Supplier Management

10 Most Common AV Mistakes in Event Planning

by admin • March 31, 2015

As an event planner, you know the value of a well-planned audio-visual setup. Some of you might have had speakers coming a long distance to share a presentation with your attendees, only then to discover that their presentation was not compatible with the equipment you had arranged — or worse, the screens and projectors weren’t […]


10 tips to manage your time better as an event planner

by admin • December 4, 2014

Event planning is an industry that runs 24/7. In order to be successful, event managers need to plan well and to control their time with maximum precision. Therefore, if you are an event planner you need to control how you spend your hours. Otherwise, poor time management can result in disastrous events. Here are some […]


Destination spotlight: Florence Convention Bureau

by admin • July 4, 2014

Florence Convention bureau: “National public institutions should give more support to private companies and help them in relaunching the meeting industry”. After an exciting career in the event organization as marketing director of an important Italian DMC, Carlotta Ferrari started to work for Florence Convention Bureau in 2010 as a congress developer. After almost one […]


Destination spotlight: Stuttgart Convention Bureau

by admin • June 27, 2014

“The conference sector has succeeded in emancipating itself from the tourism industry. It responds with new qualifications and competences to the constantly changing demands of its clients” Anne Demuth is the Head of the Stuttgart Convention Bureau.  Stuttgart is one of Europe’s most successful centres of business and technical innovation, and the Convention Bureau benefits […]


Meeting venues have to prove their value in multiple ways

by admin • June 23, 2014

“The least expensive meeting venue does not guarantee that you are selected. You have to prove your value in other ways” Daniella Middleton is a destination marketing and business development professional living in New York serving as the MICE Division Director for Development Counselors International (DCI). Azavista interviewed her about DCI’s new study entitled  “Exploring the […]


Supplier spotlight: Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

by admin • June 13, 2014

“Be honest and open about what you want, what budget restrictions you have and aim for a win-win for both parties” Mr. Kees Hogetoorn, Director of Sales & Marketing at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam tells us what corporate planners should do to have an efficient working relationship with hotels. In his view, the best […]


Supplier spotlight: Marriott Hotels of Brussels

by admin • June 6, 2014

“Stop sending out multiple non-qualified requests to a wide group of hotels. Rather take the time to research with the end client the precise requirements for each of the meetings”. To improve the relationship between hotels and event professionals, Azavista spoke with Pierre Dorrell, Market Director of Sales and Marketing at Marriott Hotels of Brussels […]


Supplier Spotlight: Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites

by admin • May 26, 2014

Miguel Ximenez, Vivamarinha hotel: If planners could allow for longer time frames and provide schedules on a regular basis, they could more efficiently reduce costs and minimize the risk of mistakes. Miguel Ximenez is a Sales Executive at Vivamarinha Hotel & Suites. He is responsible for the corporate market accounts in Spain, Belgium, Holland and […]


How can data analytics be applied in the hotel industry?

by admin • May 21, 2014

Hotel industry trends There is a lot of talk nowadays about big data in the hotel industry. But in fact it is just a buzz-word that provides little benefits to any enterprise. In essence, big data is a collection of unstructured data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside your company that represents a […]


6 tips for travel agencies to remain viable

by admin • April 29, 2014

Best practices for travel agencies To have clients means to be visible, to be found and to be trusted. You already know that, but what strategy do you have to make your business work and remain relevant ? With these changes happening in the online booking world, it’s important to be up to date and […]