Marriott, Absorbing Starwood, Eyes Group Sales

Since closing on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in September, Marriott International has methodically gone about the massive integration process. Planners—especially those who were either Marriott or

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Plan Smart: 10 Great Sparkling Wines that Won’t Blow Your Budget

“Bubbly,” synonymous with celebration, never goes out of style. Whether it’s welcoming the New Year, the new boss, the new product or simply to thank the team for a job well done, the sound of popping corks is a festive one. While all that popping is

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Travel Planning: Getting the Most From Google Flights

If you’ve ever done a random search for flights on Google, you’ve probably come across Google Flights. It’s in that grid near the top of the results page, letting you directly search flights without going to Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak or one of the other

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Hot Spots for International Travel

It’s not a huge stretch to characterize meeting professionals as modern-day explorers, smartphone-toting, latte-juggling adventurers committed to discovering bold new experiences with which to entertain, enrich and engage their audiences. Whether the

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Live Stream Your Next Event for Greater Engagement

If you’ve put on an event or conference recently, there’s a good chance someone live streamed it whether you knew or not. The technology has exploded in popularity over the last few years, with everyone from Facebook to Twitter getting in on the

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Helpful Travel Apps That Don’t Require Wi-Fi

Travel apps can be an indispensable tool for navigating smoothly through almost any situation you find yourself in life on the road, allowing you to avoid inconveniences or giving shortcuts and insights you might otherwise not have access to. And

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Destination: Key West

Whether it’s your beach bucket or bucket list you’re looking to fill, simply follow these directions for an unparalleled experience: Deplane at MIA (Miami International), slip into flipflops, point your rental car south on Highway 1, then savor one

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The Looming Passport Renewal Rush

If you plan on traveling out of the country for a meeting sometime in the next two years, check the expiration date on your passport and alert your attendees to do the same. The U.S. State Department is expecting a huge backlog in applications

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EMA Magic

Before joining the Cvent Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) team, I was a part of a company that had participated in EMAs for years. I had heard about these grand and lively events but was never lucky enough to attend. Then, at the end of 2015, I made a

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Meet Puerto Vallarta’s Don’t-Miss Attractions

Puerto Vallarta is a meeting point in every sense of the way. Located on Mexico’s west coast, the city rests right where the Sierra Madre Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, in beautiful Bay of Banderas. Here, vibrant Mexican culture and sun-kissed

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How To Dress Up a Ballroom That Isn’t, Well, Versailles

Lets face it, every venue can’t be Versailles. Every planner isn’t Martha Stewart. But when tasked with re-purposing an odd space or hotel boardroom into an environment suitable for a sit-down dinner, minus budget for an event designer, it’s time to

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Travel Insurance: What To Know Before You Go

For many of us, preparing for the holidays involves rousting lights and wreaths from their attic lair, immersing ourselves in Ina Garten’s cardio-be-damned dessert recipes and judiciously tapping our myriad air miles for our annual journeys to share

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Last-Minute Winter Destinations That Offer Bargains & More

If you’re planning a last-minute meeting for this winter, you may expect to pay more for travel and rooms so close to the date. But there are ways to lessen costs, particularly if you’re somewhat open in regards to time and location. Flexibility

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5 Great Ways to Make Your Event A Bit Greener

Greening up your meetings and events isn't as overwhelming as you might imagine; even small steps really do add up. As consciousness about conserving resources has grown, so has our ability as planners to incorporate more green elements into our

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Spanning the Generational Divide

Look around most meeting halls and workplaces and you’ll often see faces across a full spectrum of age groups, from new hires fresh out of college to veteran employees nearing retirement. Having such age diversity in a company has lots of benefits.

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Holiday Helper: 5 Tips for Better Client Gifting

Now that we’re in the 11th month of the year, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, the runaway train that is the holiday season is about to hit warp speed. The question is: are you ready for it? Have you started to think about what to give those

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4 Ways to Tame Your Audiovisual Costs

Ah, audiovisual charges – they’re rarely good. In fact, they tend to be the biggest wildcard in any event budget, with the power to instantly blow your bottom line to smithereens. Small wonder the thought of the final A/V bill tends to fill a

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Time to Jettison the Jet Lag

The good news about meeting planning is, you get to travel the world. The bad news is, well, same thing. Because if you fly frequently or far for a living, there to greet you on either end is your old pal, jet lag, reminding you why the root of the

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2016 Holiday Planning: Key Dates to Work With & Around

When the temperatures start to drop and leaves fall, a planners mind turns to – Oh, no – the holidays – and the flat-out race to the end of the year. The toughest part about the season? Getting the venue you want on the day you want it. As with any

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Victoria, BC: One Seriously Scenic Port of Call

Halyards clang against sailboat masts along the peaceful stone seawall of Victoria’s inner harbor, gently awakening guests at the majestic Fairmont Empress Hotel, whose stately presence looms high above the pier. Consider it a nautical snooze alarm,

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