'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining

'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining
Joan Eisenstodt
December 7, 2018
Many of you will give or receive gifts or entertain or be entertained by those with whom you are doing business, have done business, referred business or one day may do business. What goes into your thinking when giving or accepting gifts?

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?
Joan Eisenstodt
February 2, 2018
Puerto Rico and Houston residents still suffer months after hurricanes devastated their communities. #MeToo hasn't gone away especially for housekeepers and others demanding "panic buttons." The flu is killing people across the US. With all that as a backdrop, let’s examine the extensive industry energy that is focused on Marriott’s reduction of third-party commission. It’s a greater amount of energy than I’ve seen directed toward the other issues.

8 Destination and Site Selection Tips Updated for Our Times

8 Destination and Site Selection Tips Updated for Our Times
Joan Eisenstodt
July 7, 2017
We have an obligation to be smart about and up to date on the issues that affect us. We also have an obligation to work with our business partners upfront on all the issues that may impact our meetings, no matter how difficult it may seem. To not do so can be costly in dollars and reputation.

Is Alcohol Needed at Meetings & Events?

Is Alcohol Needed at Meetings & Events?
Joan Eisenstodt
December 28, 2016
We know we should always plan responsibly for alcohol consumption at meetings, events, holidays and family gatherings. But is the serving of alcohol even necessary?

Airbnb & Homestays: The Legal Challenges

Airbnb & Homestays: The Legal Challenges
Joshua Grimes
December 16, 2016
Legal issues for meetings and conventions abound when using AirBnb and other homestay accommodations. Here are some steps to prevent liability.

Insurance: How Covered Are You and Your Meetings?

Insurance: How Covered Are You and Your Meetings?
Joan Eisenstodt
December 1, 2016
One of the best lessons I ever learned was from Jeff King, Esq., who, for years was the attorney for the Convention Liaison (now Industry) Council.

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