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Dan Johnson

Energize Attendees with New Approaches to BreaksPlannerTips & Tools

Planners have been introducing many new approaches recently to meet an event’s objectives and goals, but one aspect of meetings that is still ripe for more changes is the refreshment break. For younger and older attendees alike, revamped session lengths and formats need to be accompanied by breaks designed to refresh the mind and body….

Report: Conventions Offer Many Long-Term BenefitsConvention CentersMeeting Planning

Conventions customarily are viewed as opportunities for people to share and enrich their knowledge about a particular field or interest, network with others and experience some of the top features of the destination. Actually, conventions play a much greater, more dynamic role as convention and visitors bureaus collaborate with local governments, economic development agencies, academic…

Catherine Simmons: Planner Behind Dreamforce is Living a DreamEventsPeople in the NewsQ&As

Catherine Simmons is thriving in her pivotal role with Dreamforce Born and raised: Durham, England Occupation: Vice President of Strategic Events (Dreamforce) for Salesforce Education: Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Hull in England Family: Ian Cohen, husband; one step-son Quote: “Every Dreamforce event is very different, but everything is always true to the…

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Meetings Industry Collaborates in a Highly Competitive FieldEventsIndustry EventsPeople in the News

Left to right: Roger Dow, Michael Massari and Michael Dominguez at Global Meetings Industry Day at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, New Jersey Global Meetings Industry Day unites major players while educating participants Michael Dominguez and Michael Massari are natural rivals. Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, competes every day for business with Massari,…

How Meetings Help Create a Sustainable WorldGreen MeetingsMeeting Planning

The travel and meetings industries are playing a key role Significant progress has been made in ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns in the travel industry, but many challenges remain, says the research director of a leading international tourism organization. “There is a growing trend of people wanting to give back when they are traveling,…

What Do Your Attendees Really Want?BusinessProfessionalTips & Tools

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…

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Finally Slated to Open in AprilHotels & ResortsNews

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which will offer high-end amenities and eventually 1,800 guest rooms, is expected to begin operating in late April in Nassau, Bahamas. The property will be unveiled in phases, with 200 guest rooms slated to open on April 21. Eventually, Grand Hyatt will include 227 lavish suites, three restaurants, a pool bar and grill,…

Sheraton Miami Completes $10 Million RenovationHotels & ResortsNews

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Meeting Center has just completed a $10 million renovation that includes refreshed guest rooms, a redesigned lobby, a transformed pool area and custom-built meeting space. The hotel, the closest one to Miami International Airport (MIA), has transformed its 405 guest rooms by featuring a primarily neutral palette, eclectic furniture, a Herman…