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  • Darren Kerr of Factor168
    Jul 1, 2014
    ideaXchange

    The transforming world of incentive events: Tailored, not tried-and-true

    At the recent World Meetings Forum in Cancun, SITE global president Paul Miller said that optimism about incentive travel is at a four-year high. Special Events asked incentive specialist Darren Kerr, founding partner and executive director of Hong Kong-based FACTOR168 Creative Event Co., for his perspective. He shares his expert opinion on the incentive travel world today:...More
  • Paragon Events' Renee Radabaugh
    Jun 17, 2014
    Commentary

    25 things we’ve learned in 25 years in the events industry

    Reflecting on the last 25 years of planning meetings and events, so much stands out. It’s amazing how the industry has changed. I can recall hand-registering thousands of attendees for an event as their paperwork rolled off a noisy fax machine, and planning major conferences without the benefit of a smartphone, tablet or even the Internet. In 25 years, my one-woman party planning business in Boca Raton, Fla., has evolved into a multi-faceted, award-winning corporate event planning firm with over 30 employees and office locations in eight cities worldwide....More
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