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Charlotte to Host 2019 NBA All-Star Game
Charlotte to Host 2019 NBA All-Star Game
charlotteobserver.com

With House Bill 2 off the books, events like the NBA All-Star game are making their way back to the state.

Study Envisions Columbus Convention Center 'District,' Hotel Expansions
Study Envisions Columbus Convention Center ‘District,’ Hotel Ex...
The Columbus Dispatch

The goal is to create the 1,000-room convention hotel Columbus needs to attract more large national groups.

Q&A: Inside the Inaugural Google Cloud Next Conference
Q&A: Inside the Inaugural Google Cloud Next Conference
Event Marketer

The inaugural conference aimed to educate 1,500 attendees on the benefits and uses of the Google Cloud Platform -- check out how the meeting played out.

TSA Testing New Screening Procedures, Targeting Electronics and Food
TSA Testing New Screening Procedures, Targeting Electronics and Food
travelpulse.com

You may have to remove that apple from your carry-on bag.

Seven Surprising Hotel Brands, From CuisinArt to Versace
Seven Surprising Hotel Brands, From CuisinArt to Versace
usatoday.com

You have your Marriott Rewards and your Starwood Preferred Guest title, but would you forgo those to visit one of these unexpected hotel brands?

5 Email Templates for Handling the Most Annoying Parts of Your Workday
5 Email Templates for Handling the Most Annoying Parts of Your Workday
Fast Company

Because you shouldn't have to write an original response every time you get the same question.

Brand USA on the Chopping Block
Brand USA on the Chopping Block
Travel Weekly

A new proposed federal budget would eliminate funding for Brand USA, the public-private partnership created in 2010 to promote the U.S. as a tourist destination.

SXSW Is Expanding Into Europe With a Different Name and a New Vibe
SXSW Is Expanding Into Europe With a Different Name and a New Vibe
forbes.com

The spinoff event, entitled the 'me Convention,' "unites the tech, design, and creative industries for international exchange and business."

Why Apple's New Mission for Its Stores Is a Big Deal for the Event Industry
Why Apple’s New Mission for Its Stores Is a Big Deal for the Event In...
bizbash.com

The tech giant announced its vision for its stores to function as "town squares," creating a meaningful moment for the events industry.

Unconventional Inspiration: Beyond Best Practices
Unconventional Inspiration: Beyond Best Practices
TSNN

Best practices exist for a reason -- but that doesn't mean you shouldn't break through them to deliver a memorable experience for your attendees.

The Voice Revolution in Events is Happening Now
The Voice Revolution in Events is Happening Now
eventmanagerblog.com

Voice activated devices and voice control are fast becoming a part of normal daily life -- is the event industry ready for a revolution in voice?

A Great (and Painless) New Way to Prep for Meetings
A Great (and Painless) New Way to Prep for Meetings
inc.com

A savvy new LinkedIn and online calendar integration makes meeting someone "cold" a thing of the past.

San Diego City Council to Discuss Placing Hotel Tax on the Ballot
San Diego City Council to Discuss Placing Hotel Tax on the Ballot
cbs8.com

Voters may have the opportunity to decide on the future of San Diego's hotel tax and potential convention center expansion.

In Remembrance: Jane Schuldt
In Remembrance: Jane Schuldt
eventscouncil.org

Jane Schuldt, longtime PCMA member and founder and principal of Minneapolis-based World Marketing Group, passed away on May 20 after battling pancreatic cancer. Schuldt was inducted in CIC Hall of Leaders in 2015.

15 Ideas to Collect Feedback at Events
15 Ideas to Collect Feedback at Events
eventmanagerblog.com

Getting feedback from attendees can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be impossible.

Experts Weigh in on Best Ways to Reel In High-Value Attendees
Experts Weigh in on Best Ways to Reel In High-Value Attendees
TSNN

Find out what these industry experts say about how to identify, nurture and earn the loyalty of VIP attendees.

'Transformers,' 'My Little Pony' and More to be Showcased at Three-Day Hasbro Convention
‘Transformers,’ ‘My Little Pony’ and More to be Sho...
hollywoodreporter.com

The convention, dubbed HASCON, will bring Hasbro's most iconic brands "to life like never before," with exclusive product reveals and panels.

4 Ways to Have Super Productive Meetings
4 Ways to Have Super Productive Meetings
inc.com

Because keeping your meetings efficient and on-track can be a daunting task.

Trump Travel Policies Carry $1.3B Price Tag for 2017
Trump Travel Policies Carry $1.3B Price Tag for 2017
Business Travel News

The price tag could translate to an even bigger impact if companies shift more meetings away from the U.S. to countries with more favorable travel policies.

3 Ways to Use Your Live-Stream Footage
3 Ways to Use Your Live-Stream Footage
blog.cvent.com

Streaming your events live online is no longer just a trend, but an essential tool for meeting organizers -- don't let your content go to waste after your event.

