coverage and can be used beyond the limit of wireless networks. A lost signal will never cause you to miss an important call from a client again. This mode of communication is great for talking to clients outside the U.S. or relaying information should an event be held in a remote location.

Use an Online Project Manager

Project management software is a must for all party planners, but especially for those who are interested in working away from the office. Gantter can help you plan your next event by letting you schedule everything that must be done, along with the dates and costs, before the big day arrives. Your client can even collaborate with you and discuss event details through the integrated chat program in Gantter.

Trello

For a more image-based approach, Trello offers event planners a way to collect ideas in one place through pictures, drawings and sketches. You can also create digital cards that contain important pieces of information. Say you have to help the birthday girl choose a cake. Picking out the cake would be the big idea, but you also have the ability to add a checklist with smaller tasks to the back of the card (research cake vendors, set cake tasting date, etc.).

Tablets

iPads and other tablets are often used as forms of entertainment. However, these devices can also be great tools for event planners. Whether you're meeting with a potential client to show him or her examples of your work, or you need to snap a quick picture and send it to the guest of honor, tablets are a portable way to maintain communication with clients without having to lug around a laptop or entire image portfolio. Tablets are also versatile as they can be used both for event planning and to ensure everything runs smoothly the day of.

What are your favorite tools? Share with us on Twitter @Eventinterface or Facebook.

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:47:53 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/5-Essential-Tools-For-Event-Planners-On-The-Go
The Intangible Success Maker http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Intangible-Success-Maker Daniel Duran with Duran EventsAsk this question of anyone I have worked with in the last decade about me and they will all most likely give you the same answer. "Hospitality". Hospitality goes far beyond making sure someone is greeted when they walk in your door, or making sure the snacks are good, or making sure all the staff is following the rules of "5 & 10" and "open palms" (fellow planners and hotel folks know what I'm talking about...shout out to all my pals!). It isn't always something that you can touch or see. Hospitality is...now brace yourself, we're diving deep here...a way of life.

In a future blog I will dive into what I like to call "Purpose-filled Planning" which will cover in detail the real reason of why we do what we do as conference and meeting planners and what our driving force should always be. For now, though, I just want to share this short story...

At a conference last summer, I was walking a presenter to her break-out room. While we were walking through the conference center she stopped halfway down the hall and said, "What is going on here?" I worried and to be completely honest, very concerned about why she was asking such a question began to explain the conference, the happenings of the day, the purpose, and our mission. Behind my hospitable tone and smile was a mind filled with regret that I ever accepted her presentation submission thinking, "If you don't know what is going on here, what the heck are you doing here?" I clearly had these thoughts too soon. She stopped me about half way through my explanation and said, "No. That's not what I meant. I mean, something is happening here.  Something special.  I don't know what it is. Something is different." Her sentences were short and hesitant, but she had a curious joy in her eyes. I knew that we had reached success. I already knew we had good programming, a great facility, etc.  More than that, we built a conference centered around hospitality and the guest experience.  You couldn't touch it, you couldn't see it, but it radiated through the conference center.  At the end of the conference she came back to me and said, "We are in. I'm bringing my entire network to attend this conference next year." BOOM.

Make someone feel welcomed, taken care of, and valued, and you've got them at their hearts. Simple, right? You would think so, but that's not always the case. The challenge to myself and to everyone out there, in the industry or not, is to live everyday with a hospitable heart. The resulting successes from this will amaze you.

Daniel Duran
Duran Events

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:23:48 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Intangible-Success-Maker
Eventinterface Welcomes New Advisory Board Members http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Welcomes-New-Advisory-Board-Members Eventinterface is pleased to welcome Kiran RajBhandary and Dr. Jeremy Babendure to its Professional Advisory Board.

Kiran RajBhandary Eventinterface Advisory Board MemberKIRAN (RAJ) RAJBHANDARY is the founder of V12 Studios LLC, a Scottsdale, Arizona based consultancy providing strategic start up, branding, design and marketing solutions to businesses in a spectrum of markets worldwide.

“I am very excited to be working with the Eventinterface team. Eventinterface is taking technology and connecting businesses, attendees, and compelling content in new, powerful ways. I look forward to helping Eventinterface continue its growth and expand its role as the technology brand that integrates event planning - with users productive in their roles, businesses profiting and attendees benefitting,” said Kiran Rajbhandary.

