Category Archives: Travel

Musical Incentives

For the past few weeks, I have immersed myself in learning more about the incentives industry and emerging trends for my feature article in the October issue. One of the trends that I have seen (spoiler alert) is smaller, more localized incentives throughout the year, depending on the company and industry of course. Which makes…

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More is More in Pasadena

The tagline for the Pasadena CVB is “simply more.” And during a recent FAM trip to the SoCal town, I got more than the standard of everything that makes a destination great: food, service, scenery and attractions. Indeed, on every level, the city surpassed the ordinary.

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Bubbly on the High Seas

Champagne is a timeless symbol of affluence, prestige and the high life.  Once used to anoint French Kings, Champagne has oft been associated with times for celebration, aristocratic leanings and the launching of ships.  F. Scott Fitzgerald once remarked after drinking the bubbly that “the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental…

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Thank a Ranger Day

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to take a minute to acknowledge some of the more unsung roles in our society. Taking a moment to thank your local baker for his hard work is never an unpleasant gesture, as well as giving props to the garbage collector or street cleaner in those early morning hours.

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U.S. Government Touches Gulf Coast

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will meet with the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, La., today. Locke already visited the Gulf Coast in June to speak with local businesses, regarding the impact of the oil spill. At that time, eight grants had been written for the Gulf…

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Riley Experiences Travel Support Abroad

Hello! My name is Riley Roche and I am truly thrilled to be an Editorial Intern at Smart Meetings magazine. Through this internship, I’m learning a great deal about the publishing process, marketing, and utilizing social media. This is my first foray into the blogosphere—so here goes… In the July issue of Smart Meetings (look…

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Greener Grass—On Your Side

The adage “the grass is always greener on the other side” is curiously vague. The other side of what exactly? The planet? The fence? The pillow? The bottom line is that we all can have the tendency to idealize that which we are lacking. And so in the doldrums of professional life, one might fantasize…

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LA Live

A few weeks ago I had a chance to take a tour of LA Live, and as its name says, this sprawling entertainment complex is alive. Much like a pedestrian-friendly, West Coast version of Times Square, L.A. Live has larger-than-life TV screens rolling at every turn, bright lights, big-name restaurants, movie theaters, concert venues and…

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