Visit Florida's Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida's Robust Meetings Business
Visit Florida’s Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida’s Ro...
skift.com

How much of an impact the slashed budget will have on the state's meetings and conventions industry is an open question -- the answer depends on whom you ask.

Revive Your Event Attendance and Retention
Revive Your Event Attendance and Retention
MCI Live

Find out what you can do to revive your event and captivate your audience's attention on a recurring basis.

Local Legislators Seek to Save Convention Center
Local Legislators Seek to Save Convention Center
state-journal.com

County officials have drafted a letter seeking a stay on the Frankfort Convention Center's pending demolition so that alternate solutions can be explored.

6 Annoying Email Habits That Ruin Productivity and Destroy Trust
6 Annoying Email Habits That Ruin Productivity and Destroy Trust
inc.com

Some emails are effective. Some are not. Here's how to tell the difference.

JCPenney is Getting Into the Hotel Business
JCPenney is Getting Into the Hotel Business
fortune.com

The struggling department store is taking aim a potential new set of customers: hotels.

Deal Moves Denver Closer to Landing Huge Outdoor Retailer Trade Shows
Deal Moves Denver Closer to Landing Huge Outdoor Retailer Trade Shows
The Denver Post

The $16.7 deal would eliminate the final obstacle to Denver securing Emerald Exposition's lucrative and influential Outdoor Retailer shows.

Event Email Templates and Designs that Convert into Attendees
Event Email Templates and Designs that Convert into Attendees
eventmanagerblog.com

Getting a decent open rate can be troublesome enough -- find out what you need to know to turn your email's recipients into attendees.

You're About to See A Lot More TSA Officers
You’re About to See A Lot More TSA Officers
travelpulse.com

TSA will add 2,000 officers and 50 more canine teams to cope with increased summer traffic.

World's Largest Biotech Convention Returns to San Diego
World’s Largest Biotech Convention Returns to San Diego
San Diego Tribune

For the fourth time, the world's biggest biotech and life science convention is returning to San Diego, bringing a mix of research, politics and patient advocacy.

Five Skills You'll Need to Lead the Company of the Future
Five Skills You’ll Need to Lead the Company of the Future
Fast Company

The biggest takeaway? What worked in the past doesn't work now.

How Smart Event Organizers Are Using Big Data to Create Better Events
How Smart Event Organizers Are Using Big Data to Create Better Events
skift.com

There's a goldmine of data available that can help meeting organizers with the sales, marketing and production aspects of their meetings.

PCMA 2017 Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award Recipient Announced
PCMA 2017 Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award Recipient Announced
pcma.org

Last night, PCMA honored the outstanding Roberta Kravitz as the 2017 Global Meetings Executive of the year -- congratulations, Roberta!

Delta Air Lines Links Its Rewards Program to Lyft
Delta Air Lines Links Its Rewards Program to Lyft
The Verge

Delta has added Lyft to its rewards program so you can accumulate miles from a service you might use more regularly -- at least, more regularly than air travel.

IMEX: Spotlight on Purposeful Meetings in Packed Program of Education in Frankfurt
IMEX: Spotlight on Purposeful Meetings in Packed Program of Education in Fr...
eTurboNews

How do we create experiences that deliver deeper meaning and value for both attendees and ourselves, as planners?

Suburbs Add Hotels as D-FW Cities Battle for Convention Dollars
Suburbs Add Hotels as D-FW Cities Battle for Convention Dollars
dallasnews.com

With 41 major convention hotels already in North Texas, and more on the way, is the field getting too crowded?

Why Your Networking Email Might Not Be Getting the Responses You Want
Why Your Networking Email Might Not Be Getting the Responses You Want
inc.com

Only receiving radio silence in response to your networking emails? You could be making one of these common mistakes.

The Events Industry Council Shares Top 5 Industry Trends
The Events Industry Council Shares Top 5 Industry Trends
c-mw.net

The Events Industry Council has revealed its top five events-industry trends that meeting organizers should watch closely in the year ahead.

San Diego Holds Onto Top 5 Ranking for Conventions
San Diego Holds Onto Top 5 Ranking for Conventions
San Diego Tribune

San Diego continues to ranks among the top five destinations for meetings in the U.S., along with Orlando, Las Vegas, Chicago and Atlanta.

Google's I/O Youth Conference Teaches Tech to Kids in Mountain View
Google’s I/O Youth Conference Teaches Tech to Kids in Mountain View
ABC7 News

I/O Youth is the opening act for the Google I/O Developer Conference, where Google teaches adults how to build things with technology.

12 Ideas to Help Attendees Manage Information Overload at Events
12 Ideas to Help Attendees Manage Information Overload at Events
eventmanagerblog.com

Don't allow too much of a good thing to ruin your event -- check out these ideas to protect your attendees from information overload.

American and European Destination Organizations and CVBs Join Forces
American and European Destination Organizations and CVBs Join Forces
European Cities Marketing

DMAI and European Cities Marketing are partnering to promote and deliver key research and educational resources to respective members.

