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In the January 31, 2012 issue
Capsized Costa Concordia Prompts Cruise Industry Reviews and Changes
CWT Survey: 2012 Meetings Will Be “Conservative and Innovative”
Case Study: Virtual Risk, Real Reward
South Korea Proclaims Convention Year 2012
10 Quick Meeting Planning Tips
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Capsized Costa Concordia Prompts Cruise Industry Reviews and Changes

By Alison Hall

One cruise line CEO has called the grounding of the Costa Concordia, which struck rock off the coast of Italy January 13, “a defining moment in the history of the modern cruise industry.” Indeed, despite cruising’s historically excellent overall safety record, the accident is prompting safety reviews and already has caused two cruise ship companies to announce procedural changes. We have the details, plus a longtime cruise broker’s advice for keeping your groups safe, and maritime experts’ answers to tough questions about the safety of huge vessels, crew training, and whether a captain should go down with his ship.

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CWT Survey: 2012 Meetings Will Be “Conservative and Innovative”

By Barbara Scofidio

“Conservative” and “innovative” aren’t words that usually go hand-in-hand, but that’s how Carlson Wagonlit Travel describes meetings for the year ahead in its just-released 2012 Travel Management Priorities study, which reports on the expectations of 290 international travel managers. Find out where respondents are pulling in the reins this year and where they’re getting more creative.

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Case Study: Virtual Risk, Real Reward

By Alison Hall

Every November, Thrivent Financial invites financial representatives to its National Sales Meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center, an event that’s critical for messaging, motivation, and education for the year ahead. All reps are invited, with expenses reduced or eliminated for those at certain qualification levels. But only 40 percent of the field attends. So what about the other 60 percent? Steph Pfeilsticker, CMP, CMM, senior event planner, thought about that, and hit upon a big idea. Inspired by a presentation she’d seen on hybrid meetings, she pitched adding a virtual component to the sales meeting as a way to reach the reps who didn’t come in person.
The result? Of the 1,300 potential remote attendees, she attracted an amazing 450 registrants. Of those, more than 300 stayed with the programming from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for two days. Here’s how she did it.

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South Korea Proclaims Convention Year 2012

By Alison Hall

According to the Brussels-based research organization Union of International Associations, South Korea ranked 8th in the world and its capital, Seoul, ranked 5th for hosting international conferences in 2010. In November 2010, South Korea became the first Asian country to host the G20 Summit. Now the country is striving to raise its meetings profile even higher by proclaiming 2012 as Korea Convention Year. Planners who take meetings outside the United States but haven’t yet visited South Korea might want to add it to their list of possibilities. Some of the incentives being offered—such as 40 percent off hotel room rates—are well worth checking out. We’ve got more details, plus a roundup of Korea’s main meeting regions. There’s more to this peninsula than Seoul.


10 Quick Meeting Planning Tips

By Sue Pelletier

While it’s easy to get excited about all the new tech bells and whistles, innovative meeting formats, and presenters who do more than present, don’t forget that it really comes down to keeping your attendees needs first and foremost. Here’s a link to 10 planning essentials to keep front of mind, brought to you by face2face, the MeetingsNet blog.

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