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The $70,000 Minimum Wage

Plenty of hotel and events workers throughout California were on the front lines when the "Fight for 15" movement failed to convince legislators to nudge the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. As it turned out, they'll have to wait until next year to

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3 Epic Makeovers for 2015

  For me, 3 legends of hospitality jumped out among the 23 hotels listed by Forbes Travel Guide as the most anticipated renovations of 2015. Even the most jaded of high-end groups will be licking their chops to see: Ritz Paris
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New Hotels in the Bahamas, Blooms at Bellagio, and Robots at the Front Desk

News You Can Use for Meetings & Events… Bimini, Ahoy!  How about a quick cruise combined with a sun-splashed island sojourn for your next meeting or incentive? Hilton Worldwide is launching a   305-room luxury hotel this summer at Resorts

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The No. 1 Trick to Supercharged Business Writing

Whether you tweet, email, or grind out reports, you can supercharge your words if you follow one universal law: Write in the active rather than passive voice Give it a try. To start, jot down a sentence using passive verbs. You can fix it

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First Class Finds: Pet Project

Pet Project Four-legged friends get a leg up on life with the help of some two-legged champions. The Paws for a Cause corporate social responsibility activity by Teambonding tasks groups of six to eight with a series of pet-themed challenges that

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This Week in Reviews

See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences at the Rough Creek Lodge, The Shelborne Wyndham Grand Resort in South Beach, and The Grand America Hotel. We’re highlighting three here, but you'll find many more on EliteMeetings.com.

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Hospitality on Horizon: Caribbean & Mexico

Luxury hotels opening in the Caribbean and Mexico this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some.             Properties Opening in 2015—Caribbean & Mexico  (entries with * to be announced) Bahamas

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First Class Finds: Eye Candy

    Eye Candy Truffles as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate make an especially tasteful corporate gift. Self-taught chocolatier Chris Kollar of Napa Valley–based Kollar Chocolates draws on classic European

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4 Must-See TED Talks for Planners

You might have missed this year's TED conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre—more than 90 speakers over five days ending March 20. That's where some of the world's most engaged and engaging minds meet to present their thoughts on how to make

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Hotels in the Catbird Seat, Fresh New Spaces, and Shorter Showers in the Pipeline

  News You Can Use for Meetings & Events... Hotels Gain the Upper Hand With few new-built lodgings under development, experts think rising demand will boost domestic hotel occupancy rates to 30-year highs by 2016, according to REIT

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First Class Finds: Wine App — titude

    Fine wines can be a real puzzler for meeting planners unprepared to parse the many nuances of ordering, pairing, purchasing, and savoring the various fruits of the vine. Vivino, a robust little wine app, can help. Simply snap a

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Meet Healthier In Paris

For years, Paris was the place to be if, among other things, you wished to indulge in fine wine, food, and Gitanes. While fine dining continues unabated, fortunately, le smoking is on the wane. In fact, in the last few years, smoking in public

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Hospitality on Horizon—North America

Luxury hotels opening in North America this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some.    —By Annette

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Hospitality on Horizon—Europe

Luxury hotels opening in Europe this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some.  ....................................................................................................... Properties

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Hospitality on Horizon—Asia

Luxury hotels opening in Asia this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some.    —By Annette Burden ........................................................................................ Properties

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7 Tips for Planning Events in Asia

    Asia is the world’s largest, most populous, up-and-coming continent. With some 51 countries—whose MICE industry maturity levels vary greatly—it can be misleading to use a broad brush when characterizing various geographies. While

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Peer Genius: Advice for new meeting planners

      “Build solid relationships with your partners. As planners, we dream up how everything will look, sound, and taste, and then work with our partners to create that reality. Inevitably, something will happen to challenge

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First Class Finds: Cheers!

    Cheers! Need a gift that will get conference goers excited about that upcoming event in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or other major U.S. city? Boston-based theUncommonGreen etches street maps of select

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Travel Hub: Layover Lures

    Frequent flyers linger longer in airports these days, whether due to security, scheduling, or the overall quickening of our daily lives. While some airports seem resigned to remain merely sleepless purgatories between point A and

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The Week in Reviews

See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, EPIC - Miami a Kimpton Hotel, and Rancho Valencia. We’re highlighting three here, but you'll find many more on EliteMeetings.com.

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