In the Spotlight

AAA Honors New and Old with Five Diamond Status

ORLANDO AAA recently announced the 183 select establishments that earned the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2014 Five Diamond Award lists. This exclusive gr...

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

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: Springfield, Mo.

Affordability, accessibility and proximity to the entertainment capital of the Midwest make Springfield, Mo., a catchy tune for planners who want small-town comfort combined with a fresh hotel invento...
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. ...
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...
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

Ronen Nissembaum was appointed the new managing director of the Waldorf Astoria New York.  He ...
Trina Fox-Konz joined the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (SLCVC) as its national conve...
Greg Brown was named the new general manager of the downtown Hilton Baltimore. He will oversee day-t...

Meetings Technology

Expert insights on bandwidth and essential tech for today's meetings

There’s nothing worse than spending money on a new piece of technology that doesn’t work. Whether it’s because your attendees don’t know how to use it—or more likely the...

2013 Holiday Gadget Gift Guide for Event Planners

SmithBucklin’s Event Services team lists their favorite things this holiday season (smithbucklin.com). 1. Google Chromecast: “On the ...