Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
But what does that really mean? I'm not really one to point out how bad things are (I'm a glass half full girl), but in this global economic climate, does reopening Tibet really mean anything? Will people go just because it's been closed for the past year, in a case of wanting what they couldn't have? Or, will people stay the course on their "stay-cation" fad, and Tibet's reopening will fall by the wayside as something that should probably have been important, but because of the times, became irrelevant? And... is that what China is hoping for? Are they hoping that they'll get the good PR boost from reopening Tibet, but that no one will go because everyone's so frightened by the economy?
Does anyone even care?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
ISES Greater Philadelphia Chapter Industry Showcase
What's FRESH in the Event Industry for 2009
Date : Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
Time: 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location: Philadelphia Cruise Ship Terminal
5100 S. Broad St, Phila, PA 19112
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Patrick Lencioni’s New York Times best-seller, The FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS of a TEAM addresses the five obstacles that prevent even the best teams from succeeding. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team:
- Absence of Trust
- Fear of Conflict
- Lack of Commitment
- Avoidance of Accountability
- Inattention to Results
We had a wonderful time and a delicious meal prepared entirely by the HRIM students. Although I was taking photos like an obnoxious tourist, probably driving Kristina nuts, I really got some great shots. Check them out!
Two of us were late to dinner - sorry! - and Kristina didn't let it phase her. Here are two shots of her waiting for us at the front door - towel over arm, no doubt!
Susan & Cher enjoying a little wine that the evening's Sommelier brought over.
Ed & Dana enjoying the evening.
Danala, Katala & Lizskee posing for a photo before our appetizers arrive.
I meant to take photos of each course, but the food was so good, I got distracted! Here's the one shot I got of a vichyssoise appetizer. Delish!
Here's Kristina serving our main entrees. Look how professional she is!
Here's Dana, a former HRIM student, showing the table how to test the temperature of your meat without touching it or using a meat thermometer. You simply put various finger combinations together and touch that fatty part of your thumb/palm.
For more details, please contact Dana directly - I'm not doing her meat lesson justice!
We decided to take one last shot before heading home. Thanks to Kristina & the HRIM team for a wonderful evening!
For more information on Vita Nova, check out their website.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Did I miss any???
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
you want it. you know you're going to go home tonight and make it. just try not to! :)
The participants in the meeting were:
Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association
Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and CEO, Loews Hotels;
Chairman Emeritus, U.S. Travel Association
Jim Abrahamson, President, the Americas, IHG
Jim Atchison, President and COO, Busch Entertainment Corp.
Jeff Clarke, CEO and President, Travelport
Howard Frank, Vice Chairman and COO, Carnival Corporation & plc
Barney Harford, President and CEO, Orbitz Worldwide
W. Stephen Maritz, Chairman and CEO, Maritz Holdings Inc.
Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
Jay Rasulo, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Colin Reed, Chairman and CEO, Gaylord Entertainment
Frits van Paasschen, President, CEO and Director, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks and Resorts
As I keep saying... just keep meeting... just keep meeting... just keep meeting!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Our colleagues in the industry, led by the U.S. Travel Association, have done a fabulous job of quickly spreading the word, backed by solid facts, that meetings are vital to the overall success of the economy. This grassroots campaign is designed to educate the public and most importantly, our Government officials.
These industry efforts are helping to counter the dangerous political rhetoric and media attention that is attempting to scare corporate America away from travel – at the expense of working Americans. One in eight Americans is employed by the travel industry and they are the ones most hurt as events across the country are cancelled.
We must all use our voices to stand strong for the meetings industry.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
First, turn to the new official website of this campaign at www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com. This all-encompassing site is an excellent resource for campaign updates, press releases, key data on travel industry statistics, the Value of Meetings data and the Industry Guidelines for Meetings & Events.
Take immediate action by going to
http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/take-action where you can:
1. Send a letter to your members of Congress. It is easy to do. You’ll find a draft of an e-mail letter you can use or edit as you see fit. The website will send your letter directly to your Representative and Senators. In a matter of minutes, your voice will be heard!
2. Sign the Petition to Keep America Meeting
3. Follow one of the other suggestions on how to spread the word!
Please do not delay in signing the petition and contacting your legislators and please help our industry to get the word out by passing this message on to your family members, colleagues or friends. Every day we don’t do something costs all of us.
Thank you in advance for your support on this important matter. The more we join together, the louder and more effective our voice will be.
Chris White, Chairman & CEO of Krisam Group & Global Events Partners
Jim Schultenover, President of Krisam Group
I totally agree with this email that was sent out. I couldn't have put it better myself!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
From the Big Fat Marketing Blog
Folks are still making money in this recession. Hooters did $1 billion in sales and was up 2% according to last night’s Nightline. And apparently sexy sells: copy-cat restaurants like Twin Peaks and Bone Daddy’s have popped up (no pun intended) in Texas.
So beware, more red-light cameras are coming to Delaware. Ten additional cameras are set to be installed on state highways this year. The state already has 20 red-light cameras and the Delaware Department of Transportation said it is handing out thousands of tickets each year. The fine for running a red-light is $112.
Planning Factory International has updated our office to run on the latest and greatest websites so that we can constantly network with other companies, as well as, market ourselves to people and companies so that we may fulfill their event planning needs. In order to keep up with the industry today, it is imperative to keep up with the latest trends so that your company can be discovered even in simple areas, such as the border of a facebook page. Every little bit helps!