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.

Dr. Jeremy Babendure, Eventinterface Advisory Board MemberDR. JEREMY BABENDURE is the Executive Director of the Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Initiative and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The annual festival includes over 450 collaborators, 500 events and draws over 300,000 participants. Prior to his work in Arizona, Jeremy received his doctorate in in the lab of recent Nobel Laureate, Dr. Roger Tsien at the University of California, San Diego developing molecular sensors for the detection of RNA. Following this work, he and Roger launched the ScienceBridge program as mechanism to bring current science to the San Diego schools annually impacting ~200 teachers, ~20,000 students, and ~60,000 community members and attaining $12M+ in national grants.

 

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Welcomes-New-Advisory-Board-Members
New Eventinterface Messenger Launched http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/New-Eventinterface-Messenger-Launched Rod BridgesWe are thrilled to announce the launch of the new Eventinterface Messenger. The enhanced messenger allows registered attendees to easily communicate with other registered attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, all behind the privacy wall of the event or meeting.

“This function allows attendees to privately reach out to other registered participants and start engagement pre-event,” said Rod Bridges, Eventinterface co-founder and CTO. “We are committed to providing the tools to enhance the engagement between all event stakeholders, and build value for meeting planners, pre-, during and post-event by providing easy to use tools,” said Bridges.

Any individual registered for an event or meeting using Eventinterface can use Eventinterface Messenger. Individual participants control privacy setting to manage if they are visible or not to other registered attendees. 

 

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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/New-Eventinterface-Messenger-Launched
Flower Balls http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Flower-Balls Spring is in the air, and there is nothing more satisfying than surrounding oneself with the gorgeous colors and scents of fresh flowers after suffering months of drab weather. It is even more fun when these beautiful flowers are arranged in fun shapes. Today we are taking a peek at some amazing ball-shaped designs and we hope the pictures will inspire you. We don’t claim ownership of these photographs. Its all stuff we discovered on Pinterest, and have credited them where possible. See more of the stuff we like on Pinterest

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Not flowers, but stunning nonetheless. Picture by NB Flowers.

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:29:34 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Flower-Balls
Color Matters http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Color-Matters Selecting colors for your event can be an arduous experience. Is the choice of colors reflective of your brand or more of a personal fondness for a specific color? I love blue, and the many blue shirts in my closet are an attest to that. For events however I look for inspiration in the brand, learn the emotions the client wants the attendee to experience. Color plays a significant role in creating an atmosphere. Together with scent, sound and touch it is part of telling the story, creating emotions and connections.

So how do you choose colors?

The event industry is driven by trends, but the color of the season may not be the right one for your brand. I start by understanding the message the client wants to convey, then the audience. Then I put myself in the attendees’ shoes, mentally walk through the event and picture what it could look, feel, sound and smell like. Different colors evoke different reactions. Based on that mental picture, I find colors that connect with that emotion.   

Now what do colors mean and how do they work together?

There are cool colors, warm and neutral colors. Cool colors tend to feel impersonal, but mixed it with a color from another group will add warmth. Warm colors are energizing; adding colors from another group will balance this. Neutral colors offer a great base for the cool or warm colors. Stand-alone they can offer a calming and elegant background.

Lets look at some colors.

Cool Colors:
Blue: security, intelligence, loyalty, coldness, masculine.
Purple: royalty, ambition, mystery, spirituality.
Green: money, healing, fertility, fresh, envy.
Turquoise: healing, sophisticated, spiritual, femininity.
Silver: glamour, sleek, high tech, dreamer.

Warm Colors:
Red: love, passion, heat, danger, strength, danger.
Pink: feminine, sweet, playful, weak, compassion.
Orange: confidence, success, ignorance, courage, sluggishness.
Yellow: bright, energy, unstable, sun, intellect, happy.
Gold: wealth, greed, traditional, dreamer, valuable.

Neutral Colors:
Brown: friendly, earth, conservative, longevity.
Tan: dependable, crisp, boring, conservative.
Black: protection, dramatic, death, mystery, formal.
Gray: security, solid, intelligence, sad, gloomy.
White: innocence, purity, fresh, clean, winter, cold, distant.

