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Event trends, planner tips, and venue marketing ideas by Unique Venues.

Houston Hosts a Mighty Good Time

Houston has more earned nicknames than most anywhere else in the United States. Early on, it was dubbed Magnolia City, it is called Space City for all of its ties to space exploration, Energy City for being home to nearly all of the energy corporations in the nation, and most recently, the Bayou City became know as the Big Heart, for taking in so many of the Katrina refugees. No matter what name you give it, Houston is a wonderful location and destination for visitors.

Orange County California Venues

Orange County is the heartland of Southern California. From when Walt Disney first decided to put Disneyland in the middle of orange orchards back in 1955, the county has grown into a thriving center for theme park attractions and all manner of industry.

Banquet Halls in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is a surprisingly cosmopolitan city with many extraordinary attractions. Warm and hospitable, residents go out of their way to welcome visitors to their town. Choose from any of these outstanding venues, each with its own focus and charm:

Catalyst Ranch Chicago for Meetings

pict2547-photobooth-11-3-08-2.JPGThe people that run Catalyst Ranch just get it. How many times have you attended a GREAT meeting or conference or brainstorming session and arrived home energized and ready to implement new ideas and strategies at your job?

Ramp Up Marketing & Capitalize

One of Unique Venues three offices is located near Vail, Colorado, a resort community. Tough job, but someone's gotta do it!

Hey AIG...try this for your next meeting.

Looks like Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. is requesting that AIG come forward with details about the costs of their meetings, events, incentives and retreats held this year as well as those they have planned over the next 6 months. I don't know how the rest of you feel, but I'm glad SOMEONE is getting after them on this. It's really hard not to be irate about a 'business as usual' approach when the feds are bailing them out.

Hofstra Hosts Biggest Event Yet...Presidential Debate

Our good friends and members, Hofstra University, will play host tonight to the third and final US Presidential debate. Talk about pressure! There is no doubt in our minds that Hofstra will do a fantastic job just as they do for every other group that meets and convenes on their campus. Good luck Hofstra!

Hot Leads Have Short Lives!

Everyday, I see the leads come in and go out and I noticed that truly attracts a wide variety of meeting and event planners that are organizing everything from Senior Leadership Meetings to Sweet Sixteens.  The reactions I receive from planners when following up with their requests, are as varying as the types of events they are planning.  Some planners are thrilled, they booked a venue and have moved on to other planning details, some are still searching because their first choice wasn't the right fit,

Affordable Meetings National 2008 - A TOTAL Success!

OK. So Affordable Meetings National this year in Washington, DC totally ROCKED! The Unique Venues section had 29 cool venues in it, from conference centers and stadiums to campuses and dining venues. The section was very unique.

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