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These Are the 22 Best Cities in the World for Tech
The World Economic Forum

Savills' Tech Cities 2017 report has ranked 22 cities across the world "at the forefront of the global tech industry."

Which Expedited Security Program Is Right for You?

The Dept. of Homeland Security has unveiled a new tool to remove some of the guesswork out of picking which expedited security program you should enroll in.

Mohegans Obtain Financing for $80M Convention Center

Adjacent to the Mohegan Sun casino, the total size of the facility -- including the 131,000-sq.-ft. Expo Center -- will be 240,000 gross square feet.

Emirates Slashes Flights To U.S., Citing Trump Administration Travel Restri...

The loss to the U.S. economy from lost Middle Eastern business could be $1 billion in 2017.

‘Luminary Hotel’ to Rise Along Fort Myers Riverfront

The riverfront convention hotel, to be built next to Fort Myers' Harborside Event Center, will have 237 guest rooms and 8,000 sq. ft. of function space.

Stop Writing This Useless Phrase in Every Single Email

Remember: every email does not demand an instant reply.

‘The Outpost’ Is the Outdoor Industry’s Anti-Trade Show

Tired of the fluorescent lights and decidedly indoor tone of outdoor-industry trade shows, one organization is doing something different.

Michigan Avenue’s Historic Atlantic Bank Building to Re-Open in 2018 ...
Curbed Chicago

The previously-stalled conversion of Chicago's old Atlantic Bank Building has been in the works since 2012.

Environmental Responsibility for Events: How to Go Paperless

With Earth Day just around the corner, consider this: 75% of millennials are willing to pay more for eco-friendly offerings. And your event is no exception.

11 Ways to Provide Your Members with a VIP Conference Experience

Events are likely one of your association's biggest revenue drivers -- but are you maximizing the amount of revenue your event could bring in?

South Florida Hotel Industry Shows Sings of Improvement After Period of Dec...

March signaled the first bright spot for South Florida hotels after months of declines in room nights and overall occupancy.

The Case for Being Grumpy at Work

Being grumpy at work might not be as bad for your career as you've been led to believe.

6 U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017
Condé Nast Traveler

When it comes to American cities, the same few tend to dominate the market -- but these six cities deserve a spot in the conversation.

Google Earth Gets Big Upgrade With Guided Tours, 3D Sharing Button

It's not exactly VR or AR, but this interactive approach could be used as another platform for destinations looking to promote themselves to meeting organizers.

What’s Cool in Cocktails This Spring

As the spring meetings season kicks into high gear, take a look at the latest cocktail (or mocktail) trends that can inspire the menu at your next reception.

4 Reasons to Send More Targeted Event Emails

Find out why you should be sending more targeted emails out for your meetings -- and how they can help you attract more attendees.

Unconventional Inspiration: Breaking Through Beyond Best Practices

If you want to catch and retain your audience's attention, try delivering on the unique and the unusual.

6 Ways to Ask for Advice Without the Dreaded ‘Can I Pick Your Brain?&...

How you handle your request makes all the difference.

Intel Says ‘Goodbye’ to Its Annual IDF Conference

Less than three months after Apple's move out of the Moscone Center, another one of San Francisco's big annual tech conferences is getting the ax.

IHG Reveals Second Credit Card Data Breach Occurred in 2016

This latest news of a breach is yet another reminder about the crucial importance of cyber security.

Terror Threats, Crisis Response and Traveler Safety in Focus at Inaugural S...
Aviation News

The event marks the first time the entire industry has gathered to address security challenges facing stadiums, convention centers, airports, and other venues.

What to Expect at Facebook’s 2017 F8 Developer Conference
Fast Company

The annual conference will focus on the potential of AR and VR, a more powerful Messenger, and how the platform is tackling fake news and violent videos.

Tech Tuesday: Travel Tools for the Road

Set yourself up for success on the road (and save yourself a few potential headaches) with these tools to use on the go.

4 Ways to Stop Being a People Pleaser

Because looking for your sense of self-worth in the approval of others doesn't works.

