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Professional Convention Management Association

August 26 2013

3 Things Meeting Professionals Should Know This Week

By David McMillin

Keeping up-to-date with everything that’s happening around the industry can feel next to impossible. That’s where the PCMA.org editorial team comes in with a quick and easy guide to some of the top takeaways from the past week.

1) Hotel Brand Gets Serious About Gamification 

As planners and hoteliers alike look for ways to create more interactive experiences for attendees, Marriott’s Renaissance Hotels is hoping to give those guests a reason to explore one of its properties - - without even actually checking in.

The brand has just launched a new online game called Discovery Doors that involves players picking up keys to unlock various doors. Behind each door, surprises such as the filming of a silent movie, and 80s breakdance battle and a personal serenade from CeeLo Green await. The game is built to encourage sharing, as players can collect more key by sharing and hashtagging on Twitter, inviting friends to sign up and checking into an actual Renaissance hotel via Foursquare. As all those keys adds up, players can win prizes that range from subscriptions to coffee-of-the-month clubs to a weeklong getaway at a Renaissance property.

SEE ALSO: Serious Fun with Gamification

2) Association Raises Food Allergy Awareness for Meeting Planners

Shellfish, peanuts, dairy, soy - - you name it, and one of your attendees probably can’t eat it. Every meeting planner knows the challenges of navigating attendee dietary allergies, and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology is hoping to help make events safer with a new article on some of the key considerations when planning big meals. Click here to read the article and make sure you’re following crucial guidelines.

SEE ALSO: These Chefs are Meeting the Challenge of Attendee Dietary Restrictions

3) Vegas Finishes Its Facelift

After two years and $20 million, the Las Vegas Convention Center is looking quite a bit different. From a freshly painted facade to the more than one million square feet of new red carpet to more efficient light fixtures in the central and north halls, the renovation is all part of an even bigger project: a $2.5 billion Global Business District.

SEE ALSO: Big Plans in Las Vegas

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