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Each year the Ohio and Kentucky Chapters of Meeting Professionals
International put on one of the best regional educational conferences in
the country, featuring some of the most well-known speakers in the
industry. The conference raises a great deal of funds for both chapters
which are instrumental in providing top notch services for their members
throughout the year. The conference moves between states each year,
even taking place in Indiana in 2013. Starting this Sunday, MPI Ohio is
thrilled to be holding this much anticipated event in Downtown Columbus.
This gives MPI the ability to really showcase not only the conference
to meeting professionals but also Central Ohio as a meeting destination.
Exposing Columbus to
a core group of meeting and event professionals allows planners to be
introduced to the wide variety of options in the city, including Quest!
opening night reception sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Columbus is
always a great way to start the Conference off, featuring an awesome
networking session for planners and suppliers alike. This is an
opportunity for industry folks to make connections, inquire about
business and overall just learn from their peers experiences. This year
the theme of the reception is “Party Like a Rockstar!”, featuring DJ
There is a new Emmcee this year, Scott Christopher a speaker,
actor and author of the book “People People: Who They Are. Why They Win.
How to Be One”. Scott is sure to provide energy to the conference
education and plenty of entertainment for attendees. The opening Keynote
address on Monday features Dave Gordon, Co-Founder of the brand
alignment agency Gordon Creative, Inc. Through this presentation Mr.
Gordon helps audiences “rekindle or enhance your meaning of what you do
each and every day”.
The MPI Mid America Conference is
pleased to welcome VP of Sales for MGM Resorts and MPI International
Chairman Michael Dominguez, CHSE as the Tuesday Morning General Session
speaker. For the past few years Mid America has been able to hear the
state of the meetings industry straight from the top. Being able to get
feedback from the individual who is knee deep in the big picture of the
industry everyday enables the audience
to gain a varied perspective on their own company’s outlook, and how
they align with what others are experiencing throughout the world.
year the conference features a variety of educational programs for all
attendees, but really does a good job at enabling you to customize your
own schedule based around what you are looking to get out of the
conference. If you are a planner wanting to dig into planner specific
breakout sessions, there are a number of those to choose from. If you
are interested in more big picture leadership and innovation sessions,
you are in the right place. For everyone that is attending the
conference next week, let us know how you enjoyed the experience! Have a
great weekend everyone!
Now that we are getting through the first quarter of the year (which
is hard to believe), it is a great time to start evaluating the outlook
of the meetings businesses for the rest of the year. Each year MPI puts
out a meetings outlook report, analyzing both the United States as well
as Europe. They look from the perspective of the meeting planner,
performing surveys with various planners thorough the industry getting their
insight on how many meetings they are producing in comparison to last
year, the budget they have received, and pressures they see from the
market, among other things.
The overall outlook of the
industry this quarter is very positive, both in the US and in Europe. In
comparison to last year, the majority of the evaluations were up. “The
US and Canadian meeting professionals forecast a 5 percent improvement
in overall business conditions in the coming year according to the
meeting professionals surveyed for the report.” What is interesting
about this aspect is that last year the numbers were also up in the
single digits, so rising another 5% is a great sign that things are
Of the planners surveyed, 72% of them gave
favorable outlooks reviews for the coming year for the overall business
of the meetings industry. Wither you are on the planner end point or the
supplier, hearing these numbers allows you to get a varied perspective
of the industry around you, and make better decisions for your
forecasting. 33% of the planners stated that their budgets were higher
this year than last, giving them more room to plan the meetings and
events that they are passionate about.
Another interesting aspect
was the shortening of the lead time, which is something that venues have
noticed over the years since the changing of the economic landscape.
42% of planners reported that they have been pressured to plan and
execute events with shorter time span than last year, when these numbers
were also up. It is evident that companies still find value in bringing
their people together, but it is one of those things that they wait for
until they know that there are enough funds in the budget before they
go ahead with the planning. Read the full report here!
Our beloved football season is finally coming to an end with the
Super Bowl taking place this Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. As
sad as that is for some people, it does mean that spring is coming soon!
