Dissecting Open Payments

Meeting Planning

The letter of the law is well intentioned. The national Open Payments program, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, is designed to bring accountability and transparency regarding the financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and the health care industry. Often referred to as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, this legislation was issued by…


Conferences Canceled by the Shutdown

Meeting Planning

As a result of the government shutdown, the Symantec Government Symposium has been postponed and moved from its usual site, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, courtesy of symantecgovsymposium.com With the government shutdown well into its second week, the ongoing budget impasse is starting to rack up quite a list of conference casualties. The fallout…


TSA Will Allow Travelers to Directly Apply for PreCheck Screening


Ever since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched its PreCheck program, travelers interested in its exclusive security lanes and relaxed screening procedures have had limited ways to join. They either they had to be a top-level frequent flier and wait for their airline to recommended them, or they had to enroll in one of the…


Case Study: A Sin City Meeting to Remember

Meeting Planning

The event: The Caesars Entertainment Educational Experience, which brought together 300 meeting planners, members of the media and Caesars staff from across the nation Nov. 8–10, 2012, to experience the company’s eight-hotel Las Vegas portfolio, learn during educational sessions and form valuable business connections. The venues: Attendees were spread out among the company’s hotels on…


Getting to C-Level

Meeting Planning

Achieving the go-ahead for an inaugural or upgraded event or campaign generally requires that you obtain buy in from one or more of your company’s C-level executives. Often referred to as the “C-suite,” these include CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, CIOs and CMOs. At a large, global, matrixed organization, the larger the C-suite, the more buy…


SmartMeetings.com Makes Its Debut


I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but our new website is now live! After eight months of planning, building and tweaking kinks, we’re finally proud to announce that SmartMeetings.com has taken a turn for the better. With a new design, improved functionality, faster RFPs and more, we hope that this user-friendly overhaul will help…


Technology for the Future

Technology News

Besides the hopeful signs of an uptick in business for 2010, meetings and trade show technology continues to advance, with technology products becoming better, cheaper and easier to use. Innovation in the tech sector is bubbling with a variety of new options. Here are some of the major technology trends to watch for this coming…