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  • CMP Series: Audio/Visual/Neurological

    By Barbara Palmer, Senior Editor
    AV technology offers a direct path to your attendees’ brains. Use it well, and you can make their learning more effective, resonant — and engaging.

  • Convene's 22nd Annual Meetings Market Survey

    By Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief
    Things are looking up, according to the meeting professionals who took part in this year's Meetings Market Survey.

  • One On One: David Allen

    By Christopher Durso, Executive Editor
    The productivity guru talks about Getting Things Done, his pioneering system for personal and professional efficiency — and what meetings and meeting professionals can learn from it.

  • Florida: Meeting in the Sunshine State  It may be the land of sun and fun, but Florida is uniquely positioned to host successful meetings and conventions. The state's lush, subtropical landscape and endless ocean vistas help break down the barriers that often exist in the everyday office environment, and indeed, once meeting attendees cross the Florida state line, it's almost impossible not to relax and bond with colleagues.
  • Fort Lauderdale  At the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, sustainability practices have redefined the way the awardwinning facility operates and serves guests every day. In fact, the facility has earned LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings as a result of its renewed emphasis on thinking green.
  • Orlando  The theme-park capital of the world, the country's most-visited destination, and home to the second-largest convention center in the United States — Orlando knows how to set the bar high. And with affordable airlift and lodging and unrivaled attractions, it's no wonder why planners bring their events back to Orlando time and again.
  • The Peabody Orlando  What should meeting planners expect from The Peabody Orlando, the largest non-gaming, Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel in the United States? Beyond its state-of-the-art meeting spaces, world-class dining, and prime location, Southern hospitality and modern elegance are what set this property apart from the pack.
  • Daytona Beach  Everyone knows Daytona Beach as one of Florida's most popular beach destinations. But Daytona Beach also embodies a spirit that allows visitors to get the most from their experience, to seize the day, and better yet — seize the Daytona.
  • Western Destinations: Boundless Opportunities  In this special section about the West, a number of WACVB-member executives weigh in about the "one thing" readers should know about their destinations and CVBs.
  • Anaheim/Orange County  Located in the heart of Southern California and known for its ideal year-round climate, Orange County has the unique Southern California lifestyle that gives meetings a laid-back energy and easy sophistication that can't be replicated anywhere else.
  • Pasadena  Just 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena offers an alluring, New World-style enclave filled with charm as warm as its weather.
  • Sonoma County  Where can meeting planners earn their “CMP” (Certified Morale Pleaser), turn their attendees into “Sonomads” (those who wander Sonoma County in search of new adventures), and learn how to use a “forkscrew” (a multipurpose utensil facilitating wine and food pairings)? In Sonoma County, a destination so unique it had to create its own language.
  • Davis County  For a conveniently located meeting destination with a real Western experience, Davis County, Utah, ranks high in popularity for its easy proximity to the Great Salt Lake. Davis County is just 20 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, and whether groups just want to relax and float in the saltwater or get adventurous with a sunset horseback ride along the beach, the options are plentiful.
  • Irvine  In the heart of Southern California, Irvine combines the best of both worlds — a laid-back, breezy attitude and a forward-thinking business hub that more than 100 companies call home.
  • Utah Valley  A mountain destination with stunning views of snowcapped peaks, Utah Valley has all of the scenic beauty of a remote Western meeting destination, but with the convenient, affordable access of nearby Salt Lake City International Airport.
  • Seattle  A combination of natural wonders, popular attractions, and modern facilities are the key to why meetings in Seattle are such remarkable, successful experiences. Nowhere is this more evident than at the expansive Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), where visitors will feel an immediate connection to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest inside its light-filled, eco-friendly spaces.
  • Elko, Nev.  If meeting planners are considering a Western destination with charm and history, Elko, Nev., should be at the top of their list. This mining community has not only grown into the country's largest gold producer, but has become a popular meeting destination for many regional and national groups.
  • Snohomish County, Wash.  Snohomish County, Wash. — situated between the sparkling waters of the Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains — offers all of the sights and attractions of nearby Seattle but in a charming yet affordable setting.
  • Tri-Cities  Recently ranked as the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau, Tri-Cities — Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland — are the catalyst for the area's continued growth and vibrancy.
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