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Dan Johnson

The Rapid Rise of Transformative MeetingsMeeting Planning

Not so long ago, meetings and conferences were pretty much all straight-forward business, organized in a somewhat standard itinerary format that included long sessions and breaks offering generally unhealthy food and drinks. Downtime activities included meals and entertainment at some of the most popular local establishments. My, how things have changed!

Connecticut: Small State, Big AppealDestinations

Though small in size, Connecticut offers a fantastic array of outstanding experiences for groups. It covers just 4,845 square miles, making it the third-smallest state in the United States, but is saturated with intriguing attractions, features stunning natural settings, is conveniently located and provides many unique meeting spaces.

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8 Conventions You Won’t Want to Miss this YearEventsIndustry Events

One of the signature aspects of the meetings industry is the many inspiring, educational and fun annual conferences scheduled throughout the year. These events have been more exciting than ever recently due to the rapidly evolving offerings, which mirror the dynamic industry, in general. Here is a rundown of eight of the must-attend conventions, including…

Smart Dispatch: Una Experiencia MagnificaDestinationsSmart Dispatches

Groups meeting in San Antonio have plenty of options for off-site activities, including strolling along the River Walk and enjoying its unique restaurants and shops, as well as visiting the Alamo and other historic missions, SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and San Antonio Zoo. But arguably the best place to experience the city’s rich culture is El Mercado (Market Square), a three-block outdoor plaza lined with restaurants, shops and produce stands near downtown.

Keeping the Numbers in PerspectiveBusinessTips & Tools

Numbers, numbers and more numbers. They are critically important in analyzing the effectiveness of social media and other online communication, but are merely one tool among many, and often are used by professionals without keeping the bigger picture in mind.

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JFK Airport Recovering After 4 Days of MayhemAirlinesNews

Operations are gradually returning to normal, but some flights were still delayed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Monday after a water pipe break caused 352 delays and 46 cancellations the previous day. The incident compounded problems resulting from a winter storm that hit New York City on Thursday, causing…

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2017 Safest Year for Air Travel, but Challenges RemainAirlinesNews

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…

7 Ways that Travel Changed in 2017NewsTravel

From translating ear buds to devastating earthquakes, the past year has been full of major developments that affected meeting professional road warriors. We saw some changes coming, while others took us totally off-guard. Here are seven developments in 2017 and a forecast of whether or not they will have a lasting impact. Recovering from Natural…