The Planning

The Planning

-The Planning-
BY Marcia L. Callaghan

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Must-Have Apps for Planners

The National Conference Center, one of the largest meeting and training facilities in the country, compiled a list of the top meeting and event planning apps by combing through all those offered and chatting with industry professionals. Below are their results.

How Uber & Airbnb are Changing the Transportation and Hospitality Industry

AS PEOPLE CONTINUE TO SWIPE AND TAP THEIR WAY THROUGH THE DAY, new community-fueled options for transportation and accommodations have started to popularize. In particular, two San Francisco-based companies, Uber and Airbnb, have exploded into the marketplace with a presence in virtually every major city (and even smaller towns, too).

Instagram Inspiration

Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.

Think Spring for Your Next Goodie Bag

Event bags are always a hit with guests. And while most parties can’t live up to the standard of celebrity gift bags (This year’s Academy Award gift bags included $20,000 worth of merchandise featuring a private dinner party at Morton’s steakhouse and a pair of Beamer Video Phones), us ‘regular people’ can have just as much fun with gifts for our guests. Themed bags are a consistently good idea, and we have just the thing for your upcoming spring soiree.

Plan a Successful Charity Event With These Tips

Luscious libations, delicacies from 14 of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, fabulous music and décor guests enjoyed the works at the 22nd annual Cocktails for a Cause gala at Galleria Marchetti last November. Beyond the glitz and glam, though, the real attraction was meeting the goal of $210,000 raised for pediatric research initiatives at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Planner's Pocket Dictionary: Transportation & Accommodations

TRAINS, PLANES, AUTOMOBILES-AND HOTELS (lots and lots of hotels). These places often become mobile offices for event planners, even as they’re developing itineraries for thousands of destination travelers year-round. Since travel can be such a large component to production, we spoke with Hanson Ansary, hospitality veteran and president and CEO of AlliedPRA Chicago, to map out some important key words for transportation and accommodations.

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