All for One And One for All

Cowboys and Indians, a rite of passage for millions of children, is often the first role-playing experience they will encounter in their lives. This iconic matchup, of course, is simply one variation of hundreds of scenarios used by children across the globe to bring to life their favorite heroes and villains, but the effect is…

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Sands Expo: One Venue to Rule Them All

For the fifth consecutive year, IMEX America will take over Sands Expo and Convention Center in mid-October—and the 2015 incarnation of the event will utilize more of the convention center’s space than ever before. In addition to a whopping 1.2 million sq. ft. of flexible exhibition and meeting space, the Sands has a new look…

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Kendall College, Blackstone and Hilton Partner to Help Vets Join the Hospitality Industry

   Veterans are being trained for hospitality jobs   Yesterday, Kendall College in Chicago announced a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Blackstone investment group, and its portfolio company Hilton Worldwide to offer a hospitality educational program designed to prepare veterans and their spouse for a career in hospitality management. The curriculum includes…

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Time for Real Behavioral Understanding

All planners want to know how they can improve the attendee experience, but getting honest answers to the question of “what is working?” can be challenging. Luckily, both event apps and smart badge technology has evolved to the point that when combined with advanced analytics, they can track attendee movement throughout an event. This gives…

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Protect Your Time in the New Year, No One Else Will

It’s time to declare your independence. No one controls your schedule exactly like you do, not even an authoritarian boss.

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4 Hotels with Rooms and a Brew

According to the Brewers Association, U.S. craft beer makers in 2016 topped 5,000 for the first time, at 5,234, and saw $23.5 billion slid across the bar. So, perhaps it was inevitable that hotels—ever eager to differentiate themselves and provide unforgettable experiences—have edged from merely serving local beers to brewing them.

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Planners Scrambling as Bomb Cyclone Hits East Coast

A record cold storm on the East Coast being called a “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis” because of how quickly the atmospheric pressure falls, is predicted to cause near whiteouts, winds of up to 50 mph and a slew of flight cancellations. Weather advisories being issued from Florida to Maine have prompted airlines to offer re-accommodations,…

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2017 Safest Year for Air Travel, but Challenges Remain

Last year was the safest in the history of worldwide commercial airline travel, according to two industry research companies, but enhanced efforts will be needed in the future to keep improving safety. The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) announced last week that in 2017, there were 10 fatal airline accidents, causing the deaths of 44 passengers…

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Defeat of Bathroom Bill Saved $7.4 Billion Tourism Economy, Says VisitDallas CEO

More than 26.7 million people visited Dallas in 2016, adding an estimated $7.4 billion to the city’s economy. Event professionals bring their groups for the world-class restaurants, museums and super-sized facilities. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center alone offers more than 1 million sq. ft. of space. But when VisitDallas President and CEO Phillip Jones presented…

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Worth Mentioning: December Brand News

NYC & Company, Tourism Toronto, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, NetJets, Emirates, and InterContinental Hotels Group—what do they all have in common? They’re big brand news.

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