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Thanks for the Memories

Worried that you can’t remember where you filed that email? Finding it hard to match names to faces at conferences, and lost without name badges?   This week’s New Scientist has a comfortingly upbeat article on ”The five ages of the brain:” gestation, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.   Skipping straight to adulthood, we find that … […]

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NPRA 2009: Photos of the Rivercenter lobby

Thanks to Chris for taking a few photos of the Marriott Rivercenter (MRC) lobby on Sunday afternoon, the first day of NPRA. The conference has shifted its focus to the new Hyatt Grand this year, so there’s a lot more space in the MRC lobby, where last year it was standing room only.

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On-line conferencing – you can’t beat the real thing

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–When times are hard and travel budgets are cut, conferences struggle to get the delegates. So consultant Dewitts moved its pre-NPRA Houston conference online, and our own Peter Taffe switched his booking from “the top boutique hotel in the US” to listening to the conference papers online.   What was it like, […]

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Customer Satisfaction Survey

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–After the Houston flight has taken off, a courteous and deferential flight attendant makes the mistake of choosing me to fill in the randomly distributed BA customer satisfaction questionnaire. Yes me, with my already well-formed opinions of BA terminals, customer service, queuing, cabin temperature and food, and then hours of flight ahead […]

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The grueling lipstick circuit

It was a good day on Saturday. England did well at the rugby, my son came home for the holidays, and I was given a free goody bag from the Dior counter at Bentalls, featuring the new Rouge Diorific Long-Wearing True Colour Lipstick which I am going to test drive at NPRA.   I am under instruction […]

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NPRA IPC – advance delegate registrations hit 2200

There’s just two weeks to go until the NPRA IPC conference, and the organisers have sent out the advance registration list showing 2,200 delegates had registered by 9 March 2009.   The annual International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) – “the world’s largest and most prestigious conference representing the […]

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As Attendees Drop, Tradeshows Focus on Quality

Attendance at US trade shows and events in all industry sectors fell sharply in 2008, so exhibitors are now weighing up events on “attendee quality” rather than numbers, according to this article sent by my new friend Dan in New Jersey.   “According to “Determining Exhibitor ROI At B-to-B Tradeshow Events,” 40 percent of survey respondents indicated […]

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Plummeting London hotel prices great for ICIS conferences

                                                                       Just heard in the lift that hotel room rates for conferences in London are now down to £100/night even at 5-star hotels.   Linda Lucas from our events team told me it was the same story everywhere, even in Dubai.   London is always a popular location for ICIS conferences but since our first […]

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Let’s get collocating – conferences fight back

Cutbacks in business travel are reducing the numbers of delegates signing up for conferences, exhibitions and seminars, leading organisers to embrace all manner of imaginative solutions. My Houston colleague Stephen has sent me an e-mailshot from one organiser which has “collocated” three similarly themed events in one place – in Denver, Colorado on 14-18 June 2009. […]

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US plastics industry association defends NPE2009

It’s interesting to see the speedy, civilised and courteous manner in which the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) has defended its showcase NPE2009 trade show from rumours of exhibitor space cancellations.   In a reply on 1 March to a blog posting, followed by an email on 2 March to its wide mailing list, Bill Carteaux, SPI […]

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