Thursday, July 28, 2016

If you want guests to stick around long after noshing on nibbles, your exhibition space should not be only functional but also comfortable and inviting. To help inspire your next in-booth lounge, here are six delicious designs that deliver hospitable spaces with fashionable furnishings.


Theater in the Rounds
Exhibitor: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
Show: Mobile World Congress
Design: Jack Morton, London, 44-208-735-2000

At the Mobile World Congress, the Ericsson brand serves up a full-on meal along with a heaping helping of drama, thanks to moody lighting, colorful chairs, and multiple screens showing an array of content. Meanwhile, round tables promote intimate conversations between guests.


Spacious and Gracious
Exhibitor: ICS International AG
Show: LogiMat
Design: Atelier Damboeck Messebau GmbH, Neufinsing,Germany, 49-8121-975-0,

Housed within a one-of-a-kind, spherical exhibit, this hospitality zone offers ample seating via benches, chairs, and stools. Mirroring the overhead bands of color, accent pillows offer pops of blue, green, and gray, which provide a delightful contrast to the exhibit's stark-white surfaces.

White Light
Exhibitor: Osram Spa
Show: LivinLuce
Design: Cerqiglini & Rossi Architecture, Varedo, Italy, 39-362-571-066,

Light takes center stage in this hospitality area for Osram Spa, a manufacturer of light-management systems. White surfaces and embedded lighting in the floor and bar area are paired with Osram-orange chairs, creating a vibe that says "Osram is light!" without shouting.


Highly Hospitable
Exhibitor: Superior Energy Services Inc.
Show: Rio Oil and Gas
Design: Excalibur Exhibits, Houston, 713-856-8854,

Who says a hospitality area has to somehow be separate from the larger exhibit? This roughly 1,500-square-foot exhibit features an open, airy conference room as its star. Sitting atop a wood-patterned floor, bistro-style tables and chairs surround a similarly styled bar.


Square Trade
Exhibitor: Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Philips Lighting)
Show: EuroShop
Design: Totems Architecture B.V., Amsterdam, 31-20-508-13-10,

In this upper-level hospitality lounge for the Philips Lighting brand, it's all about the angles. A rectangular overhead structure caps the space and adds a touch of illumination, while colorful, angular chairs and white, square tables pepper the inviting area below.


Plane and Simple
Exhibitor: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
Show: National Business Aviation Association
Design: Czarnowski Display Services Inc., Chicago, 800-247-4302,

Housed within an exhibit resembling an airplane hangar, this expansive space conveys an airy yet orderly feel befitting of an aerospace firm. Easy-to-clean white-laminate tables and chairs dot the room while floral arrangements and cloud-like light fixtures add a touch of color.

Source: ExhibitorOnline

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

From corporate meetings to employee appreciation events to music festivals, many events are opting to use food trucks for catering services. Some are run by dedicated food truck operators, while established restaurants and hotel catering departments have launched their own food trucks for events. Hiring a food truck brings its own set of logistical challenges. Here’s what you need to know to have a seamless food truck experience.

1. Obtain all necessary permits and insurance.
Organizers should make sure food trucks have the necessary permits and insurance to operate. Planners should also have insurance that covers any potential mishaps at an event, which may be trickier than it sounds. It differs so much with every municipal council.

2. Read your contracts carefully.
There is no one standard contract for food trucks, and juggling the details can be challenging when hiring multiple food trucks for one event.

3. Determine where the food truck will be located at the venue.
Not all venues lend themselves to food truck catering. It's important to inform the food truck if their trucks are required to climb slopes and hills taking into consideration the equipment they have inside.

Arrange food trucks along the perimeter of the event. They should not compete with the focal point of the event.

4. Choose the menu carefully.
Streamline the food truck’s usual menu at events, or even ask for new dishes. When you're thinking about menu and theme, some food truck companies will be flexible and work with you in any way, and others say, ‘This is what we do, take it or leave it.’ You won't know if you don't ask.

5. Calculate how much food you will need.
A key question for food truck operators is: “How many people can you feed in X amount of time?” The answer will let you know how many food trucks you will need.

6. Use food trucks strategically.
Another strategy is to use food trucks in combination with a traditional caterer. A possibility is to hire a traditional caterer for a meal but then add on an array of specialty food trucks for craft coffee service or desserts.

7. Figure out when food trucks should arrive.
The beauty of some of these trucks is, you’re curating the freshness right there. It’s made to order, not sitting in a chafing dish somewhere. They need to have come already prepped, or they will need to get there in enough time so when the bell rings they’re ready to take orders and start serving. The extra hour gives operators enough time to set up any signage, canopies or overhangs, or trash cans.

