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New San Francisco Hotels Arriving to Meet Demand

Hotel Via rendering courtesy of Hotel Via New hotel construction is closely linked to a destination’s demand. A spate of upcoming openings indicates that both are thriving in San Francisco. “Visitors understand our…

8 March Madness-Inspired Meeting Destinations

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament first-round play tips off Thursday, March 16. For many, the tournament’s…

Philadelphia Records Highest-Ever Convention Booking Year

Philadelphia’s prestige as a meeting destination dates to 1774, when the Continental Congress assembled in…

Monterey Hotel Renovations Arrive with New Conference Center

Monterey, California, is getting a major upgrade. At least 18 hotels and resorts at the popular Pacific Coast destination have started or completed work on their properties, including a few of the industry’s biggest…

South Florida: A Flourishing World Cultural Capital

Only a few decades ago, South Florida was often called a “cultural desert,” even by…

Artsy, Craftsy and Plenty of Character

It’s hard to think of a state with more diversity than North Carolina, as seen…

Louisiana’s Cultural Crossroads

Most Americans are first introduced to Louisiana through a school lesson: the purchase by the United States of the vast Louisiana Territory from the French in 1803. After that, many folks get a…

In Search of Vegas

From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Ocean’s Eleven to The Hangover and CSI,…

Dubai Tourism Gets a Boost From Meetings

While business travel to the United States continues to decline—thanks to President Trump's travel ban restricting…

ASAE Announces Keynote, Additional Speakers for Annual Meeting

This week, ASAE built buzz for its upcoming annual meeting and exposition by announcing the event’s keynote and game-changing speakers. The 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will come to Toronto August 12–15.…

Rocky Mountain Highs at MIC Conference & Trade Show

Expects lots of new twists at the 2017 MIC Conference & Trade Show next week. The…

Knowing How to Connect is Essential

It helps to build relationships that drive revenue and results Colette Carlson, CSP, and Bob…

Meet Our Top Smart Women at Smart Woman Summit 2017

  Last week, Smart Meetings announced the winners of the second annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards. This week, we’re announcing the marquee event that honors these exceptional women: Smart Woman Summit. The…

Planners Reveal Best Practices for Designing a Conference

Organizers of ON24 Webinar World, a user conference for webinar marketing, share their experiences Planning…

Super Bowl LI Offers Insights on Winning Events

This year’s Super Bowl was one of the most thrilling events in recent years—both on…

10 Food Festivals Bringing Flavor to 2017

Food festivals deliver celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, and virtually unlimited food and beverage options to hordes of hungry attendees in cities across the United States. But don’t think they’re all the same. Regional…

Teamwork, with a Capital T

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio (photo by (c) Goldenvoice) Palm Springs’ collaborative efforts…

The Anatomy of a Smart Event

6 secret pointers to give your meetings a big boost I have been hosting great…

U.S. Hotels Join Pilot Program to Prevent Food Waste

Food production has the largest environmental footprint of any human activity, according to data from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 40 percent of food is wasted through the supply chain, including the hotel…

What Planners Need to Know About San Francisco’s Moscone Center Expansion

Rendering courtesy of mosconeexpansion.com Now past the halfway point, the multiyear, $500 million expansion of…

Raise a Glass to 7 Great Wine Cellar Meeting Spaces

With more groups heading out of the boardroom and into creative locations, why not schedule…

8 Superb F&B Choices to Cure March Madness

March Madness is in full swing! For those not familiar with the sporting event, it’s…

Take the Quiz: What Type of Meeting Planner Are You?

We could all stand to learn a little more about ourselves. Balancing work, a social life, family and hobbies often leaves us with little time for self-evaluation. It’s important to be familiar with…

8 Green Event Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

In case you haven’t noticed the influx of green donuts, shamrock necklaces, green drinks and…

Take the Tequila Quiz: Go On, Give It Your Best Shot

CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa has a special amenity to attract incentive travel…

3 Award-Winning Event Managers Share Their Secrets of Success

Meeting planners often possess a superhuman command of details. Even so, they rely on others.…

T-Mobile Arena Cleans Up in Vegas with LEED Gold Status

T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip has gone green in a big way, earning LEED Gold certification for its sustainability practices. That marks a first for a Las Vegas sports facility. But…

Hot Event Planning Trends Attracting Millennials

Consumer trends and demographics expert Kelly McDonald knows what millennials want and how to give…

7 Tips for Taking Time Away from Busyness

Editor’s note: This is a sneak peek from the upcoming April issue. You can expect the…

Hot Cities, Cool Choices in North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas

Casual sophistication. Easy access. Affordability. Add an array of rousing entertainment and shopping with infinite…

Philadelphia Records Highest-Ever Convention Booking Year

Philadelphia’s prestige as a meeting destination dates to 1774, when the Continental Congress assembled in Carpenter’s Hall. Centuries later, that reputation continues to thrive. The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) reported 2016…

