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.

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Defeat of Bathroom Bill Saved $7.4 Billion Tourism Economy, Says VisitDallas CEONews

More than 26.7 million people visited Dallas in 2016, adding an estimated $7.4 billion to the city’s economy. Event professionals bring their groups for the world-class restaurants, museums and super-sized facilities. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center alone offers more than 1 million sq. ft. of space. But when VisitDallas President and CEO Phillip Jones presented…

New VWP Rules Focus on Overstays and Information SharingNewsTravel

The Department of Homeland Security enacted new rules Friday aimed at limiting overstays and enhancing airport security for 38 largely European countries, whose citizens are allowed to travel to the United States without a visa—and the travel industry applauded. New requirements to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) require participating countries to share information with…

3 Dramatic Changes that Could Hit Event Industry in 2018NewsTrends

Photo credit: Steve Pate-Newberry 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…

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.

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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.