25 Event Themes That Ooze Style

Admire or get inspired by some of these new and classic event themes that have a stylish twist.

Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb
The New York Times

In the past, hotel executives played down Airbnb's impact on their industry, but documents reveal a "multipronged, national campaign" to rein it in.

Expanded Mandalay Bay Convention Center Ready to Welcome Even More Crowds
Las Vegas Review

The Mandalay Bay catering division handled four events exceeding 10,000 meeting attendees last year, serving approximately 1.5 million meals.

11 New Green Venues for Meetings and Events

Check out these conference spaces, hotels, eateries, and more for eco-friendly events this season.

New On-Campus Hotel, Convention Center Planned at Texas A&M

The 250,000 sq. ft. project is planned to include an outdoor event area, a 650-seat ballroom and more than 28,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space.

The Seemingly Helpful Communication Habit That’s Actually Just Annoyi...

Are you falling victim to this seemingly beneficial communication faux pas?

The Critical Role of Meeting and Event Planners in the Networked World

Event and meeting professionals need to understand how people gather, learn, and stay energized to interact and spread ideas.

New Omni Hotel Slated Next to Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
The Boston Globe

A massive new hotel complex -- with more than 1,000 rooms and 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting space -- is coming to the center of the South Boston Waterfront.

One Year After Zika, Positive Signs for Puerto Rico’s Meetings Industry
International Meetings Review

One year after the heaviest period of the Zika virus, Puerto Rico's meetings scene is showing signs of growth.

LinkedIn’s New Instant Conversations Are a Major Messaging Upgrade
Fast Company

The new feature looks more like Facebook Messenger and is smart enough to figure out who you might want to contact at any given time.

Rochester, Minnesota Convention Center Expansion Open for Business

After an $84 million expansion, the Mayo Civic Center now offers more than 200,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and exhibit space.

This Powerful Meeting Hack Is One of the Best Ways to Inspire Great Teamwor...

The key is being able to live these principles out daily after you agree to them as a team.

How the Meetings Industry Is Attempting to Redefine Its Value Proposition

A new project has launched, aimed at showing how meetings and conventions drive long-term strategy and development for stakeholders.

Virtual Reality Will Completely Change Hotel Booking

Booking a room means scouring the Internet for the best prices, looking at images of rooms and (soon) strapping on a virtual reality headset.

New Coalition of Austinites Calls for Expansion of Convention Center

The proposed expansion plan includes 447,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space and more than 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting and ballroom space.

Inside Amazon Web Services’ Booming Tech Conference
Event Marketer

Check out what went on behind the scenes at Amazon's re:Invent, one of the world's fastest-growing developer conferences.

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, to Open Two Big New Convention Centers
International Meetings Review

Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is set to open two big new convention centers this year that will aim to grow the destination's meetings and events scene.

Nine Networking Tips for Very Shy People

If you’re shy by nature, try getting past your networking demons by considering these nine tips.

Marriott and Wyndham Explain the Key to a Successful App Strategy
Marketing Week

Find out what these hotel giants are doing to personalize their apps' user experience -- can you use this strategy for your meeting's app?

How to Use Retargeting to Grow Your Event Audience

Find out how promotional information about your event can follow your target audience around the Internet.

Snapchat for Events: Why It’s Time for Meeting Organizers to Start Us...
Social Tables

Temporary experiences are the meetings industry's trademark -- and there is finally a communications platform as committed to this idea as we are.

Hyatt Launches Personalized In-Room Streaming Experience

World of Hyatt members can now stream Netflix and other apps to their in-room TV, thanks to a new collaboration.

Swan and Dolphin Complete Meeting Space Renovation

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed a $5 million renovation of all 329,000 square feet of its meeting space.

How to Recognize Your Biggest Weaknesses As a Leader (and Why You Should)

Work to see your weaknesses as fundamental aspects of your character as a leader, and do what you can to mitigate their effects.

America’s Business Travelers Reveal the Hotel Amenities They Want Most

Find out the amenities your attendees find most valuable when they travel for your meetings.

