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Athens, Ga.: a Doggone Great Place to MeetDestinations

Atrium at The Classic Center Let’s face it: the main reason most people travel to Athens, Ga., is to see the University of Georgia Bulldogs play anything. But with the recent $24 million expansion of The Classic Center, it’s also a great place to meet. The new space will allow the downtown convention center to…

Decor: Get Your Green On in 2013Meeting Planning

Even Pantone is going green this year. The worldrenowned authority on color has selected emerald as its featured hue for 2013, and you are sure to see green trimmings at events and meetings as we inch closer to spring. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the color green complements current…

Lincoln takes center stage in VirginiaMeeting Planning

Even though the idea isn’t completely original, the Virginia Tourism Corporation is now offering a very cool team-building opportunity with the debut of the Lincoln Movie Trail. Coinciding with the release of Academy Award-nominated Lincoln, the movie trail is an example of a tourism trend that takes advantage of a film’s setting, including the hotels…

Work Hard, Play Hard at San Francisco’s Newest HotelMeeting Planning

Game room at Hotel Zetta For the meeting after the meeting, where networking transpires and deals are solidified, Hotel Zetta invites meeting planners to check out its playroom. San Francisco’s first new hotel in five years, the property will begin a soft opening next week. The playroom and other meeting spaces, including a trendy lobby…

Come on, Get HappyDestinations

The city by the bay, officially happy If you want a happy meeting, plan a visit to a happy city. In the case of North America, that means San Francisco. According to a recent international perception survey by GfK Custom Research, San Francisco ranks as the seventh happiest city in the world. The GfK Group…

Making Waves at MavericksNews

Surfing action at the 2010 Mavericks competition, courtesy of wikimedia.org The surf was up and so was business at Oceano Hotel & Spa in Half Moon Bay last weekend. Located 30 minutes south of San Francisco, the Oceano was home base for Sunday’s famous big-wave surf competition called Mavericks. Due to extreme high-wave warnings and…

A San Francisco OriginalFood & Beverage

The Tony Bennett Room at Original Joe’s in San Francisco, courtesy of San Francisco Private Dining Venues. Original Joe’s is much more than a premier restaurant located near many of San Francisco’s finest hotels. First opened in 1937, the Italian-American culinary landmark moved to the trendy North Beach district a year ago, immediately making it…