Voting for the 7th Annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards is now live! It’s time to let your favorite vendors know just how much you appreciate them.

This year, voting is limited to one ballot per email address and voters must vote in at least 10 categories. The ballot has been prepopulated with past winners and nominees, as well as regional favorites, but feel free to write in your own! The ballot will be updated as new names are added. Voting ends May 19.

Here are a few categories you can vote for:

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Hotel or Convention/Conference Center) – NEW CATEGORY
Best Meeting and Event Planning Company – NEW CATEGORY
Best Resort/Lodge with Meeting and Event Space – NEW CATEGORY
Best Winery/Brewery/Distillery with Event Space – NEW CATEGORY
Best Casino
Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider
Best Entertainment Provider
Best Catering Company
Best Convention/Conference Venue
Best Event/Floral Décor Vendor
Best Hotel with Meeting Space: More than 200 rooms
Best Hotel with Meeting Space: Less than 200 rooms
Best Rental Service
Best Valet/Transportation Service

The winners will be announced at the annual Best of Awards Party to be held in October.

So, what are you waiting for? Get voting!!

The International Floral Distributors each year teams up with Produce Marketing Association and a designer to create the “Flower Trends Forecast.” For 2020, the organization enlisted Helen Miller, AIFD, CAFA, CF, and Derek Woodruff, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI, AAF. Miller owns Flowers & Such in Adrian, Michigan. Her work has been showcased in publications such as Floral Management, Florists Review, and The Knot.


British Columbia’s JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS located in Parq Vancouver are making it easier for event planners to manage their events at the venues with the Marriott Meeting Services App, managed by the JW Event Concierge. The app allows planners to request, respond and connect in real-time with hotel event staff on any web-enabled device.


It’s no secret that association membership has been in a steady decline for more than a decade. This is true not only for event professional associations but for associations dedicated to virtually every industry—from agriculture and aerospace to landscaping and legal. While many will claim this decline is due to cost-cutting, a deeper survey will show that it is the perceived lack of value of the association model and its offering.