Four Public Speaking Myths That Keep Ruining Your Presentations
Four Public Speaking Myths That Keep Ruining Your Presentations
Fast Company

Hint: Stop trying so hard to read your audience.

Omni Resort's New $550M Boston Seaport Hotel Will Include Largest Ballroom in Boston
Omni Resort’s New $550M Boston Seaport Hotel Will Include Largest Bal...
masslive.com

The 1,054-room Omni hotel will dedicate 120,000 sq. feet of its total 800,000 sq. feet to hosting events.

Madrid Accepted as the Next Official Partner of BestCities Alliance
Madrid Accepted as the Next Official Partner of BestCities Alliance
c-mw.net

The new destination signing brings a new dynamic to the global marketing group.

75 Ways to Use Event Tech to Save Money
75 Ways to Use Event Tech to Save Money
eventmanagerblog.com

If you're looking for ways to save in every aspect of your event planning, check out this mega list of ways technology can help.

Almost 10,000 New Hotel Rooms Coming to Orlando
Almost 10,000 New Hotel Rooms Coming to Orlando
orlandosentinel.com

There are 9,904 hotel rooms in planning or construction stages in the Metro Orlando area, according to new data released Monday.

Virtual Reality Gets Comfortable in Vancouver Venue
Virtual Reality Gets Comfortable in Vancouver Venue
biv.com

The fast-growing Consumer Virtual Reality conference shows no sign of slowing down.

4 Simple Things Every Team Wants From Their Leader
4 Simple Things Every Team Wants From Their Leader
inc.com

Leadership is simple. Don't over-complicate it.

Google Just Made It Easier to Find Events in Search
Google Just Made It Easier to Find Events in Search
eventmanagerblog.com

Google has announced huge changes to its mobile search results, making it easier for attendees to find your events online.

Washington Convention Center Plans Facade Improvements
Washington Convention Center Plans Facade Improvements
dc.curbed.com

The streetscape plans will transform the facade of the convention center, as well as activate and enrich the areas surrounding the building.

Visit Florida Budget Cut Will Do Harm, Travel Pros Say
Visit Florida Budget Cut Will Do Harm, Travel Pros Say
Travel Weekly

Leaders in the travel industry warn that the massive cuts to the funding will have dire consequences for state leisure and business travel.

AHT Plans $400M Revamp of Nashville Convention Center
AHT Plans $400M Revamp of Nashville Convention Center
cpexecutive.com

New meeting space will be a priority of the redevelopment, upping the total available meeting space to about 75,000 square feet.

Foundation Hotel Offers Taste of Detroit Art, Fashion and History
Foundation Hotel Offers Taste of Detroit Art, Fashion and History
The Detroit News

The refurbished hotel, which is a contrast of "old and new," sits across from the Cobo Center and three blocks from Campus Marius park.

12 Lessons From the 100 Most Creative People of 2017
12 Lessons From the 100 Most Creative People of 2017
Fast Company

See how these innovative leaders are changing the world through their work -- and what you can learn from their accomplishments.

Visit Orlando: New Record of Visitors in 2016
Visit Orlando: New Record of Visitors in 2016
orlandosentinel.com

Visit Orlando said, despite a few setbacks, the region had a record 68 million visitors last year.

Convention Agency Says Big Conventions Will Pump Big Money Into Kansas City
Convention Agency Says Big Conventions Will Pump Big Money Into Kansas City
kansascity.com

Visit KC has a slew of big conventions coming to town, but officials say future bookings depend on the construction of the much-debated convention hotel downtown.

Meetings and Marketing Intersect: 3 Ways Events Are Becoming Central to Marketing Efforts
Meetings and Marketing Intersect: 3 Ways Events Are Becoming Central to Mar...
Association Media and Publishing

Find out how event planners and marketers can work together to improve events and provide a much more detailed profile of attendee interests.

21c Museum Hotels Arrive in Nashville
21c Museum Hotels Arrive in Nashville
Hospitality Design

The 124-room 21c Museum Hotel Nashville hosts 10,500 square feet of contemporary art exhibition space.

Oregon Convention Center Plaza Set for Major Renovation, Updates
Oregon Convention Center Plaza Set for Major Renovation, Updates
Oregon Metro

Plans include repurposing the plaza for programmable use, including activities like concerts, receptions, or other kinds of convention events,

Is This New LinkedIn Feature Super Creative, or Just Plain Creepy?
Is This New LinkedIn Feature Super Creative, or Just Plain Creepy?
inc.com

LinkedIn just released a new feature that could be a "real-life" game-changer for professionals worldwide.

Why Meetings Within Meetings Matter for Large Events
Why Meetings Within Meetings Matter for Large Events
skift.com

The "festivalization" of meetings has created a new business events trend: purposeful sub-group meetings.

