Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Dining in Carmel

I recently made my first visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., a destination that other editors have praised in this very blog within the last few months. It was just as charming as they led me to believe. Curious fact: As part of Carmel’s aggressive insistence on maintaining its own special character, there is no mail delivery;…

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Helium Shortage Affects Meetings

Not to burst your balloon, but a helium shortage could have a negative impact on planning meetings. Planners often rely on helium balloons to set the scene at functions and events. Unfortunately, helium consumption is quickly outpacing what’s available; it’s expected the nation’s largest reservoir of helium, near Amarillo, Texas, will run out of the…

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Green Ideas in Action

Check out these videos of items featured in the September issue’s green meetings story, 14 Bright Green Ideas. Focus Entertainment provided music for last year’s Opportunity Green conference using a solar-powered sound system and energy-efficient LED lighting. Here is some footage from the event: The Pillow-Vac by Harris Pillow Supply of Beaufort, S.C., lets hotels…

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Top 5 Tallest Dubai Skyscrapers

Dubai has undeniably established itself as the center of 21st-century skyscraper construction. The United Arab Emirates city dominates the list of the world’s tallest buildings, claiming 14 of the Top 50 buildings, more than any other city. Among them is the world’s tallest tower, but the city has several other record holders, too. More skyscrapers…

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Fort Lauderdale Facility Becomes Florida’s First LEED-Certified Convention Center

The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center recently became the first convention facility in Florida to receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is also only the third pre-existing convention center in the United States to achieve the Gold certification level. Consultants audited the building’s energy use and environmental practices and recommended…

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Meet at Sea

While the majority of cruise passengers step aboard to embark on vacation, the number of business passengers on cruises, for meetings or work-related events, is steadily rising as groups discover the advantages of hosting a meeting at sea. Surprising to some groups may be that one of the biggest benefits of choosing water over land…

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14 Bright Green Ideas

Suffering from green fatigue? You’re not alone. “Sustainability,” once a buzzword, is quickly losing its buzz. Ditto other verused erms such as “LEED-certified”, “eco-friendly,” “environmentally conscious” and, of course, “green.” The sustainable drumbeat has been so loud for so long, the industry is starting to go deaf. But here’s the thing: Meetings still produce a…

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Planning Abroad: Meet in Hong Kong

Why meet in Hong Kong? Hong Kong is the economic capital of Asia and the region’s most mature and experienced MICE destination. The city will have nearly 70,000 hotel rooms across all accommodation types by the end of 2012. With our partners at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Economic and Trade…

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New & Renovated: Renewed Spaces

Hotel Monaco Denver Hotel Monaco Denver wrapped up a multimilliondollar renovation in May. The final phase of the property makeover included updates to its lobby and meeting spaces, with the city’s urban setting and western heritage incorporated into the design. Cow prints mixed with bright oranges and blues reinforce interior designer Susan Caruso’s rugged-cowboy-meets-cityslicker theme—also…

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