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Five signs that the hotel meeting business is recovering

Five signs that the hotel meeting business is recovering Aug 17th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Business meetings are back in style. Group customer is on the rise for the hotel business, signaling that the corporate crowd Is getting back out on the road. Joining the party are other groups, such as associations, sports teams, religious groups, social organizations and the military, according to USA Today. The U.S. Travel Association is predicting a 7 percent increase in meeting and...

The Dealmakers' Ballroom: Pick the right lobby for your meetings

The Dealmakers' Ballroom: Pick the right lobby for your meetings Jun 17th, 2010 at 3:00PM: If you want to hold a business meeting in a hotel lobby where you really don't have any reason to be, it's worth doing a little homework. Pick a hotel without doing a little reconnaissance, and you could suffer an embarrassing moment in front of a potential client or investor. You've worked hard enough for the meeting – and a faux pan may ensure that you won't get another. Invest some...

The Dealmakers' Ballroom: How to use a hotel lobby and not get caught

The Dealmakers' Ballroom: How to use a hotel lobby and not get caught Jun 16th, 2010 at 3:00PM: You'd figure that hotel management might be a tad irked by squatters. The entrepreneurs who take up space in hotel lobbies generally aren't paying a dime, and there's always the risk that they could get in the way of hotel operations or wandering guests. And, let's get back to that part about not paying a dime. The entire reason a hotel exists is to turn a profit, and just about every aspect of a...

The Dealmakers' Ballroom: Understanding the hotel lobby phenomenon

The Dealmakers' Ballroom: Understanding the hotel lobby phenomenon Jun 14th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Where will the future of our economy – from the global economy, even – come from? Forget about garages in Silicon Valley, illicit side projects in Manhattan cubicle farms and the online tinkering that happens in the Harvard dorms. Instead, take a look at hotels. Specifically, peek into the lobbies. As travelers, we pass through the hotel lobby. The only reason to stick around is...

Events at The Ritz-Carlton

Events at The Ritz-Carlton Sep 1st, 2009 at 12:00PM: This past weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of attending the annual Insurance Advisory Council meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in Rose Hall, Jamaica. The Ritz-Carlton hosts a yearly visit with meeting planners who work with insurance giants (no one from AIG to my knowledge; that scandal was left to the St. Regis) to find out the needs of their group and, of course, to show off what they can do a...

Momentum around meeting cancellations

Momentum around meeting cancellations Apr 14th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Meetings and conventions aren't just falling ... they're actively being canceled. While it's easy to write this off as the erosion of a wasteful corporate perk, it translates to genuine financial crisis for the travel industry. Over the past six months, 402 conventions and meetings have been canceled in Las Vegas alone. According to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, this...

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