May 14, 2014: What It Costs to Cancel a Convention, How Cannes Makes Money, Pop-Up Restaurant Accepts Instagram Posts as Payment

By Beth Kormanik May 14, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT

1. WHAT IT COSTS TO CANCEL A CONVENTION: Groups that want to cancel or move conventions—as some are doing in the wake of boycotts of the Beverly Hills Hotel and other Dorchester Collection properties—face steep charges that could be as much as 90 percent of room revenue and food and beverage costs. But that doesn’t stop some meeting planners. The New York Times: “The closer into a meeting you’re negotiating, the less negotiating power you’re going to have,” said Joan L. Eisenstodt, a consultant for the hospitality industry. “It may mean you’re not getting the deal you had with the other facility. In a sense, you have to be more agreeable to the terms of what they’re proposing because you’re desperate.”

2. HOW CANNES MAKES MONEY: The Cannes Film Festival takes in $33 million in 12 days, making the event a major economic force for the French city. That total comes from public subsidies, attendance fees, and sponsorships, among other sources. Hollywood Reporter: “About $6.9 million (€5 million) of the total figure (which includes barter deals) comes from main sponsors Chopard and L'Oréal, which have five-year-plus contracts. In exchange for publicity, Renault provides a fleet of 250 cars, 100 to specifically service the red carpet. The fleet is created especially for Cannes, with tinted windows for thwarting paparazzi and festival branding.”

3. POP-UP RESTAURANT ACCEPTS INSTAGRAM POSTS AS PAYMENT: A pop-up restaurant from frozen vegetable company Birds Eye will accept Instagram posts showing the food as payment. Mashable: “The Picture House serves Fish Chargrills and Chicken Inspirations, two new items from the brand. Instagram what's on your plate and add #BirdsEyeInspirations and you get a free meal. In addition, diners will get tutorials from Marie Marte, who is known for her food photography on Instagram.”


Seacrest Global Group announced that Civic Entertainment Group has acquired the marketing, public relations, and social media agency Culture Shop and will merge its operations into Civic Entertainment Group.

NiceMeeting, a product for second-screen technology, has been rebranded as Lintelus Meeting.


BOSTON:  Revel Experiences has launched in Boston. Led by founding partners Kate Urekew and Stevi McCoy, the experiential marketing firm specializes in customer and employee engagement programs, products, and events.

CHICAGO:  The National Honey Board will host an interactive evening at A New Leaf on Monday. Called “Discover the Sweet Truth Behind Honey,” the night will feature a panel discussion with a beekeeper and a honey packer; audience members will also learn culinary tips and taste honey varietals.

LAS VEGAS:  LDI trade show producer Penton Media and Marked Events, producer of the BPM and PRO trade shows in the United Kingdom, announced a joint venture that will bring electronic dance music to LDI’s 27th show. “EDM at LDI” is November 19-23. Press release:

All-ages music festival Reggae in the Desert is slated for the Clark County Amphitheatre on June 14.

LONDON:  Fashion's Night Out returns to London on September 23, British Vogue announced Monday.

LOS ANGELES:  On Tuesday, Sugar Ray Leonard and B. Riley & Company will host the fifth annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” charity boxing night at the Santa Monica Pier benefiting the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s mission to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The Venice Art Walk & Auctions is Sunday and will include a 350-piece silent art auction, artist studio tours, and community celebration. 

Author Marianne Williamson will receive the Y.W.C.A. Greater Los Angeles’s Phenomenal Woman of the Year award on May 14 at the Omni Los Angeles.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Windridge Yacht Charters will host a pop-up restaurant from Toscana Divino chef Julian Baker May 20-21.

Miami magazine will celebrate its summer travel issue Tuesday at Seasalt and Pepper.

NEW YORK:  New York Post: “The new-look Tavern on the Green officially reopened Monday night under new owners Jim Caiola and David Salama with a gala event featuring tunes from cabaret singer Marilyn Maye with Billy Stritch and Lance Horne, and a late-night performance by Justin Vivian Bond.”

NVE: The Experience Agency, a Los Angeles-based brand experience and event design firm, has opened its first New York City office, taking over the former LQ Nightclub. Derrin Woodhouse will lead the office as its executive director.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has selected the following local companies as preferred caterers for events that will take place at the facility once it opens this fall: Arthur's Creative Events & Catering, Food Glorious Food Catering, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, and Puff 'n Stuff Catering.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The Opus Research Voice Biometrics Conference is Wednesday-Thursday at the Fairmont Hotel.

TORONTO:  Express will showcase its Fall 2014 collection at the Drake Hotel on May 21 with an event called “Camp Express.” There will be cocktails, snacks, and a fashion preview.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The R.O.C. Race—short for the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge—is June 14 at RFK Stadium.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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