 

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Color-Matters
More Non-Traditional Venues http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/More-NonTraditional-Venues In follow-up to our March 17 post about using non-traditional event venues, we asked meeting and event planners to share their favorites. Here are two unique and definitely non-traditional venues in our ongoing series about the subject. 

Palo Alto – Barcelona, Spain

An industrial complex founded in late 19th century by entrepreneurs Ramon Gal and Joan Puigsech, and designed by architect Antoni Vila i Bruguera. In 1990, after having been divided in small workspaces, artists began establishing themselves there and renamed it Palo Alto. The venue is now occupied by a variety of artists and new-age businesses.

Palo Alto, Barcelona Spain Eventinterface

Scott Doane, owner at Fresh Activities Ltd, has used the venue for an awards event. “It is a gorgeous place, with the feeling of its rich history all around you, yet rustic, not opulent. You do have to bring in all of the items you need for your event, from lighting to supplemental power,” said Doane.

More about Palo Alto.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Atlanta, GA

Joel Feingold Presents at EventinterfaceJoel A. Feingold with Joel Feingold Presents shares “Oh this is easy! Even though I have produced shows in superb performing arts venues such as Symphony Hall, Boston, many glorious private homes, sporting venues such as the Whistler Sliding Centre, one of the museum events stands alone. In Atlanta for a vision conference my customer wanted to entertain their clients, physicians mostly. We rented the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. In the main atrium we built a stage and installed about 100 linear feet of 30' tall black velour theatrical drape for acoustic modification. The atrium was all fossil laden limestone with a glass wall to the exterior. On stage we presented Little Feat, who performed about 10' from a humongous Brontosaurus skeleton. Most of the crowds watched through the legs of the beast!”

More about the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Tell us about using a non-traditional venue, or if you manage a non-traditional venue by sending us a message here. We may include it in a future post.

Lead in photo Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Photograph by Raftermen Photography.
Palo Alto photograps courtesy of the venue.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History event photo courtesy of Joel Feingold Presents.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/More-NonTraditional-Venues
The Heartbleed Bug Security Review http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Heartbleed-Bug-Security-Review The Eventinterface engineering team has been working to assess the impact for our users in the wake of the April 7th disclosure of CVE-2014-0160, known colloquially as Heartbleed. We have joined virtually every service provider on the Internet in responding to this critical vulnerability in OpenSSL’s handling of heartbeat packets. Our team has conducted a thorough security review and we want to share our findings with you.

We have concluded from our review that there is no evidence that any Eventinterface user credentials have been compromised. Eventinterface services are not secured by a version of OpenSSL with the Heartbleed vulnerability.

We hope this answers questions about the possible impact of CVE-2014-0160 on your Eventinterface applications for you and your attendees. Do feel free to reach out to us here should you have any follow-up questions.

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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:21:46 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/The-Heartbleed-Bug-Security-Review
Eventinterface Blog Featured on Google Newsstand http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Blog-Featured-on-Google-Newsstand We’re thrilled that Google has selected our blog as a featured publication in the Top News section of the Business and Finance category of Google Newsstand. We’re listed alongside heavyweights such as Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and Inc.

Google Newsstand is available for free for all Android devices from the Google Play store. Get it here. Add Eventinterface publication to your Library here. We’d love for you to subscribe, rate it and Google+ it.

iPhone and iPad users can subscribe to our blog via Google Currents here

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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Eventinterface-Blog-Featured-on-Google-Newsstand
Let There Be Light http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Let-There-Be-Light Lighting can make an event. Great lighting design can make a drab event look spectacular. It can turn a basic ballroom into a magical place. In this post we wanted to share a few spectacularly lit events. We hope the pictures will inspire you. We don’t claim ownership of these pictures. Its all stuff we discovered on Pinterest, and have credited them where possible. See more of the stuff we like on Pinterest

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Harris Theater Gala by Bill Heffernan. "We designed sheer white fabric cubes floating low over each table. This produced both an impressive vision and gave an intimacy to the enormous tent. We accented them with summery yet minimal branch projections in a blue-green shade, providing detail and a coolness to the warm evening." Bill Heffernan. Photo: Fandl Photography.

