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Jay MacDonald

Find fun in Orlando during our next Elite Meetings Alliance

While scores of U.S. cities enjoy the bucks and buzz of hosting conventions and special events each year, one notably eclectic hub has truly earned the title of America’s meeting mecca: Orlando. This once-sleepy central Florida crossroads, which

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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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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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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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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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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 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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10 Ways to Wow Your Group in Los Angeles

It’s been said, only partly in jest, that to book group activities in Los Angeles is redundant. Given the embarrassment of diversions available in the world’s reigning entertainment hub, this mad mecca is itself a nonstop group activity, and one that

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feeling Sluggish? Check Your Office Lighting

It hardly takes a TED Talk to appreciate the impact of lighting on our workday. Simply unchain yourself from your ill-lit cube or windowless day cave, grab a go-cup at the office trough and stroll through the joint. Why do the bosses’ offices feel so

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Should These Airline Patents Be Cleared for Takeoff?

The next time you find yourself sentenced to the middle seat on an overstuffed flight to Dallas, Des Moines or Dubuque, take a moment to offer pleas to the airline gods that most of the patents being sought by kingpin carriers never take wing. The

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Life Lessons from The Daily Stoic

Have you ever had a book fall into your lap from out of the blue that speaks not only to the times we live in but the very moment? Such was the case for me with The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living by

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Get Smart: The New Tech-Savvy Hotel Room

It can be difficult at times to warm to the fast-approaching robot apocalypse, which inevitably reasons out to look like a classic Dantean contrapasso, in which we humanoids are sentenced to suffer the opposite for our shortcomings. For example,

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