Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Beyond Cinco de Mayo

St. Regis Atlanta’s Herradura Private Selection Tequila, courtesy of Facebook There was a clever little sign outside a shop near my home yesterday that read: “We have 45 tequilas. Which one will you regret on Seis de Mayo?” Not bad for a neighborhood liquor store, but there’s no reason to limit your tequila intake to…

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Hilton Honors Films That Showcase Sustainability

A scene from the documentary Revolutionary Optimists, about a program that teaches environmental concepts to children in Kolkata, India Last year, Hilton Worldwide, in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, launched an awards program for films that best showcase the issues, interconnections, challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable practices in a global context….

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Dallas Convention Center Renamed to Honor Senator

The Dallas City Council voted unanimously last week to rename the Dallas Convention Center after a former U.S. senator. The facility is now known as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. A Republican, Hutchinson decided not to seek re-election in 2012 after representing Texas in the U.S. Senate since 1993. The council cited Hutchison’s support…

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Green Scene: Green Hotels Global

You’ve settled on the city for your company or organization’s annual meeting. Now you just have to narrow it down to a hotel, and that includes finding one that meets the sustainability goals in place for the event. How do you figure out which properties have cut their carbon footprint the most in the last…

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iMeeting Byte 4: Edge of Tomorrow

Phillips Fidelio Soundbar  There are two types of speakers to consider when building a sonic environment: surround sound and a sound bar. Surround sound relies on speakers positioned in front of and behind listeners for a more immersive experience; sound bars are long bars (often beneath a television) that focus sound straight out. Phillips Fidelio…

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iMeeting Byte 3: Gamification

Attendees gather around a trade-show booth with a prominent QR code on a board next to it. When they scan the code with their smartphones, their screens flash a question about an earlier session. They answer the question—some get it wrong, some right— and those who answer correctly see their names on a 100-inch screen…

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iMeeting Byte 2: Bring it In!

It was the opening reception for the annual conference of a major hotel chain, and event planners wanted maximum impact and drama. Once all 1,400 attendees filed into the Puerto Rico hotel, the house lights dimmed, music played and from below the stage, the CEO ascended, singing an upbeat song. Four of the company’s top…

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Planning Abroad: Q&A with Steven Dixon

Steven Dixon spent considerable time traveling with his family as a child, sparking his interest in understanding what influences and motivates people to travel. He received a bachelor of commerce degree in marketing from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and later worked in the tourism industry as a tour company manager, hotel…

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iMeeting Byte 1: Places & Spaces

It’s hard to stay competitive in the hospitality marketplace. The best hotels and destinations need to deliver stellar service day in and day out, keep their product ever-fresh, and devise ahead-of-the-curve culinary and team-building programs. Increasingly, they’re also tasked with something else: Develop awe-evoking technological advances that will inspire and engage meeting attendees.In fact, it…

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Q&A with Jason Paganessi

Jason Paganessi began leading PCMA’s technology efforts in August 2011, when the organization created the vice president, business innovation position to enhance its technology presence. In this role, Paganessi is PCMA’s go-to guy for integrating software and apps into events, registration services and operations. As Paganessi brings PCMA’s tech offerings up to modern standards, expect…

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