In the Spotlight

CIC Releases Room Block Poaching and Piracy Toolkit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The Convention Industry Council (CIC) has launched a new suite of resources for planners to help combat the increase in room block piracy and poaching, which occurs when businesses ac...

Social Stumbles

When you travel boldly in the social media universe, mistakes are bound to happen. “The biggest mistake is doing nothing,” says Noah Smit...

Recent Blogs

7 Predictions and 6 Resolutions for 2015

Joan Eisenstodt

When I began drafting this blog, I ran the idea by a colleague who has been a hotel CSM and sales manager—with a third party—and is now a director of meetings at a major medical associat...Read full story »

How Meetings Can Help Reduce Alzheimer's

Larissa Schultz

Being an individual who embraces continuing education and further learning—I am continuously fascinated by the human brain. The cognitive ability of the brain to gather and retain knowledge is...Read full story »

Home Stay Accommodations & Meetings Impact

Joshua Grimes

Home rentals are an increasingly popular choice for meeting attendees. Using an online service such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, or even Couchsurfing, guests can choose to stay in more spacious accom...Read full story »

Destination Close-Ups

Close-Up: Grand Rapids, Mich.

For sheer bang for the buck, Grand Rapids, Mich., is a budget-pleasing alternative to more-cosmopolitan locales, but offers many of the same sophisticated cultural amenities, and all within a compact ...
With its ever-growing skyline and expanding infrastructure, Panama City is Central America’s city of the future. And the meetings and incentives segments are a big part of that future, thanks to...
The right rhetoric and people in brochure photos used to suffice for a good diversity marketing effort by destinations and other industry suppliers, but no more. Today, marketing initiatives that defi...
Familiar signifiers of the Houston brand include energy, NASA, major-league sports, Fortune 500 titans, museums and its sizzling culinary scene. Despite producing greats such as blues master Sam &ldqu...
Nashville, known worldwide as “Music City,” tops the charts among cities that attract both songwriters and music enthusiasts. It’s a place where people come to play, write and listen...
While often it’s the off-site venue that really captures the essence of the destination and provides a special fillip to the meeting agenda, that doesn’t need to be the case. Increasingly,...

Going Places

The 240-room Sonesta Fort Lauderdale has announced that Francis W. Purvey will take over as its dire...
The Boston CVB Board of Governors elected Paul J. Sacco to a two-year term as chairman of the board....
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., appointed Philippe Parodi as vice president of marketing &...

Meetings Technology

Social Stumbles

When you travel boldly in the social media universe, mistakes are bound to happen. “The biggest mistake is doing nothing,” says Noah Smith, executive consultant for AlexGPR.com, a public ...

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 ...