8. Spell out what you want—and don’t want—trucks to provide.
Should organizers create custom signage to identify the food truck and display the menu, or should the food truck operator provide that? If hiring more than one food truck, should the host provide plates, napkins, and other items for a consistent look?

9. Devise strategies to keep the line moving.
An event host should consider streamlining a food truck’s full menu for large events to prevent guests from waiting in line. If lines form, plann entertainment such as roving performers to distract guests. Another strategy is to have food truck staff offering samples of items to guests in line.

10. Decide who will handle trash and cleanup.
Some food trucks bring trash cans while others do not.

Source:  Bizbash

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Teambuilding activities such as retreats, community service projects, competitive games, and problem-solving challenges can be great tools for companies to strengthen employee relationships, improve communication, break down barriers, re-energize staff, and ultimately improve the work climate and positively impact the bottom line. 
But those outcomes don’t just happen—they require advanced planning and follow-up. BizBash surveyed four teambuilding professionals for ideas on how to create long-term value from a teambuilding activity. Here are their tips for extending the value of teambuilding activities.
1. Create a long-term plan. Don’t view a teambuilding activity as a one-time event. Teams that like each other and get together on a regular basis are more excited about working, because they like the people they work with. Do teambuilding on a continuous basis so people know you are committed to it and are committed to them getting to know each other as people, especially in this day and age when we all sit in cubicles and exchange emails and do virtual conferences.
2. Involve employees as facilitators during the event so they can be the point of contact for continued conversations.
3. Capture the event with photos and videos. Those pictures and videos are the memories of us bonding together. Relationships are everything at the office. When you have that you can draw back to it.
4. Schedule a meeting immediately after the event for participants to debrief with one another. Use internal facilitators to lead a discussion driven by questions such as: What was the most interesting or surprising part of this activity? How was the level of cooperation? How will what we learned affect our performance? Are there suggestions for improvement for our next teambuilding activity?
5. Share lessons learned through employee communication channels such as e-newsletters, internal message boards, or bulletin boards. If you think of the organization as a community, communities have stories. And stories are the things that weave the social fabric of the organization … so you get better results, so that then the organization flourishes and people within the organization flourish.
6. Show that teamwork is important in a variety of ways. Prioritize teamwork at group meetings and individual performance appraisals. That way you show that building a team is a priority of mine as a leader and that’s always something we discuss. Not just once a year at an all-employee meeting.
7. If your teambuilding activity involved competition among groups of employees, consider maintaining those teams throughout the year and encouraging that competition. People like to win. If you can keep those teams together and get a little friendly rivalry going within your department or company depending on the size, that’s a lot of fun. Sometimes you will need somebody in a tough spot in a business situation and to have that to draw on is really unparalleled for what you can get done.
Source: Bizbash

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Friday, July 1, 2016

The biggest effect of a Brexit on meetings would be the resulting economic uncertainty, expected to last for several years. In fact, some large events already are on hold pending the outcome, according to an article in the U.K.–based Destination management companies in the U.K. also have reported losing business because of Brexit. 

An article in Conference & Incentive Travel magazine cites staff shortages in hospitality industry as a major potential impact of a Brexit because so many of these workers are immigrants. The article also mentions the free movement of people and event and exhibition goods among EU member states as a major benefit to the meetings industry, and one that the U.K. will potentially lose now that it has voted to leave the EU.

“The meetings and event industry is easily affected by economic and political uncertainty, however it will take at least two years for the separation conditions to be negotiated and no one really knows what will happen,” said Al Wynant, co-founder and CEO of Eventinterface. “I don’t think there will be an immediate impact and I foresee business as usual until there is more clarity on the process.”

Wynant said an immediate impact could be seen related to production cost for international planners hosting events and conferences in the UK related to the significant fall in the pound’s exchange rate.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is projecting UK air travel to decrease by 3 to 5 percent due to the country leaving the EU and the resulting economic downturn.

It will take some time to for the full impact of the vote to be felt. The UK has not yet formally declared the intention to leave, causing additional uncertainty. Once the declaration has been made, a two-year period of formal negotiations by the UK and EU will spell out the terms of the separation and hopefully stabilize the market. In the meantime it may be business as usual for the meeting and event industry.

The devaluing of the sterling could also make the U.K. a destination where you can maximize your dollar or euro, potentially making it a prime location for traveling to destination meetings and events.

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