Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Q&A with Jesse Thorn

Jesse Thorn founded the podcast “The Sound of Young America” in 2000 while a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Public Radio International began distributing the show in 2007, making Thorn the youngest national host in public radio history. The show was renamed “Bullseye” in 2012 and recently became a part of NPR….

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Education: Conference Centered

Can the type of meeting space or venue layout you choose affect the meeting outcome? Of course. That's precisely why some planners will pick one facility over another, depending on the desired results. If the goals and objectives focus mostly on education, for example, a conference center may be the right choice. Although they tend…

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Timeless Yet Newly Tempting

It's popping up in the best places. At Red O Restaurant in L.A., Chef Rick Bayless serves it caramelized on goat cheese cheesecake with a Mexican rootbeer sauce. At Saison in San Francisco, it's roasted over hot coals and infused into Elijah Craig 12-year-old bourbon, which is then shaken with fresh lemon and housemade salted…

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Conventional Artwork

Artwork by Pascal Lecocq is on display at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.   Have you noticed it’s becoming increasingly common that trekking between terminals at airports involves walking through an art gallery? More and more airports are partnering with museums or other cultural organizations to bring artwork inside the security checkpoints to…

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Visit Denver Becomes First CVB to Achieve Certification for Sustainability Practices

Visit Denver is the first CVB in the world to be certified as meeting standards for destination selection outlined in the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards. Developed by the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and ASTM International—a standards organization formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials—the APEX standards were released last year as…

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Don’t Leave a Paper Trail

Labeling can indicate whether paper meets eco-certification requirements. Meeting planners can gain valuable insights into green printing practices during a seminar sponsored by the ASAE Convene Green Alliance (CGA) on April 2 in Washington, D.C. “Greening Your Meeting through Greener Printing” will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Washington Marriott at…

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Dispute Deepens Between San Diego Mayor, Tourism Authority

San Diego’s new Democratic mayor wants to reverse a decision that transferred responsibility for marketing the city’s convention center to the San Diego Tourism Authority last year. Former Mayor Jerry Sanders pushed for the change as he sought local hoteliers’ support for a room tax increase to help pay for a $520 million expansion of…

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Orlando Convention Hotel Names New Bridge After Gary Sain

A new pedestrian bridge connecting the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando with the Rosen Plaza Hotel will be dedicated to the memory of Gary Sain, the former president and CEO of Visit Orlando. Sain, a respected industry figure who had headed the region’s marketing agency since 2007, died in May after collapsing at a…

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Top 5 Caribbean Convention Centers

Meeting in the Caribbean usually conjures up images of lush resorts or luxury seaside hotels. There are, however, some notable facilities specifically geared toward conventions, with enough exhibit space to host major conferences and trade shows. Here’s a look at five of the biggest: 1. Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan Total space: 580,000 sq….

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