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What to Pack in a First-Aid Travel Kit

There are certain niggling details in life that are easy to overlook, but can ultimately prove important, like flossing, or saving receipts. For planners on a trip, packing a first-aid kit is another. You’ll probably never need it, but if or when you

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5 Fast Ways to Bust Planner Stress

Hey Planners! Got stress? Chances are, you do – and plenty of it. According to CareerCast.com’s ranking of the 10 Most Stressful Jobs 2017, being an event coordinator comes in at #5, ranking just behind airline pilots and police officers, so safe to

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Where To Stay & Play for Your Miami Meeting

  As American cities go, Miami is an outlier, whether in climate, culture or geography. It holds such a place in our teal and turquoise dreams you sometimes wonder if it’s real. Even after you’ve planted yourself on one of its soft sandy

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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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Jay Leno To Deliver Keynote at Cvent CONNECT 2017

You know him as the “the hardest working man in show business,” and now acclaimed TV late night show host, legendary stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, and philanthropist Jay Leno will deliver the keynote at Cvent CONNECT

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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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Serenity Now: Back-to-Nature Retreats

Sometimes you just have to get away. The endless staff meetings, the constant ping of emails and texts, the checking of phones at all hours… it’s surprising the modern worker gets anything done at all. But even company meetings and off-sites can be

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Explore the Riches of San Juan, Puerto Rico

I’m standing in the sentry box at one of San Juan’s centuries-old forts, enjoying sweeping views of a rose-tinged sunset casting its hues over the rocky bluffs of the city’s historic old town. With the swells rising and crashing along the shore, I

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Looking Good: Pro Tips for Better Floral Design

When you’re a planner, you have to wear a variety of hats, and speak any number of vendor languages. For many of us though, when it comes to flowers and floral design, it’s easy to come up a little short. With so many flowers, colors, and styles to

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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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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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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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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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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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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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