(The Midwest could use a break from the cold) Even if you don’t like
the teams in the Super Bowl is a great time to
get together with friends and family to enjoy the excitement of the big
game. For all of those planning parties for Sunday, we thought we would
give you some food and beverage items that are sure to be a hit with
- One great idea that everyone would enjoy is a
simple French fry bar. Grab a bag of frozen potato wedges or cut your
own fresh ones and fry them up. Serve them with a variety of tasty
toppings that could include, bacon bits, scallions, cheddar cheese,
salsa, red onion, and sour cream.
- A classic idea is non-other
than pigs in a blanket with a spin on it. Instead of hot dogs use a fine
sausage from the deli and stuff it with a dab of fresh mustard. Serve
with the mustard for dipping!
- Keeping things easy on the labor
is important considering you will have your hands full with so many
other things! With it being so cold outside this time of year, take use
of your crock pot or slow cooker
and make your favorite chili recipe. This is an easy dish that nearly
everyone enjoys, and everyone has their own spin on making their
favorite chili. This will give you a chance to show off your cook off
skills to your guests!
- Sliders are always a popular choice for
parties because they are easy for guests to eat and they are smaller so
people can try other things on the buffet. We found this great recipe
for “triple pork sliders” from the food network website. Check out the full recipe here!
is always a good idea to throw something in with a football theme for
the game. A great way to give your table the themed look is to make a
dessert with a football theme. Wither it be as simple as icing cupcakes
with the colors of each team playing or step it up a notch and get your
cake decorating skills on. Here is a great link that will give you a bunch of ideas for giving your dessert that sports fan touch.
A great website asset to meeting and event professionals,
meetingsnet.com; recently published an article discussing a survey
completed by the company Cvent, which discussed the top amenities that
planners are looking for in their hotels. This is a great survey to
contemplate as hotels continue to try and set themselves apart in a
vastly growing market of consumer choices. Planners are always in tune
with the expectations of their attendees, so getting their opinion on
expectations from their facilities allows hotels as well as event venues
to think ahead of the curve when it comes to pleasing the client
The number one amenity was not surprising at all,
which was free Wi-Fi access. What is surprising however is how many
hotels and event facilities still charge for this service. On a recent
drive to Houston Texas I realized this quite obviously as both of the
hotels that I stayed in charged for Wi-Fi, and this brand not to be
named was primarily a business traveler hotel. With the abundance of
devices that are being carried by consumers both for work and personal
use, it now nearly a necessity for them to have access to a high speed
connection, and not just on their cell phones/tablets. Here at Quest we
are proud that we can provide an extremely high speed connection to all
of our clients throughout out building free of charge. We can also set your group up
with independent secure connections for your peace of mind during your
Also near the top of the list were “Discounted
Sleeping Rooms” as well as “Discounted Meeting Space”. The management at
Quest understands this as we consistently come in at a great value
price. We also continue to groom our partnerships with outside hotel
facilities to supply our customers with discounted hotel room night
blocks when you meet with us. With three different well-known brands
within walking distance to our facility, it is important for us to
provide our guests with an experience that mimics an all under one roof
During our last blog we discussed how attentive customer service can
make a huge difference in the smoothness of your audio visual needs
during an event. Here at Quest we have taken this idea to heart, and
continue to provide detailed customer service to our guests, constantly
trying to anticipate the needs of both the planners and attendees alike.
Our staff is comprised of individuals with a great deal of experience
in their side of the business, wither that be sales, coordination or
floor operations. When you come into the building you are greated with a smiling face, who
knows the building inside and out. And you always leave with a friendly
Our sales staff goes above and beyond each
day to provide planners with meeting space that exceeds their
expectations. The value that you receive at Quest you will be hard
pressed to find elsewhere. Our facility is designed for meetings and
educational sessions, with a variety of meeting rooms in different
shapes and sizes. This enables you to combine your event all in one
building, or even in one hall way, keeping your staff and attendees in
close proximity. Our sales staff works with each planner to logistically
outline how our building can best suit the needs of each meeting or
event. Detailed BEO quotes give you a great understanding of the value
prior to booking and provide the planner with the peace of mind that we
are always looking out for their budget.
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