Developed by Social Tables and the Convention Industry Council (CIC), Pocket Planner is a free catering calculator that provides planners with a quick, accurate summary of how much food, beverage, rental space and staff they will require for their events. Based on CIC standards, the app calculates everything from how many pounds of ice to the number of buffet stations and trash cans will be needed. This invaluable product can save planners hours of research and preparation while making event details easy to access in the future.
All travelers can appreciate a good deal on flights and hotels. Hopper makes travel planning simple by predicting the best time frame within which to book flights, sometimes saving up to 40 percent of average costs. After users enter their destination and regional airport into the app, Hopper sends push notifications when prices are about to drop. The Flex Watch feature allows users to register multiple date and airline choices so they can compare rates. Users can also scan their credit cards and book their flights directly through the app for easy purchasing.
Founded in 2010, Hipmunk is another highly effective app for tracking down cheap airfare and travel deals. The app searches hundreds of travel sites to find affordable flights, rental cars, hotels and travel packages, displaying the results in a simple, attractive format. Hipmunk is one of the latest companies to embrace bot technology, featuring an artificial-intelligence-powered assistant called Hello Hipmunk. Hello Hipmunk integrates with apps like Facebook, Messenger and Slack, so planners can ask the chatbot questions as they converse with clients or colleagues about upcoming travel plans.