Like popping bubblewrap?

June 16, 2006

If so, you’ll love this site (try it in Manic Mode—it’s even more fun. Or you can try to draw pictures in busted bubbles. Excellent time waster all around.)

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If you hold international meetings, you might want to take a gander at the 2005 Country and City Rankings compiled by the International Congress and Convention Association. The top countries are the U.S., Germany, Spain, the U.K., and France; top cities are Vienna, Singapore, Barcelona, Berlin, and Hong Kong. By “top,” they mean the countries and cities hosting the largest number of international congresses, according to its database.

We all have refund policies for our meetings. We all like to stick by them, for obvious reasons. But after reading this post on Jupiter Research, where Diane Clarkson talks about how a rigid airline rebooking policy caused her to take her business elsewhere, and compares it with an experience with Expedia working with a hotel to get her get a cancellation fee waived, I have to admit that sometimes it makes more sense (and cents!) to bend the rules every now and then.

Hello world!

May 17, 2006

Like you don’t already have more than enough to read! Still, I figured I’d start up this meeting planning/hospitality blog, just for grins, since I have so much spare time these days (not!). I’ve been working in the meeting planning/hospitality industry for about eight years now, and love everything about it, especially the people I’ve had a chance to meet and work with. I look forward to exploring everything meeting planning here on the Meetings Maven blog. Feel free to join me!