Tips & Trends

Does switching rooms mid-meeting help generate creativity?

In a recent blog, Jonathan Bradshaw, CEO of The Meetology Group—a U.K.-based events consulting firm that uses research to develop new, effective conference concepts—suggested that switchin...

Take a youthful group to Spain's Sol Wave House, Twitter hotel

Contrary to “digital detox” experiences that are becoming a trendy travel offering, Melia Hotels International debuted the Sol Wave House ...

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: Louisville (2012 Coverage)

More CoverageClose-Up - Louisville - 7 Spectacular Off-SitesClose-Up - Louisville - Getting There As much as any destination in the U.S., Louisville, Ky., conjures up a feast for the senses. Whether...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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

Chill out!

One of Oprah’s favorite things in 2012, the Corkcicle is a stylish wine-chilling device that can replace drippy wine buckets. Stored in the freezer, the plastic “icicle” portion is f...

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...