friendliest cities

Top 5 Friendliest Cities in the World

These cities are among the top-rated in most “world’s friendliest cities” articles. Maybe one of these fine locales can be the next place you plan your event, or visit on a personal trip.

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day of the girl

What Meeting Planners Can Do to Support #DayoftheGirl

Today marks International Day of the Girl. The United Nations sanctioned this date in 2012 as an initiative to empower girls who have been victimized by a variety of circumstances, ranging from violence to natural disasters. UN Women—an organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women—issued a statement saying, “On the International Day…

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get your pumpkin fix

4 Southern Hotels to Get Your Pumpkin Fix

Embrace the spooky season by planning an event at one of these awesome hotels—and don’t forget to try one of the delicious, seasonal dishes. The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina Pumpkin-lovers to the front of the line! At the Ballantyne, you can indulge in delightful Pumpkin Tonka Verrine at their Gallery Restaurant, through…

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anaheim convention center

How to Unconference Your Conference in Anaheim

Photo of Anaheim Convention Center North exterior Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) has entered the elite “one-million-square-foot-club,” announced Jay Burress, president and CEO of Visit Anaheim, which celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding 200,000 sq. ft. at the end of September as part of its seventh “betterment” expansion. The 1.8 million square foot structure is now…

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tropical storm nate

Gulf Coast Prepares for Tropical Storm Nate

Tropical Storm Nate is expected to directly hit Louisiana as a hurricane late Saturday or early Sunday, triggering precautions throughout much of the Gulf Coast. Nate killed at least 21 people as it passed Thursday over Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras, where it caused widespread flash flooding and mudslides. Nate is expected to gain strength…

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United Airlines Unveils Exciting Business-Class Offerings

United Airlines is revving up its business class to provide every passenger with aisle access, improved food and beverage offerings, and more comfortable seats. The improvements are part of an ongoing project that United began four years ago to revolutionize its business class—rebranded Polaris, after the North Star. United has used focus groups to better…

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Smokin’ Hot

We are hard-wired to be drawn to the smoky, charred and blistered. Deep in our cerebral cortexes, we flash back to mastodon steak in a cave dancing in reflected firelight. We have Proustian memories of campfire s’mores. Wood-fire cooking is perfect for September’s gathering sweater season. Sometimes, the best trends go back to basics. And…

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signature sports cocktails

U.S. Open Honey Deuce & 3 Other Signature Sports Cocktails

21 and over? Next time you head to the stadium or racetrack, make sure to bring your ID. Several of the world’s annual major sporting events are known for more than just heroic feats of athleticism, but also for their signature sports cocktails. Enjoy sipping in the stands as the players do all the heavy…

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New York City’s Best Fall Dishes

Do you smell it in the air? Fall is coming, and there are many things to rejoice over: the stunning foliage, moderate climate and (perhaps best of all) cozy meals. So, if you’re a fan of cinnamon, apples, soups and squash, then fall is prime eating time for you. Where’s the best place to indulge?…

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Convention Centers Take on New Emergency Roles

As Houston residents seek refuge from Tropical Hurricane Harvey, assistance from the city’s most popular meetings venue, George R. Brown Convention Center, is playing a major role. Thousands of people have been taken to the center after being plucked from rooftops by rescuers and scooped up by volunteers in boats. The Red Cross initially set…

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