In the Spotlight

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 short span of time. Milko Figueroa, director of Wi-...

Taking on the Bear Grylls Survival Academy

“It May Hurt a Little...” The motto of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, created by the British extreme survivalist, adventurer and telev...

Recent Blogs

5 Tips to Safer Outdoor Events

Joan Eisenstodt

Outdoor events can be great for lots of groups and in conjunction with meetings. Finding the venue, determining the activity or activities, I'll leave to others. Ensuring safety is more my baili...Read full story »

Dana Point - An Oasis of Relaxing Elegance

Zachary Chouteau

I’ve always found the Orange County coast extremely appealing, so my recent introduction to Dana Point came with high hopes. They were easily exceeded. Superb beaches, wonderful dining and some ...Read full story »

Advice for Planners in a Seller's Market

Molly Blaisdell

Really strong hotel occupancy rates are limiting buyers’ negotiating power. And, with a reduced supply of new properties coming into the marketplace along with many hotels going through inevitab...Read full story »

Destination Close-Ups

Close-Up: Galena

A quaint, historic destination that boasts all the accoutrements that accompany a Mississippi River location, Illinois’ Galena and Jo Daviess County may have a small population, but its meetings optio...
Stable and prosperous Melbourne, Australia, is on a roll as it continues to leverage its superior MICE infrastructure, brain power, iconic venues and attractive lifestyle to win major group business. ...
Planners are known for not leaving much to chance, so successful meetings destinations have earned that status for a reason. But even in already-successful destinations, the development of a new neigh...
The arts are alive and thriving in Idaho, a state perhaps better known for its active outdoor pursuits like skiing and hiking than for its galleries and Broadway performances. From Boise, where atten...
There is a short list of U.S. cities that need no introduction with regard to gastronomic greatness, and New Orleans is one of the top cities on that list. Tasty traditional items quickly come to min...
With origins dating to the arrival of the first Spaniards in Texas—their first culinary encounter being with the indigenous ingredients and preparations of Native American groups—the cuisi...

Going Places

Rich Reiss was appointed managing director of the Montage Laguna Beach. Beginning in August he will ...
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco appointed Bruce Gorelick as general manager.  Gorelick has spe...
The Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach appointed Karen Chastain as new general manager. ...

Meetings Technology

Geofencing corrals meeting attendees

Fencing people inside an enclosed area might seem like a rather forceful way to encourage attendee networking and exhibitor interaction, but “geofences”--one of the industry’s hottes...

Profile - Midori Connolly, AVGirl Productions

Bad audiovisual is sort of like bad food at a meeting. But while substandard AV won’t make you physically ill, the taste left in your attendees&...