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Image provided by Levy Lighting, NYC.

Event Lighting EventinterfaceOver 300 beautiful metal LUMINARIES hung from the truss around the perimeter and above the dance floor in varying heights to create a twinkling star effect and the illusion of a city landscape. Event Production: jesGORDON LLC. Event Photographer: Andre Maier. Venue: Gotham Hall, New York City.

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Fun use of outdoor lighting as inspiration for events and tent ceiling lit with leaf gobos to spectacular effect.

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The Breakers Design Studio completed this event by creating a suspended ceiling of floating floral clouds overhead the dance floor.

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Great use of chrytal chandeliers and beads creating one spectacular light fixture in this tent.

Lead in picture: Immersive Lighting by Got Light Concourse.

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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:02:15 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Let-There-Be-Light
Top Site Selection Tips http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Site-Selection-Tips Selecting a venue or location for your event can be a challenging undertaking. As the industry has recovered from the latest economic downturn, venues are becoming more selective as to whom they work with. It is becoming a sellers market, and that makes the work of planners harder. Here are a few tips that will make the selection process easier.

Eventinterface Top Tips Site Selection

1. Know as many of the details of your event as possible before sending a request for proposal to venues or sites. Determine pre-RFP what the best fit would be for your event and attendees. Explore location, time of year, easy of getting in and out of the destination, and availability of venues and hotel rooms. Doing so will eliminate many options, and you can focus on a handful of prospect sites that will meet your group’s needs.

2. Understand your audience. Negotiate with your attendee in mind. What is important to your attendees? If culture is key, then perhaps a venue in a walkable metropolitan area with many accessible theatres and museums fits them best. Put yourself into the shoes of your attendee and select your site or venue with them in mind, and will also attract them to your event.

3. Negotiate fairly. It has become a sellers market and venues are less likely to consider working with planners who pose unrealistic expectations. 

4. Never sign a contract without fully understanding the implications. Read and understand the small print.

Download our free e-book “Successful Strategies for Hotel and Venue Negotiations.”

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Top-Site-Selection-Tips
MPI CEO Responds To Opposition http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/MPI-CEO-Responds-To-Opposition Dear MPI Community,

The bedrock of MPI is our members and chapters, so when you raised concerns with planned updates to the CMM Program, we said that we would listen to your input and if your suggestions result in a stronger program, we would make appropriate adjustments. Over the past six weeks we have received a great deal of constructive feedback through extensive community outreach.

After aggregating, analyzing and synthesizing your feedback, we found a number of consistent recommendations, which if implemented, would strengthen the CMM Program going forward. After reviewing the recommended changes with our partner, GBTA, together we have agreed to revise the CMM Program as follows:

Branding

The program will retain the Certificate in Meeting Management name and may also be referenced by the CMM acronym.

Eligibility

The criteria for participation in the CMM Program have been revised as follows to better align with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS). Each candidate will be evaluated through a comprehensive application process with documented panel review against the following criteria.

- Minimum of 7 – 10 years of professional experience in the meeting and event or business travel industry

- Minimum of 3 – 5 years of management experience with two years of profit and loss responsibility

- Personal statement and letter of recommendation from professional colleague or supervisor

Assessment

Each future CMM Program participant will be required to develop a business case in which they must apply the course materials learned. The business case should reflect real situations, address current challenges that need to be resolved and be actionable – meaning the participant must have responsibility and influence over the challenges’ outcome. Each participant’s business case will be evaluated and scored against a pre-established standard of performance or rubric by CMM Program faculty.

Designation

Professionals that achieved the Certificate in Meeting Management from MPI prior to 2014 will retain the CMM designation, which is now supported by both MPI and GBTA. GBTA will communicate directly to individuals that achieved the comparable GBTA certificate regarding parameters for using the CMM designation.

In addition, MPI will reissue new certificates to existing CMM designees with the correct Certificate in Meeting Management branding. More details will be shared in the near future about how and when the new certificates will be provided.

On behalf of MPI and GBTA, thank you for your interest in the CMM Program. We recognize that it is your contributions, energy and support that are the foundation of MPI and, as such, we will always listen to your input and value your voice.

