Independent Planners

March 2019

For all meeting and event planners—and owners of an independent meeting planning company, especially—developing and leveraging a business network is critical to success.

January 2019

February 2019 will see another major chain joining the cohort of hotels reducing the commissions paid to independent event planners, when Hyatt Hotels Corporation cuts its rate down from 10 percent to 7 percent. Can the trend be reversed? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I don’t believe so.

December 2018

In January 2018 independent meeting planners were met with some explosive news that reverberated throughout the industry: Marriott would be cutting commissions for third-party planners! Hilton, Hyatt and IHG joined the party, while smaller chains and independent hotels jockeyed for position by increasing their commission rates. More recently Loews Hotels took a notable stand and temporarily raised commissions.

December 2018

Do you remember the moment when you were introduced to the meetings industry? How did you feel? I have been an entrepreneur and an independent planner for more than 20 years, and yes, to me every independent planner IS an entrepreneur. And we're facing similar challenges too!

December 2018

Meeting Planners Unite, an association of independent meeting planners that was formed in the wake of the Marriott International commission cuts in early 2018, announced it is offering a healthcare plan for members.

November 2018

Loews Hotels is increasing its third-party meeting planner commissions to 13 percent at select hotels in 2019. The luxury hotel company is maintaining its current 10 percent commission structure at its other properties.

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