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- Hidden Gem: Create a Sense of Community
- Feature Focus: What's In and What's Out for 2017 Meetings
- Stellar Buzz: News Briefs From Our Members
- Planners Helping Planners: Your Questions Answered
- Winner's Circle: Share a Tip & Win

  Hidden Gem

Create a Sense of Community

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Located in the heart of Downtown Reno, The Silver Legacy Resort is THE perfect location to create a sense of community for your meeting delegates!
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  Feature Focus

What's In and What's Out for 2017 Meetings

By Al Rickard, CAE

It’s a new year, and the meetings industry is looking ahead to what will make their events compelling in 2017.

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  Stellar Buzz
 News Briefs From Our Members

newspaperThe IMEX team is inviting speakers and topic experts to submit session proposals for the professional education programme at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017, which takes place 16 – 18 May. Continue speaker article...

Prague will host the Congress of Congresses in 2017. The Czech capital will welcome meetings professionals including top planners from all over the world for the 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Continue Prague article...

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  Planners Helping Planners
Your Questions Answered

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Q: How can I improve my vendor relationships?

A: It's never too late to start forming good relationships with the facilities where you conduct business. 

For example if you are on a tight budget and are holding your meeting at a facility that is potentially oversold on housing, you have a great chance of negotiating an arrangement that is beneficial to both you and the hotel.

Contact your sales person or CSM and tell them you've heard they may be having some housing challenges and you'd like to offer them some help. If you are holding upgrade rooms, tell them you'd be willing to exchange your upgraded rooms for standard rooms in exchange a meeting comp. Suggest something you know the hotel will not cost them out of pocket (i.e., in-house technology, waiver of nonunion labor/delivery charges, comp room rental). Most of the time the hotel will be more than happy to negotiate because they will be able to happily accommodate both (or all) of their clients.

Submitted by: Tina Buehler, CMP Conference Planning Manager, with Q Center

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  Winner's Circle
Share a Tip & Win

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Share your best meeting planning tip in the Stellar Tip Contest. Receive the most votes for the month and win an American Express Rewards Card!

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Welcome Newest Members has been busy adding new venues to our portfolio.

Consider these newest members of for your next meeting:

Fairmont Dallas - Dallas, TX
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa - Bonita Springs, FL
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa - Maui, HI
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa - Key West, FL
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel - Pittsburgh, PA
Bahia Resort Hotel - San Diego, CA
Deauville Beach Resort - Miami Beach, FL
American College of Chest Physicians - Glenview, IL
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino - Palm Beach, Aruba
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa - Kalaheo, HI
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate - Orlando, FL

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Situated along the Boston Harbor’s edge and comprised of the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Seaport offers an award-winning combination of distinctive function spaces, many with stunning harbor and city views, exceptional cuisine and award-winning service. 

A solutions-oriented partner, Seaport creates meetings and events that are innovative, collaborative and truly memorable.

Learn more about the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.

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Across the Atlantic Ocean is the enchanting island of Ireland that has an outstanding global reputation for hospitality and innovation.

Be inspired by the ancient ruins along the east coast that tell the story of Ireland’s saints, scholars and kings and the beautiful beaches, cities and cuisine along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Fairfax, Virginia

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