The FCC Is Reversing Its Proposal to Allow Cellphone Use on Planes
Washington Post

Breathe easy, frequent fliers -- federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude.

What a Non Professional Event Planner Can Teach Eventprofs

Check out seven important things non-professional event planners can teach, or at least remind, event professionals about the craft.

Allen Green Lights $91M Convention Center and Hotel

The project will include a 300-room Marriott Hotel and 90,000 square feet of convention and meeting space.

10 Healthwise Event Menu Choices

With more and more attendees monitoring what they eat, find out how you can give attention to healthy choices when making menu selections.

6 Things Most Young Leaders Fail to Realize Before It’s Too Late

Young leaders have their work cut out for them -- these six recommendations will help them achieve success in business in today's fast-paced world.

Palm Beach County Booked Record Convention Business in March
South Florida Sun Sentinel

Palm Beach County's profile as a meetings and convention destination is on the rise.

Global Meetings Industry Day Panel Tackles Controversial Legislation

The PCMA- and MPI-sponsored discussion covered the effects that controversial legislation can have for meeting organizers and their attendees.

7 Reasons to Consider Interactive Content in Your Marketing Strategy
Social Media Today

Find out how interactive content can give your meeting's marketing strategy a competitive advantage.

Tech Upgrades Coming With $1.4B Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion
Las Vegas Review

The expansion will include digital upgrades that will boost the center's stature to the next level, including wayfinding kiosks and smart name badges.

Five Tips for Arranging One-on-One Meetings at Your Next Event
Event Marketer

One-to-one meetings are a powerful tool -- check out these five tips for pre-planning a meaningful, in-depth meeting strategy at your next event.

How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile at Every Stage of Your Career
Fast Company

As your job title changes, so should your approach to using LinkedIn.

20 Tips to Get Attendees to Open your Emails

Sending powerful emails is one thing, but here are 20 of the top ways to get your audience to actually open and read them.

The 21st Century Meeting Professional: Act Strategically, Think Both Functi...
Velvet Chainsaw

Today's meeting organizers are asked to focus on purpose and target audience first and logistics last -- but why the leap to a focus on strategy before details?

Competition Heats Up for Small Meetings Tech
Business Travel News

Bizly is changing the small-meetings game with their updated platform, streamlining the search and booking process for small meetings organizers.

Hard Rock Unveils Plans for Atlantic City Casino-Hotel

Located in the former Taj Mahal building, the hotel will offer two arenas featuring a combined 7,000-plus seats for events and conferences.

PCMA Education Foundation Is Surveying Technology Use

The PCMA Education Foundation is conducting a survey on the use of technology at business events -- and you're invited to participate.

8 Simple Exercises That Will Help You Get Rid of Your Hard Preconceptions

To truly come up with a new way of doing things, you need to let go of your belief that there is a right or wrong way of doing something.

Tomorrow, Today: The Future of Brand Experience

Learn how the future will affect the brand experience industry, and how those evolutions will impact marketers, exhibitors, and attendees.

How to Make Your Hotel Room Healthier
The New York Times

No matter where you hang your hat for the night, it's possible to make your stay healthier--here's how.

Plans Unveiled for Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center & Headquar...
Meetings + Incentive Travel

The project will add an additional 400,000+ sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space split between the convention center and the new 800-room, four-Diamond hotel.

Should You Use Virtual Reality at Your Event?

Virtual reality is a really hot topic right now--do you know the questions you should be asking if you're considering AR and VR for your next meeting?

Kimpton Keeps Planners in Mind With Alexa-Equipped Guest Rooms

With customizable voice responses, your meeting's details can be circulated throughout hotel rooms, giving attendees the info they need at their command.

How the Most Successful People Start and End Their Workdays
Fast Company

What you do before and after your workday can have a big impact on how productive you are during the hours in between.

100 Virtually Free Event Planning Ideas

We have all worked on events with a great vision but not great budget -- check out 100 ideas to help you create an amazing event with limited funds.

