The Cultural Insider

Properly Prepared Planners Can Avoid Causing an International Incident

Going global successfully is part art, part science — and a lot of hard work. In a world without boundaries, companies with international meetings and events must contend with a complex set of requirements. As a result, globalization of meetings has created an enormous need for contacts, knowledge and guidance in the international arena.

Kölle Alaaf! Carnival in Cologne, Germany

Carnival in Cologne, Germany     Carnival...Rio de Janeiro, hot weather, Caipirinhas, drums, sparkly feather costumes… This is what often comes to mind when we think about Carnival. However, Carnival is also celebrated in other parts of the world in February. Cologne,...

Colors Across Cultures

Have you ever thought about how certain colors are used for specific occasions? The meaning of colors varies across the globe and therefore can have a distinct impact in marketing choices. Cultural Mixology invites you to learn more about the context of colors across...

Why don’t some countries expect you to tip?

While tipping may be a common practice in the United States, the same does not always hold true abroad. In many countries, tipping after a meal is not part of local custom. In some cases it’s even frowned upon. Why don’t some countries expect tipping? Here are some key places where tipping isn’t the norm — and why.

How Does Peru Celebrate Día de los Muertos?

How Does Peru Celebrate Día de los Muertos? #raveonthegrave Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated in many Latin American countries. Let's take a closer look at Peru and what we can learn from how they treat those who have passed. When thinking about...

Six Cuban Traditions and Superstitions

Six Cuban Traditions and Superstitions su·per·sti·tion: /ˌso͞opərˈstiSH(ə)n/ a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like. Source: www.dictionary.com...

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

What is Hispanic Heritage Month? #culturematters National Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA Every year, since 1968, the United States has recognized the contributions and presence of Hispanic and Latin Americans within the US American culture. What began as Hispanic...

Don’t Confuse These Five Australian and American English Words!

Don’t Confuse These Five Australian and American English Words! Language may be a window into culture, but it’s easy to fall into the intercultural trap of believing that shared language equals shared meaning, similar cultural values, or even a high level of...