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Weighing the Star Wars Effect

Hollywood gave itself a giant New Year’s present this past weekend in the form of its sci-fi epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which continued to post box office records. As of Sunday, January 3, 2016, the Walt Disney Company–produced adventure tale

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Survey Says: Planners Under Pressure

Responses to Destination Hotels’ most recent meeting planner survey presents a snapshot of the predicament meeting planners find themselves in today: under pressure to control costs at the same time struggling to provide events that meet the high

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Brooklyn, Old and New

For at least a couple of generations, when planners thought about New York as a meeting or incentive program destination, it invariably meant Manhattan with its theaters, museums, high-end shopping, fine dining and, not coincidentally, its rich

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One City, Four Experiences? Here’s How…

As brands like Kimpton (now part of InterContinental Hotels Group) and Autograph Collection (from Marriott International) have increased the number of independent hotels they manage in a major group destination in the past few years, planners have

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A Bold Move on Tipping

While planners are tasked with carefully budgeting for the meetings and events they handle, there’s always been one unknown: the amount attendees opt to tip for service in hotels, restaurants and even taxis on their trip. Most tips get added onto

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Resort Spas Move From Mere Massage to Personal Awakening

Veteran spa watchers attending the 21st ISPA Media Marketplace this month in New York noted a marked shift in resort spa offerings lately from traditional massages, body wraps, and scrubs to more holistic, alternative healing-type experiences.

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The Big Apple’s Bumper Crop of New Luxury Hotels

Lodging analysts are warning that supply growth in Manhattan has reached a point where it is beginning to outstrip demand, putting downward pressure on rates. According to Smith Travel Research, as of June there were 14,630 hotel rooms under

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Partial to Print? You’re Not Alone.

For more than a decade, the hardscrabble publishing world has been in a protracted battle for the hearts and minds of readers. I still recall a 2009 publishing-industry awards show where nearly every speech maker gave some iteration of the same sad

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Goodbye, Jumping Jacks; Hello, SUP Yoga

Gone are the days when a quick five-minutes of jumping jacks before the start of the general session covered a planner’s back on the health and wellness front for the entirety of the meeting. Like so much else about meetings at luxury resorts today,

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Hilton and the Room Service Reboot

Planners holding events at upper upscale, full-service hotels and resorts may have a reasonable expectation that room service will be available. Senior executives, guest speakers or other VIPs may be on a late flight, arriving at the hotel hungry

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A Bird’s-Eye View: Adding Drone Photography to Your Next Event

Imagine capturing a soaring shot of a bustling trade-show floor, breathtaking pan of a poolside reception, or a scene skimming a lush vineyard leading to your event site—a sprawling Napa estate. Until recently scenes like these were only attainable

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When the Hotel Industry Booms

Attendees at June’s NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference left each day’s sessions smiling, no surprise considering the good news they had just been treated to: the U.S. hotel industry is thriving. April occupancy was the

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How One Hotel Raises Its Farm-to-Table Fare

No food and beverage trend has gotten more play in the past few years—from group meeting banquet planners all the way down to regular Joe restaurant foodies—than farm-to-table. With an eye towards living a sustainable, environmentally friendly

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Summer’s Most Expensive Hotels

If you searched the world for the most expensive retreat to impress your top clients this summer, you might not start in Utah. Who would guess a resort in Canyon Point, Utah, ranks as the priciest hotel on the planet right now? But a May survey by

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The Future and Innovations That May Rock Your World

I'm beginning to warm to this whole threshold of the future thing. We've been on the verge of so many fundamental technological, sociological and psychological breakthroughs in this adolescent century that it's tempting to nod and smile and get

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The Intriguing Habits of Millennial Meeting Planners (Infographic)

Everyone in our industry is talking about the rise of the millennial (Gen Y) planner generation. Their online-first behaviors, early-technology adopter mentalities, and aversion to conflict are fundamentally changing the way hoteliers and

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7 Airport Innovations That Really Should Take Off

If meeting planning has its own version of Hell, it almost certainly resembles an international airport terminal, at rush hour, on the eve of a national holiday weekend. Fortunately, a whole tarmac-full of clever innovators out there have been

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Soaring Profits: The Airline Baggage Business

Not so long ago, one of my biggest fears of flying was that the airline would lose my luggage. These days? I wish! Now that baggage fees have become the cash cow of the airline industry, my greater fear is that they won't lose my luggage, and

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Industry Trends Explored at Elite Meetings EMA

The May 2015 Elite Meeting Alliance meeting started out with a hard-hitting presentation on Industry Trends by Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice-President, Hotel Sales, MGM Resorts International. Here are some of the highlights from his educational

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Why Print Found a Home at Airbnb

A doctor I know recommends turning off all electronics one hour before you crash to allow your brain to drain itself of all that beta wave chatter. He prescribes reading a print book or magazine in the interim, to allow the tactile page-turning and

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