Again, thank you for your interest in this prestigious program, your passion for this industry and your support of MPI. We appreciate the feedback you have shared and believe these changes will strengthen the CMM Program going forward.

Sincerely,

Paul Van Deventer
President and CEO
Meeting Professionals International

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Sun, 06 Apr 2014 12:02:13 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/MPI-CEO-Responds-To-Opposition
Las Vegas Newest World Record Attraction Opens http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Las-Vegas-Newest-World-Record-Attraction-Opens- Earlier this month Las Vegas newest attraction, the High Roller opened to the public. The observation wheel is the crown jewel of The LINQ, the Strip’s all-new outdoor entertainment district.

The attraction is the world’s largest observation wheel at 550-foot tall. It has 28 spherical glass-enclosed cabins offering passengers a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Skyline. Each cabin holds up to 40 passengers for the 30-minute ride, the time it takes for the entire wheel to rotate. Cabins can be rented out for private events and feature 8 screens with music and video shows.  Guests can reserve the adjacent wheelhouse for private parties and banquets.

the LINQ and The High Roller Las Vegas
The LINQ and The High Roller, artist rendering

The massive wheel located mid-Strip dazzles with an ever-changing LED light show. The lights turn on at dusk and sparkle until early morning.  The High Roller and accompanying LINQ district offer an exciting range of entertainment, dining, retail and nightlife offerings.

Tickets can be bought individually or in groups. Groups of 10 or more receive discounted rates.

More information here.

Photographs and rendering courtesy of the venue.

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Sat, 05 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Las-Vegas-Newest-World-Record-Attraction-Opens-
Wellness All Year Long At The Westin St. Francis http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Wellness-All-Year-Long-At-The-Westin-St-Francis Strengthening its commitment to health and wellness, The Westin St. Francis announced this week the launch of a yearlong comprehensive wellness program. As part of the global Westin Well-being Movement, a $15 million campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world, innovative partnerships and programs have been implemented to illustrate Westin’s six brand pillars: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well.

“The Westin St. Francis recognizes the importance of health and wellness, and is dedicated to providing useful tools and resources for our guests to feel their best,” says General Manager Jon Kimball.

As part of the new Westin Well-being Movement, guests of The Westin St. Francis can enjoy can the following healthy options:

EAT WELL:
Helping guests enjoy healthy dining options, The Oak Room Restaurant and Caruso’s both feature SuperfoodsRx meals, pairing whole foods rich in antioxidants and low in calories.

PLAY WELL:
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square, The Westin St. Francis provides the ideal location for guests to get out and explore the area. Through a partnership with AFAR Magazine, local writers provide suggestions and tips for the best places to enjoy around The City. To help the weekend last even longer, Westin Weekends provides late checkout on Sundays until 3 p.m. and extended breakfast hours.

SLEEP WELL:
There’s nothing more heavenly than waking up refreshed after a great night sleep, and Westin’s iconic Heavenly Beds are sure to do the trick.

MOVE WELL:
Guests can stay healthy and fit on the road with Westin’s Gear Lending program, providing fresh, clean New Balance shoes and clothing delivered in-room for use during their stay for a small fee. The WestinWORKOUT Gym features the finest exercise equipment from world-class brands. For those who wish to get in a run while seeing the city sights, The Westin St. Francis offers guided runs every Tuesday at 6:30 am as part of RunWESTIN PROGRAM.

FEEL WELL:
Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by the hotel’s light, refreshing signature scent. Upon retiring to the guestroom, the Heavenly Bath, with a therapeutic spa shower and luxurious bath amenities, is sure to provide relaxation. For those who wish to unwind with a massage, body treatment or facial, the St. Francis Renewal Spa has a wide range of options offering a relaxing respite from the rigors of travel.

WORK WELL:
Meeting attendees can recharge their body and mind with delicious SuperFoodsRx Meeting Breaks, designed to provide focused energy.

More information at westinstfrancis.com.

Photograps courtesy of the property.

 

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 info@eventinterface.com (Al Wynant) http://www.eventinterface.com/blog-article/Wellness-All-Year-Long-At-The-Westin-St-Francis