Room Block Poaching: Turning the Tables on Housing Scammers

Joshua Grimes
May 28, 2014
Poaching of meeting guests by unauthorized housing companies is an emerging problem. Groups should protect their guest attendance lists against disclosure, educate guests about problems from booking with poaching companies, and take steps to stop poaching if it occurs.

Pro-Gun Legislation: Is it 'Open Season' at Meetings & Events?

Joshua Grimes
May 1, 2014
Many states are enacting laws to permit guns and other firearms in public places. Groups wishing to limit or ban guns at their meetings must review these laws and create internal policies for their organizations, and then enforce them.

Preventing Guest Information Theft in Meeting Contracts

Joshua Grimes
March 25, 2014
Guest personal information theft has come to the meeting industry. Meeting sponsors must take steps to restrict use of personal data, and to keep computer protections up-to-date to prevent hacking.

FAM Trip Abuse: A Legal and Ethical Dilemma

Joshua Grimes
February 13, 2014
FAM trip abuse is a growing problem. Hotels and suppliers need to check out planners before offering free or discounted travel. Groups also need to create rules for their employees accepting trips.

The 3 "Right" Ways to Calculate Attrition

Joshua Grimes
January 31, 2014
Attrition can be calculated three ways, based on lost profits, 100% of room rate or anticipated hotel revenues. Planners and hoteliers must agree on which is best.

Decoding International Travel Warnings

Joshua Grimes
October 22, 2013
Planners should read and consider international travel advisories. But they can be overly cautious. Consider the advisories and decide whether a meeting destination is safe for meeting attendees.

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