7 cities perfect for both meetings and vacations

When planners are choosing a meeting destination, they have certain criteria that must take precedence: available hotel rooms, venues near the airport, good transportation options, and so much more. Leisure activities may be a consideration, but the

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8 U.S. hotel pools overflowing with style

Is there a more universal luxury than a terrific hotel swimming pool? Doubtful. The very fact that you can enjoy this ancient tradition with or without dipping a toe speaks to the indefinable pleasure we nonaquatic mammals receive just from soaking

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Spice up your menu with fall produce (besides pumpkin!)

We are well into autumn, and the pumpkins are taking over — and not just the carved versions keeping watch from our front steps. Pumpkin-flavored products are as popular as ever, invading restaurant menus, coffee shops, dessert displays, and grocery

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5 amazing train journeys to keep your travels on track

It was once my great good fortune to travel across Canada by rail from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Toronto, Ontario. Although the purpose of my journey was relocation rather than recreation, the experience was nothing short of spellbinding, both

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Uncover London’s hidden gems at Cvent CONNECT Europe

Cvent CONNECT has officially crossed the pond. Our inaugural CONNECT Europe conference kicks off today at the amazing Pullman London St. Pancras. The next three days are filled with networking, sharing ideas, discussing the industry, and learning

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Go wild with inviting animals to events

It’s every planner’s goal to host events that people remember, whether it’s with really useful content, great parties, or meaningful connections. At our recent Elite Meetings Alliance, Cvent found one more memorable addition: animals. Not only

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6 cool libraries for events and education

If you haven’t stepped foot in a public library since the dawn of the digital age, you may be missing out on some of the most energizing meeting and event venues in North America. We know what you’re thinking: What? Libraries? Those hardbound

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Quick tricks to fight the ‘Office 15’

Remember the Freshman 15, that annoying weight you gained during your transition from Mom’s home cooking to the all-you-can-eat college cafeteria chow line? Turns out there’s a sequel of sorts in the corporate world, due to the fast-food (and drink)

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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 hoteliers who are excited to learn and network over the

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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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