Electronics Ban Likely to Include Flights From Europe
Electronics Ban Likely to Include Flights From Europe
The Daily Beast

The newly-imposed--and expanded--electronic device ban will soon include all flights from Europe to the U.S.

Los Angeles Olympic Dreams Might Be Delayed to 2028
Los Angeles Olympic Dreams Might Be Delayed to 2028
Associated Press

LA's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games could end instead with the 2028 Games and the prospect of retooling its multibillion-dollar plans for years into the future.

8 Ways West Elm Hotels Is Revolutionizing the Hotel Industry
8 Ways West Elm Hotels Is Revolutionizing the Hotel Industry
Condé Nast Traveler

The new hotel brand has awesome room service, a killer app, and the sort of hospitality that's hard to find in hotels these days.

Questions Answered: Tips From a TEDx-pert
Questions Answered: Tips From a TEDx-pert
etouches

Check out what TEDxSydney's Head of Curation has to say about how her team goes about planning their wildly popular TEDx content.

The 1-Minute Hack to Network Like a Pro
The 1-Minute Hack to Network Like a Pro
inc.com

What if networking didn't have to feel like such a chore?

Microsoft Brings Developers Home for Build 2017
Microsoft Brings Developers Home for Build 2017
usatoday.com

Microsoft Build 2017 kicks off Wednesday in Seattle, a homecoming for the tech giant after years of holding its annual developers conference in San Francisco.

Building a Tech Hub: Why Conventions Mean More to Las Vegas Than Just Room Nights
Building a Tech Hub: Why Conventions Mean More to Las Vegas Than Just Room ...
Las Vegas Sun News

Las Vegas, one of the world's top convention destinations, is an example of how a city has used those meetings to make itself a technology-innovation hub.

Face Recognition -- The End of Event Feedback Forms?
Face Recognition — The End of Event Feedback Forms?
eventmanagerblog.com

Tracking the emotions of your attendees in real-time could spell the end for those pesky traditional event feedback forms.

Marriott CEO: Technology Is the Biggest Risk in the Starwood Merger
Marriott CEO: Technology Is the Biggest Risk in the Starwood Merger
skift.com

The biggest threat to the success of Marriott's integration of Starwood lives the technology platforms that would link all of its 6,000 hotels worldwide.

HGGC Acquires Event Management Platform etouches
HGGC Acquires Event Management Platform etouches
TSNN

The acquisition will allow the global event management platform to expand its reach in the Event Management Software and venue sourcing markets.

13 Critical Career Lessons Leaders Wished They'd Learned Sooner
13 Critical Career Lessons Leaders Wished They’d Learned Sooner
inc.com

The biggest lesson? Time + distance = perspective.

E3 Coliseum Is ‘Where the Show Needs to Go’
E3 Coliseum Is ‘Where the Show Needs to Go’
Polygon

See what this gaming trade show is doing to bring the attendee experience to the next level.

New ICCA Rankings Released: Paris Knocks Berlin Off No.1 Spot
New ICCA Rankings Released: Paris Knocks Berlin Off No.1 Spot
Conference News

Paris has reclaimed the top spot in the latest International Congress and Convention Association 2016 City Rankings.

IGLTA Buyer Survey Names Top Emerging LGBTQ Destinations
IGLTA Buyer Survey Names Top Emerging LGBTQ Destinations
travelpulse.com

The new survey shows great growth for LGBTQ tourism globally.

Northstar Acquires Portfolio of Hotel Investment Conferences
Northstar Acquires Portfolio of Hotel Investment Conferences
Travel Weekly

Northstar Travel Group has acquired Burba Hotel Network's event portfolio, including the Americas Lodging Investment Summit.

How to Facilitate Onsite Engagement Technology
How to Facilitate Onsite Engagement Technology
etouches

No matter the technology you choose to increase engagement, the general rule is that it should enhance the attendee experience, and not be a distraction.

Six Reasons Why You’re Not Getting What You Want
Six Reasons Why You’re Not Getting What You Want
Fast Company

Most people focus on the wrong things in negotiations. Here's how to get it right.

Hotel Cyber Attacks: How Guests Can Stay Safe
Hotel Cyber Attacks: How Guests Can Stay Safe
travelpulse.com

If you're worried about cyber-security--and you should be--these experts have recommendations on keeping your data safe while you're traveling.

35 Stunning Event Invitation Ideas
35 Stunning Event Invitation Ideas
eventmanagerblog.com

Make your invitations stand out with some of these inspirational designs and ideas to make a good first impression on your attendees.

IHG CEO Richard Solomons to Step Down
IHG CEO Richard Solomons to Step Down
skift.com

Richard Solomons, who will step down on June 30, is credited with expanding InterContinental Hotels Group's global reach and scale.

Charlotte Iconic Hotel to Embark on $26M Remake
Charlotte Iconic Hotel to Embark on $26M Remake
cpexecutive.com

The 374-room Omni Charlotte Hotel will undergo a $26 million revamp that will completely reimagine the building.

