Domestic

Destination: Atlanta

If you've never lived in Atlanta and only know it from sleepy layovers at Hartsfield, Southern Living magazine or the photo posts on Pinterest and Instagram, you may still think of it as the capital of the South. But believe me, the ATL moved on

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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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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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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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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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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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The Explosion in Soft Hotel Brands

What started as a trickle has become a wave. Yet another major hotel company has rolled out a soft brand, the industry term for a collection of independent hotels that want to retain their individual identity yet believe they can benefit from access

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Savoring a Summer Retreat

Summer isn’t the peak corporate meeting season, what with vacations and a slower pace generally. But there are exceptions. At the top of that list is the executive retreat—the opportunity to take a handful of top senior executives (possibly with

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3 Epic Makeovers for 2015

For me, 3 legends of hospitality jumped out among the 23 hotels listed by Forbes Travel Guide as the most anticipated renovations of 2015. Even the most jaded of high-end groups will be licking their chops to see: Ritz Paris
 Ernest Hemingway

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New Hotels in the Bahamas, Blooms at Bellagio, and Robots at the Front Desk

News You Can Use for Meetings & Events… Bimini, Ahoy!  How about a quick cruise combined with a sun-splashed island sojourn for your next meeting or incentive? Hilton Worldwide is launching a   305-room luxury hotel this summer at Resorts

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Hospitality on Horizon: North America

Luxury hotels opening in North America this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then

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Spotlight on Hawaii

It must be in the Hawaiian DNA, that welcoming sense of hospitality that hoteliers everywhere would like to emulate. And when it comes to natural beauty, Hawaii’s brimming with it. It’s the kind of ancient, raw beauty that makes one see the world

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Midsize City, Maximum Appeal: Memphis

Meeting planners find an impressive package of conference facilities for up to 10,000 people at the heart of Memphis. Just 12 miles from the airport, the Memphis Cook Convention Center measures 350,000 square feet, including 190,000 square feet for

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Out of Office: The Power of a Well-Planned Retreat

  Today’s frenzied, do-more-with-less work week has presented senior business leaders with a challenging paradox—namely, how do you discuss strategic planning, brainstorm on new business opportunities, and spend quality time as a group to

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Midsize City, Maximum Appeal: Portland

It’s not just Portland natives, hipsters, cyclers, foodies, and fans of the TV show Portlandia who love Portland. Meeting planners and their groups do, too. Backed by majestic Mount Hood, the city holds more than 37,000 acres of public parks,

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