Deep in the Heart of Texas

It’s the small details that help capture the true feeling of San Antonio. Tejano culture comes alive with mariachi trumpets piercing the bustle of nightlife along the famed River Walk, where waiters serve sizzling fajitas to customers…

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100 Women Who Inspire Us: Industry Leader

Sue Alexander, senior director of meetings, marketing and membership, American College of Phlebology Inspiration: I am continuously inspired by the amazing evolution that transpires when individuals and groups “shift” to better address problems, situations and challenges. We live in a dynamic and ever-changing world; we need to be equally dynamic and strategically responsive in our…

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The Well-Being Wars

There I was, on the battle’s front line. My coordinates: room 1664, Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco. Outside, all seemed calm. In fact, the view was lovely. But inside, I shuddered involuntarily and began to check my gear. Medicine balls, 4 to 6 pounds. Sandbells, 8 to 20 pounds. TRX suspension system. Bosu ball. Powerbands. Yoga mat. More stuff I couldn’t readily identify. And there, dominating and powerful-looking, was the mighty Wattbike, a stationary bicycle used by Olympic athletes.

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Lost Lessons of Margaritaville

You may think you know Jimmy Buffett and his “Margaritaville.” But we’re guessing that, unless you’ve been paying really close attention, you don’t. Think big…and then think even bigger. The man is light industry. Between his album sales, tours and businesses, Jimmy was estimated by Forbes to have earned $50.5 million last year. (By the way, we are referring to him by his first name, because the “patron saint of the untroubled,” as The New York Times has dubbed him, prefers it that way.) The previous year, his net wealth was said to be $500 million.

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Bright Perspective: Thank You for Sharing

The issue you are holding in your hands is always a popular one because the cover story shows off the people behind the places where we bring our groups. The dedicated concierges at convention and visitors bureaus—or CVBs as we affectionately call them—are valuable resources in our quest to connect attendees with the community where…

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2017 Smart Stars Award Winners

Best Airport Hotel Best Attraction/Theme Park Best Ballroom Best Beach Hotel Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel Best City Hotel Best Coastal Hotel Best Conference Center Best Convention Center Best Convention Center Hotel Best Cruise Line Best Desert Hotel Best Eco/Green Hotel Best Executive Retreat Best Family-Friendly Hotel/Resort Best Gaming/Casino Hotel Best Golf Resort Best Historic Hotel Best…

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Bigger and Better: Associations and Citywides

As trends evolve for associations and citywides, convention venues are keeping pace As certain elements of large conventions, trade shows and meetings evolve year over year, many destinations and venues have become more proactive in helping planners make their events successful. Coordinating an event across multiple hotels plus a convention facility is not a job…

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15 Great Cities to Meet In

Choosing the perfect place to meet can be tricky. Planners seeking to stage their event in an urban environment may worry about whether the destination is safe and walkable, how accessible it is from the airport and whether it has all the amenities they are seeking. While urban centers may lack the beaches that make…

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The Circle of Life: Disney’s Exciting New Attractions Inspire Group Unity

Star Wars Land rendering Disney is Illuminating the Circle of Life The huge tree suddenly came to life, displaying bold, colorful images of animal spirits and nature scenes on its leaves and branches. People stood in amazement as they watched the magical show. They were witnessing the new, nighttime Tree of Life show during a…

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Convention Centers: Finding a Perfect Fit

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, California Whether you require an intimate or immense space, there is a convention or conference center to fit your needs Remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Once upon a time, a young girl wandered into Mama, Papa and Baby Bear’s home. She noticed three bowls of porridge….

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