Best Beaches Roundup


During the summer thoughts turn to sun, sea and sand, and beautiful beaches beckon. Two recent surveys identified the best beaches in America. Grab your flip flops and don’t forget the sunblock! It’s time to hit the beach, baby! Tipspoke’s Best Beaches Recreational portal and activity database Tipspoke had 1,000 respondents weigh in on their…

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U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders Adds Beteta, Nassetta


The U.S. Travel Association has announced that longtime travel industry leaders Caroline Beteta and Christopher J. Nassetta are the 2016 inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. This is the single highest honor the association can bestow upon members of the travel community. The selection of Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California and…

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Paris Hilton Launches Luxury Hotel Line

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By unveiling her own luxury hotel line, entrepreneur Paris Hilton is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Conrad Hilton, who founded the hotel chain in the 1920s. The first  of Paris Hilton’s properties to open will be located in Dubai, New York and Las Vegas; three cities where she spends a lot of time. When…

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How Planners Can Handle 3 Top Challenges

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Meeting planners often feel overwhelmed because they frequently face a steady stream of challenging tasks that must be successfully accomplished in a brief period of time. There are no easy solutions to addressing the situation, but here are some helpful tips to address three main challenges, adapted from A Sellers’ Market: The demand for…

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Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Sheila C. Johnson of Salamander

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Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia (Photo by Drew Xeron) CEO Sheila C. Johnson’s latest endeavor is expanding luxury hotel collection • Born: Jan. 25,1949, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania • Education: University of Illinois, bachelor’s degree in music performance and education • Family Life: Married to the Honorable William T. Newman Jr.; two grown children, Paige…

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WordCamp Behind the Scenes: Event Organizer Turns Speaker

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Editor’s Note: Mario Peshev is a WordPress developer and architect at DevriX who has worked on the back end of Smart Meetings for several years. As an organizer of WordCamp, Peshev went from event organizer to event speaker at this year’s WordCamp Europe event, presenting on a very relevant topic in an industry: remote employees….

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Business Travel Flexibility Pays Off in Free Gift Cards


A new start-up by founder Jay Walker will reward employees who are flexible about their business travel. By booking their hotel and flight packages on the soon-to-be-released mobile app Upside, they will save their companies 5-15 percent off travel costs, and personally earn up to $200 in free e-gift cards to popular retailers for…

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3 Top Replies to On-the-Spot Idea Requests

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Meeting planners, like other business professionals, often find themselves in situations where they are asked on the spot to come up with creative, significant ideas that will help their company. These situations occur in a variety of settings, including meetings with their boss and gatherings with other staff members. Coming up with any ideas, let…

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ASAE in 2019

Columbus to Hold ASAE in 2019

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American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) today announced that it will hold the 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio. The annual conference is estimated to bring more than 5,000 attendees to Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) from Aug. 10-13. “This will be the first time ASAE will hold its Annual Meeting & Exposition in…

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Dare to Dream Bigger

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It’s time to dream bigger for your next meeting. If you’ve spoken to professionals in the meetings industry lately, you’ll know that the complete event packages of The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas feature unique amenities that are built with meetings foremost in mind. From our flexible meeting and convention space to more than 25 years…

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