Three Workforce Mega-Trends and What They Mean for the Meetings Industry
PCMA Convene

Velvet Chainsaw's Dave Lutz, CMP, on three workplace trends and how he predicts they will affect future conferences.

NCAA Ends Boycott of North Carolina After So-Called Bathroom Bill Is Repeal...
The New York Times

The college athletics organization said the decision was made "reluctantly."

Which Event Marketing Tools Drive Attendance?

Find out how meeting marketing strategies have evolved since 2013, and which tools are deemed most effective.

Meetings, Conventions Drive Nashville Tourism
The Tennessean

Visitation to Nashville is at an all-time high, and meetings are at the forefront.

3 Embarrassing Networking Mistakes Everyone Makes (And What You Should Do I...

Finally, some answers to why you are having such a difficult time growing your network.

Why Do People Attend Meetings?

New research answers the question every meeting organizer faces: why do people attend meetings?

Experient and The Experience Institute Partner to Provide Attendee Experien...
TravelDailyNews International

A new partnership with The EXPERIENCE Institute will allow Experient to survey meeting attendees to help organizers choose better meeting destinations.

Detroit Named Best US City for Business Travel

With a bevy of companies and a modern, sophisticated airport, Detroit is the best place in the country to do business, according to a new survey.

San Diego’s Mayor Pushes for Hotel Tax to Fund Convention Center Expa...
KPBS San Diego

The mayor's office said the expansion would add 400,000 sq. ft. of convention space, which could attract an additional 50 events to the city each year.

SMM & Venue Security: The Most Important Conversation You’re Prob...
Business Travel News

Find out how strategic meetings management efforts can propel better solutions for your meeting's security needs.

Why Your Best Productivity Hacks Still Come Up Short (And What Really Needs...
Fast Company

New research on the causes of overwork suggests there's only so much you can do to avoid it--but there are still some things you can do to limit it.

11 Ways to Shake Up Your Meetings and Create Memorable, High-Engagement Eve...
Meetings & Conventions

If your meetings aren't generating extreme engagement, it might be time to refresh the way you design your events.

5 Destinations Innovating With 360º Video

Immerse yourself in these five stunning 360 degree video event destination tours that will transform the traditional site visit.

New Meeting Venue Takes Flight Near Dallas Love Field

Aloft and Element--two Starwood brands--just opened their doors as a combined hotel near Dallas Love Field, a first for both brands.

On the Safe Side: Tips, Trends and Takeaways From the Event Safety Summit
Event Marketer

Find out what you need to know about modern event safety to protect your attendees, your staff--and your ROI.

Memphis Leaders Continue Pursuit of New Convention Center Hotel
Memphis Daily News

The city says they need more downtown hotel rooms--lots of them--preferably under one roof.

6 Ways You’re Undermining Your Chances for Success at Work

Find out the actions you should avoid if you want to be your best at work.

From forced labor to child begging, U.S. study reveals new forms of slavery
Duluth News Tribune

From forced labor to child begging, U.S. study reveals new forms of slavery By Reuters Media Today at 7:00 a.m. BOGOTA - From the exploitation of workers in carnivals to forcing people into door-to-door sales, more under-reported forms of modern slavery are emerging in the United States which need to be tackled, according to a report.

HB2 Off the Books as North Carolina Governor Signs Compromise Into Law

The NC General Assembly approved a compromise bill that repeals HB2 but restricts anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties.

Special Election Sought to Fund Convention Center Expansion

Are San Diegans finally ready to hike the city's hotel tax to get a bigger convention center?

As Many as 12,000 New Hotel Rooms in Works for Nashville

Of the more than 12,000 hotel rooms in the works, nearly 4,000 are in the planning phase and 3,500 are under construction.

IRF Study Reveals Wellness Is Critical Focus of Meetings, Incentives
Meetings & Conventions

A new poll finds 90 percent of corporate and incentive house planners are "personally enthusiastic" about wellness.

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Debuts Lactation Suites for Nursi...

