How to Travel with your Pets Onsite for Your Next Meeting

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I saw this post on ConventionPlanit and it made me think of my own 2 dogs, 2 kittens, 2 parrots, 18 fish and 60k Bees we have at our house (or Zoo). When I fly, I really can’t take them all with me. The logistics would be a hassle.. I never thought about bringing them all along until now!
Check out what Conventionplanit alerted me to.

Frequent travelers forced to leave their furry friends behind when flying have a new option…

Pet Airways debuts tomorrow as the U.S.’s first pet-only airline. Pets will travel in the main cabin, not the cargo hold of the planes.

The airline strives to protect the comfort and safety of pets, who are often injured in unsafe cargo conditions. Flights will serves New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles to start, with plans to expand nationwide.

Owners can book online and even track the progress of their pet’s flight at http://www.petairways.com.

Is this a service you will use?

 How to Travel with your Pets Onsite for Your Next Meeting

Airlines Cutting Seats And Raising Fares

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As I opened the business page in this mornings paper with my steaming hot coffee I was greeted with this headline. “Airlines Cutting Seats And Raising Fares” Arrrrgh! When will the madness stop.

Corporate travel and ticket sales of premium seats are down. Overall demand is down and fuel prices are up again. Looks like the prices of fares this fall will rise and more planes will be tucked away.

Executives from Delta, Southwest, US Airways, Continental and American gave bleak outlooks at the investors conference in New York.

Why is this happening? The rise in unemployment and hits Americans have taken in the bank accounts is taking its toll and driving the slowdown in air travel. Also the swine flu hasnt helped matters.

All the airlines are planning large cuts in capacity. Unprofitable flights and offering incentives for employees to quit are a couple of quick fixes.

The airlines are also working the business traveler side very hard because that is an area that could recover quicker.

US Airways said the drop off in passenger revenue during this recession is even worse than the days after Sept 11.

I need a new cup of coffee….

:0)

 Airlines Cutting Seats And Raising Fares

What do you think about these new fees for this Airline?

Flight attendants safety directions.

I think you probably yawned when you saw this post heading. We all have seen the bored flight attendant give the same old routine. Safety belts, oxygen masks, nearest exit, flotation device. As I came back from Florida I thought they should let some passenger do the explanation for a gift or a free drink or movie. People then might be engaged watching a passenger fumble through the routine.

Lately we at Grass Shack events & media have been doing explanation videos which are pretty simple explanations of things our clients want to explain to their audiences. When i saw this clip today of how Virgin Airlines does its safety lesson before each flight I see they get it! They keep yawning to a minimum with some engaging cartoons. Can you think of any cool ways to take the mundane and make it exciting or engaging?

 Flight attendants safety directions.

Meeting Podcast 23 “Better Late than Never”

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Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media
Tom Hillmer of Creative Group Inc
Jon Trask of Alliant Event Services

:45 Mike screws up intro of show.

1:13 Sponsors Hilton Hotels eEvents, BlueSkyFactory and BrandCreative

2:00 More talk about the AIG incentive meeting that has gotten so much media attention. Wachovia Greek isle cruise and other perceptions and realizations about meetings and incentive trips. [Read more...]

Jake Brace of United Airlines paid 2.42 million for Retiring

150x100 Jake Brace of United Airlines paid 2.42 million for RetiringImage by Getty Images via DaylifeUnited said in an SEC filing late Friday that Jake Brace, United Airlines’ CFO, will be paid $2.42 million after he retires at the end of the month.

Brace will receive two times his $653,125 salary and $555,156 target bonus.

In exchange, Brace agrees not to take a position with a competing airline for the next two years “without consent of the company.”

Please insert your own snide remark here…………

 Jake Brace of United Airlines paid 2.42 million for Retiring

Meeting Podcast 22 “Green Venues and NASCAR Plane Interiors”

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Show 22

Introductions-

Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media
Tom Hillmer of Creative Group Inc
Jon Trask ofAlliant Event Services!!!

New Sponsors-
Hilton Hotels Eevents- Now featuring green meetings and weddings
BlueSky Factory- Our email service provider choice
Brand Creative- Your source for promotional or marketing products

1:50 RCA Dome deflated and torn down built in 1984. [Read more...]

Meetings Podcast 19 Americas Got Talent

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Show 19

1:30 Mail bag – Where are the hot properties in 2009? Don from Boston asks.

4:04 Secondary markets for corporate meetings maybe arriving. [Read more...]

Extra Video: The Armchair Traveler asks. “What if I am trapped on a Plane?”

This comes from www.Elliott.org a Website/Blog/Videocast written by Christopher Elliott who calls himself the Travel Troubleshooter. Its a great site which I frequent regularly. Check out this video he did about being trapped on a plane. He also writes for Fine Living Network, MSNBC.com, National Geographic Traveler, Public Radio, Syndication (via Tribune Media Services), US News & World Report. We would love to have him be a guest on the show!

Have you ever been trapped on the Tarmac?

Meetings Podcast 14 Summer Fun

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1:25 Listener Greg Ruby sent in an email about an idea for group sales people. CASE program certificate. Good idea! Thanks Greg. Greg’s Baltimore property link www.bccenter.org [Read more...]