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May 6, 2013

Americas: Keys to Global Meetings Success

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"It’s a great adventure out there, every time you take a meeting to a new international destination,” says Rhonda Williams, senior meetings manager, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Washington, D.C. “We try to immerse ourselves in the culture, and go with the flow.”

As long as you’ve got essentially the same attitude, and wouldn’t rather substitute a word like “hassle” for the word “adventure,” then planning, booking, and executing your next global meeting is probably going to go just fine!

But you will face challenges along the way. So we’ve collected strategies from veterans of global programs that can help you make great venue choices, be understood by vendors, find local partners, and reduce your stress level.

Go if You Can, Learn if You Can’t

First up is research. Straight to the Internet? For the big picture, yes, especially from the U.S. State Department Web site... 



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