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AMI Global Meetings is pleased to announce the launch of our newly re-designed website for www.americanmeetings.com. The new site has a fresh, streamlined look for easier navigation and will be our social networking hub with links to our pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We’ve also included an RSS feed to our blog which will be updated frequently as well as a Live Chat option, giving visitors an immediate way to contact us. [Read more...]
Last week, we held AMI’s internal Core Training Meeting for its executives, corporate meeting planning professionals and event planners at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, a gorgeous and newly-renovated property! It was the perfect location to host this important gathering of our growing team. Besides training on new tools/procedures and providing updates on the exciting future plans for AMI Global Meetings, it was also an opportunity to get to know one another a little better and bond as a team. We believe strongly in the power of a good team-building session and create them for our clients all the time. And so, for this meeting, we decided to practice what we preach! [Read more...]
As quoted by our very own CEO, Andy McNeill, in the October issue of MPI’s One+ magazine, “smaller cities offer far lower costs for lodging and meeting space than major cities” which “cost about 15 percent to 20 percent more than those that typically attract regional [events].” [Read more...]
Transparency is here for meetings and events. The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, though collection starts in 2012, and reporting is not required until 2013. is quickly becoming top of mind at pharmaceutical and biotech firms everywhere. While no one argues that transparency in an industry is "bad", many in the industry are challenged by the implementation of such far reaching legislation. Couple that with the learning curve and technology requirements of reporting and many companies are, quite frankly, scrambling. [Read more...]
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Todd Bludworth, COO at American Meetings, Inc. takes us on a brief tour of The Villa at Barton G - one of the many great South Florida venues. The Villa by Barton G., is a boutique luxury hotel, restaurant and event space in the former Versace Mansion on South Beach. [Read more...]
Todd Bludworth, COO at American Meetings, Inc. (AMI) provides an overview for those travelling abroad for international meetings.
Helpful tips for International Meeting Planners: [Read more...]
Andy McNeill, president and CEO of American Meetings, Inc (AMI) encourages you to reference our videos and written blogs for tools, ideas and venue recommendations for your domestic and international meeting planning needs.
At AMI, we want you to become a better meeting planner, and more importantly plan a better meeting.
I recently read an article in the June edition of Meetings & Conventions Magazine that brought Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution concept into, well, meetings and conventions.
My initial thought was that this was an ingenious reminder that menus are a significant part of the attendee experience. This article reinforces that what you eat directly affects how you feel. [Read more...]
AMI - In The News – What you need to know about Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance when Planning Your Next Meeting.
New revisions to the Americans With Disabilities Act went into effect in March of 2011. Andy McNeill, Principle and CEO at American Meetings, Inc (AMI) reminds corporations and the meeting planning community that it is up to the planner to be aware of these changes in ADA regulation as well as confirm that your hotel or venue is in compliance.
“… it’s up to the planner, prior to the program, to be aware of the changes in regulation as well. It’s not just compliance, it’s customer service.” [Read more...]
The AMI Global Brand of Companies: Meeting Management, Registration Software, Amenities & Promotions.
Who is AMI Global Meeting Solutions? AMI Global is a full-service, event marketing and meeting management company that is made up of three complementary brands
Can meeting and event planners improve the experience of a meeting or conference by the way the meeting space is arranged?
The answer is, of course, yes. The meeting itself will help dictate the appropriate meeting space and setup style, and successful meeting planners and event managers know the room setup should be designed to support the purpose of the meeting in order to create successful results. [Read more...]
When meeting planning meets team building, one of the best ways to create engagement and positive energy is by incorporating philanthropy as the beneficiary.
Team building, in general, is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to really get to know each other and bond in an entirely different and creative way outside of the office. [Read more...]
Event management is a precious resource when it comes to saving you time, energy and money in crafting your corporate event or sales meeting. Whether you are outsourcing to an event management company or have your own internal resources, there are basic requirements that should be met. Do you know what to expect? Here are a few defining elements of successful event management. [Read more...]
Todd Bludworth, COO and Andy McNeill, CEO at American Meetings provide insight on why preplanning and strategy are critical to a successful tradeshow, emphasizing that the initial steps of tradeshow planning can begin as early as 18 months out. “It’s all about connecting with potential clients”, said McNeill.
Does Your Meeting Planner Know About Florida’s #1 Destination? Orlando, Florida - 50 Million Visitors in a Year!
Corporate Incentives & Travel Magazine recently did a story on Orlando that shared some pretty amazing statistics. Orlando, Florida is “the first destination in the United States to draw more than 50 million visitors in a year”. [Read more...]
With downsizing work forces and increasing workloads on internal employees, often times outsourcing those annual meetings and conferences is the right move for your company. Once you have determined that outsourcing is a viable option for you, how do you make sure you select the right meeting planning partner? [Read more...]
Mother Nature has a way of reminding us that she is in charge. Chances are if you have worked in the meeting and events industry for a number of years that you have encountered some kind of extreme act of nature that rocked the pre-planning boat. [Read more...]
Miami has been singled out as one of the most popular places to hold an international meeting, especially if you are catering to South American countries.
Todd Bludworth, COO at American Meetings, Inc., agrees and was recently quoted in Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine about the diversity of Miami and the strong foothold it has with Latin American companies and annual conferences. (Click here to read full article) [Read more...]
The overall success of every meeting starts with the skill set and experience of the meeting planner. There's the pre-planning, the budget, the venue selection and the onsite execution, just to name just a few of the tasks involved. You are entrusting the outcome of your event to this individual and should set the bar high.
