"Always have a lower-tech, Plan B alternative for your audiovisual needs."
--Jeff Loether, Electro-Media Design, Ltd.
"Get to know your U.S. embassy in the country where your meeting is. Bring them a box of Oreos and they will love you forever."
--Carolyn Blackburn, Shangri-La Hotels International
"Don't ask for references, ask the party for contacts at the last five groups they have worked with."
--Jonathan Howe, Howe & Hutton
"Always bring back original invoices in order to reclaim VAT."
--Staci Krell, Meridian VAT Reclaim, Inc.
"If you pay 65 to 75 percent of your F&B before the event, you're carrying a big stick when you get on site."
--John B. Houghton, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Sharing their insights, this Beyond Borders panel of experts included (left to right) Networld's Robert Franklin, Shangri-La Hotels' Carolyn Blackburn, John B. Houghton of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and Pamela Block of Chemical Week Magazine.