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2018 changes

3 Dramatic Changes that Could Hit Event Industry in 2018NewsTrends

Attendees at the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) Seasonal Spectacular opening session were given a heads-up about changes coming in the industry that could impact how they plan meetings in the coming year. Get Ready for Change Mike Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, warned that the speed of change is coming…

Your Job Just Got Even More ComplexMeeting Planning

The niche between the proverbial rock and a hard place that event professionals often inhabit could be even cozier in the coming year, according to the results of a new American Express Meetings & Events study. The 2018 Global Meetings and Events Forecast surveyed 600 event professionals and found that at the same time group hotel rates and airfare are climbing, overall meeting spend could remain flat, and meeting owners are scrutinizing the details more than ever.

Marriott Newport Beach

Site Inspection: Newport Beach, CaliforniaDestinations

What was once known as the playground for celebrities—Shirley Temple was crowned the first Miss Newport Beach at age 13 and John Wayne lived there in the ‘60s—is becoming an even more attractive site for corporate events as all eight of the major hotels in this Orange County enclave have gone through recent renovations of meeting space in the last few years.


The New Customized NormalMeeting Planning

From the shape of the spaces where we hold our events to the way we nourish people, compose our agendas and measure our success, what was experimental, eccentric and exceptional yesterday is now expected as the new normal in a world where personalization is the rule and dictating what is eaten, listened to and seen is not tolerated.

10 Things to Do While in Sacramento for CalSAE

10 Things to Do While in Sacramento for CalSAEEventsIndustry Events

Are you one of the more than 1,000 association meeting professionals attending the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) Holiday Spectacular at Sacramento Convention Center this week? If so, you are in for a treat. The conference is a once-a-year chance to see all of your friends and find new solutions. It is also an…

new travel ban

SCOTUS Clears Way for Travel BanNewsTravel

The travel industry is watching what impact a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday will have on travelers and pending cases challenging the Trump administration’s most recent version of a travel ban. In the meantime, the Supreme Court said travel restrictions on residents from eight countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and…


Are You Ready to Supercharge On-Site Event Registration?Technology

First impressions can make or break an event. Registration has come a long way, from scribbling a name on a lapel sticker to preprinting a badge and setting it out on a table in alphabetical order, to today’s integrated digital registration solutions. Devices have gotten smaller and internet connections faster. Opportunities to customize the attendee…

#HospitalityStrongMeeting Planning

The last two months have been challenging for many across the country as a series of tragedies has taken loved ones, destroyed homes and history, and reignited questions about how we treat each other.

Napa and Sonoma Rise AgainDestinationsGalleries

Tourism is one of the leading employers in California’s Wine Country. When news reports across the country showed photos in October of the Sonoma and Napa hills on fire, thousands of acres burned and 16 wineries were severely damaged. But almost 1 million acres were left untouched in Sonoma County alone, and 1,200 wineries are still open and pouring. Featured here are a handful of the hundreds of beautiful meeting spaces welcoming attendees to intoxicatingly beautiful venues in the area.