Inspiration

Destination: Denver

Sea-levelers often find touchdown at Denver International a breathtaking experience -- literally. After all, they don't call this the Mile High City for nothing. As a University of Colorado student, I drove my share of fly-in friends wheezing all

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Destination: Nashville

Want to know the best way to enjoy Nashville today? Forget everything you know about Nashville. If you're old enough to place a face with such pairings as Johnny and June, George and Tammy, Dolly and Porter or Conway and Loretta, or can name

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Wellness Tourism: A Trend Worth Tapping For Your Next Meeting

Have you run short on inspiration for that next killer event destination or incentive package? Having trouble dreaming up some wow? Behold the wellness getaway, grasshopper. Wellness retreats now account for 14 percent of all tourism

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Newport’s Multi-Mansion Meetings

When the Vanderbilts and other barons of industry built a series of sprawling mansions in the New England fishing village of Newport, Rhode Island, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, little could they know that centuries later meeting

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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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Destination: Seattle

First-time visitors to Seattle can scarcely take in the place, and for good reason. If you encountered this Pacific Northwest hub in book form, you'd swear it was fiction, not fact. First, there's Seattle's whole confusing ethnic/cultural mix, an

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Destination: Tampa

If you're planning an event or getaway to Florida's Tampa Bay Area, prepare to cannonball into one of America's most colorful beach destinations. Somehow the heady mix of Midwestern transplants, winter refugees, polyglot college students, Indian

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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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Free for All: 10 Public Art Displays in the Big Apple

One of the under-appreciated fringe benefits of a meeting planner's calling is the occasional opportunity to rub elbows with New York City's mindboggling collection of great art. While security at the Guggenheim, the Met, the Whitney and the

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Inspiration & Innovation Planned for IMEX Frankfurt 2015

As the meetings and incentive travel industry evolves, IMEX in Frankfurt continues to provide a wide range of new thinking, new destinations and new venues all under one roof, providing inspiration, innovation, fresh insight and brand new

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Team Building Hits a High Note

Continuing the theme of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Elite Meeting Alliance gathering in Las Vegas, an incredible team-building activity produced by Hello! Las Vegas DMC was not only fun, but served a great cause. Before the EMA,

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Events for the Senses

Each year meeting planners and destination management companies around the world are challenged to impress an increasingly savvy clientele. In the age of information, your guests’ minds are constantly stimulated, but what about their physical senses?

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Meet Celebrity Planner Randi Lesnick

Randi Lesnick, one of the nation's premier event planners, works for Nashville's brightest stars—people like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba MacIntire, and Rascal Flatts. Her company has grown from a one-woman show in 1996 into two offices and a

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First Class Finds: Pet Project

Four-legged friends get a leg up on life with the help of some two-legged champions. The Paws for a Cause corporate social responsibility activity by Teambonding tasks groups of six to eight with a series of pet-themed challenges that require

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5 Hot Trends for Holiday Party Planning

I haven’t even finished my Halloween goodies, purchased my Thanksgiving turkey, and been nipped by Jack Frost. Yet retailers are already planning their holiday displays — and we meeting planners, our holiday parties. With that in mind, I wanted to

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Team Up and Give Back

With the holidays—the traditional season of giving—right around the corner, this seems a good time to enhance our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Planning team-building events that make an impact can have a tremendously motivating

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Autumn-Inspired Activities

  Now that the sun has set on summer, we find ourselves in a new season—and autumn lends itself perfectly to evocative activities. With its crisp air and profound effects on landscapes across the country, fall sets an ideal backdrop for

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Incentives with Imagination

I think I speak for most meeting planners when I say that orchestrating an incentive trip is the high point of a planner’s repertoire. It is certainly true for me. Planning incentives not only taps my logistical side, but it gets my creative juices

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Sizzling Summer Summits

Summer is here and I personally could not be happier. An office is the last place I want to be on these long, sun-filled days. So, when I am planning summer meetings, corporate picnics, and incentive groups, I always incorporate the outdoors into my

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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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