Nursing mothers now have a couple of private sanctuaries to retreat to when attending conventions and meetings in Cleveland.

10 Habits of Highly Persistent People

What can you do when you're working towards a goal and your motivation fades? These 10 tips on recharging your batteries are a good place to start.

North Carolina Announces Deal to Repeal Transgender Bathroom Bill

North Carolina lawmakers and the governor reached an agreement late Wednesday to repeal the state's controversial "bathroom bill," called HB2.

How Business Travelers (Like You) Are Saving More Time at the Airport

You want to cut down on wait times on that next business trip? Here's how to do it.

How to Use Content to Retain Attendees and Drive Registrations

Check out these six content strategies that can help you retain your attendees and drive new registrations for your next event

Ryanair Brexit Warning — Bad News for Events in 2019

The UK airline warns that if flights are not a top priority in Brexit negotiations, the UK could be stranded with no flights to or from Europe.

5 Attention-Grabbing Trade Show Booths

Attendees want innovative, eye-popping booths with wow factors they'll talk about long after the show--like these five attention-getters.

Simple Tips for Writing Emails That Get Read

Pro tip: consider your audience.

10 Reasons Mobile Event Apps Are Becoming Indispensable

Check out the 10 most sought-after features offered by thoughtfully designed mobile event apps, which are becoming essential components of any meeting.

Convention Venues Big and Small Invest in Expansion and Upgrade Projects

Increasingly, cities are recognizing the importance of investing in convention center upgrade and expansion projects to compete for your meetings.

JW Marriott Nashville Previews Group Offerings

The JW Marriott Nashville will open in 2018 with 50,000 square feet of flexible event space.

Newest International Route Links Two Gems for Travelers, London and New Orl...

The new route represents the first non-stop flight from New Orleans to Europe since 1982.

Your Used Bar of Hotel Soap Has a Surprising Afterlife

As meeting organizers, we're familiar with a variety hotels across the country -- but do you know what happens to that bar of hotel soap after you checkout?

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work–Try These Three Alternatives Instead

Our brains' creative flow isn't formatted the way the typical brainstorm is -- but there are a few ways to shake things up.

Cvent Unveils 2017 Lists of Top Meeting Hotels

Cvent has unveiled its annual lists of top meetings hotels, awarding the Gaylord Opryland the top U.S. spot.

Global Meetings Industry Day to Promote Value of Face-to-Face Events

Now in its second year, Global Meetings Industry Day is spurring meeting organizers to amplify their message about the value of meetings and events.

Meetings Industry is Getting Savvier About Setting Prices

Revenue management for meetings is the new 'new thing,' and emerging software is making it easier to forecast demand for function spaces.

Lippman Connects, AMR International Will Launch Event Focused on Data

The new conference, called Transform, will tackle the data, analytics and digital strategy revolution of the exhibition industry.

Blackhawk to Sell off Grass Roots Meetings and Events Division

California-based Blackhawk Network intends to sell the Meetings and Events division of Grass Roots, a company it acquired in 2016.

6 Things All Great Industry Leaders Do to Get Noticed

Do you know the secrets to positioning yourself as someone to know, follow and admire?

Dallas Works Toward a ‘Smart’ Convention Center

The new 'smart' features enhance the attendee experience as the convention center vies for its share of meetings in a crowded marketplace.

10 Incredibly Creative Attendee Badge Ideas

Looking for ideas to make your event more memorable? Your attendee badges is a good place to start.

Colorado Convention Center’s Massive Expansion Hits Budget Shortfall

Denver officials are still setting the project's scope, but several factors raise possibility of much higher cost

Association of Women in Events Unveils Hall of Fame Recognition Program

AWE, an organization supporting gender equality and diversity in the event industry, has unveiled its Hall of Fame Recognition Program.

Mohegan’s $80M Convention Center Another Challenge for Hartford

The project, when completed in 2018, will make the casino home to the largest meetings and convention spaces between Boston and New York City.

How to Stop Saying Yes When You Really Want to Say No

Check out these 17 smart ways to say no when you need to.

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