Hybrid Meetings: Big Effort, Big Reward

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Strategy and preparation can extend reach and boost ROI In the past several years, the potential value of meetings has gone up significantly due to the ability to conduct them in a hybrid manner. But what exactly does hybrid mean? In short, a hybrid meeting involves an in-person audience, as well as a remote audience […]


Green: More Than a Color for Wineries

Meeting Planning

Wine has been produced for thousands of years and by many cultures—and yet the industry still comes down to one common element: the grape. A 2003 report by archaeologists indicates a likelihood that grapes were mixed with rice to produce a fermented beverage in China in the early years of the seventh millennium B.C. The […]


Tech Rentals Make an Impact

Meeting Planning

  Meetings, conferences and events have undergone a major change over the past decade, including the increasing importance of technology rentals. They are transforming the landscape of events and driving new goals, from boosting attendee engagement and elevating environmental consciousness to supporting connectivity, mobility and social media.    Here are a few ways tech rentals […]


Time for Social Studies

Technology News

Listen up, class! It’s time to revisit our social studies education. We’re not talking about history or current events. We’re talking about #mobilesocial, and the burgeoning business of social media-related tools that can help you with your meeting industry tasks. Here’s the lesson plan—and how you can use the tools to ace the class. Vine […]


InterContinental to Operate Tallest Hotel in West

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Wilshire Grand construction site by Omar Barcena, courtesy of flickr InterContinental Hotels Groups will operate the hotel in Los Angeles’ Financial District that will be the tallest building in the western United States when it opens in 2017, developers announced on Sept. 23. Hanjin Group and Korean Air, which are spending more than $1.1 billion […]


Moment.me and Wix Partnership Makes Event Microsites a Snap

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Moment.me event microsite Event tech company Moment.me and web development company Wix announced a partnership today that makes it easier to create microsites for events. Wix users can now incorporate an event-tech solution, including collecting photos, Tweets and videos, into existing websites to promote meetings and conventions. “At Moment.me, we’re aware that not everyone wants […]


7 Tips to Help You Go Hybrid

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Based on a report released by Meetings Professionals International (MPI) in the spring, hybrid meetings are now being embraced more than ever. The second edition of MPI’s new in-depth research publication, Meetings Outlook, reported that 51 percent of those surveyed said their organizations already use virtual and hybrid technologies for meetings and events. Considering that […]


Meetings 2020

Meeting Planning

We’ve all heard about how drones, holograms, robots and more will alter the future of meetings—or already have, in a few exclusive settings. But when we asked several industry thought leaders to predict what meetings will look like in five years, we were interested in innovations and practices that would be in common use by […]


Decor: Fascination with Gingerbread

Meeting Planning

More than 200 years ago, German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published their collection of folktales, which included Hansel and Gretel. Much more than a beloved children’s bedtime story, the travails of Hansel and Gretel have been adapted into an opera, an animated feature film and several movies, in addition to serving as the […]

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10 Free Apps Event Planners Should Download

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  For Content Lovers Zite (free; iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows): News aggregator that feeds in articles based on your interests that you enter. The more articles you view, the more it learns and feeds in similar stories. It’s like Pandora for news. Flipboard (free; iPhone/iPad, Android): Create your own magazine of content by selecting which sites you want to view content from. But […]