London Meetings: A Tale of Two Cities


English author and social critic Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities about London in 1859. More than 150 years later, it still has a dual personality. On one hand, it is a hip and cosmopolitan…

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Boundless Creativity in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama


It’s official: 2016 has been declared The Year of Alabama Makers by the Alabama Tourism Department to pay tribute to the craftsmanship and creativity of local artists, chefs, furniture makers, sculptors, winemakers, designers and innovators.

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Arabian Spotlight: Abu Dhabi and Dubai


Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has 11 international offices, including one in New York City. This month, the destination management organization will be hitting the road to share its stories with consumers in…

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6 Doctor-Approved Strategies to Avoid Burnout

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Make Self-Care a Priority How often do you put your needs first? No matter how many times I encourage my clients to put their needs and wants at the top of the list, they say it’s a struggle. They’re professionals and caretakers—doctors, surgeons, busy parents and spouses—and they’re used to thinking about everyone else. They…

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Crowne Plaza Enhances the Meeting Experience

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Boardroom at Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City New initiatives are geared toward planners Crowne Plaza, one of InterContinental Hotel Groups’ (IHG) main brands for meetings, has been rapidly expanding its business services around the globe. “The Crowne Plaza brand is all about making business travel work for the modern-day business traveler,” says Gina LaBarre,…

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Renovations Embody Properties’ History and Essence

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The Boulders Resort & Spa Carefree, Arizona The multimillion-dollar renovation completed earlier this year at The Boulders preserved the property’s Native American persona by drawing inspiration from the surrounding desert. A member of Hilton Hotel’s Curio Collection, The Boulders features a new Discovery Lounge and 5,500-square-foot ballroom that offer breathtaking views of the high Sonoran…

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Power Players in the Meetings Industry: May 2016

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Going the Extra Mile in Style Taking the extra step for clients can amount to many things. For Jeff Dougherty, the extra step was off the side of a 15-story building. Dougherty, who is the California association sales manager at Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, is known for serving his clients in the most unconventional ways….

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Marriott Ranks Among Top 10 Diversity Leaders

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It’s no surprise that hospitality and entertainment brands are among the leaders for diversity. According to a survey of more than 1,800 U.S. companies, DiversityInc has identified its Top 50 leaders for diversity. Marriott International Inc. leads the way among hospitality providers with a No. 9 ranking. Wyndham Worldwide checks in at No. 27, The Walt Disney Company is…

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Infographic: Pros & Cons of Videoconferencing, According to Workers

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As satellite offices, work travel, and even employees working from home and from coworking spaces become mainstream in so many businesses, the ability to videoconference has become more sought-after than phone calls as a way to keep those working remote more connected. Seeing faces and responses in real time ensures everyone participating in the conversation…

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6 Ways to Motivate Employees

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Managers are always looking at ways to motivate employees, as happy and engaged workers are more productive and raise workplace morale. There is also a huge bottom-line cost when workers are unmotivated. It has been estimated that disengaged workers waste up to two hours per day  at work, costing business $300 billion annually. While everyone…

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