5 Things You Didn’t Know about Houston

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Monument Au Fantome in Discovery Green Amid all the hype about the Super Bowl, you probably heard that Houston has had a makeover. New hotels, renovations and restaurants have transformed this bustling metropolitan city into a must-visit destination. So much has changed in the last few years to transform Houston into a nearly brand new…

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10 Fun Facts About Incentive Travel

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The meetings and events industry isn’t all business. Rewards are part of the trade, too. In celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day on April 6, Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) compiled 10 incentive travel facts to help planners orchestrate their next incentive excursion. Considering employees prefer travel and experiences to cash when selecting a large-scale award,…

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4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lost Luggage

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Whether or not to check your luggage is the age-old question every traveler must ask themselves.  The confines of carry-on size luggage may limit your packing space, but is it worth the risk of losing checked luggage? Regardless of the precautions taken, a certain anxiety emerges at check-in as the conveyor belt carries your precious…

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What Planners Need to Know About San Francisco’s Moscone Center Expansion

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Rendering courtesy of mosconeexpansion.com Now past the halfway point, the multiyear, $500 million expansion of San Francisco’s Moscone Center is making progress toward a late 2018 completion date. We recently talked with John Reyes, executive vice president and chief sales officer for San Francisco Travel, who filled us in on construction plans and facility upgrades….

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What’s so Different about Trump’s New Travel Ban?

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While President Trump’s new travel ban, issued Monday, still targets a handful of mostly Muslim nations, the country most notably missing is Iraq. Iraq had been one of seven countries included in the president’s initial executive order that had blocked travelers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States. The administration’s revision now places a 90-day…

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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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8 Lessons 2016 Taught Us About Meeting Planning

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1. Brexit Will Not Stop Innovative Meetings in London Brexit will, eventually, have a substantial impact on European travel, but that’s not to say it will halt meetings there. In fact, London is more equipped than ever to handle high-tech meetings, marketing itself as the Silicon Valley of Europe. Forty percent of the world’s top…

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Visit Scotland Excited About Aberdeen Projects

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AECC rendering Imagine meeting in a brand-new convention center in a destination no one in your group has ever been to or even thought about visiting. Your offsite reception takes place in a castle where whiskey tasting is one of several activities that reflects the culture of the destination. The keynote speaker hails from one of the oldest universities in…

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Infographic: Latest Trends and Surprising Facts About Travel

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Many people go on vacation to decompress, de-stress and take a mental break from the rigors of work. According to international respondents of the Global Travel Tracker from Marriott Rewards, while a vast majority of people choose a nap over getting the heartrate pumping with a long run (67 percent vs. 33 percent), it’s not…

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Nothing Ordinary About This San Antonio Resort

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Most companies expect innovative thinking from the people in their organization. And if you are looking for equally innovative ideas for planning your next meeting or retreat, the last thing you need is a venue that’s same old, same old.  At Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, there’s no chance of that. The reason:…

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