Press Release For Immediate Release Contact: Jill Musguire
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Event Planners Reporting More Bad Behavior Than Ever Before at Events Says New BiZBash Survey
Dressing Inappropriately, Getting Overly Intoxicated and Taking Too Many Gift Bags Among Top Pet Peeves

New York, New York - December 1, 2003 - Dressing inappropriately, getting overly intoxicated and having sex are just a few of the offenses guests are performing at events lately. And, there’s a laundry list of other offenses that event professionals are talking about in the BiZBash Event Style Reporter, which published a special report on guest behavior in its Winter 2004 edition.

“Guests and their behavior affect an event's success, so it's important for event planners to keep their eye on this trend of guests behaving badly“ says Chad Kaydo, editor in chief of the BiZBash Event Style Reporter. “A well-planned party can be ruined by a guest without manners.”

The article reports that guests find plenty of ways to misbehave. In an exclusive survey of 430 event professionals by BiZBash Media, 65 percent of respondents said they felt guests are behaving worse now than five years ago. Respondents reported seeing guest commit these infractions:

  • Take more than one gift bag (noticed by 9 out of 10 respondents)
  • Treat event workers poorly (noticed by 2 out of 5 respondents)
  • Show up at event when they didn't RSVP (noticed by 2 out of 5 respondents)
  • Get overly intoxicated (noticed by 2 out of 5 respondents)
  • Take more than one piece of food from a tray (noticed by 2 out of 5 respondents)
  • Talk through a performance (noticed by 7 out of 10 respondents)
  • Show up with a group of unexpected guests (noticed by 7 out of 10 respondents)
  • Take centerpieces or other décor items without permission (noticed by 7 out of 10 respondents)
  • Have a loud cell phone conversation at an event (noticed by 7 out of 10 respondents)
  • Dress inappropriately—for example wear jeans to a formal event (noticed by 3 out of 5 respondents)
  • Cut in front of someone in a registration line (noticed by 3 out of 5 respondents)
  • Move a place card for a better seat (noticed by 1 out of 5 respondents)
  • Dance in an overly suggestive way (noticed by 2 out of 5 respondents)
  • Refuse to leave at the end of a party (noticed by 3 out of 10 respondents)
  • Insist on smoking inside a non-smoking event (noticed by 3 out of 10 respondents)
  • Have sex at an event (noticed by 1 out of 10 respondents)
Respondents reported other incidents of bad guest behavior: a person urinating in a fountain, a guest throwing a 15-pound cheese wheel at a banquet captain’s head and someone stuffing beef tenderloin from a buffet into a shopping bag.

Theft is also a problem. At a People magazine party, someone tried to walk off with a life-size blow-up of Ashton Kutcher.

Letitia Baldridge, former social secretary to Jackie Kennedy and author, says, “It can’t get much worse. With behavior like this, people will stop entertaining altogether.”

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About BiZBash Media
Since its founding in 2000, BiZBash has become the “go to” place for anyone who plans, designs or influences the thousands of corporate and nonprofit events held each year. BiZBash is where planners and marketers “peek over the fence” to see how others are doing events and learn about fresh ideas. The BiZBash Meeting & Event Expo is the ultimate gathering for professional event planners in New York City, and attracts more than 190 exhibitors and 2,700 planners and marketers. and the BiZBash Event Style Reporter feature behind-the-scenes coverage of the event planning and marketing industry, as well as industry news and resources to help planners organize their next event, meeting or trade show. BiZBash has also expanded into other markets with the launch of BiZBashFla in Florida and BiZBashT.O. in Toronto.

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