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April 17, 2015

Hospitality Royalty Makes a Stop in San Francisco

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He just might be the most interesting man in the hospitality world. Sir Rocco Forte reminds me of the guy in the Dos Equis beer commercials, with a commanding presence balanced by an intriguingly inviting air, in addition to an eloquent international accent.

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April 16, 2015

Planners: Come Join Us in the Land of the Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Planners: Come Join Us in the Land of the Mohegan Sun

Pop quiz: What do The Tower of London and the Mohegan Sun casino and resort have in common? They’re both bordered by the Thames River. Well yes, technically they’re different rivers, the former being in England and the latter located in Uncasville, in the heart of the scenic foothills of southeastern Connecticut.

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April 16, 2015

The Meetings and Events Industry: How I Ran Away and Joined the Circus

Don Power Image The Meetings and Events Industry: How I Ran Away and Joined the Circus

In support of North American Meetings Industry Day 2015, we asked one of our staff members, Don Power, to relate his experience of how he joined the meetings and events industry. This is what he had to say.

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April 15, 2015

5 Ways to Ease Email Inbox Overload

email inbox overload 5 Ways to Ease Email Inbox OverloadWhile email is an essential business tool, most professionals find that their inboxes easily become overloaded.

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April 13, 2015

Kicking Some Serious Butt at Westin Wellness Escape (Part 1)

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I must admit that I felt a little trepidation when my editor chose me to represent our magazine at the Westin’s inaugural Wellness Escape event in San Diego. Although I hike regularly and consider myself moderately fit, I began to worry when I discovered that the all-women retreat would be led by fitness guru Holly Perkins. Perkins, who has trained many A-list celebrities and has an abs as flat as an ironing board, would be shepherding us through grueling boot camp sessions designed to build muscle and burn fat. Although the thought of having a stomach like hers was enticing, it was also intimidating. The fact that she was insisting that we all pack a bikini made me start to sweat.

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April 08, 2015

28 Music Festivals in Greater Lansing, Michigan

music festivals 28 Music Festivals in Greater Lansing, MichiganSmart Meetings profiled Michigan’s vibrant musical scene in the April issue. While locations such as Detroit, Grand Rapids and Traverse City all present musical events, especially in the summer, Michigan’s capital, Lansing, is particularly active.  In any given month, there is guaranteed to be at least one musically-oriented event scheduled in the Greater Lansing area. Most of the events are annual happenings.

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April 07, 2015

Take Charge of Your Battery Life

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Today’s nonstop texting and tweeting takes its toll on cellphone batteries. On Road Warrior Voices, writer Jelisa Castrodale reports that Stanford University researchers have created a new aluminum-ion battery that will charge smartphones in just one minute. An added benefit is that they are less likely to catch on fire than the lithium-ion batteries typically used in today’s smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.

The new super battery has a much longer lifespan than its lithium counterparts—it can withstand up to 7,500 discharge cycles, while the average lithium battery has a life of about 1,000. This makes it more environmentally friendly.

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April 07, 2015

Seven Tips to Stay Refreshed on Your Next Flight

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There’s nothing like dry, recycled air and cramped, close quarters to feel tired and grubby after a long flight. It has become the norm for airlines to shortchange passengers on snacks and space, but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing a few amenities of your own on board.

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April 02, 2015

Diablo Valley: An Affordable Bay Area Alternative

DiabloValley Road Diablo Valley: An Affordable Bay Area Alternative Planners that want to hold their events in San Francisco are often shell-shocked when they discover how much hotels, meals and other amenities cost. Diablo Valley, located 30 miles north of San Francisco and easily accessible to the City by the Bay via public transportation, is an ideal alternative.

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