Venues

New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Downsizes

In late-2014, a Chinese insurance company announced plans to acquire the iconic Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, well-known by planners of luxury meetings, for a record-breaking $1.95 billion, the most ever paid for a U.S. hotel up to that

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Awesome Art Museums

As extracurricular sojourns go, art museums are a meeting planner’s ace in the hole, a sure-fire destination where every participant, regardless of age, background or culture, will experience something that moves them on a human level. As an added

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Hilton Debuts New Hawaii Option

The Aloha state is certainly known for its fair share of luxury, ocean front resorts, many carrying the flag of some of the world’s leading hotel brands. But over the past few years, these trophy properties have been joined on various Hawaiian

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Costa Rica: Moving Beyond Eco-Tourism

Long known as a destination that placed a high priority on preserving and enhancing its rich natural beauty, Costa Rica is in the process of raising its visibility as a host of luxury meetings and conferences. The latest evidence occurred last month

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3 Things This Event Planner Wishes Venues Would Change

Event planners and venues. Venues and event planners. The two go hand-in-hand. Venues are one of the first things that event planners look to secure when we are hosting an event. And, in doing lots of the new research over the years, there are a few

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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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Group Favorites: Maui

If you’re looking for a destination with beautiful weather year-round, notable accommodations, and unique entertainment and adventure options for your next group, Maui should be at the top of your list! Hawaii’s second largest island, Maui boasts a

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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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How to Ensure a Successful Holiday Event

A holiday event is a very important moment for any company and, often, are occasions to celebrate your organization, your colleagues, and the achievements of your team over the past year. These events also help set the tone for the coming year and,

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A Local’s Guide to Houston

Houston has all the things you’d expect from the fourth largest city in the nation: great restaurants, ample venues, world-class shopping, and several professional sports teams, among much more. While you can Yelp just about every type of business,

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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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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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Sheraton Announces New “Grand” Plans at Hospitality Conference

A brand known mostly for “big box” convention hotels, Sheraton has trophy properties in cities ranging from New York to Phoenix to Orlando. But Sheraton has apparently fallen behind competing brands like core Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt among meeting

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The Next Best Thing to Being There: 5 Tips for Site Visit Workarounds

You’ve done your research. You’ve narrowed down the possible locations—using EliteMeetings.com’s handy search engine of course—and now it’s time to take the final, in-depth look at your top two or three venues. Though nothing beats a real, live site

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When a River Runs Through It

Among sport fishing experts, fly fishing is in a class by itself. Few other kinds of sport fishing require the same mix of patience, precision and know-how, skills not dissimilar from those required in planning and conducting effective strategic

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