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Top 10 Trends Impacting the Hospitality IndustryHotel TechTechnologyTrends

Editor’s note: We wrote the following story in July 2015 and it has been one of your favorites ever since so we thought we would go back and let you know what has changed. The updates are highlighted below, and a few of the findings ended up surprising even us. The Hotel Show, which stages…

Updated: Cvent Acquisition Cleared by Department of JusticeHotel TechMeeting PlanningNews

Cvent Connect 2015 This week, the acquisition of Cvent, Inc., a cloud-based enterprise event management company widely used by planners and hoteliers, by Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in technology-enabled businesses, was cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice. Cvent and Vista have agreed that all conditions to the completion of the merger…

Planning International Events: Legal and Cultural ConsiderationsInternationalPlannerTips & Tools

When planning international events overseas, event professionals must take into account a host of important legal and cultural considerations.  Attorney John S. Foster of Foster, Jensen & Gulley, LLC in Atlanta, and Joshua L. Grimes of Grimes Law Offices, LLC in Philadelphia, spoke at MPI’s WEC 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, about planning international events. Below…

10 Tips to Improve Panel DiscussionsHow ToMeeting PlanningPlanner

Although panel discussions are ubiquitous at meetings, Kristin Arnold, MBA, CPF, CSP thinks they could be more inspired. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based consultant, facilitator, public speaker and founder of Quality Process Consultants, Inc. published Powerful Panels: A Step-By-Step Guide to Moderating Lively and Informative Panel Discussions, in 2013. Around the same time she also launched a…

Gourmet Airport Grub: Top Airport RestaurantsFood & BeverageMeeting PlanningTravel

People don’t ordinarily associate airports with fine dining, but that is changing as celebrity chefs unveil restaurants in terminals across the country. Today, on-the-go foodies can sample specialties from Martin Yan at San Diego International Airport (SAN), Masaharu Morimoto at Los Angeles International (LAX) and Todd English at Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS). Meeting planners…

Living in the Age of Disruption: How Businesses Can Survive, and Even Thrive, Amid Economic TurbulenceBusinessProfessionalTips & Tools

Kate Sweetman and Shane Cragun believe we are living in the age of disruption—a time where the status quo is mercilessly challenged and the world is accelerating. As founding partners of SweetmanCragun, a Boston-based global management consulting, training and coaching firm, the couple has helped multinational corporations and Fortune 500 executives around the world manage…

7 Super Snacks for Your Next EventFood & BeverageMeeting PlanningPlanner

Editor’s note: We published the following story in May 2016, and it was so popular with our readers that we decided to provide an update about the seven super snacks we featured. We found that there are a multitude of possibilities—some fairly ordinary, others delightfully strange—for providing each of these snacks at your gatherings. All…