Employee Turnover Keeps Rising

It’s making it hard for planners to establish relationships in the hospitality industry Long gone…

Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

As mental and physical fitness become more important to Americans, those preferences are seen in…

4 Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season Travel

As U.S. residents await the beginning of daylight saving time on March 12, longer days,…

Bringing in the Big Guns: Promotions and Appointments in Hospitality

To say the year 2016 was big for the city of Dallas would be a gross understatement. The city saw 25.7 million visitors and had record room-night bookings. International travel to Dallas has…

Exhibition Industry Posts First Decline in 6 Years

After 25 consecutive quarters of sustained growth, the exhibition industry posted its first decline. According to…

Infographic: How Effective Event Marketing Boosts ROI

Want to increase engagement, attendance and effectiveness of your events? Strategic event marketing can mean…

Farm, Meet Table: 5 Locally Sourced F&B Selections

As the change of season ushers out winter’s rich braises and sturdy root vegetables, a…

Spas Venture Outside the Box

New trends include art sessions, farm-fresh beauty and floating meditation If you’re a spa lover, you’re likely also a trend watcher. To uncover and indulge in the latest trends, you could venture to…

What’s so Different about Trump’s New Travel Ban?

While President Trump's new travel ban, issued Monday, still targets a handful of mostly Muslim nations, the country most…

Q&A with Peggy Benua of Miami Beach VCA

Peggy Benua, board chair of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) Peggy Benua is…

6 Uncommon Gift Ideas for Attendees

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful…

GES Adds Event-Tech Value with Poken Acquisition

Last week, GES, a full-service event provider, announced its acquisition of Poken, a leading engagement technology company. Poken is expected to fit right into GES’ culture of event services and technology. Poken, a…

7 Trendsetting Travel Apps

It can be difficult to decide which apps are worth downloading. There are simply too…

Google’s Chat & Meet: The Next Step in Virtual Meetings?

Over the past year, many have speculated on Google’s possible plans to build a business…

Top 7 Event Management Software Companies

If you plan events, the Technavio 2017-2021 market research report on global event management software will…

What is a Hotelfie, and What Can it Do for You?

A new breed of selfie has arisen: The hotelfie. If you’re wondering just what a hotelfie could be, consumer trends and generational differences expert Kelly McDonald is here to explain the benefits of…

10 Futuristic Travel Tech Products

Meeting and event planners are all too familiar with travel. They know each step in…

4 Key Facts on the Mobile Booking Boom

The process of booking a trip has evolved tremendously in the last few decades. From…

Go Live or Go Home

How brands can take advantage of live-stream platforms The explosive popularity of live streaming can…

A Name Badge That’s a Real-Time CRM Event Bridge

If you don't know what bi-directional real-time CRM solutions are, you soon will. As a meeting planner, it might even change how you run your operation—by not only offering one program that can…

7 Apps for Next-Level Organization

Organization can be hard to maintain when planning a big event. With so many contacts,…

Unique Travel Apps Inspired and Designed by Celebs

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the…

The 7 Commandments of Event Wi-Fi

Fact: Anyone attending a business or trade conference is going to expect to have instant,…

5 Dos and 5 Don’ts of Event Social Media Use

Daily and event social media strategies are two different breeds. Accordingly, they should be treated as separate processes to maximize the success of both. Here are some fundamental but crucial guidelines for optimizing…

Apple’s Tim Cook Thinks Augmented Reality is the Next Big Thing

While big-name forays into virtual reality make headlines, such as Steven Spielberg’s plan to build…

Amazon Debuts Video Conferencing Tool for Virtual Meetings

Online retail giant Amazon is now making a foray into the world of virtual meetings…

5 Steps for Solid Cybersecurity

At this point in the digital age, it’s not if you’re going to get hacked,…

5 Tech-Focused Hotel Trends

There’s no denying that millennials have a remarkable influence on modern society. For that reason, many new hospitality amenities cater to their values and needs. Implementing these cutting-edge features can also enhance guest…

7 Sharing Economy Apps for Event Venues

Peerspace Sharing economy apps simplify the planning process For smaller meetings and company offsites, it…

Top 4 Stories in Social Media

1. Twitter Adds Explore The Scoop Twitter’s “Moments” tab has been replaced with an “Explore”…

Australia Airports Plan to Eliminate Passports

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recently announced a plan to revolutionize airport…

Uber Suggests Destinations Based on Calendar Appointments

When you’re rushing to make it to an event, every moment is critical. Uber has made travel much easier, but the process of searching, copying and pasting an address remains a hassle. There…

Top 10 High Tech Hotels Around the World

Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel, Shenzhen, China Holographic meetings, robot concierges and underwater music systems are…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the…

Los Angeles Goes Virtual

Thanks to its new Virtual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles Travel & Convention Bureau has made…