ASAE Aims to Reinvent Meetings with Xperience Design Project

EventsIndustry Events

The Center for Association Leadership, known as ASAE, unveiled Xperience Design Project (XDP) in National Harbor, Maryland, this week at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The two-day event brought together 1,816 association professionals and industry partners. Their challenge: to collaborate on ideas to reinvent their meetings. .@garibaldiarts keeping the #myxdp co-creators mesmerized and entertained…

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Event-Planning Inspiration from Cannes Film Festival 2017


This month’s ongoing 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France is so much more than screening movies, red carpets, and ballgowns. The experience would not be what it is if not for the exquisite food, drinks, décor, and of course the swag bag. Swag Hopefully attendees left spare room in their suitcases to fill up with…

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TSA to Require More Items to Be Removed From Bags at Checkpoints


You may need to grab some extra bins and pack your patience at the security checkpoint next time you fly. Ten major U.S. airports are participating in a trial of a new Transportation Security Administration process. Checkpoints at LAX, Boston Logan, Detroit Metropolitan, and more will now require ticketed passengers to remove electronics larger than…

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Answers to Your Burning Security Questions

Meeting PlanningQ&As

11 questions from Alan Kleinfeld’s Smart Meetings financial and insurance webinar In a world of heightened security awareness, Arrive Management Group’s Alan Kleinfeld found himself answering a lot of event planner questions during the Smart Meetings webinar on Security May 25. While he is not a lawyer or a doctor, he was happy to provide…

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Meeting Professionals Applaud Court Ruling on Trump Travel Ban


The fog has yet to lift around whether nationals from six Muslim-majority countries will be able to travel freely into the United States for meetings, but meetings industry reaction was positive today as a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, further delayed attempts by the Trump administration to institute the ban. The U.S. Court of…

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Travel Industry Protests Trump Budget’s Plan to Cut Brand USA


Under President Trump’s proposed budget, Brand USA, the federally funded tourism marketing organization that promotes the United States to international travelers, is in danger of being eliminated. According to the proposal presented to Congress on Tuesday, the budget would shift Brand USA’s funds to Customs and Border Protection. Although the change may have the administration’s…

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7 Coolest Wine Bars for Your Next Event

DestinationsFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

May 25 marks National Wine Day! It’s time to take those red, white and pinks out of storage, pour a sizable glass and clank to the ultimate vino holiday. There’s nothing like indulging in a much-needed glass of wine, especially if it is paired with scrumptious bites and a relaxing ambiance. You can treat attendees…

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Millennials Choose American Airlines as Top Brand


Because of millennial influence, American Airlines won its first Airline Brand of the Year honor in the Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study. The study, which measures brand health over time, found that American adults born after 1980 gave a big boost to travel brands—most notably airlines and cruise lines. American Airlines has a higher equity rating…

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Serve Brain Food at Your Next Event

Food & BeverageHealth & WellnessMeeting Planning

When the afternoon hits and we reach for that third, nay fourth cup of coffee, it’s easy to overlook the full impact of the foods we choose. But being selective about what we consume is crucial because as the saying goes, you are what you eat. At a meeting or an event, sluggish attendees won’t…

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Omni Extends Hunger Initiative Offer to Meeting Planners

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After donating 8.4 million meals to hungry Americans, Omni Hotels & Resorts has decided to extend indefinitely its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative—an offer it hopes meeting planners can’t refuse. Since June 2016, Omni has made a donation to Feeding America for every meeting or event booked by planners at any of the luxury hotel brand’s…

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