In the meetings industry, there is considerable—and justifiable—concern that skyrocketing fuel prices may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. That people will say “enough” and refuse to pay higher and higher airfares, and that many will stop going to conferences and meetings altogether.
Tagged: Meeting Professionals International
AT THE MPI CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS—A meeting planner friend used to tell the story of the moment her former boss began to take her seriously.
For years, he’d fallen into the habit of scheduling half-hour meetings to talk about the logistics for an upcoming conference, starting the meeting 10 minutes late, then interrupting 10 minutes later to take a phone call. Until the day she set aside the to-do list and asked him the fateful question:
Last February our professional association, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), attached the title MeetDifferent to its annual North American Professional Education Conference.
The intent was to bring together ideas and strategies that would suggest smart new ways of organizing and supplying conferences. For me, one of the highlights was a long conversation with the “serious game” designers at Champlain College in upstate New York.