EMA Wrap-up: Reaping the rewards of a fantastic event

My last two days at the Elite Meetings Alliance at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs were hectic, to say the least. I’ve been told that event planning is the fifth most stressful job, and I completely believe that now. So why do people do it? Why

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EMA Day 2: My newfound appreciation for planners

After a day of running around to deliver printouts, grab lunches, and help attendees, I was exhausted. I never believed that event planning was particularly easy, but my experiences on Day 2 of the Elite Meetings Alliance have given me a whole new

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EMA Day 1: Great scenery, great conversation, and … tomahawks?

The first day of my first Elite Meetings Alliance was quite an experience. It was certainly a whirlwind, from my early morning flight to the last cocktail. We met so many wonderful planners and hot    eliers who are excited to learn and network over

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Welcome back to Meet Well! Now off to the EMA…

Welcome back to the Meet Well blog! Did you miss us? After three months of transition and hiatus, Meet Well is up and running again, with a new face at the helm. My name is Hannah Prince, and I joined Cvent in August as the new editor of Meet Well

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What to Pack in a First-Aid Travel Kit

There are certain niggling details in life that are easy to overlook, but can ultimately prove important, like flossing, or saving receipts. For planners on a trip, packing a first-aid kit is another. You’ll probably never need it, but if or when you

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Survival Tips for your Next Redeye

Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Your meeting in L.A. doesn’t finish until five, and you absolutely, positively have to be in the office in New York tomorrow. Which means the only flight that fits your schedule doesn’t arrive until the next morning;

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3 Ways to Stand Up for Healthier Planning

When planners are deep in the middle of a meeting or conference, the days are action-packed –there’s always something keeping us on our toes. On event days we’re in perpetual motion, going from breakout to breakout, checking in on set-ups, managing

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5 Fast Ways to Bust Planner Stress

Hey Planners! Got stress? Chances are, you do – and plenty of it. According to CareerCast.com’s ranking of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs 2017, being an event coordinator comes in at #5, ranking just behind airline pilots and police officers, so safe to

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7 Laptop-Ban Workarounds—If It Actually Happens

Recently, the prospect of a possible laptop ban has been generating quite a few headlines. Whether or not it actually comes to pass, the possibility of a ban has certainly gotten my attention, not to mention the attention of millions more

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Urban hikes for an easy nature getaway

Sometimes you just have to veer from the itinerary and get outside. Maybe your attendees’ eyes are glazing over from too many meetings and cups of coffee, and need a quick and much needed break to recharge their batteries. Or maybe you don’t have the

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Where To Stay & Play for Your Miami Meeting

  As American cities go, Miami is an outlier, whether in climate, culture or geography. It holds such a place in our teal and turquoise dreams you sometimes wonder if it’s real. Even after you’ve planted yourself on one of its soft sandy

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Gadgets That Take the Worry Out of Travel

While traveling for a meeting or FAM can be an exciting part of your life as a planner, there are sometimes niggling safety issues to being on the road that can put a damper on all that fun. By investing in a number of stress-reducing travel gadgets,

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How 6 Brands Are Winning Millennial Hearts & Minds

While it’s probably safe to say that every generation has left its own room-service-stained fingerprints on hotel design, those who’ve come of traveling age in the twenty-first century have literally taken a wrecking ball to the place. Hoteliers

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Jay Leno To Deliver Keynote at Cvent CONNECT 2017

You know him as the “the hardest working man in show business,” and now acclaimed TV late night show host, legendary stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, and philanthropist Jay Leno will deliver the keynote at Cvent CONNECT

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7 Hospitality Trends Coming to a Hotel Near You

Predicting trends in the hotel industry these days bears an uncomfortable resemblance to taking a glass ball to the stock market. While some innovations seem here to stay—if not inevitable—others could be relegated to the dustbin of hospitality fads

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The Latest and Greatest in Travel Apps

There’s no shortage of travel apps out there to choose from, all of them promising to make your travel experience better, cheaper, easier, or some combination of all three. But finding what apps are most useful, and what will end up merely eating

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Know Your Passenger Rights When Bumped from a Flight

We’ve all seen the recent videos from the not-so-friendly skies, incidents of air passengers being bullied in the name of airline rules and efficiency. Shocking, yes, but fortunately the exception – most passengers comply with such rules, albeit

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The Best of Barcelona

Europe abounds with intriguing ports of call that easily meet any footloose American’s wish list: Ideal year-round climate, world-class beaches, fabulous local cuisine, friendly peeps, wonderfully walkable bohemian neighborhoods, unforgettable

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Serenity Now: Back-to-Nature Retreats

Sometimes you just have to get away. The endless staff meetings, the constant ping of emails and texts, the checking of phones at all hours… it’s surprising the modern worker gets anything done at all. But even company meetings and off-sites can be

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Explore the Riches of San Juan, Puerto Rico

I’m standing in the sentry box at one of San Juan’s centuries-old forts, enjoying sweeping views of a rose-tinged sunset casting its hues over the rocky bluffs of the city’s historic old town. With the swells rising and crashing along the shore, I

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