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

Aruba shines with meeting and incentive opportunities

Long a leisure tourism standout for vacationers craving sugar-white-sand beaches, colonial Dutch architecture that seems as edible as a gingerbread house, and turquoise-blue waters, Aruba also boasts ...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...

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

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...

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 ...