New Airline Security Rules May End Laptop Ban

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Air passengers flying to the U.S. from foreign countries can happily keep working away on their laptop computers – for now, at least — if airlines comply with new requirements announced by Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly today unveiled enhanced security measures for the 2,000 or so commercial flights arriving…

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New Petya Ransomware Attack Reminds Event Professionals to be Careful Out There

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A new computer virus threat is sending event professions scrambling to secure documents as breaches are being reported by organizations large and small across the world. The ransomware, being called NotPetya because of the computer code used, takes a similar approach to the WannaCry attacks in May that locked documents on as many as 75,000…

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5 Reasons for Planners to Celebrate Facebook’s 2 Billion User Milestone

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Facebook’s popularity has officially exploded. Well it’s been exploding year-over-year since its launch in 2004, but the social media mogul has just reached new heights. When Facebook released its statistics in May, the number of monthly active users was 1.94 billion. On June 27 that number hit a satisfying 2 billion. Every savvy meeting and…

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Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2017 Smart Stars Awards

SAUSALITO, Calif., June 1, 2017 – Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2017 Smart Stars Awards Smart Meetings, the foremost media brand and No. 1 choice for meeting professionals, is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Smart Stars Awards. Now in its sixth year, the prestigious awards platform honors meeting planners’ premier choices for…

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4 Women Making Smart Moves at Palace Resorts, Fairmont San Jose and More

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Marie Lanaud General Manager Michael Musarra announced the appointment of Marie Lanaud as director of catering for Fairmont San Jose, a landmark in Silicon Valley, California. Lanaud will be responsible for organizing and promoting food and beverage, while exceeding guest expectations and financial targets at the 805-room hotel. She has a decade of experience and previously…

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Deepak Chopra’s Message for Event Planners: Go Outdoors

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When health and wellness expert Dr. Deepak Chopra addressed the opening session at Meeting Planners International World Education Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas in June, he offered a list of things that influence the activity of the genes to create health. In addition to staples such as sleep, meditation, exercise and eating right, he suggests…

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Meeting Trends: Millennials Favor In-Person Over Online Meetings

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Great news, meeting professional: Your career is safe. That’s a takeaway from a recent poll conducted in the United States by event technology platform Eventbrite. The poll results overwhelmingly indicated most Americans believe events and in-person meetings are more effective than online experiences—and that positive change requires connecting with one another in person. “As the…

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Health-Care Event Planners Adapt to a Shifting Landscape

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As she presented a session at the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) most recent World Education Congress, titled “The Future of Healthcare Meetings,” Pat Schaumann made a telling comment. “There is really no way to predict the future beyond trying to extrapolate on present trends—regulations or technology or some other element could be completely different in…

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Bleisure Travel Raises Travel Policy Questions

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Over the past year, more than a third of North American business travelers mixed work with play by extending a work trip for leisure. According to a new study by GBTA Foundation (the research arm of Global Business Travel Association), millennials led the way in so-called bleisure travel. Bleisure is the current buzzword for combining…

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Updated: Supreme Court OKs Temporary But Limited Travel Ban

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Pending legal arguments before the Supreme Court regarding President Donald Trump’s travel ban this fall, the justices today allowed a limited version of the ban to go into effect. Foreign nationals from six majority-Muslim nations who lack any “bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States” can be denied entry to…

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