CMP Series Required Reading

Our series dives deep into essential meeting planner skills that align with the CMP Blueprint. Read the article and supplemental material and test your understanding and you could earn one clock hour toward CMP certification — our gift to you.

Soul, Community, Planet — and a Different Kind of Pricing

A boutique hotel in Colorado is taking an unorthodox approach to room rates by giving guests a say in the final charges.

BY David McMillin May 1, 2019

6 Ways Medical Meetings Are Proving Their Value To Exhibitors

From beacon-collected data to lead scanners to third-party evaluations, here’s how two medical meetings are tackling the exhibitor ROI challenge.

BY Molly Petrilla April 20, 2019

Strategies to Improve Negotiations in Era of Hotel Consolidations

For event planners, the increased number of mergers and acquisitions translates into tougher negotiations with hotels: In some destinations, every meeting hotel is now owned by the same company.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson April 10, 2019

Bringing a ‘Sense of Place’ to Meeting Design

A recent PCMA Foundation/Marriott study finds that most travelers want to explore a destination like the locals do. “Convene” looks at how that desire for an authentic experience should shape meeting design.

BY Barbara Palmer April 4, 2019

Advice for Event Strategists Who Work with Hotels

If you’re looking for some insights to help make things easier for you when you work with hotels, you’ve checked in to the right place.

BY Michelle Russell April 1, 2019

How Event Strategists Keep F&B, AV Costs Down

Here’s how event professionals are creating memorable attendee experiences without busting their budgets.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson April 1, 2019

Real Reasons Convention Attendees Aren’t Booking in the Block

A new study analyzes the attitudes and expectations that drive attendee housing decisions — and it’s not always about saving money.

BY David McMillin March 28, 2019

Hospitality Industry Responds to Labor Shortage

When hotel properties can’t find enough qualified workers to meet their needs, hotel-based meetings and events feel the effects. As challenges persist, a number of industry players are introducing solutions.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson March 27, 2019

Why Joy Matters at Events

Participants’ experience at an event is shaped more by their emotions than you might think. Joyful author Ingrid Fetell Lee thinks planners have an opportunity to interject moments of joy into their event environments — and she shares easy ways to do just that.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Buildings Designed for Comfort, Joy, Human Performance

The WELL certification, awarded by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in New York City, is measured not in water-saving “flushometers” or kilowatts of electricity, but in such human responses as comfort and calm.

BY Barbara Palmer February 27, 2019

WeWork Aims for Fulfilling Spaces at its Coworking Sites

WeWork designs shared workspaces around the world to meet an emotional as well as professional need among members.

BY Casey Gale February 27, 2019

Happy Spaces: How to Bring the Outside Inside

The restorative properties of biophilia — the idea that human beings have an innate desire to connect with nature — can be used to make people-friendly workspaces, including meetings venues.

BY Barbara Palmer February 27, 2019