In the Spotlight

New App Debuts for Mexico Incentive Planners

Meeting Incentive Experts (MIE) has launched a new mobile app, MIExperts, which can be downloaded from the iTunes Store for Apple devices. The free app shares key information about some of Mexic...

Starwood Hotels Unveils Phone-Powered 'Keyless' Room Entry

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has commenced the rollout of its SPG Keyless program, allowing guest to unlock their rooms using an iPhone or Android-po...

Recent Blogs

Unplugging Can Be the Best Way to Connect

Zachary Chouteau

In a meetings industry—and world—increasingly focused on mobile devices and techie connectivity, really getting away from it all has become more challenging than ever. The same tools and ...Read full story »

Want Happiness? Get Education

Larissa Schultz

A friend recently posted the following quote on their Facebook page: "Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely." -- Karen Kaiser Clark And it inspired me to answer the question ...Read full story »

Best Practices for Calculating Hotel Food & Beverage Minimums

Molly Blaisdell

As a planner, one of the most important parts of a program is not only the quality of the food, but staying within one’s food and beverage budget. To assist clients in staying within their mea...Read full story »

Destination Close-Ups

Close-Up: Branson

With over 50 theaters offering more than 100 live shows, Branson, Mo., has carved out a niche as MidAmerica’s entertainment capital. And with a new commercial airport offering direct flights to major ...
In a recent survey of 45 competitor destinations commissioned by Tourism Australia, global meetings professionals gave Oz No. 1 or No. 2 rankings across the board. Count the U.S. among the countries...
America’s top cities have no end to their marvelous meeting offerings. But when your attendees feel “driven” to get away from it all, a gamut of great event venues are awaiting wit...
Stylish lounges, art-dotted common areas and soundproofed rooms have evolved as the norm, not the exception, at airport hotels. For groups, airport meeting space has elevated above the ordinary as ...
Amid today’s technological explosion one might expect most ramped-up CVB services to focus on mobile offerings, on-site tech assistance and other cutting-edge resources. And while those effort...
Orange County’s coast is a place of sunny and serene escapes, from strolling the colorful streets of Laguna Beach to watching whales on a Dana Point detour. “Known for our palm tree-lin...

Going Places

Nathan Kittrell, Visit Greenville South Carolina's newest sales manager, will focus on bringing ...
Salamander Hotels & Resorts appointed Reggie Copper as general manager of the 168-room resort, l...
The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif. named Ian Pullan as general manager.  ...

Meetings Technology

Hybrid elements boost international events

You can lure 25,000, maybe 30,000, attendees to your client’s next citywide event. That’s your best possible audience given the local hotel inventory and event space. Or you can open the...

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 “ge...