Marriott Pioneers the Route to Fast Construction
Marriott Pioneers the Route to Fast Construction
usatoday.com

Marriott International is betting big on modular construction to drive its growth in North America.

5 Phrases Your Boss Is Dying to Hear You Say
5 Phrases Your Boss Is Dying to Hear You Say
The Muse

Do you know which five tiny, career-boosting sentences your boss is secretly dying to hear you say?

How to Win at Trade Shows (Hint: It Involves Social Media)
How to Win at Trade Shows (Hint: It Involves Social Media)
adweek.com

Take a look at what your attendees might be thinking when it comes to attending your meeting or trade show.

Loews Emerges As Winning Bid in Texas Live! Hotel and Convention Center Race
Loews Emerges As Winning Bid in Texas Live! Hotel and Convention Center Rac...
Arlington Voice

Live! by Loews will be a 14-story tall glass tower, featuring 302 luxury guest rooms, 26 suites and a two-story, 35,000-square-foot Grand Event Center.

Don't Call It a Bizcation: The Corporate Travel Buzzwords Everyone Is Sick Of
Don’t Call It a Bizcation: The Corporate Travel Buzzwords Everyone Is...
skift.com

Gamification, big data, bleisure -- check out the buzzwords that are driving the business events industry forward, even if organizers are sick of them.

Austin Tourism Bureau Rebrands With 'Marketing Friendly' Name
Austin Tourism Bureau Rebrands With ‘Marketing Friendly’ Name
Albuquerque Business First

The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new public-facing name: Visit Austin.

Team Named to Study Convention Center Expansion, Possible New Arena
Team Named to Study Convention Center Expansion, Possible New Arena
The Baltimore Sun

Officials have approved a team to explore expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center as well as construction of a new downtown arena and hotel.

Four Ways to Tell What Your Voice Is Saying About You
Four Ways to Tell What Your Voice Is Saying About You
Fast Company

From stress levels to confidence, our voices communicate as much about us as the words we speak -- find out what yours is saying about you.

The Business Events Industry’s Brightest Honored at PCMA’s Visionary Awards
The Business Events Industry’s Brightest Honored at PCMA’s Visionary Awards
pcma.org

The PCMA Education Foundation honored seven of the business events industry's brightest at the annual Visionary Awards -- congratulations to the winners!

McKinney Green-Lights $100 Million Hotel-Conference Center
McKinney Green-Lights $100 Million Hotel-Conference Center
McKinney Courier-Gazette

The Dallas-area property will feature 285 rooms and suites and 33,000 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting space.

Multicultural Meetings and Events Will Be Key as Minorities Become the Majority
Multicultural Meetings and Events Will Be Key as Minorities Become the Majo...
skift.com

Bringing more multicultural groups to a destination for meetings and events isn’t just good business -- it's good for local communities and future tourism, too.

American Airlines Is Cutting More Legroom in Economy Class
American Airlines Is Cutting More Legroom in Economy Class
CNNMoney

Just when you thought your legroom in economy class couldn't get tighter.

The Conference "Road-Less-Traveled" Big Ideas That Harvest Success
The Conference “Road-Less-Traveled” Big Ideas That Harvest Succ...
Velvet Chainsaw

A lot of meetings rely on the same experiences year after year, which can get tedious for attendees -- use these big ideas to help your event get out of its design rut.

8 Conversational Habits of Smart Communicators (It's Not What You Think)
8 Conversational Habits of Smart Communicators (It’s Not What You Thi...
inc.com

Studies say we retain only about 25 percent of what we hear -- it's time to change that.

The Push Begins for a New Buffalo Convention Center
The Push Begins for a New Buffalo Convention Center
The Buffalo News

Despite continued efforts to improve exhibit space, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center is too small and dated for many events -- and officials want to change that.

Dual-Brand Hotels Usher in a New Era as Bigger Properties Go Out of Style
Dual-Brand Hotels Usher in a New Era as Bigger Properties Go Out of Style
forbes.com

While vast singular hotels serve their purpose in the market, dual-brand properties are the future of the industry.

10 Conferences That Excel at Exclusive VIP Experiences
10 Conferences That Excel at Exclusive VIP Experiences
eventmanagerblog.com

If you're planning a conference with big names or deep knowledge, tap that interest for an exclusive experience for your attendees.

Hilton CEO: 'We Feel Pretty Good' But There’s Still Room to Grow
Hilton CEO: ‘We Feel Pretty Good’ But There’s Still Room to Gro...
skift.com

Fresh off of its spinoffs and investment from its new major stakeholder, HNA, Hilton seems poised to take the asset-light hotel management model and run with it.

Airbnb Introduces New Tool for Business Travelers
Airbnb Introduces New Tool for Business Travelers
travelpulse.com

The new feature sifts through listings to highlight the ones that have been deemed Business Travel Ready (BTR).

