International

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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Planning for 2017 Holidays Around the World

Planning events overseas is always an adventure. There are new contacts to make, new venues to check out, new activities to source, plus hundreds of the usual planning details that need attention. Amid the planning hustle and bustle it’s easy to

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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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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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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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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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Destination: Bermuda

Savvy event strategists looking for a thoroughly British destination without the headaches of transatlantic travel will find a charming bit of Blighty a mere 650 miles off the Carolina coast on the quaint, picturesque island chain of Bermuda. Due

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Stockholm: The City That Floats on Water

As a native of Karlstad, Sweden, with dozens of extended stays in Stockholm under my belt, you’d think I may be “home blind” to the city’s many treasures, or “hemmablind,” as we say in Swedish. But, and perhaps because I have lived in the States for

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Event Challenges & Opportunities: The Purple Paper

What is great about the events industry? What are the key challenges we should be worried about? What can the events industry do to realize the holy grail of the collaborative economy? These were just a few of the questions posed to 28 industry

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Destination: Bahamas

If the Atlantic Ocean somehow acquired its own iPhone, this is where it would take its selfies, over and over and over again. One has only to hop a cruise ship or 50-mile commuter flight to the closest Caribbean archipelago to the U.S. mainland to

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To Hug or Not To Hug: Tips on Cultural Greetings

To borrow a catch phrase from a popular insurance commercial, hugs come at you fast. With family, they’re predictable. With friends, pro forma. But in a business setting, especially first-time greetings in other countries or within multicultural

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A Planner’s Guide to Brexit

After months of contentious politicking, the people of the United Kingdom voted June 23rd to leave the European Union, a development popularly known as Brexit. The 52%-48% vote stunned many observers. The morning after the vote, commentators began

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Costa Rica: Moving Beyond Eco-Tourism

Long known as a destination that placed a high priority on preserving and enhancing its rich natural beauty, Costa Rica is in the process of raising its visibility as a host of luxury meetings and conferences. The latest evidence occurred last month

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Traveling Abroad? Try These 7 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar

One of the great things about a career in event planning is the opportunity to visit foreign countries. The personal growth and insights that come from immersion into other cultures cannot be equaled online or in the classroom. That's why postcards

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Sorry, We’re Closed: Major Holidays ‘Round the World

When planning events in far-flung locales, there are always hundreds of details to consider along the way. One of the most important, yet often overlooked? What’s going on while you and your guests are visiting – and how those local events can impact

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6 New Buzz-Worthy Hotels

Like the search for world peace or a palatable enchilada in Alberta, the quest for the perfect hotel room remains one of life’s most elusive pursuits, best savored for the adventure and not the attainment. As Paul Simon once observed, “The nearer

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Jamaica’s Fabulous Eco-Tourism Experiences

The next time you plan a meeting or retreat in Jamaica, guests will welcome the opportunity to go off the beaten track. Here are five unique ecotourism experiences that will give them an opportunity to explore. Explore the Cockpit Country The

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5 Wonderful Winter Festivals in Montreal

Some destinations have figured out how to truly celebrate winter and Montreal is the perfect example. Throughout the winter, Montreal offers a variety of activities and festivals that visitors and residents can enjoy together. It’s one of the reasons

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What Makes a Successful Meeting? It Depends.

Think you know a successful meeting when you host one? You may be surprised by how widely the perceived essentials of an effective meeting vary from country to country. Rest easy: A new global survey by Hilton Worldwide on the DNA of successful

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Destination: Toronto

If you want to incite a bar fight some crisp evening on Yonge Street, simply rise from your barstool, lift a pint of Boddingtons to the rafters and proclaim, "To Toronto, the all-American city!" Mind you, I'm not suggesting you actually do this,

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