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10 Don’t-Miss Attractions in Cleveland

It’s official: you can now add Cleveland to the list of the nation’s nouveau-boho, must-sip trendy destinations. As unlikely as that seems, this perennially overlooked, underrated Ohio river city has been dually ordained among today’s best places to

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The wholesale charm of Burlington, Vermont

In my youth, I had the pleasure of living in Burlington, Vermont shortly after a Brooklyn-born, University of Chicago socialist transplant named Bernie Sanders put an end to the city’s long run of Democratic mayors by 10 votes and founded what

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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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Destination: Austin

It's best to know going in that Austin is a state of mind – or more specifically, a playlist. Austin first won my heart with the Outlaw movement, when musical compadres Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings fled Nashville to create their Hill Country

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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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Destination: Miami

Unpredictable, unpretentious, unbelievable: in many ways, Miami is the un-Florida, a city with a state of mind so completely unbounded that it has become a magnet for the world's tired, poor, huddled masses that used to flock to Ellis Island. Once

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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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Expedited Airport Security Programs: Are They Worth It?

As a frequent traveler, I like to spend the least amount of time possible sitting in the airport. I give myself enough time to get through security without feeling rushed, which usually amounts to arriving at the airport just over an hour before the

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A Local’s Guide to Santa Barbara

The iconic red-tiled roofs of Santa Barbara offer more than just your standard shopping spread. Divert from the well-worn path of the tourists that flock to State Street and you’ll discover rich, authentic Mexican fare, local grassroots wineries, and

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Destination: New Orleans

Care to know the one thing that tells you everything you need to know about New Orleans? Hurricane Katrina couldn't wipe that infectious grin off its face. One expects such tenacity from the descendants of the Acadians, Germans and hodgepodge

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When Hotels Change Operators: A San Francisco Story

Planners find themselves facing a thorny issue when they’ve got an RFP out to a hotel for an upcoming group event, they’re in active negotiation with the hotel or even have a signed contract on that piece of business, and the hotel suddenly changes

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Destination: Phoenix

Warmth. From the moment you deplane at Sky Harbor International until you pour your desert-sated self aboard your flight home, your constant companion during your exploration of Phoenix, Arizona's convivial capital, shall be warmth. Neither

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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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Explore San Antonio

Home to the famed River Walk and a very pedestrian friendly downtown, San Antonio offers meeting planners and attendees convenience with the ultimate in Southern hospitality. If you’re looking for a destination that’s easy to reach and provides

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Destination: Boston

Steeped in Revolutionary War history, Kennedy-esque Brahmin accents, Harvard/Cambridge/MIT brainiacs, Cheers bonhomie and a sports fanaticism that borders on the Pentecostal, Boston combines New York highbrow and New England wildbrow into an earthy,

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Where Are You Booking? Cvent Reveals the Top 50 Destinations

Each year Cvent unveils the Top 50 destinations for meetings and events, based on booking activity through the Cvent Supplier Network. That’s after reviewing data from some 5,000 cities compiled between July 2014 and June 2015. While the top 3 spots,

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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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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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Money-Saving Airport Transportation in 11 Major Cities

I travel for business, on my own most of the time, and I’m almost always in a hurry to get into town from the airport – and in many cities that’s easier said than done. Touching down often in the middle of rush hour, town cars, Ubers, taxis and most

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