27 Things Truly Exceptional Bosses Do Every Day
27 Things Truly Exceptional Bosses Do Every Day
inc.com

Think of the best boss you've ever known -- these are 27 things he or she probably never stopped doing.

St. Louis Convention Center Officials Eye $350M Upgrade — Or Risk Closing Dome
St. Louis Convention Center Officials Eye $350M Upgrade — Or Risk Closing D...
St. Louis Public Radio

As St. Louis's elected officials settle into their roles, they must confront a sizable challenge: upgrading the convention center.

Louisville's Whiskey Row on Way to Becoming Bourbon Tourism Mecca
Louisville’s Whiskey Row on Way to Becoming Bourbon Tourism Mecca
The Courier

When fully developed, Whiskey Row will feature a distillery tourist attraction, two upscale hotels and venue space for events and festivals.

Laura Citron to Lead International Promotional Agency London & Partners
Laura Citron to Lead International Promotional Agency London & Partners
City A.M.

Meet Laura Citron, the woman who will be telling London's story to the world as it enters the Brexit era.

Holiday Inn Debuts New Flexible Guestrooms
Holiday Inn Debuts New Flexible Guestrooms
travelpulse.com

Leisure and business travelers will both appreciate the features of the new H4 design concept.

Alexa in Effect at Marketing Nation Summit
Alexa in Effect at Marketing Nation Summit
Freeman XP

See how Marketo partnered with Amazon to bring intelligent voice response to attendees.

7 Ways to Get More Done at Work
7 Ways to Get More Done at Work
forbes.com

If you could get more done during the day--and potentially work less overall--wouldn't you? Here are some strategies that could make that possible.

The 'Luxury' Fyre Festival Turned Into a Total Nightmare
The ‘Luxury’ Fyre Festival Turned Into a Total Nightmare
Condé Nast Traveler

The doomed festival was a stark look at the perils of lackluster event planning.

Eight Ways to Disrupt the Old Conference Model
Eight Ways to Disrupt the Old Conference Model
TSNN

Find out how your meetings can break out of the "keynotes, educational sessions, breakouts, evening networking events, sleep, rinse and repeat" cycle.

20 Infographics That Are Too Real for Eventprofs
20 Infographics That Are Too Real for Eventprofs
eventmanagerblog.com

Check out these essential infographics that every meeting organizer can use to their advantage.

Meetings and Events Are a Big Part of Vegas' Latest Winning Streak
Meetings and Events Are a Big Part of Vegas’ Latest Winning Streak
skift.com

With gambling revenue in steady decline, meetings and events have become extremely important for Las Vegas resorts.

Visit Florida Faces Massive Budget Cut
Visit Florida Faces Massive Budget Cut
travelpulse.com

Florida's legislature will likely set the agency’s funding at $25 million with strict guidelines on how the agency can spend that money.

9 Things That Will Kill Your Career
9 Things That Will Kill Your Career
inc.com

Even good, hard-working people destroy their careers with these innocent mistakes -- make certain it doesn't happen to you.

Wincome Group Moves Forward With Four-Diamond Luxury Hotel in Anaheim
Wincome Group Moves Forward With Four-Diamond Luxury Hotel in Anaheim
The Orange County Register

The new luxury development will join the city's two other AAA four-diamond properties: the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

10 Applications of Mixed Reality in Events
10 Applications of Mixed Reality in Events
eventmanagerblog.com

Mixed reality may seem like science fiction but it has some interesting applications for the event sphere.

'Keep it Home' Campaign Asks Local Businesses to Hold Events in Wake County
‘Keep it Home’ Campaign Asks Local Businesses to Hold Events in...
newsobserver.com

A new campaign to promote economic development is encouraging local businesses to keep their major events and meetings in Raleigh.

Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau Getting a New Identity
Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau Getting a New Identity
bangordailynews.com

The Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau announced that they are rebranding their identity to "Visit Portland."

Hilton Launches Points Pooling for Its Honors Loyalty Program
Hilton Launches Points Pooling for Its Honors Loyalty Program
skift.com

Hilton's Honors Loyalty program just got bit more powerful with new functionality that allows for pooling of points.

Hitting the Schmooze Button: A Guide to Non-Phony Networking
Hitting the Schmooze Button: A Guide to Non-Phony Networking
Washington Post

Networking is most effective and authentic when you don't need anything -- and when it's a two-way street.

Convention Industry Council Rebrands
Convention Industry Council Rebrands
EIC - Home

The Convention Industry Council and renamed and rebranded itself as the Events Industry Council.

Redo of Miami Beach Convention Center Falls Behind Schedule
Redo of Miami Beach Convention Center Falls Behind Schedule
MiamiHerald.com

The $600M renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center is 39 days behind schedule, which will affect the first event to be held in the facility this year.

