Latest issue: May, 2015

In this issue

With more apps and gadgets than ever before, meeting planners have plenty of technology to add to their ensembles. Our annual technology issue brings you a comprehensive guide to the latest wearable technology—from Lechal shoes with built-in GPS to health and fitness trackers like Fitbit and Jawbone. Hotels are picking up on the tech trend too, with offerings like interactive touch screen monitors and meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology.

Our issue also features ever-popular gaming resorts around the country. Properties such as Aria Resort & Casino, a high-tech haven of its own, have technologically advanced rooms that actually remember your preferences. Don’t miss our “World Report” with highlights from London and Eastern Canada—culturally diverse and convenient destinations for meeting abroad. More features and the latest news are available on our brand-new website for all your meeting needs.


Gaming Casinos Overflowing with Pizzazz

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas Just holding a meeting is no longer enough. These days, they also have to include “experiences” that will energize attendees for the tasks ahead, and that they’ll remember for years to come—all while still being productive, of course. Gaming resorts provide both. In fact, the quality of the meeting…

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Hotels Send Clear Signal that Technology is Important

Hotels are taking the lead in showcasing technology that is available to today’s business travelers. In our tech-centric world, upgrading technology is just as important to hotels as renovating guest rooms and meeting space. Last fall, Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc., introduced portable charging stations at 29 properties thanks to a…

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Commune Hotels’ Niki Leondakis’ Secret to Success

Over two decades, Niki Leondakis watched as her two sisters, both mothers to several children, had to lie to their employers about spending time with their kids. “They would take a sick day when in reality they were chaperoning a field trip,” she recalls. “They were being good parents.” It made a big impression on…

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Dress for Success: Wearable Tech Suits Meetings

Jawbone You’ve been there before: Your panel is running late with one speaker to go—and she’s really the one you came to see. But you have a must-attend meeting right after—somewhere in the giant convention center. Should you stay? Should you go? How long will it take to walk there? Relax. One day you’ll probably…

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European Meetings on Sale

Dollar to Euro Conversion If you’ve been dreaming about booking your next meeting in Europe, now might be the perfect time. Meetings and events on the continent and the British Isles are effectively on sale. The strength of the U.S. dollar, coupled with Europe’s weak currencies, make it the perfect time to plan European meetings.…

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Terri Woodin Webinar: The Three R’s of Meetings

If Terri Woodin wasn’t a hospitality veteran and walking resource for everything from the latest meeting technologies to global hotel sourcing, she’d probably be a teacher or likely a principal by now. As senior director of global meeting services at Meeting Sites Resource, a meetings management solutions organization, Woodin regularly schools event planners on the…

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New & Renovated: Urban Classics

Martha Washington Hotel, New York City Martha Washington Hotel opened in 1903 in Manhattan as a refuge for women visiting and living in New York City. Designated a historical landmark by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the grand ole dame completed a $30 million renovation in February, including new state-of-the-art meeting and event space designed…

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Bottom Line: What Are You Worth?

This can be a difficult question to answer, as each organization is unique, with different cultures and missions. But knowing your value—and being recognized for it—is possibly the most important factor in a planner’s success. In some organizations, planner value is measured by the ability to get the most from total meeting and event spending…

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