4 “New-Age” Remedies for Stressful Lives

Do you know where you can claim a measure of personal calm amid the storm of everyday life? A restful refuge in which to reconnect with the universe? A safe harbor of health and hope to share with likeminded gentle souls? Answer: the past. Not

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Tips for Creating Awesome Instagram Stories for Events

Social media is a great (and inexpensive) tool for marketing a meeting or event, while keeping your group informed of the latest news and updates. It’s also the sexy choice for creating buzz, which can build the all-important engagement and buy-in

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Vegas Entertainment: Trending Millennial

Move over blackjack. Take a seat Cirque. There’s a new entertainment option appearing in Las Vegas for attendees to enjoy, but you won’t see it advertised on giant marquees or featured in high-stakes cable shows. In fact, it’s as close to sinless as

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Airport Hotels That Will “Perk” Up Your Layovers

Faced with a long layover or early-morning flight? Exhausted and fidgety in an uncomfortable chair amid the constant commotion of a typical airport? Sure you can take refuge in your airline’s club lounge, around $50 per day if you’re not a member,

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10 Ways to Reclaim Your Work-Life Balance

Perhaps like many of you, I had no real-life role model for work-life balance growing up; my dad worked nights, my mom days, and we saw each other as a family, albeit fleetingly, at dinnertime and weekends. Had it not been for the vintage sitcoms of

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11 Tips to Manage Event Music – and Your DJ

If you plan events for a living, chances are, you’re no shrinking violet. You’re used to being the boss and issuing orders, firmly but respectfully. You are, after all, the captain of the ship, with your hands on the wheel ‘till the last guest

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Places for Perks: A Who’s Who of Hospitality Rewards Programs

For those of us planner types who spend a lot of time on the road, where we bed down for the night matters: high levels of comfort, business-friendliness, cleanliness and amenities are, of course, non-negotiable. Perks and points accrual helps too,

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Social Media: Could It Actually Hurt Your Career?

Could the time you devote to social media prove detrimental to your career? That’s the conclusion that Georgetown University computer science professor Cal Newton arrives at in his eye-opening book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a

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Will Wellness Work for Your Group?

No question, planners know the pros and cons of holding a meeting in a luxury destination spa. They’re less certain when the subject turns to a wellness spa, however, “wellness” being one of those positive-sounding terms that can cover a whole range

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Can You Hear Me Now? The Debate over Cell Calls at 35,000 Feet

So far at least, it has remained the one dependable amenity in today’s constantly changing airline cabins: once wheels are up, cell phones are off. Seats may have gotten narrower, leg, arm and head room tighter, carry-on storage space tinier and food

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Should You Consider Paying for Expedited Airport Security?

For anyone who has to fly on a regular basis, shuffling snail-like through a long security line has become a regular and often exasperating routine of travel. Who hasn’t experienced the anxiety of re-packing in a flurry after a security check, while

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Computer Shortcuts: Save Yourself 19 Hours Per Month

One great irony of our times is that the very machines that once seduced us into believing they’d have us all sitting on a Mexican beach by now instead of muttering through rush hour traffic have turned out to be daily time sucks themselves, further

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How the Hotel Majors Stack Up

With Marriott International’s huge acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide now six months old, planners are reasonably wondering 1) how the ranking of the world’s largest hotel companies stacks up and 2) and, probably more importantly,

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7 Ways to Stop Forgetting Stuff at the Hotel

For many planners, discovering new cities or re-visiting old favorites is one of the more appealing aspects of the job. Accidentally leaving personal items behind at the hotel however, is not – but it’s an all too common occurrence in the rush to

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Magical Maui

Long before bucket lists became a baby boomer obsession, I inadvertently knocked a whopper off of mine by viewing sunrise from the crater rim of Haleakala, Maui’s highest volcanic peak at just over 10,000 feet. Although I was vaguely aware that

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JFK’s Iconic TWA Terminal To Become Airport Hotel

It’s one of the most architecturally stunning airport terminals in the world, yet no one gets to experience it. Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK airport has been sitting largely unused since 2001, when the mid-century modern masterpiece by famed

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Get Connected: Best and Worst Airports for Wi-Fi and Cell Signals

If you’re hoping to get some work done during your next layover, or pass the time by catching up on your favorite Netflix series, you may be in luck… or not. Depending on your airport, public Wi-Fi and cell connections are an uneven proposition that

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Destination: Savannah, Georgia

For a richer appreciation of the diversity of cultures that comprise the American South, I suppose you could audit a few college history classes, comb through a few dusty library tombs and maybe watch a documentary or two. But it’s quicker, easier

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6 Notable Trends for Meetings This Year

  If future-predicting, crystal balls existed just for meeting planning, most of us planner types would be sure to have one. How great would it be to have all the answers before we even started planning? But alas, such crystal balls don’t exist,

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Disney’s Four-Season Calendar for Groups

Thinking of a meeting at a Disney resort? Or a theme park event during your next Orlando or Anaheim conference? The obvious advantage of a Disney-inclusive meeting is the built-in entertainment. Special group activities are easily accommodated by

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