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Annette Burden

What Do Meeting Planners Want? Survey Says…

The meeting planners have spoken. And what they want from a venue is more flexibility, more access to the latest technology, and more unique experiences to keep their groups engaged. The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), in

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The Food Trend That Boosts Health (& Battles Climate Change!)

Veggies have reached a tipping point among health-conscious chefs, meeting planners, and their groups. From broccoli rabe to shitakes and kale, they’re all pushing meat to the side—or entirely off the plate in some cases. The grassroots trend

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What Was Your Name Again?

“A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” —Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People   Meeting planner or not, building relationships is crucial to everyone’s career success. And

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Think you know what tech attendees want? Think again!

A new report by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) reveals some striking differences between what tech tools you think attendees want and what they really want. CEIR surveyed 380 exhibition planners and 420 business pros who attend

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A Q&A With Event Designer Extraordinaire Sasha Souza

Sasha Souza, of Sasha Souza Events, is one of the busiest and most influential event designers in the country. With offices in San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and Los Angeles, her clients range from A-list wedding couples to Johnson & Johnson, the

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Summer’s Most Expensive Hotels

If you searched the world for the most expensive retreat to impress your top clients this summer, you might not start in Utah. Who would guess a resort in Canyon Point, Utah, ranks as the priciest hotel on the planet right now? But a May survey by

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4 TED Talks to Get You Back in Love with Planning

So you're out of love with the job you loved just last week? Is it the stress of waiting for the stakeholders to make a decision? The shrinking budget? The stampede of execs who can't make it to the next meeting? The constant calls from assistants

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Meet Celebrity Planner Randi Lesnick

Randi Lesnick, one of the nation's premier event planners, works for Nashville's brightest stars—people like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba MacIntire, and Rascal Flatts. Her company has grown from a one-woman show in 1996 into two offices and a

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Better Business Writing: Short & Sweet

You have something to say. You want to get it into somebody else's brain. You write it down. You deliver it. Mission accomplished? Not so fast—especially if the text looks as thick, heavy, and impenetrable as a brick wall. Here's an editor's

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What Makes You Mad?

What drives meeting planners the craziest? Waiting for others to decide, according to a Destination Marketing Association International survey. Completed April 3, the "tournament" called on more than 400 planners to choose from 16 gripes, which,

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What’s New in the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic ranked as the Caribbean's most-visited country last year—which is only the latest proof to a skyrocketing trend in popularity. There's no mystery to the attraction. The island nation boasts 1,000 miles of idyllic beaches;

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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
 Ernest Hemingway

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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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Hospitality on Horizon: Caribbean & Mexico

Luxury hotels opening in the Caribbean and Mexico in 2015 exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some. Here's a

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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, & 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 Magazine.

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Hospitality on Horizon: Europe

Luxury hotels opening in Europe in 2015 exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some. Here's a

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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

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Hospitality on Horizon: Asia

Luxury hotels opening in Asia in 2015 exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some. Here's a

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