Tips & Trends

Westin Kansas City Crown Center debuts flexible Tangent meeting space

The Westin Kansas City at the Crown Center debuted the brand’s new Tangent meeting concept as part of a $22 million renovation. Tangent areas are designed to be flexible workspaces that can acco...

Glen Cove Mansion recognized for being LGBT-friendly

The historic Glen Cove Mansion joins official list of LGBT-friendly properties The Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center in Long Island, N.Y.,...

Recent Blogs

Budget Planning Tips for Social Events

Molly Blaisdell

When planning a social event, you first need to create a budget. Here are some helpful tips for getting and staying on track: •  Create a budget and define what it is you want to accomplish...Read full story »

Preventing Guest Information Theft in Meeting Contracts

Joshua Grimes

  Hotels and other meeting industry vendors process millions of credit card charges daily. They are also entrusted with tons of guests’ personal information, including driver’s licens...Read full story »

Taking a Stand for People in Hospitality

Joan Eisenstodt

This blog, as do all the blogs I write, does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Stamats, the parent company of Meetings Focus, or of Meetings Focus magazine. If you follow the news at...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 ...
According to the latest rankings from the Union of International Associations (UIA), Brussels, hosting 556 meetings in 2012, retained its 2010 and 2011 ranking as Europe’s leading destination fo...
From cooking competitions to private wine cellar tours, DMCs and tour companies offer groups a wide range of options when it comes to sampling South Africa’s renowned wine culture and unique cul...
Centered in Pennsylvania’s coat of arms are symbols of the state’s agrarian strength: a plough, three sheaves of wheat and a cornstalk crossed with an olive branch. This fertile heritage g...
Whether it’s locally produced wines, pairing dinners, herb-infused cocktails, microbrews or the finest single-malt whiskeys from Scotland, there’s a full glass of options for beverage educ...
It used to be that meeting planners chose a destination based on price, distance and weather. Now they must consider food. America’s palate is evolving. Progressive chefs are bringing their tale...

Going Places

Radhi Toefy was appointed managing director of MCI South Africa.  Currently, Toefy is the CEO ...
Daren Kingi has joined Indianapolis' Visit Indy DMO as senior vice president of sales.  Kingi ...
The Montage Beverly Hills recently named five new members to its leadership team: Masato Komina...

Gifts & Gadgets

Wire Tamer

Tired of headphone cords getting trapped and tangled while you’re on the road? Spooled–Wound for Sound will keep musical accessories tidy and organized. Wrap the cord around the silicone s...

Calm Before The Storm

Information is power, and this handy National Geographic weather keeper device is full of useful info for travelers. Hang the Mini Weather Clip off yo...