Aug03

Robert Strong

t all started when young Robert Strong visited Baltimore. A magician in the Amphitheater mesmerized him. At that moment Robert vowed to be the best magician ever. His parents considered therapy, but magic lessons were cheaper. Robert continued training at Tannen’s Magic School in New York and Towson University in Maryland. He then studied with […]

San Francisco Moscone Center
Aug03
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San Francisco and Moscone Center Raise the Green Bar

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This week’s Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress is a great time to assess what to consider when staging green meetings, especially since host San Francisco and Moscone Center are sustainability leaders. On Sunday, planners and suppliers were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Moscone, where participants got a few insights about recycling, composting, donating […]

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Aug02
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MPI Moves Up Convention Dates

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Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is always looking for ways to improve its annual World Education Congress (WEC), and the strategy is paying off. On the heels of a 25 percent increase in attendance at WEC this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, MPI has decided to move up its annual convention from August, […]

MPI Convention
Aug01
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San Francisco Welcomes MPI Convention

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When the 2015 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress runs Aug. 1-4 at Moscone Center, attendees will experience a world-class travel destination, cutting-edge education sessions and red-carpet treatment from host San Francisco Travel Association. “You won’t want to miss a moment, beginning with the opening night celebration at Pier 48, with some very special […]

MPI San Francisco 2015
Aug01
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Live Updates: WEC 2015

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San Francisco Travel Association is rolling out the red carpet for the 2015 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress, which runs Aug. 1-4 at Moscone Center. Smart Meetings will help you stay on top of all the news, education sessions and fun events through social media and online coverage provided by our talented team […]

Jul31

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Primapact Consortium Champions Travel
Jul31
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New Primapact Consortium Champions Travel

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Some heavy hitters from several sectors of the travel and tourism industry have banded together in a one-of-a-kind consortium called Primapact. The group officially announced its creation in July, stating that their primary purpose is to promote and advocate for travel and tourism. Primapact’s main offices are located in Washington, D.C., but the consortium’s principals […]

San Francisco Travel Partners with Airbnb
Jul31
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San Francisco Travel Partners with Airbnb

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With another major convention coming to town this weekend, San Francisco Travel Association is making headlines as the first destination management organization to partner with Airbnb. San Francisco Travel will be welcoming the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress to Moscone Center and properties throughout the city Aug. 1-4. Taking advantage of the sharing economy […]

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Jul31
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5 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: July 31, 2015

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Rich Cerino Visit Phoenix made Rich Cerino director of convention services. He has more than 30 years of hospitality and corporate travel experience. Cerino served as citywide account director for Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. He is a member of Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA). Jay Campbell Jay Campbell was named general manager of Hilton Houston […]

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Jul30
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Progress Reported in Baha Mar Talks

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Major progress was achieved in resolving a dispute over an unfinished luxury resort in the Bahamas, but no deal was reached among the four parties involved, the Bahamian government reported. The negotiations took place in Beijing involving Baha Mar Resort, a Nassau property that would provide 2,323 rooms divided among four new hotels, 700 refurbished […]