Will San Diego Keep Comic-Con?

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Planners and local governments both know that convention center capacity is a critical determinant of site selection. Cities that devote funds and square footage to building, maintaining and expanding state-of-the-art meeting facilities reap rewards in the form of increased meetings and conventions bookings, room night sales and visitor spending. But what happens when a premier meeting…

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Forbes Travel Guide’s 2017 Star Award Winners: Who’s new?

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  Meadowood Spa reception Courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley Forbes Travel Guide revealed its 2017 Star Award winners, a selection of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas. Who’s new to the list? This year’s additions include 181 hotels, 32 restaurants and 40 spas. Forbes Travel Guide used boots-on-the-ground research and a “proprietary algorithm” to ferret…

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Anaheim and Vancouver: Cross-Promotional Cheerleaders

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As architects of meetings and conventions designed to foster creative collaboration, planners undoubtedly will appreciate the cross-promotional partnership between Tourism Vancouver and Visit Anaheim. The pairing originated at Destination Marketing Association International’s annual convention, where teams from the two destination-marketing organizations realized that both cities could benefit from a campaign focused on teamwork rather than…

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What Planners Should Know About Trump’s Bathroom Ban

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Not 24 hours after Trump’s “Bathroom Ban”—a rollback of protections for transgender students that allowed them to use the bathroom of their gender identity—the fallout has been swift, especially for those in education and the travel industry. Protesters gathered outside the White House on Wednesday night to rebuke the president’s move, which critics condemn as discriminatory. Many…

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U.S. Travel to Cuba Booms, but for How Long?

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Americans are keen on traveling  to Cuba, despite uncertain U.S.-Cuba relations. That’s according to a new  travel trends survey from Travel Leaders Group that expects Cuban travel to increase in 2017. “The momentum of public opinion among the American traveling public for unfettered access to Cuba continues,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group,…

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Unique Meeting Experiences on the Las Vegas Strip

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MGM Resorts International is the world’s leading hospitality and entertainment company. Within our deep and diverse portfolio of resort destinations, we create experiences that simply do not exist anywhere else. Whether a guest wishes to escape for the day or enjoy an extended holiday at any MGM Resorts destination, they can choose from countless, beautifully…

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2017 Oscars Guide for Meeting Planners

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La La Land photo by Lionsgate The 89th Academy Awards air this Sunday from Hollywood. Some people care about the music, while others care about the costumes. As meeting planners, we want to know more about the interesting locations we’re seeing. The filming locations of this year’s best picture nominees were certainly notable. We take…

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How the Customization Trend Is Changing Big Business

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When it comes to dynamic, engaging keynote speakers, Smart Meetings brings you the best of the best. Our annual Smart Meeting Northern California event—held Feb. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco—featured marketing expert and author…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Event Security

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The world can be a scary, unpredictable place, but you don’t want your meetings to feel that way. Ensuring attendees’ safety should be your top priority for any event. Here are a few do’s and dont’s when it comes to event security. DO get acquainted with your venue long before your event. Security should definitely…

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Smart Women 2017: Industry Leaders

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Cara Banasch Job title: Senior vice president of business development and strategy Company or organization: New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau What I love about my job: New Orleans is a truly unique place that people connect with emotionally, through our culture and with a true spirit of hospitality. Everyone genuinely wants you to love…

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