May/June 2020


3 Esports Stadiums to Consider for High-Tech Meetings and Events Offsites

These state-of-the-art facilities offer high-end audiovisual components and are inherently multifunctional. We break down two major esports arenas in Texas and Las Vegas as well as one opening soon in Philadelphia. Read more.

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Inspiring Stories from the Meetings Industry During the Coronavirus Crisis

How professionals in the meetings and events industry are lifting each other up during the hard times brought on by COVID-19. Read more.

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6 Must-Do Teambuilding Activities in Marvelous Montana

Big Sky Country can help attendees unplug, relax and experience something new—from horseback riding through the Yellowstone Valley to meditating in the forest. Read more.

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Outdoor Venues in Austin and the Hill Country for Fresh-Air Events

Austin and the Hill Country region are brimming with parks, wineries and wellness resorts that give meeting and event groups abundant chances to enjoy the outdoors. Read more.

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5 Venues That Celebrate New Jersey Arts and Culture

From cinema and music to literature and art, New Jersey’s arts and culture venues make impressive sites for meetings and events. Here are five we love.

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4 Reasons Groups Consistently Return to Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells’ huge range of event options and after-hours activities make the city a favorite for return events. Learn why attendees keep coming back.

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Q&A with: Oscar and Carolyn Goodman

Senior Contributor @jeffheilman sat down with Las Vegas’ Oscar and Carolyn Goodman to talk about leadership styles, what they love about Las Vegas meetings and more.

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Las Vegas’ Historic Love Affair with Italian Food is Pure Fun for Groups

These event-ready old school classics, resort ristorantes and world-class pizzerias showcase Las Vegas’ historic love affair with Italian food. Read more.

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Coastal Virginia Offsite Venues That Celebrate the U.S. Military

Coastal Virginia’s Hampton Roads, Newport News and Virginia Beach destinations are steeped in U.S. military history and to this day are home to major armed forces bases. See how your group can utilize its many offsite venues for meetings and events. Read more.

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3 Offsite Venues That Celebrate Biloxi’s Outdoors and Heritage

Casino resorts are sure bets in Biloxi, but for something off the beaten path, consider Biloxi’s incredible museums to host an offsite meeting or event.

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5 Charming Venues for Small Meetings in Council Bluffs and Omaha

The meetings infrastructure in both Omaha and Council Bluffs are built on pillars of accessibility, affordability and Midwestern hospitality. Here are five charming venues for your next small group meeting or event.

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4 Iconic Foods and Drinks of Kansas City and St. Louis

Mouthwatering barbecue and abundant craft brews are some of the must-try food and drink of Missouri’s two largest cities.

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Food Tours, Cooking Classes and More in Palm Beach and Treasure Coast

From food tours to interactive classes, here are some of the best ways groups can take advantage of Palm Beach and Treasure Coast’s diverse cuisine.

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Celebrated Providence, Rhode Island Restaurants for Future Bookings

As Providence weathers the COVID-19 crisis, its celebrated, group-ready restaurants should stay top of meeting planners’ minds for future bookings. Read more.

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Black Destination Leaders Answer ‘5 Questions About Race’ in Powerful Video

In the video, which premiered at Destination International’s 2020 Annual Convention, Black executives from destination marketing organizations around the country share their experiences with racism in their lives and in the tourism industry.

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Puerto Rico Announces Reopening Dates and Details

Puerto Rico will reopen for in-bound tourism July 15, with thorough cleanliness measures in place island-wide that follow U.S. Travel Association (USTA) health and safety guidelines, along with locally enforced measures. Read more.

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3 Venues That Showcase Australia’s Wildlife, Heritage and Personality

From a wildlife retreat where koalas hang outside your window and a new hotel that doubles as an impressive art gallery to a secluded luxury resort anchored in sustainability, these three venues will deliver one-of-kind Australian experiences to your attendees.

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Edward Harris Leaves Valley Forge for Top Slot in Lancaster, PA

Edward Harris, chief marketing officer of the Philadelphia area’s Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB), has left the tourism promotion organization to accept the job of president and CEO of Discover Lancaster, located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

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Harris Rosen: “No More Delays. No More of These Silly Restrictions. We Must Open!”

Outspoken Orlando hotel icon Harris Rosen believes constant guest and staff screening is critical to getting the meetings industry out of its deep depression.

Hear what the firebrand independent hotelier told Vice President Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a coronavirus hospitality industry roundtable at his Rosen Shingle Creek property.

In this Meetings Today Podcast, Tyler Davidson engaged Rosen on the deep funk coronavirus has put the meetings industry in, the state of tourism in Orlando and his Rosen Plan for getting back to business pronto. 

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Social Distancing and F&B: 10 Catering Considerations for Outdoor Events

Wolfgang Puck Catering offers potential low-risk solutions for dining at events in the age of COVID-19 and social distancing. Read more.

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Wolfgang Puck Catering Explores the Post-Coronavirus Shutdown Events F&B Experience

What will the meetings and events F&B experience look like after the COVID-19 shutdown ends? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson sat down with Mary Cline, regional director, catering sales-East Coast for Wolfgang Puck Catering to get an idea of what the meetings cuisine scene will look like when we all start meeting face-to-face again. 

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Rosen Shingle Creek Chef Relishes Independence and Reveals Post-COVID-19 Thoughts

Rosen Shingle Creek Executive Chef Jorge Oliveira relishes the independence working for Orlando independent hotel icon Harris Rosen affords, and also shares his thoughts on what hotel F&B may be like following the COVID-19 shut down. Read more.

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Coastal Mexico Destinations Set to Reopen; Bridge Gap with Virtual Experiences

While coastal Mexico destinations such as Los Cabos and Cancun are targeting June as a post-coronavirus reopening date, Los Cabos has used the shutdown period to offer signature destination experiences virtually. Read more.

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Back-to-Business Meetings Incentives for Planners

To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.

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Here’s What Hotels and Resorts Are Doing to Enhance Health and Sanitation Standards

We break down what you need to know as hotels release new information on their cleanliness protocols in the wake of COVID-19.

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How Live Event Entertainers Are Going Virtual

Live event entertainment promoter Michael Cerbelli is ramping up his company to operate in today’s virtual world, and The Passing Zone may be just the perfect example of how it’s done. Read more. 

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