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Meetings Represent $32 Billion in Business to Canada

Finally, we have some stats on the size and scope of the meetings industry in Canada. Kudos to MPI Foundation Canada for conducting this research. The reports tracked $32 billion in spending, over 70 million participants and 7% of groups choosing a special event venue. Good news UV members! Full article. -Michele Nichols, UV

A Retreat To The Windy City

Sounds ironic to use the word retreat and the Windy City of Chicago in the same statement. The Windy City elicits thoughts of a big city, tall buildings, restaurants, shopping, Lake Michigan, the Bears, snow and, of course, traffic.

A couple of weeks ago our company held a retreat in Chicago to get away from the phones and the distractions of the office. It was hard for me to imagine not being distracted in Chicago with all that is available in the city.

Hopes Dashed to Host the Tie Guys!

What's this world coming to?  Another critical association has bit the dust!  Yesterday it was announced that the Men's Dress Furnishings Association (MDFA for all of you that are familiar with it) is dissolving.  It's true.  The tie makers just aren't doing the biz anymore.  They say it's because men aren't wearing ties on a regular basis any longer...but I think it's because the ties designed are just so damn ugly!

Here's to perpetual dress down days!

Thankful for Trains!

I'm a bit of a travel snob. I do it almost every week...plane after plane after plane! I have always avoided trains in the USA. When I travel in the UK, I consider them a necessary evil, but always a reliable way to get from city to city.

Empty Skies?

I was just reading a June 9 article in the online Business Travel News (www.btnmag.com) and I began to wonder what the latest airline woes mean for the meetings and conference industry as it pertains to Unique Venues members. The article discusses the latest rash of capacity slashing by the major carriers. American, United, Continental, Delta, Northwest and US Airways have all announced reductions in flight capacities, some by as much as 18%.

It's True...I HAD Hair!

I received a response to my blog asking when I had hair. Believe it or not, I still have hair (except a small patch up front). I choose to remove it. But, for those who still don't believe me, check out my Juan Epstein (Welcome Back Kotter) lookalike image. Chuck with Hair!

Utah Rocks Unique Venues at ACCED-I 2008

The University of Utah Guest House prevailed as the winning venue in the Unique Venues/ACCED-I Rock Band Competition at the Annual ACCED-I conference held in Las Vegas. Several venues participated but no one could match the extraordinary performance by this very talented group. Could it be because they have Rock Band in their break room? Check them out.

Welcome-Marketing to the Masses, VARK

staff_chuck.jpgIt's time to BLOG!

We're onto this Web 2.0 thing…so hold on tight, we're beginning a BLOG!