Travel & Meetings: Making a Rebound

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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Our friends and family often ask us “how’s business?”  They ask both because they are concerned about us AND because they see our industry as an indicator for the economy.  THEY ARE RIGHT! And it is supported by the experts listed below.  Travel and events are often the first place cut back and the last place added back in.  People are recognizing the value in face to face meetings and a little bit of fun to keep their teams motivated and on target!

Group Travel Spend Expected to Grow by 7% in 2011 published at, explains the growth of business travel spending, which was initially expected to increase by 5% in 2011, is now expected to advance by 6.9%.  According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), their Travel Index has reached its highest point since 2008 and the forecast is continued to rise.  And the best part of this news?  “Business travel spending is a leading indicator of future job growth.”  Hoping for an employment surge!

In keeping with this sentiment, an article published by Successful Meetings entitled CFOs Tell AmEx They’ll Spend More on Business Travel, Meetings This Year, expands upon the forecast growth.  The overall increased economic optimism currently held by many corporations means that companies are “prepared to invest more money in strategic growth this year – including business travel and meetings.”  According to the figures determined by American Express, finance executives plan to spend 41% more on travel in 2011, up 15% from 2010, because they understand the correlation between business travel and revenue growth.  Highlight?  34 percent of finance executives “plan to increase spending on meetings with new or potential clients.”

We love all of this good news!  Have you found new business because of the rebounding economy?


Laughs to Benefit AANE

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

It’s gala season here at Corinthian Events and this one was especially, well, funny!  On April 30th, 450 guests gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Newton for an evening of spirited bidding, upscale comfort food and a hilarious performance by comedian Steven Wright.

One of the best silent auctions around, jumbo balloons held up silent auction signs denoting various item categories.  High tops dressed in red and black linens were topped with sound-activated lights that flickered throughout the ballroom.  Guests enjoyed passed tapas (lobster fritters and mini meatloaf – yum!), a seasonal pasta station and action stations including shrimp and grits.

Once the silent auction closed, guests moved to upstairs ballroom for the main event!  Cabaret tables were adorned with glowing tulip arrangements by Winston’s Flowers.  The live auction and AANE program ensued, and the night was capped off by a classic Steven Wright performance.  He even sang for the audience!

We can’t wait ’til next year for lots more laughs!


Packed with a Playful Punch: Newton-Wellesley Hospital Gala

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

On Saturday night, we designed and produced the 12th Annual Newton-Wellesley Hospital Gala in the Commonwealth Foyer and Ballroom at the Copley Place Marriott.  And with over 850 guests in attendance, the evening raised 3 million dollars for the Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health services – a great success!  The gala celebrated “The Time is Now… to Focus on Our Kids’ Mental Health,” projecting a sense of importance and urgency for the cause, while playful décor elements added a whimsical, “kid-like” tone.

Welcomed into the Commonwealth Foyer by spandex glow columns, guests meandered through the silent auction space, navigating the 300-plus items by signage hanging from plump balloons.  They perched at light infused, color-changing high tops, industrial platinum swirl tables or shopped at the glamorous Judith Ripka bar.

At 7:30pm, auctioneer, John Terrio, welcomed guests through a series of glowing “tornado” columns into the whimsical ballroom.   Cylindrical hurricanes rested on over-sized gerbera daisies, which sat upon neon linens, while suspended spheres hung above the ballroom, echoing the balloons from the silent auction area.  Advanced Lighting & Production Services’ ever-changing lighting colors and patterns were projected throughout the ballroom, highlighting the silver cell backdrop, glowing spheres and the Beantown Band’s rockin’ performance.

While dining on a seasonal spring menu, guests battled for live auction items and enjoyed a surprise presentation by Jack Connors to celebrate Michael Jellinek’s 10th year of service as the president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Dancing ensued in the ballroom while those looking for interactive post-dinner entertainment gave one of the four “Minute to Win It” events a try; battling the clock to perform quirky tasks, such as a team of two creating a three-soda can pyramid a piece of spaghetti and no hands.  A tech-inspired “teen lounge” boasted Wii games, while classics such as hula hoop, Twister and Jenga were also offered.

Bill Brett’s photos from the night can be seen on here.


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo from the Corinthian Events Team!

Happy Cinco de Mayo from the Corinthian Events Team!


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