The Friday 5 for October 18

Green Meetings and Conferences

Each week I painstakingly scour every last inch of the internet looking for 5 things worthy of a meeting planner’s attention. It could be an article, a service, an app, a review, a video, or a podcast. You simply never know what is going to pop up. I don’t spend much time on each, just a brief synopsis of what is behind the curtain, your interest or curiosity must do the rest. [Read more...]

Friday 5 for September 20th

Paris Incentive Travel

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris

Each week I painstakingly scour every last inch of the internet looking for 5 things worthy of your attention. It could be an article, a service, an app, a review, a video, or a podcast. You simply never know what is going to pop up. I don’t spend much time on each, just a brief synopsis of what is behind the curtain, your interest or curiosity must do the rest.

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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Your Conference – Infographic

OK. I would love to give a hat tip to someone because I know that I did not just stumble on this little infographic and it did not end up on my desktop by some miracle… well, at least I don’t think it did. Someone in my circles shared this bad boy and if it was you, a big thanks, I am also sharing the wealth.  [Read more...]

Your Conference or Event Can Change the World

Bad Water Kills More Children than War

This is a guest post by Calum Maclean. Many of you will remember Calum from his 17 years in the hotel business or his work at Clean the World. He has gone on to try and make a difference by providing clean water to those in need with www.sawyersaves.com You can contact him directly at calum@sawyer.com or 630-881-1066.

As a meeting planner you are committed to delivering an outstanding event. From the perfect location, F&B choices, natural light in the room, vetting the speakers, giving people enough downtime during the event, the list is endless.

Then there is the green or CSR component… As if there was not enough to do you now have to save the planet and everyone on it as well.

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A Sad Day for the Broadmoor

Image: Jeffrey Beall

The famed Broadmoor Hotel located in beautiful Colorado has been sold. I have a lot of opinions about this and I am about to share them with you because we all need a little rant from time to time…..

I hope that this hotel is a financial boondoggle to the new owner, Philip Anschutz who will be forced to sell it to another group who will retain the staff and management so that they do not lose their jobs. I am sorry that I have to feel that way, but I do.

Philip Anschutz is, in my opinion, one the biggest scumbags on the planet, right up there with the Koch brothers and Charles Manson…. Again, that is my opinion and if you don’t like it, you may feel free to unfollow, unfriend and forget I exist because we certainly do not share the same “values”.

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