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.

Acting as a liaison between guests and the hotel team, the concierge app assists the banquet team with operational needs and any special arrangements. With the services app, event planners can manage events on the go, relieving stress. Parq Vancouver has more than 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including a sixth-floor rooftop park. 

 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.