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JT Long

JT Long is content chief at Smart Meetings. She brings 25 years of experience in journalism and community-building and has written books on management and motivation. You can find her on Twitter @SmartMtgsJT.

MPI Turns to Indy for 2018 WECEventsIndustry Events

For those already missing the excitement of Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (or those who are kicking themselves because they wish they had been in Las Vegas last week), organizers left you with something to look forward to. Visit Indy will be hosting WEC 2018 June 2 through 5, 2018 at the Indiana Convention…

3 Ways to Delight the Growing Bleisure ClassNewsTravelTrends

Attendees flying in from far and wide to participate in the experiences your events provide may have a hidden—or not so hidden—agenda. According to a new report from Global Business Travel Association, 37 percent of business travelers extended their work trips for pleasure last year, putting them squarely in the hybrid bleisure class. What is…

Sandals Resorts Acquires Saint Lucia Golf ClubHotels & ResortsNewsTravel

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) management is not resting on its sandy shores. The all-inclusive resort company announced June 1 that it is acquiring the Saint Lucia Golf Club, an 18-hole course in the northern part of the island.  The revamped complex will be renamed the Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate…

Top Four Out of the Way European Places to Meet This SummerDestinationsInternational

Americans love Europe in the summer, but some destinations on the continent offer better value and unique alternatives for event locations, compared to the traditional tourist haunts. Virtuoso, a network of luxury travel advisors, released its annual report at the end of May of the top 10 global destinations American tourists have planned this summer….

Hotel Building Buoyed National Economic Outlook in AprilHotels & ResortsNewsTrends

Westin Irving Convention Center Las Colinas Hotel Hotel construction groundbreaking ceremonies were bright spots in the April building report from Dodge Data & Analytics released May 19. Hotel construction starts rose 5 percent from the previous month, according to the report. Dodge specifically called out the $106 million hotel portion of One Beverly Hills, a mixed-used…

1,000 New Rooms Make it Easier to Explore More of CubaHotels & ResortsNewsTravel

Concrete signs that Cuba will be opening its arms to visitors in a big way—and not just in Havana—towered over the International Tourism Fair in Cuba the first week of May. After the government called for building more than 100,000 new accommodations by 2030, Melia Hotels International announced that it would be adding eight hotels…