Plans for Dual Hotel in Downtown Louisville Approved by Waterfront Development Corporation Board
Plans for Dual Hotel in Downtown Louisville Approved by Waterfront Developm...
insiderlouisville.com

The hotel project, which mixes the upscale Westin and hip Moxy brands into one building, includes 8,000 square feet of event space.

Travelers: Your Hotel Workout and Fitness Options Just Got Much Better
Travelers: Your Hotel Workout and Fitness Options Just Got Much Better
forbes.com

Westin has added another option to their fitness offerings -- good news for meeting organizers who want to get a workout in on the road.

Report: Meetings Bring More Than Money to Host Cities
Report: Meetings Bring More Than Money to Host Cities
Associations Now

A new report shows meetings bring fresh ideas and inspiration to their host cities, which have long-term impacts on shaping their economies.

These Six Things Are Likely Holding You Back at Work
These Six Things Are Likely Holding You Back at Work
Fast Company

Breaking yourself of these habits and beliefs can help you better set yourself up for success.

US Considers Cabin Laptop Ban on Flights From UK Airports
US Considers Cabin Laptop Ban on Flights From UK Airports
theguardian.com

All travelers from Europe could face ban aimed at thwarting terrorists who want to smuggle explosives in electronic gadgets.

5 TED Videos That Will Help You Organize Better Meetings
5 TED Videos That Will Help You Organize Better Meetings
sli.do

These TED videos will give you the dose of inspiration you need as you start thinking about the design of your next meeting.

New ABQ Conference Goes Beyond a Single Issue to Engage Women
New ABQ Conference Goes Beyond a Single Issue to Engage Women
Albuquerque Business First

The new conference, being called the state's first "large-scale, all-women's event," is a cross between a traditional trade show and a seminar conference.

12 Ways to Add Fun to Serious Events
12 Ways to Add Fun to Serious Events
eventmanagerblog.com

Make your attendees' experience more memorable with these entertaining ways to lighten serious events.

Midtown Athletic Club Chicago Adding Boutique Hotel
Midtown Athletic Club Chicago Adding Boutique Hotel
Club Industry

Take a virtual tour of what The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago will look like when the 575,000-square-foot facility opens in July.

1 Daily Habit That Could Have Disastrous Effects on Your Memory
1 Daily Habit That Could Have Disastrous Effects on Your Memory
inc.com

It could age your brain faster and slow down your memory.

How the Traditionally Apolitical TED Talks Will Navigate the Unavoidable Politics of 2017
How the Traditionally Apolitical TED Talks Will Navigate the Unavoidable Po...
Washington Post

Some 90 speakers and performers will challenge a group of 1,800 attendees on this year's theme: "the future of you."

Uber Conference Highlights Big Bet on 'Flying Cars'
Uber Conference Highlights Big Bet on ‘Flying Cars’
mercurynews.com

On Tuesday, Uber will kick off its very first "Elevate Summit," a three-day conference in Dallas on the future of urban air travel.

You Can Now Rent Hotel Rooms by the Minute
You Can Now Rent Hotel Rooms by the Minute
Bloomberg

Imagine a quiet spot with Wi-Fi to crank out work on a deadline or a place to quickly refresh as you shift from daytime to evening meetings -- it's now reality, thanks to a new app.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Eyes State-of-the-Art Conference Center Expansion
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Eyes State-of-the-Art Conference Cente...
Paradise Valley Independent

The updated space will include a new 15,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, along with an additional 20,000 square feet of outdoor and pre-function spaces.

April Route Roundup: Where Airlines Are Adding Service
April Route Roundup: Where Airlines Are Adding Service
usatoday.com

There's a shake-up coming to airline routes this spring -- will any of these changes affect your future travel plans?

How Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Build Better Teams
How Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Build Better Teams
inc.com

Because relying exclusively on your emotional intelligence as a leader will only take you so far.

San Diego In Demand for Small Meetings Business
San Diego In Demand for Small Meetings Business
San Diego Tribune

San Diego has long been known as a top destination for conventions, but it turns out it's equally popular for those looking to book a small gathering at a hotel.

Gwyneth Paltrow Is Hosting Goop's First-Ever Summit
Gwyneth Paltrow Is Hosting Goop’s First-Ever Summit
Bloomberg

The event, poised as "one intensive (but fun) day," aims to bring the brand's "most requested and shared wellness content to life."

Hyatt May Rebuild Miami Hotel and Convention Center
Hyatt May Rebuild Miami Hotel and Convention Center
MiamiHerald.com

Hyatt and the city of Miami are contemplating a deal to redevelop the Regency hotel and the 35-year-old James L. Knight Center convention complex.

Global Entry Passengers Swept Up in Trump’s Travel Ban
Global Entry Passengers Swept Up in Trump’s Travel Ban
Bloomberg

U.S. citizen "Trusted Traveler" members had their privileges revoked.

HIMSS Expands Global Educational Offerings, Acquires Health 2.0 Conferences
HIMSS Expands Global Educational Offerings, Acquires Health 2.0 Conferences
TSNN

In an effort to expand its global educational offerings to new and existing audiences, the HIMSS has acquired the Health 2.0 conference division.

