Tips & Trends

New York Barclay launches sustainability blog

The InterContinental New York Barclay and the Center for Sustainable Design Strategies at the Pratt Institute launched a Barclay the Bee comic series on the property’s sustainability blog New Yo...

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 ar...

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: Colonial Williamsburg

Meeting planners who bring a group to Colonial Williamsburg find an easily accessible and ready-made destination that offers up plenty of activity options for delegates with the family in tow and is a...
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...
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...
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...
[Editor’s Note: This letter was drafted by MPI to provide an explanation of the recent changes to the CMM (Certificate in Meeting Management) program, and to address recent criticism from some i...
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...

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

Charge and Protect

Let's face it. Your smartphone has probably become vital tool in the way you plan meetings and take notes on all those site visits. And even if you are still more of a 'pen and paper' sort of planner,...

Scribble Away

Is the Livescribe Smart Pen the missing link between pen and paper and the digital world? With the pen’s record of what users hear and write, pl...