Playing Hooky is Number One Strategy for Managing Stress on the Road, Meeting Planners Report

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from EventSource

    SAUSALITO, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Meeting planners at offsite
 meetings have a clear favorite strategy for managing tension on the road:
 playing hooky from scheduled sessions. 'Phoning home' came in last.
     'Skip a session and relax in your room' earned more votes than all other
 options combined, according to meeting planners who responded to the January
 2001 Question of the Month in Planner's Pulse, the monthly electronic
 newsletter published by EventSource, the Web's most utilized site for meeting
 planners.
     'Working out at the gym' came in a distant second.  And two options were
 closely tied for third place: an extra cocktail at the end of the day and
 treating oneself to a massage.  None of the respondents chose the Age of
 Aquarius option: in-room yoga.
     "This may not only be the case for meeting planners.  Attendees too might
 take part in this stress-busting strategy, so if there seem to be empty seats
 at your next event, don't be alarmed," said Planner's Pulse Editor and
 EventSource Vice President of Marketing Corey Stranger.  "Your attendees may
 just be managing their stress level."
     But planners should take the hint and be responsive.  Stranger offered the
 following advice:  schedule sessions with the most appeal for those times
 requiring the most effort to attend (i.e., early morning after the previous
 night's gala event, or mid-afternoon when you may be competing with the
 "after-lunch blues").  Serve up plenty of coffee and snacks during afternoon
 events.  And, if all else fails, give incentives.
     EventSource uses Web-based technology to provide fast, easy solutions for
 both professional and occasional meeting planners.  Users of the site receive
 one-on-one assistance with selection of meeting sites and contract
 negotiation.  Thanks to a knowledgeable, innovative and committed staff,
 planners save an average of 30 percent on the time it takes to plan their
 offsite meetings.  Since its founding in 1998, EventSource has managed more
 than one million room nights in more than 500 cities, making it a proven
 leader in the corporate group-travel industry.
 
 

SOURCE EventSource
    SAUSALITO, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Meeting planners at offsite
 meetings have a clear favorite strategy for managing tension on the road:
 playing hooky from scheduled sessions. 'Phoning home' came in last.
     'Skip a session and relax in your room' earned more votes than all other
 options combined, according to meeting planners who responded to the January
 2001 Question of the Month in Planner's Pulse, the monthly electronic
 newsletter published by EventSource, the Web's most utilized site for meeting
 planners.
     'Working out at the gym' came in a distant second.  And two options were
 closely tied for third place: an extra cocktail at the end of the day and
 treating oneself to a massage.  None of the respondents chose the Age of
 Aquarius option: in-room yoga.
     "This may not only be the case for meeting planners.  Attendees too might
 take part in this stress-busting strategy, so if there seem to be empty seats
 at your next event, don't be alarmed," said Planner's Pulse Editor and
 EventSource Vice President of Marketing Corey Stranger.  "Your attendees may
 just be managing their stress level."
     But planners should take the hint and be responsive.  Stranger offered the
 following advice:  schedule sessions with the most appeal for those times
 requiring the most effort to attend (i.e., early morning after the previous
 night's gala event, or mid-afternoon when you may be competing with the
 "after-lunch blues").  Serve up plenty of coffee and snacks during afternoon
 events.  And, if all else fails, give incentives.
     EventSource uses Web-based technology to provide fast, easy solutions for
 both professional and occasional meeting planners.  Users of the site receive
 one-on-one assistance with selection of meeting sites and contract
 negotiation.  Thanks to a knowledgeable, innovative and committed staff,
 planners save an average of 30 percent on the time it takes to plan their
 offsite meetings.  Since its founding in 1998, EventSource has managed more
 than one million room nights in more than 500 cities, making it a proven
 leader in the corporate group-travel industry.
 
 SOURCE  EventSource