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6 Notable Trends for Meetings This Year

  If future-predicting, crystal balls existed just for meeting planning, most of us planner types would be sure to have one. How great would it be to have all the answers before we even started planning? But alas, such crystal balls don’t exist, so

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Disney’s Four-Season Calendar for Groups

Thinking of a meeting at a Disney resort? Or a theme park event during your next Orlando or Anaheim conference? The obvious advantage of a Disney-inclusive meeting is the built-in entertainment. Special group activities are easily accommodated by

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Eco-Friendly Venues for Your Next Meeting

Who isn’t on board for an eco-friendly meeting these days? Attendees appreciate it, knowing their carbon footprint is kept to a minimum. And corporate bosses get to tick another box on their company’s CSR agenda, adding to their brand’s

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Work It, Girl: 4 Incredibly Useful Phone Accessories

As a smartphone-addicted planner, I’m always on the prowl for problem-solving accessories for my trusty iPhone which, much as I love it, I do, on occasion, still want to throw out the window. In our line of work, iPhone ownership is not without its

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Outdoor Adventures: Get Your Group Thinking Outside the Box

We’ve all been there: Sitting in the glow of yet another PowerPoint on day X of a meeting, wishing there was a window to stare out of, at the end of your energy reserves and the limit of your caffeine intake. Meetings can be a fun few days of quality

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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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10 Capital Treats to Savor in Washington, DC

Admittedly, it feels a bit redundant to be recalling favorite destinations in Washington, D.C., having spent much of the past month mentally resident in the nation’s capital as the history-making administration of POTUS 44 Barack Obama decamped and

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6 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Create Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsors. For many types of events, like expos and exhibits, they’re absolute must-haves. And to maximize revenue, it’s generally a case of the more the merrier, in some cases with sponsors signing on virtually 'til doors open. While all that extra

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San Francisco’s Bay Area Beauties for Group Events

As attractions and activities go, the San Francisco Bay Area can claim an embarrassment of riches. World-famous sights, Michelin-starred restaurants, stunning nature, beautiful architecture, year-round mild climate, endless cultural and outdoor

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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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Luxury, Two Ways

As attendees’ tastes and preferences become more defined, planners are realizing that one definition of “luxury accommodations” doesn’t necessarily fit all palates. There’s a long, established tradition of formal, even staid luxury certainly. But

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Marriott, Absorbing Starwood, Eyes Group Sales

Since closing on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in September, Marriott International has methodically gone about the massive integration process. Planners—especially those who were either Marriott or

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Plan Smart: 10 Great Sparkling Wines that Won’t Blow Your Budget

“Bubbly,” synonymous with celebration, never goes out of style. Whether it’s welcoming the New Year, the new boss, the new product or simply to thank the team for a job well done, the sound of popping corks is a festive one. While all that popping is

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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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Live Stream Your Next Event for Greater Engagement

If you’ve put on an event or conference recently, there’s a good chance someone live streamed it whether you knew or not. The technology has exploded in popularity over the last few years, with everyone from Facebook to Twitter getting in on the

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Destination: Key West

Whether it’s your beach bucket or bucket list you’re looking to fill, simply follow these directions for an unparalleled experience: Deplane at MIA (Miami International), slip into flipflops, point your rental car south on Highway 1, then savor one

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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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EMA Magic

Before joining the Cvent Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) team, I was a part of a company that had participated in EMAs for years. I had heard about these grand and lively events but was never lucky enough to attend. Then, at the end of 2015, I made a

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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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How To Dress Up a Ballroom That Isn’t, Well, Versailles

Lets face it, every venue can’t be Versailles. Every planner isn’t Martha Stewart. But when tasked with re-purposing an odd space or hotel boardroom into an environment suitable for a sit-down dinner, minus budget for an event designer, it’s time to

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