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ANON 02/05/2018 [1]

Should we take cuts lying down?

Marriott and Hilton's decision to cut group booking commissions is a wake-up call for agencies and PCOs about the changing ownership and business models of large hotels brands (that's effectively what they are now). So what do we do - pass on the cost to our clients or fight back? The hotel market is fragmented, we have a lot of buying power, surely we're not going to take this lying down?

Anonymous user 29/05/2018

I see nobody replied to this post since it was published.
Marriott is one of the largest hotel chains, and Hilton is not small either. PCO’s and meeting planners might have buying power, but they are at the end service providers, and they should charge for their services. Avoiding hotels from these brands when you have a medium or large size congresses is not an option in most cases. You need rooms and they have them. There is no other way than live with their decision it and try to look for a different business model, in order to survive. Commissions were cut down by travel agencies and airlines in the past and delegates still travelling to meetings all over the world. Complaining only was never the solution as far as I have experienced.



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Karen Piccard 18/04/2018 [0]

We can't make social media work either

I could totally relate to your Editor's Blog Social Media on Trial as we have been trying, and failing, to get any meaningful engagement on any of the platforms you mentioned. Numbers yes, engagement no. I would be very interested to know if ANY associations have made a successful fist of social media - or is it time we started treating social media companies as businesses who aren't in it to make our life easier - but to make a fast buck!?



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Torran Jakobsen 07/03/2018 [0]

I want less tech at our congress

At the moment I am a lone voice on our board, because I want to reduce the amount of tech at our annual congress, where everyone else want to increase it. I want people to engage with the content and, more importantly, each other and not be looking at their screens all day. I don't want voting apps, I don't want digital way-finding, I don't want satellite link-ups - if panelists can't make it, choose someone else! The best meetings I have been to have been pretty low-fi. It has been the content and the speakers that made it - not the tech. How can I persuade the board to my way of thinking?



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Paul Gallagher 26/02/2018 [1]

Where do we draw the line?

In the light of the #metoo scandal we are re-examining our entertainment offering at congress. In the past we have had cabaret/moulin rouge style entertainment, which has involved women in various stage of undress. Is this now inappropriate? Or is it all a matter of taste? In other words, cabaret 'good', strip joints 'bad'?

Rosa Reyero of ENITED business events 14/03/2018

What has happened to our common sense?.When did we became so crazy?. Who is there to judge what is appropriate and what not...the Events Inquisition?. I cannot hear anything more about this issue anymore.



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Hans Sebald 03/01/2018 [0]

Hotels with decent AV?

In recent years we've held our annual meeting in a convention centre, despite extra costs, because we rely heavily on AV and AV backup should something go wrong. But as a society we have always felt our smaller meeting gets lost in such big venues so we are thinking about hotels once again. I am looking for advice as to the hotel chains which offer the best in-house AV systems and technical support? Thanks.



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Sally Thewliss 03/01/2018 [0]

Best new convention centres?

Our next congress falls in an anniversary year and we want it to be extra special. Can anyone recommend a convention centre - in Europe - which really has the 'wow' factor? The one in Reykjavík looks amazing, for example. Any tips?



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