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Jay MacDonald

7 Airport Innovations That Really Should Take Off

If meeting planning has its own version of Hell, it almost certainly resembles an international airport terminal, at rush hour, on the eve of a national holiday weekend. Fortunately, a whole tarmac-full of clever innovators out there have been

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In Praise of Gratitude

Funny, the things you stumble onto along the road of life that somehow become every bit as indispensible as good shoes or a rain slicker. One of mine, oddly enough, is a lovely ballad called "Streets of London" by a journeyman British folksinger

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Soaring Profits: The Airline Baggage Business

Not so long ago, one of my biggest fears of flying was that the airline would lose my luggage. These days? I wish! Now that baggage fees have become the cash cow of the airline industry, my greater fear is that they won't lose my luggage, and

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A Wake-up Call to the Sleep Deprived

Meeting planners readily jettison sleep to make every event, conference and teambuilding exercise memorable if not magical. It comes with the job, right? A few sleepless nights seem like a small price to pay to bask in the ambient glow of a job well

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Is it Time for Fitness Wearables?

I asked a meeting planner recently what device she used to track her fitness. She gave me that grin exclusively reserved for clueless male questions and replied, "My heels!" Point well taken: Of all the jobs the world over, meeting planners

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Why Print Found a Home at Airbnb

A doctor I know recommends turning off all electronics one hour before you crash to allow your brain to drain itself of all that beta wave chatter. He prescribes reading a print book or magazine in the interim, to allow the tactile page-turning and

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What’s Behind Midcentury Modern Mania?

A stroll through the lobby of any given destination hotel between Tucson and Thailand may transport you back to America circa 1950, when furniture design, and frankly not much else, was at its artistic peak. Fashion, music, film, literature – and

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Airlines Put the Squeeze on Seats

You might want to sit down for this blog. On second thought, you may be more comfortable standing, along with me, as we wedge ourselves into a subject area increasingly unfit for human habitation: airline seating. Admittedly, I'm a tad

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Deals on Wheels: Mercedes’ Self-Driving “Boardroom”

It's event day. Go time. You've got three anxious passengers crammed into your rental car and a strange city to navigate. Everybody's stressed. Wouldn't it be great to beam out to a boardroom right now? And a latte? Mercedes-Benz feels your

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The $70,000 Minimum Wage

Plenty of hotel and events workers throughout California were on the front lines when the "Fight for 15" movement failed to convince legislators to nudge the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. As it turned out, they'll have to wait until next year to

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Wine App — titude

    Fine wines can be a real puzzler for meeting planners unprepared to parse the many nuances of ordering, pairing, purchasing, and savoring the various fruits of the vine. Vivino, a robust little wine app, can help. Simply snap a

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Travel Hub: Layover Lures

Frequent flyers linger longer in airports these days, whether due to security, scheduling, or the overall quickening of our daily lives. While some airports seem resigned to remain merely sleepless purgatories between point A and point B, others

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Food & Beverage: Paring Down Rising Costs

When the worst drought to hit the United States in 60 years combined with widespread crop loss in Africa, it sent grain prices soaring, driving up the cost of beef, pork, and poultry. In the second half of 2012, wholesale prices began to rise.

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