International

Dining Abroad? Don’t Let These Gaffes Come Back to Bite You

Ah, international cuisine, surely one of the supreme pleasures of modern life! Not so long ago, unless your ancestry made it unavoidable, one might never have encountered— much less savored—Chinese sweet and sour pork, Indian Tandoori chicken,

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Destination: Vancouver, BC

Whether you're headed to Vancouver, British Columbia for business or pleasure, there's not a Zagat, Michelin, or Fodor guidebook, TripAdvisor must-see list or Yelp-approved menu of dining fabulousness that will improve your stay one iota. Why?

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Hold the Line: 4 Billing Snafus and How to Avoid Them

When it comes to producing meetings and events, the old adage is true: it’s always something! As in no matter how perfect the planning and execution, there’s always some wildcard that pops up to remind one there’s always more to learn – and lessons

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Macau, Mon Amour: 3 Reasons It’s a Planner Paradise

Macau – or spelled the modern way ‘Macao’ – just the sound of it conjures up images of James Bond in Skyfall, strutting broodingly past smoky baccarat tables in casinos done up with golden dragons and glowing red lanterns. Sure, there’s still a bit

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Planning Politely: 7 Gaffes to Avoid When Working with Brits

One of the great joys of event planning is getting to work virtually anywhere in the world to make an event or meeting come to life, sometimes in just a matter of hours. One of my favorite cities to work in is London, not only because my French is

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Top-Speed Tourist: When You’ve Got Just One Day in Hong Kong

It may seem absurd to suggest that Hong Kong—one of the greatest cities in the world—can be seen in just one day. But when that’s all the time you’ve got, you just make it work. As every globetrotting planner knows, while on duty, there’s rarely

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EMA Education Session: Creating Awareness of Human Trafficking

It was shocking to learn that worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million children are enslaved through prostitution. Much of this trafficking is done in hotels. At the EMA meeting in Las Vegas, we were given advice on what to look for and what to do if we

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Accessibility Guidelines Around the World

As event planners design meetings and events, it's important to ensure compliance with all accessibility regulations in the jurisdictions where they are having their meetings. Even if a particular destination does not have legislation, referring to

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7 Tips for Planning Events in Asia

Asia is the world’s largest, most populous, up-and-coming continent. With some 51 countries—whose MICE industry maturity levels vary greatly—it can be misleading to use a broad brush when characterizing various geographies. While there can be

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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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Spotlight on Aruba: 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

Known for its friendly people, divi divi trees, and warm, dry climate outside the hurricane belt, Aruba measures just 6 miles across and less than 20 miles long. Small, but a mighty force in Caribbean tourism, the tiny former Dutch colony welcomes

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10 Tips for Planning Events in Europe

Over the past couple of years, the travel industry has seen a slow increase in the use of international destinations for incentive travel programs. A recent Maritz Travel study, the International Destination Index, revealed that many European

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Spotlight on Sydney

          I had the great pleasure of taking a FAM to Sydney in March. Although I had heard great things about Sydney, visiting in person was a revelation. Sydney offers a great platform for groups, whether for

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The Magic of Mexico: Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s second most visited tourist destination—together with the Riviera Nayarit, a recently designated tourist destination just north of town—nestles in a narrow corridor between the emerald peaks of the Sierra Madre and the azure

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Meetings In Mexico – Cancun

Cancún, Mexico’s number one tourist destination for nearly 40 years, attracts a steady stream of meetings to its Caribbean shores, including such high-profile events as the 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Conference to

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Meetings in Mexico – Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico’s latest up-and-coming meetings destination, lies at the tip of the thousand-mile-long Baja peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Groups select from 13,000 hotel rooms based in three distinct areas: lively Cabo

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Tips For Meeting Far, Far Away

As planners, we move in six different directions on any given day. So when we are asked to “provide more variety” or “increase attendance” in our meetings, we must find creative solutions. Taking your meeting abroad is a great solution. Yes, it may

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Spotlight on Panama

Along with predictably pleasant weather that hovers near 80 degrees Fahrenheit all year long, Panama offers visitors a wealth of culture, natural beauty, and recently, an infusion in high-end hospitality. For meeting planners looking for an

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Focus on Scotland

When it comes to destinations with powerful appeal, Scotland has it all: rich culture, history, natural beauty, and, for meeting professionals, hospitality standards that virtually guarantee a crowd-pleasing event. These venues, from a site visit in

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European Meetings – A Planner’s Primer on VAT Recovery

When selecting a new international site for his events, Philip Arbuckle, association and conference manager with MeetingTrack Inc., looks for a winning combination of a unique destination experience and inspiring business ideas. “My clients enjoy

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