Tips & Trends

Delicious and colorful group spaces at Local 360 and the Chihuly museum

Diners can taste the bounty of Cascadia at Local 360, which sources 90 percent of its raw ingredients from producers within 360 miles of Seattle. The remaining 10 percent are items like coffee, lemon ...

SmartSource Events offers Wi-Fi solutions for event planners

It’s wild to think about how integral the Internet and Wi-Fi have become to meetings and conferences—and life in general—in such a s...

Recent Blogs

Dealing with the Impact of Increased Government Regulations

Smith Bucklin

Over the last few years it has become all too common to hear about government meetings being cancelled or fewer and fewer government employees actually attending the event. Given this environment, m...Read full story »

Budget Planning Tips for Social Events

Molly Blaisdell

When planning a social event, you first need to create a budget. Here are some helpful tips for getting and staying on track: •  Create a budget and define what it is you want to accomplish...Read full story »

Preventing Guest Information Theft in Meeting Contracts

Joshua Grimes

  Hotels and other meeting industry vendors process millions of credit card charges daily. They are also entrusted with tons of guests’ personal information, including driver’s licens...Read full story »

Destination Close-Ups

Bridging the Gulf in Mobile

It’s almost the southernmost point on a U.S. map, but culturally it’s “south of the South.” So says Ron McConnell, vice president of sales and services for the Mobile Bay CVB...
According to the latest rankings from the Union of International Associations (UIA), Brussels, hosting 556 meetings in 2012, retained its 2010 and 2011 ranking as Europe’s leading destination fo...
It used to be that meeting planners chose a destination based on price, distance and weather. Now they must consider food. America’s palate is evolving. Progressive chefs are bringing their tale...
Whether it’s locally produced wines, pairing dinners, herb-infused cocktails, microbrews or the finest single-malt whiskeys from Scotland, there’s a full glass of options for beverage educ...
Centered in Pennsylvania’s coat of arms are symbols of the state’s agrarian strength: a plough, three sheaves of wheat and a cornstalk crossed with an olive branch. This fertile heritage g...
From cooking competitions to private wine cellar tours, DMCs and tour companies offer groups a wide range of options when it comes to sampling South Africa’s renowned wine culture and unique cul...

Going Places

Barbara Lippert Readey was named general manager of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort &...
Radhi Toefy was appointed managing director of MCI South Africa.  Currently, Toefy is the CEO ...
Daren Kingi has joined Indianapolis' Visit Indy DMO as senior vice president of sales.  Kingi ...

Gifts & Gadgets

Pathable app helps attendees and event organizers communicate

“We’ve all attended conferences where we were excited to speak with luminaries in our field and meet potential collaborators, only to end up lost in a sea of name tags talking to the perso...

Thirsty for Adventure

For planners traveling internationally or adventuring in the outdoors on their vacation days, the Sawyer Squeeze water filter makes sure you...