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Learn from ASAE’s Radical ExperimentEvents

XDP rethinks events with the help of 2,000 co-creators The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has been producing an annual spring conference since 1976—the year Laverne and Shirley was all the rage on television. Every year it was pretty much same-old. Or, as Don Neal of 360 Live Media consulting company in Washington, D.C.,…

How IMEX Made a Point of Promoting Women in Events—And You Can, TooEvents

Amid the rush of appointments at Sands Expo in Las Vegas during IMEX America, a group of more than 100 women—along with a contingent of supportive men—gathered to celebrate Women in Events. The oasis of community was the Event Tech Tribe booth. The hosts were Leonora Valvo, founder and CEO of Swoogo; and Marie-Claire Andrews,…

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How to Plan an Intoxicating Central Coast Wine MeetingDestinations

What can be a more perfect pairing for a team-building meeting than coastal scenery with a sparkling glass of vino? Luckily, California’s Coast is well-stocked with some of the best wine-tasting in the world, and some of the most interesting places to do it. Here are eight places that can host your group for sipping…

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Best of IMEX Day 1News

Couldn’t make it to Vegas for the biggest event industry show of the year? We have your highlights from the first official day of IMEX America right here. Plus, let’s be honest, even if you are here, it is impossible to see everything. IMEX reports a record 3,300 companies from around the world were there…

Checklist for a Productive IMEX TripTips & Tools

For those packing to go to IMEX America in Las Vegas next week to see more than 12,000 of their best friends in the event and hospitality industry, we put together a checklist of things you will want to make sure to bring along. 1. Comfortable shoes. Sands Expo and Convention Center covers 2.25 million…

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How Can Planners Prepare for Las Vegas Massacre-Style Attacks?News

News of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas that left more than 50 dead and hundreds wounded is doubly chilling for event planners. On top of the pain of hearing about senseless loss of life is a nagging question. “What would I have done if that had happened at one of my events?” More important,…

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6 Ways to Inject Retail Therapy in Your Next MeetingMeeting Planning

We may not be able to buy happiness, but shopping does offer an uplifting experience for many and malls have perfected the art of entertaining large, diverse groups. Event planners can take advantage of the unique landscapes offered by stores large and small to bring people together and add a dash of retail therapy. Here…