4 Things to Focus On After Making a Mistake at Work
4 Things to Focus On After Making a Mistake at Work
fortune.com

Everyone makes mistakes -- the key is understanding exactly what went wrong to ensure it doesn't happen again.

These Are the 22 Best Cities in the World for Tech
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?
Which Expedited Security Program Is Right for You?
usatoday.com

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
Mohegans Obtain Financing for $80M Convention Center
HartfordBusiness.com

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

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
‘Luminary Hotel’ to Rise Along Fort Myers Riverfront
news-press.com

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
Stop Writing This Useless Phrase in Every Single Email
inc.com

Remember: every email does not demand an instant reply.

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

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 as Hotel Julian
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
Environmental Responsibility for Events: How to Go Paperless
Eventbrite

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
11 Ways to Provide Your Members with a VIP Conference Experience
MemberClicks

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

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
The Case for Being Grumpy at Work
Quartz

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

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
What’s Cool in Cocktails This Spring
bizbash.com

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
4 Reasons to Send More Targeted Event Emails
Eventbrite

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
Unconventional Inspiration: Breaking Through Beyond Best Practices
Freeman

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

How you handle your request makes all the difference.

Intel Says 'Goodbye' to Its Annual IDF Conference
Intel Says ‘Goodbye’ to Its Annual IDF Conference
mercurynews.com

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
IHG Reveals Second Credit Card Data Breach Occurred in 2016
skift.com

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 Secure Tourism Summit
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
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
Tech Tuesday: Travel Tools for the Road
etouches

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
4 Ways to Stop Being a People Pleaser
success.com

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

25 Event Themes That Ooze Style
25 Event Themes That Ooze Style
eventmanagerblog.com

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
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
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
11 New Green Venues for Meetings and Events
bizbash.com

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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
Rochester, Minnesota Convention Center Expansion Open for Business
Exhibitor

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

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
How the Meetings Industry Is Attempting to Redefine Its Value Proposition
skift.com

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
Virtual Reality Will Completely Change Hotel Booking
travelpulse.com

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
New Coalition of Austinites Calls for Expansion of Convention Center
communityimpact.com

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
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
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
Nine Networking Tips for Very Shy People
forbes.com

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
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
How to Use Retargeting to Grow Your Event Audience
bizbash.com

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 Using the Platform
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
Hyatt Launches Personalized In-Room Streaming Experience
travelpulse.com

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
Swan and Dolphin Complete Meeting Space Renovation
laughingplace.com

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

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

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
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
What a Non Professional Event Planner Can Teach Eventprofs
eventmanagerblog.com

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
Allen Green Lights $91M Convention Center and Hotel
dallasnews.com

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

10 Healthwise Event Menu Choices
10 Healthwise Event Menu Choices
eventmobi.com

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

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
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
Global Meetings Industry Day Panel Tackles Controversial Legislation
MeetingsNet

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
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
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
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
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
20 Tips to Get Attendees to Open your Emails
eventmanagerblog.com

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 Functionally And Strategically
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
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
Hard Rock Unveils Plans for Atlantic City Casino-Hotel
travelpulse.com

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
PCMA Education Foundation Is Surveying Technology Use
pcma.org

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

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
Tomorrow, Today: The Future of Brand Experience
Freeman

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
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 & Headquarters Hotel
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?
Should You Use Virtual Reality at Your Event?
TSNN

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
Kimpton Keeps Planners in Mind With Alexa-Equipped Guest Rooms
smartmeetings.com

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
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
100 Virtually Free Event Planning Ideas
eventmanagerblog.com

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
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 Repealed
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?
Which Event Marketing Tools Drive Attendance?
bizbash.com

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

Meetings, Conventions Drive Nashville Tourism
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 Instead)
3 Embarrassing Networking Mistakes Everyone Makes (And What You Should Do I...
inc.com

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

Why Do People Attend Meetings?
Why Do People Attend Meetings?
ftnnews.com

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

Experient and The Experience Institute Partner to Provide Attendee Experience Reporting
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
Detroit Named Best US City for Business Travel
travelpulse.com

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 Expansion
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 Probably Not Having
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 to Change)
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 Events
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
5 Destinations Innovating With 360º Video
eventmanagerblog.com

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
New Meeting Venue Takes Flight Near Dallas Love Field
smartmeetings.com

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

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

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
Special Election Sought to Fund Convention Center Expansion
nbcsandiego.com

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

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
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 Nursing Moms
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Debuts Lactation Suites for Nursi...
TSNN

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
10 Habits of Highly Persistent People
inc.com

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 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
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
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
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
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
Simple Tips for Writing Emails That Get Read

Pro tip: consider your audience.

10 Reasons Mobile Event Apps Are Becoming Indispensable
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
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
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 Orleans
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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