So, what is the definition of a meeting planner...
meet·ing plann-er [mee-ting] [plan-er] [Read more...]
As a conference and event planner, I was recently researching and coordinating for upcoming international meeting efforts and discovered I was utilizing several informational websites quite frequently. I wanted to share these with the many other event marketing and meeting planners that I know are out there dealing with numerous cities around the world, trying to align multiple schedules with different time zones, with countless currency conversions and a variety of postage calculations. Sometimes it helps to have an informative source. I found these three very useful. [Read more...]
Many AMI Clients will be directly affected by the upcoming implementation of the Sunshine Act by the Federal Government. In an effort to keep our community informed, we wanted to bring to your attention the missing of a critical deadline by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to draft regulations for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. In response to this delay, Andy McNeill, CEO of American Meetings, Inc. [Read more...]
Have you ever have to distribute last minute schedule changes to a meeting already in session? What if the schedule changes occurred while your attendees were off site or en route to your meeting? How about sharing the exciting announcement of an anticipated guest speaker? [Read more...]
The IMEX Conference has come to America and took place at the Sands Expo Convention Center at the Venetian/Palazzo in Las Vegas from October 11 – 13 2011.
This conference caters to the many levels of worldwide incentive travel, meetings and events.
American Meetings, Inc (AMI) attended and met with over 10 national hotel chains, 6 cruise lines and multiple European Destination management companies to gather the latest and greatest in travel destinations and locations ideas for clients. [Read more...]
People who organize meetings & events must wear many hats and while some activities may become almost instinctual, it’s always smart to have a checklist and share this list with team members. Your meeting is only as successful as the preparation of your onsite team and the hotel staff.
Assurances such as suppressing room rates, procedure for hotel staff when gratuity is offered, accommodations for early arrivals and late check out, who are the VIPs …these are just a few things should be covered methodically . [Read more...]
AMI Global Meetings is pleased to announce our 2012 Booking Incentive Offer. Now is the time to take advantage of these significant savings for your organizations 2012 meetings and qualify to receive one great gift of your choice. [Read more...]
People who plan meetings, such as the VP of Marketing or the VP of Sales, have to do a lot of research prior to securing a venue or adding a venue to their preferred vendor list. Probably one of the first steps in this decision is the site inspection. [Read more...]
It’s that time of year to think about holiday gifting. The holidays are just around the corner and the tradition of sending gifts is about to kick into full gear. Are you ready?
Now is the time to think about how you want to reach out to clients and acknowledge relationships that have been forged both recently and throughout the years. [Read more...]
AMI Team Member Spotlight
John Totino, CMP – Senior Vice President, Meeting Operations
How do you offer more to your attendees when holding a meeting in New York City? Give them the opportunity to save on sightseeing at countless NYC attractions with THE NEW YORK PASS.
For those of you in the midst of planning upcoming corporate events, sales meetings, maybe even the company Christmas party and are looking for ways to add that special touch that makes a statement … here is something completely different. Aerial Bartenders. [Read more...]
Deanna Izquierdo : AMI Project Manager
Last week we blogged about the critical steps one needs to take when conducting a site search, or venue inspection, for upcoming corporate meetings and events. This week we are providing you with a checklist to help carry you flawlessly through these steps and make your venue decision efficiently and smoothly. [Read more...]
While doing some research recently on teambuilding activities for an upcoming corporate event, we made this discovery. Scavenger Hunts for Corporate Groups. What a great way to think outside of the box and get outside during your corporate event for some quality team building with your co-workers and a chance to explore your host city. [Read more...]
Andy McNeill - Principle & Chief Executive Officer
Rome, Paris, Rio! Ever think about going global and hitting an international destination for your meeting? Yes, it sounds fun and exotic, but the first question to ask yourself should be “Is an international destination best for your organization?”
Todd Bludworth - Principal & Chief Operating Officer
Todd, along with an older brother and sister, grew up in a military family and spent his early years living in many places including Germany, Hawaii, Kansas and Florida before his Father retired from the military and became a lobbyist in Washington, DC. [Read more...]
Meetings matter. Whether you are booking your next advisory board with your top physicians or an internal meeting for your co-workers, remember these 10 quick tips to have a successful program: [Read more...]
See what 10 quick meeting planning tips AMI CEO, Andy McNeill, mentions in his article on the Corporate Meetings Network website (click her for full article).
Planning meal breaks and social events inside your exhibit area is a sure way to maximize your meeting space while enhancing your exposure. [Read more...]
In The News: AMI Vice President of Meeting Operations John Cotter gives top three tips for working with translation companies
See what top three tips for working with translation companies at meetings and conferences AMI Vice President of Meeting Operations, John Cotter, mentions in his article on the Corporate Meetings Network website (click her for full article).
It’s said that 73% of all leads that are generated at a tradeshow are never followed, WOW! What a waste of money!
Always trying to dazzle their attendees meeting and event experts are consistently finding that next unique way to WOW their constituents. Whether planning an event around the corner or around the world, here are some ideas of unique off-site venues for your next reception, dinner or party: [Read more...]
AMI, COO, Todd Bludworth takes us to the a breathtaking resort for your next meeting: The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos!
If you’re looking for a breathtaking resort for your next sales incentive, meeting, or corporate employee rewards trip you might want to consider The Regent Palms in Turks and Caicos. It is a fabulous choice. [Read more...]
Here Are Three Great Venues For Your Next Sales Incentive or Employee Appreciation Trip