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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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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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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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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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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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5 Great Ways to Make Your Event A Bit Greener

Greening up your meetings and events isn't as overwhelming as you might imagine; even small steps really do add up. As consciousness about conserving resources has grown, so has our ability as planners to incorporate more green elements into our

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Beef Up Your Knowledge of Dietary Requests

Pulling off an upbeat, congenial event dinner ranks right up there with skydiving and zip-lining on a good night, being entirely dependent on the unforeseeable, one-time planetary alignment of guests, catering and event staff. Special dietary

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Taking the Virtual Plunge

In the world of digital hotel site tours, there’s virtual reality, and then there’s Virtual Reality! The former has been around for some time and is a fairly common feature on many hotel websites. The immersive experience of the latter is something

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7 Takeaways from “Oldchella”

Last weekend (Oct. 7-9), promoters presented Desert Trip in Indio, Calif., a rock ‘n roll extravaganza specifically targeting Baby Boomers with heavyweight acts famous since the ‘60s on the order of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil

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Private Dinner Primer: 7 Pointers

Skillfully arranging small, intimate dinners for company senior officers, VIPs and select groups of other stakeholders during a larger business meeting or event has always been an important part of a planner’s toolbox. Ten years ago, a boardroom or

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When Management Companies Merge

With consolidation currently a major trend in the hotel industry, it’s no surprise that management companies should be some of the players to join forces. Among hotel branding companies, the big news is still Marriott International’s pending

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Martini, Anyone? A Classic Cocktail Goes Fashion-Forward

Given today’s wall-to-wall marketing, it will come as no surprise to planners that June 19 was National Martini Day. It’s not clear which association or trade group, if any, sponsors this annual recognition, but the event apparently has been

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The New Thinking in Luxury Hospitality

Owners, developers and operators were bullish on the luxury hotel segment at last week’s (June 5-7) annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York. Smith Travel Research reported that occupancy in U.S. luxury hotels

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Hotels Boost Their Interactive Offerings for Groups

As part of their job, planners are always on the lookout for exciting new programs to capture the interest of their attendees. Inevitably these days, such ideas involve new technology. Given the entire culture’s embrace of mobile apps, streaming

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Hotel Programs Adding Local Color

After decades of stressing consistency and conformity in service, amenities and guest room design as they expanded their respective brands, hotel companies in recent years have done an about face. Travelers—meeting attendees included—no longer want

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What Do Meeting Planners Want? Survey Says…

The meeting planners have spoken. And what they want from a venue is more flexibility, more access to the latest technology, and more unique experiences to keep their groups engaged. The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), in

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The Food Trend That Boosts Health (& Battles Climate Change!)

Veggies have reached a tipping point among health-conscious chefs, meeting planners, and their groups. From broccoli rabe to shitakes and kale, they’re all pushing meat to the side—or entirely off the plate in some cases. The grassroots trend

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Hotels for Groups with a “Healthy” Appetite

  A century ago, hotels were a great place to stay in shape. For calves, quads and hammies, there were staircases, and often only staircases. For biceps, triceps, lats and gluts, you would heft your own luggage. As for pecs, delts and abs,

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Best New Social Media Platforms for Event Planners

It seems that every time we get caught up with the “latest and greatest”, the masses have moved to a new social network and we are left confused and feeling behind again. Thankfully, the influencers in our industry are taking the reins and trying out

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6 Ways to Use GoPro at Your Events

GoPro helmet-mounted cameras have been around since by Nicholas Woodman invented them in 2004. They've made him a billionaire. Even though they are a perfect fit for the events industry, they are underutilized by event planners, who can use them to

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