Search Planning Factory International on Facebook and make sure to continue following our Blog, who knows we might be sending out E-mail blasts or Text Messages next!
Likewise, there are a couple of different tales as to where the Baby Ruth name came from. As you've probably noticed, it sounds suspiciously like the name of a certain famous baseball player.
But the Curtiss Candy Company claims they never intended it that way, that the bar was named for Ruth Cleveland. Ruth was born between her dad's two terms as president and the nation was indeed crazy for her. But the Baby Ruth bar came out in 1921, and Ruth Cleveland died in 1904 at the age of 12. Ruth-mania had definitely subsided by the time the Baby Ruth bar came out.
Snopes says that the rumor that the bar was named for a baby is bunk. It seems more likely that the company was capitalizing on Ruth's name without having to pay him for the honor. They say that Ruth wasn't even well-known in 1921 and it would have been silly to name a candy bar after an obscure slugger, but Ruth had been playing the major and minor leagues since 1914 and by 1921, he had already thrown a shutout in a World Series game, established himself as a power hitter, been involved in a highly-publicized salary feud, recorded a batting average that wouldn't be broken until 2001, and had been traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees.
But I'll let you decide - was the Baby Ruth named for Ruth Cleveland or George Herman "Babe" Ruth?"
Go here for the rest of the article with more weird stories about what candies are really named after!
Yum ... I'm hungry!
Monday, March 9, 2009
I'm glad to see that there's at least a little science out there that isn't being skewed against the meetings and events industry! I know that we're valuable. It's time that everyone else acknowledged it!
Definitely food for thought ... let me know what kind of thoughts you're munching on ...
Friday, March 6, 2009
I read this today on the Cytower blog for events professiomnls http://cytower.blogspot.com/ and I want to pass it on. It was provoked by Scott Ginsberg's Hello my name is BLOG, and a post about "30 Ways To Become The Most Interesting Person You Know." It suggests making a list of the traits of the people you feel are most interesting:
1.Make People Laugh. Almost every person on my list is hilarious. Each has a different style - some are wacky, others sarcastic, and still more are just plain quirky - but they always find ways to put a smile on someone's face. Are you making people laugh? What can you do to inject your own brand of humor into life?
2.Radiate happiness. Good vibes are contagious and the most interesting people I know spread happiness to everyone they cross. This can be frustrating for the realists out there (myself included) who know life isn't all ponies and rainbows. But the world is full of barriers and limits already. Why not focus on lifting people up with positivity?
3.Get fired up. One of the reasons we like dogs so much is that they're always excited to see us when we get home. After a long day at the office, what's better than being greeted as if your arrival is the most exciting thing on the planet? Super-interesting people are always excited and approach life with purpose and vigor. Drink your Red Bull and get cracking!
4.Just be interested. The most interesting people I know are the most interested people I know. They don't worry about scoring cool points, they just focus on learning all about you. Get out there and ask people questions. Follow-up. Actually care about the answers. When we engage someone and get interested in his or her life, we can make an impression that lasts a lifetime.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
i love this office! :)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Stop Congress from banning companies from hosting events and conferences!
Please take a moment to read below. It is critically important to the entire meetings industry. Remember this all trickles down to so many other industries as well. There are so many jobs at stake! I just took action on this issue and thought you might find it interesting.
If you don’t agree, please don’t shoot this messenger.
Stop Congress from banning companies from hosting events and conferences! Sen. Kerry has introduced legislation that would ban all 421 firms including the nation's largest banks that received money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) from hosting, sponsoring or paying for conferences, holiday parties and entertainment events.
Click on this URL to take action now
If your email program does not recognize the URL as a link, copy the entire URL and paste it into your Web browser.
Please note: This article and link was pulled from the HSMAI discussion board on Linked-In.
We got a new account for a Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center's Open House in May!
Planning Factory team members are on the road (again)!
- Kate & Liz are attending a planning meeting for an Entrepreneurial Business Conference
- Cher & Lindsay are presenting to a packaging company to help develop their events marketing initiatives
The rest of the team is holding down the fort back in Wilmington! Stay tuned for an update on these great meetings later this week!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Eileen McDargh - Dana Point, Calif.
Cancelling expensive trips to exotic locations as a reward for work well-done is one thing. Cancelling meetings that bring people together for training, sharing of best practices, networking and meeting in person is akin to throwing the baby out with the bathwater ("Posh trips for jobs well-done are fading away," Cover story, Money, Friday).
(Souvenir: Insurance agency owner Bob McAfee and his wife, Barbara, kept this weather vane from one of his incentive trips, which have declined./ David Ahntholz for USA TODAY)
Organizations cannot afford to allow employees to huddle in tiny corners, receive no stimulation and talk only via an online social network.
Because some meetings have been labeled "boondoggles" in news reports, companies are canceling important gatherings. Ramifications are huge for the hospitality, airline and conference industries.
The leaders of associations and companies will have to find a way for people to gather, and bring in pertinent resources and activities, so employees can feel more committed and positive about the future.
While "off" for our snow day, PFI was still on the hunt for the latest and greatest, newest and most faboo!
Here are a few pictures from the show! Hit up Liz's facebook for more!
Flowery shoes! Yes please!
Odd witchy hats of flowers over water bottles? A little different .. but I still like it ... go figure ...
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
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