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-...

2014 Tech Trends with Pathable's Jordan Schwartz

Meetings Focus caught up with Jordan Schwartz, founder of the Pathable meeting management app, to get his take on this year’s tech trends; fro...

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

Meeting and incentive options in Glacier Country, Montana

Montana’s northwestern corner—aka “Glacier Country”—debatably offers the most spectacular scenery groups will ever encounter in the Lower 48. Towering mountains dotted ...
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. ...
What’s a more effective motivator, cash or a luxury incentive at an amenity-loaded resort? While you might expect money to be the biggest mover of all, a study by the Aberdeen Group suggests no...
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...
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...

Going Places

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. ...
Ronen Nissembaum was appointed the new managing director of the Waldorf Astoria New York.  He ...

Meetings Technology

Experts prognosticate the meetings of tomorrow

“And now ladies and gentlemen, avatars and bots, the chief inventions officer and president of MegaOne Corp, Nadia Yaosing!” (Ruffles and flourishes swell as Nadia’s hologram walks...

Evolving mobile platforms let your fingers do the planning

The event-specific app is methodically nudging the paper-filled binder into extinction, and providing planners with a tech tool that puts all the key ...