Latest issue: July 2016

In this issue

In this issue, we learn how Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is boosting not only his team, but also the Oakland community. Curry and the team have come together for community service activities that are uplifting the residents of this rising meetings destinations.

Along with this, our July issue features a fantastic story on ten of the country's most promising emerging cities. From Oakland, California to Savannah, Georgia, these destinations are growing and attracting meetings and events like never before.

Also, don't miss our feature on meetings security. Security is more important than ever, and every planner should know how to keep their meetings secure.

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Steph Curry is Sparking Oakland’s Exciting Triumphs

Photo credit Golden State Warriors This local hero is getting better every year, working on skills and resilience to reach seemingly unattainable heights. Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry often is described in such glowing terms. He’s proud of his achievements, but he would be the first to tell you that what pleases him even…

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Meetings Security: The X Factors

With potential threats constantly evolving, everyone must be informed & cooperative for security to work Many people would say that 2016 is shaping up to be quite an interesting year. For planners of financial and insurance conferences and events, the word that might come to mind is challenging, or perhaps even aggravating. The U.S. presidential…

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The Evolving Role of Speakers

They face challenges to effectively perform an expanded role for planners A few years ago, as Kate Patay began a presentation in front of an audience at the San Diego Zoo, she experienced a highly unusual distraction. “For the duration of my presentation, the tigers in the cage behind me were trying to paw me…

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5 Things to Know about 10 Emerging Meeting Cities

Oakland, California They are the types of cities everyone is talking and writing about. San Francisco Business Times called Oakland, California, “the development story of the year” months before the Golden State Warriors reached the NBA playoff finals for the second-straight year and continued to galvanize the Bay Area’s third largest city. Travel + Leisure…

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Fresh and Refreshed: New and Renovated Hotels Vying for Guests' Attention

Marriott Syracuse Downtown You know when you’ve stepped into a brand new or recently renovated property. The decor is contemporary, the lobby floors are gleaming, fixtures are polished and linens are crisp. These days, there are plenty of reasons for a property to renovate or refurbish part, if not all, of its spaces. Of course,…

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The Impact of Brexit on Meetings

Travel experts predict uncertainty in the wake of historic UK referendum On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom made the historic decision to leave the European Union. Although the official separation process will take up to two years, the impact of the move was immediate and the fallout dramatic. Prime Minister David Cameron, who…

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Smart Style: 6 Hot Gift Ideas for Cool Summer Meetings

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts they will definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of items that can make work and travel more enjoyable, and contribute to good health and well-being. Bonus: Everyone will remember your event! Jet Set Groomed…

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America's Best Quirky Themed Bars

Booger Red's Saloon, Fort Worth, Texas (Photo by Leo Wesson) After a long day of meetings, many attendees like to kick back and relax at a bar with a drink and some appetizers. Planners can make that experience memorable by choosing a venue that offers something different. From a Roaring Twenties speakeasy to an espionage-themed…

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Power Players: An Industry Legend at The Broadmoor

A Cut Above the Rest Barry Brown knew early on that he was destined for success in the hospitality industry. Over the course of his 30-year career in hotel sales, he carefully honed the skills necessary to deliver exceptional experiences his clients crave. When he was hired last year as vice president of sales and…

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Tips for Healthy Summer Travel

Common sense can help you avoid common health risks Summer is right around the corner, and with warmer weather comes travel plans to new and exciting destinations around the world. If the 2016 Summer Olympics are on your travel radar, you’ve already begun to make plans for a trip to Rio de Janeiro in sunny…

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Attendee Evaluations Ensure Better Meetings

But planners need to tailor them to their events Knowing how attendees evaluate the effectiveness of an educational event is a critical component in keeping them engaged and in maximizing the host organization’s return on its meeting investment. But proper attendee evaluation is a multistep process that spans several time frames. With so many other…

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Hyatt Eases Multiple-Booking Process

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Grass-roots efforts also enable planners to easily customize meetings Two recently formed property alliances by Hyatt Hotels Corporation are facilitating multiple booking for planners and allowing them to easily customize their meetings and conventions. Hyatt Convention Alliance, the result of a grass-roots effort by hotel managers to respond to the industry’s…

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Revel in Wellness at Miraval Life in Balance Spa

Like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, the former St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California, is spreading its wings. The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond 400-room property in Orange County is now owned by KSL Resorts and has been rechristened Monarch Beach Resort. Following a $40 million renovation completed last month,…

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Glitz & Glamour in The Palm Beaches

The Brazilian Court Hotel Meeting business surges thanks to rich history and improved infrastructure The 16-mile-long barrier island of Palm Beach in South Florida offers a wide array of meeting options, both in size and experience, but the mood and style remain the same: tranquil and luxurious. What other way is there to be on…

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Q&A with Richard C. Kessler of The Kessler Enterprise

Richard C. Kessler is CEO and Chief Operating Officer of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Hometown: Savannah, Georgia Career: At age 23, Richard Kessler became the right hand to real estate developer Cecil Day and helped found Days Inn of America in 1970. From 1972 to 1975, he founded and led five estate development and operational…

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Deciding on Drones

4 things to consider before booking aerial photographers Drones have revolutionized the way moments can be captured and shared. Just a few years ago, the only option for aerial photography was hiring a plane or helicopter. Drones allow us to capture crystal-clear aerial perspectives for a few hundred dollars. With today’s drone technology, high-definition footage…

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Leadership Isn't for Cowards: How to Lead Courageously in a Turbulent Age

Courage has to do with the willingness and ability to face what needs to be faced and to do what needs to be done. Courage requires you to be confident that your values are being consistently executed in every aspect of the culture you influence. What are your values? To what extent are you living…

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Infographic: A Look Inside Mobile Travel Booking

Hotels.com polled 9,200 people from 31 countries for its annual Mobile Travel Tracker report about specific travel habits, including when, where and how trips are booked. The results reinforced what we already know: Mobile phones have trumped nearly everything—even travel companions. Booking apps are fast and efficient, their interfaces grow more user-friendly every day and…

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