How Activity Venues Are Catering to Corporate Clients

Arcades, bowling alleys, and other activity venues are building in meeting space to let groups mix work with play. These interactive venues offer teambuilding activities, a variety of meeting spaces, and signature food and beverage ­packages—all perks that cater to the corporate client. Check out some amazing venues here.

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Travel Tech: Network With Feathr

feathrEvent and conference organizers know the value of rapid information exchange. Rather than handing out dozens of business cards at your next event, let your guests connect through the Feathr app. Feathr makes exchanging contact info and reaching out pre- and post-event a breeze by putting all of those choices in one application, making for a more successful and satisfactory networking opportunity for attendees. Organizers can use Feathr prior to their gatherings to encourage people to connect, schedule meetings, send agendas and promote products. Users can easily create contacts and add conversation notes for future reference. Free for iPhone and Android.

Don’t Let Parking And Traffic Get In The Way Of SuperBowl Fun

superbowlSuper Bowl Sunday is February 2, 2014 at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium

The Super Bowl is only a few weeks away. Between limited parking and giant crowds, traffic will be a nightmare around the stadium. Consider letting BostonCoach handle the hassle for you. We can get you to the game on time and home safely.

Sedans are available at our standard rate of $79/hr (10 hr minimum) for both Saturday Feb 1 and Sunday Feb 2. Rates are also available for limousines, mini-buses and motor-coaches.

Enjoy the game!

Call 800-672-7676 to book a ride.

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

suitcase friday findsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. This week we are looking back at the last year in travel and at what is coming up as we head into 2014.

The Best Event Planning Articles of 2013 Event Manager Blog   A helpful round-up of the best event planning news and info from the past year, including trends for 2014.

BBT Hotlist 2014: Drivers of ChangeBuying Business Travel   An annual list of what’s hot in business travel.

Top 7 Travel Tips to Get the Most For Your VacationHuffington Post   Start planning your 2014 travel right with some money-saving tips.

Top 10 Travel News Stories of 2013Forbes   Dreamliner trouble, major airline mergers and the rest of what made headlines in the past year.

Travel Weekly Preview 2014: Pointed In The Right DirectionTravel Weekly   A look ahead to what’s happening in the travel industry in the coming year.

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

fridayfinds_newsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: stuck in the TSA PreCheck line, using electronics on your flight, and more.

FAA Green-Lights Gate-To-Gate In-Flight Personal Electronics UseBusiness Travel News  The days of hearing “Please power down all electronic devices” from your flight attendant may be near an end. Find out which airlines are already allowing you to stay powered on.

Southwest Is Slowly Talking Itself Into Being O.K. With Bag FeesBusinessWeek  Southwest hangs their hat on their “Bags Fly Free” mantra, but that perk may soon be changing- and they say it’s what travelers want.

Stuck In Line: TSA PreCheck Expansion Slowing Down Frequent TravelersNBC News   TSA’s PreCheck lines seem to be getting longer as more travelers take advantage of what was supposed to be a time-saver. How are they dealing with delays?

Amex Predicts Large Range Of Changes For 2014 North American AirfaresBusiness Travel News  Rates are changing in both directions depending on how you travel. Read more to find out what you can expect when you book your next flight.

How Technology Is Changing Event PlanningBizCommunity  Frequent advances in technology are keeping event planners on their toes. Find out what attendees are expecting at their next event.

 

Lisa Censullo Returns! She’ll Lead BostonCoach’s Best of Boston DMC and Affiliate Network.

lisa cropped for WebWe’re excited to announce that Lisa Censullo has rejoined BostonCoach as vice president to head Best of Boston, our destination-management company, and our network of more than 400 affiliated car-service providers.

“Lisa will lead with vision and inspiration; she’ll help drive both client and affiliate satisfaction,” says Russ Cooke, BostonCoach CEO and Managing Partner.

Lisa was director of MIS at BostonCoach from 1993 to 1997. Most recently she was chief operating officer of Esquire Deposition Solutions, the largest court reporting firm in the U.S.

“I’m very excited to work with the team to provide outstanding experiences for our clients and build and sustain rewarding relationships for our affiliates,” Lisa says. “I couldn’t be happier to embark on this new journey.”

Friday Finds: The Best Business Travel News Of The Week

fridayfinds_newsEvery week BostonCoach scours the web for the best business travel tips and news of the week. In this edition: how to get the best airline seat, what the government shutdown means for business travel and more.

How To Get The Best Seat When FlyingFox News  With airlines cutting back on the number of flights they run, planes are getting more and more crowded. This doesn’t mean you are destined to be stuck in the middle seat on every flight. Read these tips on how to get a better seat.

Government Shutdown: Business Travel Is A High Risk Bargaining ChipDigital Journal  The GBTA released a statement on the extent of damage the current government shutdown could cause the business travel industry and the greater US economy.

Event Planning: Why The Learning Experience MattersAssociations Now  Companies may need to go beyond the typical conference education sessions in order to draw crowds. Read more to see what has worked for some forward-thinking meeting planners.

Research: Budgets Will Remain Tight In 2014Successful Meetings  Cost seems to be the biggest concern for travel planners in the coming year. Find out what effect the economy is likely to have on travel spend.

A Little More Legroom, Priced As An UpgradeNYTimes  As airlines looks for new and creative ways to charge fees in order to increase revenue, they still turn to an old favorite- a better seat for a higher price. This travel expert believes you can still find better seats without paying more.

Travel Tech: Never Forget A Detail With MeetingsFocus.com Checklists

Don't Forget ImageEvent planning is all about the details. The best meetings are the ones in which none of those details is forgotten. MeetingsFocus.com offers a range of different checklists to make sure your meetings make the grade: Everything from Green Meetings and  Food and Beverage to Hotel Site Inspection and Risk Management. The site also offers news, webinars and videos. It’s a helpful resource for meeting and event planners at every level.

5 Tips to Make Your Next Event a Social Media Sensation

EventkeyboardMediumThe days of promoting your event exclusively through trade journals and direct mail is a thing of the past. You need to go where the people are, and social media will get you there. These tips will help you engage your target audience and get them excited for your next event.

1. Choose An Event Platform or Build a Registration Landing Page
Before you build the social media “spokes” of your wheel, you need to construct the “hub.” Create an internal landing page with a registration form or use an event platform such as Eventbrite. This site does all the work for you: register your guests, provide badge templates, and track your fundraising efforts. And the less work for you, the better, right?

2. Blog About Your Upcoming Event
Blogging about your event gives readers all the details they need to make a decision about attending.

  • Be sure the content is engaging and shareable. You want to give people all the reasons why they SHOULD attend your event.
  • WordPress blogs tend to rank very high in Google searches. If you include the right search phrases and keywords, people will find your event.

3. Drive Attendees to Your Event “Hub” Via Social Media
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are free promotional tools that you should utilize for your event to be successful.

  • Build Facebook and LinkedIn event pages.
  • Choose an event hashtag # and promote it on Twitter. Make sure to do your hashtag research. You want something unique that will cut through all the “noise.” Others will then use the hashtag when they tweet about your event, which means more FREE promotion.
  • Engage your followers on social media with interesting content. Be sure to respond to comments and participate in discussions.

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