January/February 2020


Medical Meetings Face New Challenges in the New Year

The medical and pharmaceutical segment of the meetings industry poses some of the toughest challenges for planners, with different codes and regulations depending on where events are held and the country of origination of attendees. Discover some of the new challenges and improvements impacting medical meetings compliance.

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10 Pro Tips for Drive-To Meetings

There’s a lot to consider when the majority of your attendees are traveling by car to your meeting. Use these 10 tips to plan a successful drive-to meeting or event. Read more.

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Meeting Planner Resort Fee Negotiation Strategies

Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International are engaged in ongoing lawsuits about resort fees and “drip pricing.” Here’s what meeting and event planners need to know to negotiate around these charges as part of their RFP response process. Read more.

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Ski to Success at These Two Meetings-Friendly Mountain Getaways

Ski destinations’ allure extends to incentive groups, small corporate retreats and annual association meetings, too, thanks to improved infrastructure for group travel. Their winter wonderland magic also draws higher attendance rates and drums up genuine excitement with attendees. Read more about Park City and Snowmass.


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The Mega Projects Expanding Las Vegas in 2020

Inspired by client demand and driven by innovation, these are the mega-projects and mega-deals creating the future Las Vegas. Plus, extended destinations for meetings, and why Vegas is right on the money for groups.

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Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex’s Event Offerings Are Bigger and Better Than Ever

From live entertainment and the performing arts to championship sports and themed festivals, the Metroplex produces true Texas events on a grand scale—and groups are always invited to the show.  Read more.

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Philadelphia and Valley Forge Boast New Meeting and Event Facilities

The Greater Philadelphia area has recently welcomed several new facilities, developments and renovations that amp up its meetings, conventions and events offerings, with Philadelphia proper and neighboring Valley Forge figuring large in the equation. Discover these new options for meetings and events.

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5 Venues That Showcase the Culture of Connecticut

As the fifth state to join the United States, Connecticut has its share of history and culture, much of which can still be experienced. Here are five standouts across the state where groups can enjoy meetings and events alongside the history, art and culture that helped define the Constitution State.

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7 Standout Outdoor Venues for Group Gatherings in the Coastal Carolinas

Planners working on a meeting in the Coastal Carolinas are encouraged to host an outdoor group event. An aquarium, garden settings, an old battleship and waterfront restaurants are a few of the possibilities for memorable receptions and meal functions complete with inspiring views, Instagram-worthy photo ops and even fun add-on activities.

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8 Hottest Offsite Events Options in San Francisco’s Mission Bay

San Francisco’s “newest” neighborhood, Mission Bay, is the bio-tech and medical research heart of the “City by the Bay,” but it is also the hottest new events destination in a first-tier city that’s always at the top of meeting planners’ wish lists.

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6 Group-Friendly Culinary Trends in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is a trendsetter on the national culinary stage. Current culinary trends are mainly occurring in local restaurants, including farm- and sea-to-table meals in Seattle eateries and a boom of inviting group-friendly hotel restaurants in Portland.

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Restaurant Spotlight: Bourbon Steak at JW Marriott Nashville

One of the most exciting entrants to the downtown Nashville market is the Fifth + Broadway development—a mixed-use office, residential and retailer space—that’s set to transform the already buzzing corner of Broadway.

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Glamour, Celebrity and Movies Shine at the Palm Springs Film Festival

The stars brought their A game to kick off 2020. Robert De Niro, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Quentin Tarantino and Jennifer Lopez are just a few of the Hollywood names that attended the Palm Springs International Film Society’s International Film Awards Gala on Thursday, January 2, 2020. I was there, too, getting my own star treatment before, during and after the big night by the Greater Palm Springs CVB. Read more.

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Perth’s Renaissance Put On Display During Dreamtime 2019 in Australia

120 international business event planners and media convened in Western Australian city, Perth, for Dreamtime 2019—Australia’s signature bi-annual business events showcase, providing incentive planners opportunities to experience the country’s best destinations first-hand.

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What to Do if You Get Sick While Traveling

Becoming ill while traveling doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. These tips can help you manage your health on the road and avoid common pitfalls for travelers seeking medical care. Read more.

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StageStory Delivers Custom-Crafted Openers That Inspire Attendees

StageStory, led by documentary filmmaker Brett Culp, is a totally customized audience experience that blends live performance and filmmaking to deliver your inspiring stories like never before, creating a cinematic multimedia experience that will deliver your message in an impactful and memorable way. Read more.

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3 Event Tech Trends to Watch in 2020

Stay on top of the latest technology developments—and their potential pros and cons—by monitoring these three rising event tech trends: the 5G network, augmented reality in mobile event apps and new artificial intelligence tools.

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PCMA Debuts Two Alliances at Convening Leaders 2020

PCMA announced two strategic alliances during its Convening Leaders 2020 conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center South that are aimed to bringing its meetings, events and incentives educational reach to a wider audience. Convening Leaders also enjoyed a 14% spike in attendance over the 2019 edition. Read more.

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10 Meetings and Events Budget Tips To Save Your Bottom Line

Veteran meeting planner and educator Bonnie Wallsh shares 10 budget tips that are essential to keeping your meeting and event expenses from breaking the bank. Read more.

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The Ladies of Lyric: Powerhouse Events Performers!

Lyric boasts a roster of dynamic talents from around the globe. Their precise harmonies and innovative choreography will elate and enrapture any audience, while a diverse songbook of ingeniously crafted mashups will have every audience member singing along. Read more.

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Retiring Philadelphia CVB Veteran Philomena Petro Shares Key Convention Services Tips

In her 36 years supervising convention services for the Philadelphia CVB, Philomena Petro, who retired at the end of December 2019, has seen that position grow exponentially in importance to bureaus. Discover key trends impacting the meetings industry from the convention services perspective. Read more.

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Puppy Love: 150 Lobby Dog Adoptions and Counting

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa helps man’s best friend find forever homes as part of its lobby dog adoption program, with nearly 150 dogs to date trotting out of the lobby with a new family. Read more.

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