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

Close-Up: Los Cabos

The new international terminal at Los Cabos International Airport is far from the only sleek development recently unveiled in this upscale destination. The region, encompassing two distinct cities&m...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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

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...

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 ...