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You need added value and cost saving options for your 2010 meetings. Find out how the Association Vision Convention Communication Stimulus Package can help
your meetings succeed.

Utilizing Sponsor Input
"When planning your sponsorship program, leave some flexibility for creative ideas from your sponsors. Allow your sponsors to have input on sponsorships instead of dictating what they can, or can not, sponsor. We recently had a program sponsored in full by a company who was looking for added exposure to our Regional and District Managers. We sat down together and created a sponsorship for a dinner outing to a local Gameworks during our National Sales Meeting. The sponsor was thrilled to have exclusive sponsorship of the event and an opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with our associates." 
Submitted by: Rose Horcher with
Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Experiment with Banquet Menus
"Don't be afraid to get creative with your banquet menus. At a recent sales training event at a small suburban hotel, the banquet meal choices were pretty slim. However the hotel's information packet contained special event menus, and dinner menus, and I was able to work with the staff to select items from those menus to create our own custom lunches, at a price comparable to the other choices. And at a major city hotel recently, we wanted to have a golf "clubhouse" themed event. The chef was happy to suggest finger sandwiches, canapes, petits fours, and other small finger type foods that were not at all on their regular menu - which helped us to build a fun and memorable event." 
Submitted by: Carol David
with Axcelis Technologies

Save the Date

RCMA 38th World Conference & Exposition
January 26-29, 2010
Fort Worth, Texas

Learn more about the
RCMA World Conference & Exposition.

IMEX 2010

IMEX 2010
May 25-27, 2010
Frankfurt, Germany

Learn about attending IMEX through the
Hosted Buyer Program by emailing
   Spotlight On: PCMA 2010 Conference Green Initiatives Sneak Preview
Speaker Kelly Peacy
Kelly Peacy, PCMA VP of Meetings & Events, spoke at the event
The Convene Green Alliance (CGA) recently offered a sneak preview of the green meeting features of the upcoming Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convening Leaders Conference at a CGA Focus Forum session.

“PCMA is positioned to lead by example within the meetings industry and their commitment to green their annual conference is the perfect living laboratory for meeting professionals looking to make their events environmentally friendly,” said CGA Executive Director Tracey Messina.  Continue PCMA Sneak Preview article...

   Feature Focus: 3 Creative Ideas for Your 2010 Meetings

  Welcome to 2010! This is the year of redefining value. What worked last year or the year before may be out the window, especially with a rapidly changing economic landscape and competitors scrambling for market position.

Find out what your members need, create a program to deliver it, and then promote it in the most creative ways possible. You must break through the clutter and tap the power of the social media, which is the all-important “side door” to reach members. Continue Creative Ideas article...
   Stellar Buzz: News Briefs from Our Members - Be in the Know
IMEX 2010 has its sights set on continuing its strong growth and business track record, which will be demonstrated by a rise in the number of intermediaries bringing hosted buyers to the Frankfurt show. Continue IMEX article...

Congratulations to Michele Dionne, senior conference sales manager for Dolce Hayes Mansion, who has been appointed to the board of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC).  Continue Dolce article...
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The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino pairs ideal meeting venues with impeccable service in our 106,000 square feet of on-property meeting space, award-winning restaurants and catering, world-class spa, nightly entertainment, and beautiful Tuscan-inspired accommodations.  Learn more about the Peppermill Reno Spa Casino.

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Refer a Meeting Professional Contest

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