All for One And One for All

Meeting Planning

Cowboys and Indians, a rite of passage for millions of children, is often the first role-playing experience they will encounter in their lives. This iconic matchup, of course, is simply one variation of hundreds of scenarios used by children across the globe to bring to life their favorite heroes and villains, but the effect is…

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Sands Expo: One Venue to Rule Them All

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For the fifth consecutive year, IMEX America will take over Sands Expo and Convention Center in mid-October—and the 2015 incarnation of the event will utilize more of the convention center’s space than ever before. In addition to a whopping 1.2 million sq. ft. of flexible exhibition and meeting space, the Sands has a new look…

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Kendall College, Blackstone and Hilton Partner to Help Vets Join the Hospitality Industry

Hotels & Resorts

   Veterans are being trained for hospitality jobs   Yesterday, Kendall College in Chicago announced a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Blackstone investment group, and its portfolio company Hilton Worldwide to offer a hospitality educational program designed to prepare veterans and their spouse for a career in hospitality management. The curriculum includes…

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After 12-Year Delay, Baha Mar Finally Opens

Hotels & ResortsInternationalNews

Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, brings new meaning to the term deluxe resort. Surrounded by pristine beaches and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, the $4.2 billion integrated development includes three hotel brands and will eventually offer 2,300 rooms. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is the largest and first to debut, with SLS Baha Mar…

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6 Environmentally Friendly Places to Celebrate Earth Day

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Call it Earth Stay! In celebration of Earth Day 2017, several national upscale hotels and restaurants are enticing guests to stay and dine with earth-friendly offerings. One Arizona chamber and visitors bureau is celebrating Earth Day on a big stage at the Grand Canyon. Take a look at six Earth Day invitations, starting with Hyatt…

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4 Major Industry Players and Moves

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Lilly Rocha Lilly Rocha has covered a lot of ground during more than 17 years in global and local event management by helping clients reach their marketing goals. “I’ve traveled all over the globe, everywhere from Europe to Latin America to the Middle East,” Rocha says. “I used to travel a lot, learning the event…

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FCC’s Support of Cellphone Calls on Planes, Off Again


Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai made news this week with a short declaration about the use of cellphones on airplanes. In an official FCC statement, Pai made clear he does not support the use of cellphones for voice calls onboard flights. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against…

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8 Original, Useful and Fun Swag Bag Ideas

Meeting Planning

Sugarfina candies There is an art to creating the perfect swag bag. While it can be a fantastic opportunity to impress and enthrall attendees, it can also be a colossal waste of money. Something unoriginal, such as a brand pen, might find its home in the garbage mere hours after an event. After an event,…

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Wyndham CEO Geoff Ballotti is U.S. Travel’s New National Chair

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The U.S. Travel Association has announced that Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, was elected national chair in a member-wide vote. Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson previously held the role. “We are thrilled to welcome Geoff as our new chair,” said U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow. “Who better to…

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What Do Your Attendees Really Want?

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Emotions analytics can provide some answers Surveys, questionnaires and diagnostic tests all have their place, but it often isn’t easy to get to the bottom of what people really mean, feel and want. During the past few years, however, several companies have developed products that aim to do just that. Many of these products employ…

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