March 2019

Losing a $40 million piece of business tends to get one’s attention. In the March 2019 issue, we examine how San Francisco is tackling its homeless problem. Digital Edition >>


San Francisco Combats Homelessness With Compassion

Losing a $40 million piece of business tends to get one’s attention. Thus was the case in July 2018 when the American Anesthesiology Society decided to locate its annual outside of San Francisco, citing concerns for the safety, or at least the perception of safety, of attendees due to the city’s intractable homelessness and vagrancy epidemic.

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5 Experiential Trends to Enhance Corporate Events

With the lines between consumer and corporate events continually being blurred, attendees are increasingly demanding highly unique, high-touch environments. Following are five innovative experiential event options that borrow from popular culture to completely envelop attendees in the experience.

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Old World Charm and Modern Amenities Await Groups in Victoria, B.C.

Victoria, British Columbia, is one of those special destinations in North America that offers a modern flavor all its own while also reverberating with the past.

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These South Dakota Attractions Are Guaranteed to Spice Up Any Meeting Agenda

Visiting one of the country’s most iconic sights, Mount Rushmore. Panning for gold in Deadwood. Taking selfies with “President Obama” in Rapid City. Ending a day filled with meetings by sitting down to a cowboy supper in Spearfish. Groups traveling to South Dakota are not left wanting for experiences that are unique to the state.

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Ohio Offers Electrifying Nightlife Options for Groups

A multitude of entertaining nightlife experiences await groups meeting in Ohio when time doesn’t allow for a fun add-on event during business hours. At the end of a day filled with back-to-back meetings, groups can tap into everything from local craft brew scenes to team-bonding activities such as axe-throwing and shuffleboard. In addition, many popular attractions that double as off-site venues for receptions.

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Urban Teambuilding Adventures Add Excitement to Michigan Events

It’s certainly easy to find adventure in the rugged open spaces of Michigan, but there’s plenty to explore in the towns and cities as well. From group scooter outings in Detroit and brew tours in Grand Rapids and Traverse City to shooting sports in Lansing and a historic escape room in Muskegon, the state offers up unique thrills and teambuilding experiences for any group.

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4 Art-Centric Charlotte Venues Spark Imaginative Events

Charlotte has a diverse array of art venues, museums, public exhibitions and galleries. These institutions strive to celebrate local and international artists and provide an ideal backdrop for events. In the Uptown neighborhood, the Levine Center for the Arts is a cultural campus home to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, the Mint Museum Uptown and the Knight Theater. Following are four standout museums that double as off-site event venues.

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3 Standout Madison Meeting Options That Will Get Your Group Outdoors

The Madison area’s 200 parks, 13 beaches, five lakes and 200 miles of biking and hiking trails make it easy for groups to get outdoors. With both land and lake activities abounding in its wealth of dedicated open-space, taking advantage of the Wisconsin capital’s year-round offerings are a way to truly experience Madison like a local.

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Brain Food, Tai Chi, Healthy Seating: Wellness Offerings for Events in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and Sarasota

Today’s meeting professionals are looking for creative ways to help meeting attendees experience enhanced wellness. From offering platters of tasty greens on the buffet, yoga on the beach, and motivational speakers and alternative medicine gurus talking about healthy living, wellness is a new and increasingly popular menu item for groups in destinations like Central West Florida.

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6 Hip Off-Site Experiences for Groups in Metro Denver

If you haven’t been to Denver in a while or have never visited, you’re in for a mile-high surprise. From innovative, community-driven marketplaces to an ultra-hip arts scene to a burgeoning brewery portfolio, the city and neighboring Aurora have the cool factor down to a T. On a recent visit, Meetings Today checked out the following off-site experiences that are sure to impress attendees.

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Greater Seattle Gleams With Transformative Meetings Developments

Metro Seattle, a region always at the forefront of technology and travel trends, is transforming its iconic landmarks while making room for exciting new meeting venues and visitor attractions. This reinvention is bringing alternative ways for groups to experience old favorites as well as putting new choices into the mix.

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Can’t-Miss Group Wellness Experiences in Palm Springs

Clear skies, abundant sunshine, dramatic mountains and lush landscapes have made Greater Palm Springs a popular escape for decades, with a sense of calm prevailing the minute you land. As a leading wellness tourism destination, Greater Palm Springs is taking it to new heights with recent initiatives that are also carrying over into the meetings realm.

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Western Canada’s Top Meetings Destinations Celebrate New Event Venues and Facilities

Stretching from the Pacific coast’s Vancouver Island through the jaw-dropping scenery of majestic mountain ranges and the fertile plains of Canada’s breadbasket, Western Canada boasts every meeting setting imaginable aside from palm trees and sun-soaked beaches. The region has also upped the ante by adding or improving on an impressive number of meetings and events facilities.

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Off-Site Experiences Give Groups an Authentic Taste of Chicago

With its soaring skyscrapers and beautiful lakefront setting, Chicago is an inimitable city in the Midwest that also has a place in people’s hearts for icons such as the Chicago Cubs, legendary blues music and famous comedians.

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The Most Anticipated Tourism Developments in Massachusetts for 2019 and Beyond

With a change in Greater Boston CVB leadership and a number of new construction projects, Massachusetts is well-positioned for the future of tourism and meetings.

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AHC+Hospitality Executive Chef Josef Huber Shares His Group Dining Trends

Austria is renown as a great producer of top chefs, such as Wolfgang Puck. Add Josef Huber, who has worked with Puck in the chaotic kitchen at the Oscars Governors Ball in 2016, to the list. Salzburg, Austria, native Huber oversees all F&B operations as corporate executive chef for AHC+Hospitality’s six owned and managed hotels.

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Stress Management Tips for Independent Meeting Planners

Meetings industry veteran Eric Rozenberg shares stress management strategies for independent meeting planners.

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Pechanga Resort Teams Veterans With Service Dogs

The unconditional love of a loyal dog can soften the hardest edges—and experiences—of the toughest among us. A new program offered by Pechanga Resort & Casino embodies that concept by pairing service dogs with their veteran and first responder owners who are living with PTSD.

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3 Cultural Experiences for Groups at Hyatt Regency Tamaya

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa debuted an experiential meeting program that incorporates local culture. Its new group experience package offers a choice of three cultural activities.

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EIC Unveils New Sustainability Principles and a Pledge

In late January 2019, the Events Industry Council (EIC) released four new sustainability principles that incorporate all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and define what a fully sustainable event is for the first time. The initiative, aimed at encouraging and helping planners and organizations implement sustainable practices, entailed months of collaboration among leading industry voices.

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5 Most Anticipated International Hotel Openings of 2019

2019 brings a new wave of luxury international properties that can also accommodate meetings and events. Here are a some that made Forbes Travel Guide’s "Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2019."

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An Essential Contract Checklist for Meeting Planners

Contracts are important to meetings and events in that they ensure both parties understand the terms of an agreement and have apportioned risk in an acceptable way between them. Following are my “top 10” essential contract tips that you can implement into contract negotiations and execution.

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4 Planner-Friendly Updates to the Meetings Today Website

The Meetings Today website has a new, user-friendly design! It’s now easier than ever to explore our industry insights, news and education on mobile and desktop browsers.

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