May 2019

Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network (CRN) ventured decidedly out of the box with its recent 48-Hour Film Challenge, designed to promote its meeting facilities and event flexibility. Learn more in this month's cover story. Additional highlights include a look at the future of meetings with IACC CEO Mark Cooper, expert tips on international meetings and an update on the bleisure travel trend. Digital Edition >>


A Planner’s Guide to Essential Oils: How Perfect Scents Can Transform Events

Aromatherapy is a powerful tool to engage attendees, whether utilizing essential oils to create a relaxing ambience for participants, gifting them with essential oils or crafting opportunities for them to learn about their benefits.

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From Chatbots to Ultra-Healthy F&B: IACC’s Mark Cooper Sheds Light on the Latest Meetings Trends

Meetings, like the world around them, are changing at warp speed, and keeping up on the latest trends is imperative for planners wishing to cater to the evolving desires of attendees. We checked in with IACC CEO Mark Cooper to get his take on the most interesting conference industry trends shaping 2019 and beyond.

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Marriott CRN's Bold 48-Hour Film Challenge Breaks the Mold to Showcase Meeting Facilities

Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network (CRN) ventured decidedly out of the box with its recent 48-Hour Film Challenge, which pitted four teams of independent filmmakers against each other to produce short films on an extremely tight deadline. The competition also showed off the flexibility of the meeting space at Vancouver, British Columbia’s the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection hotel and the convention facilities it shares with the attached JW Marriott Parq Vancouver.

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On a Roll: Trends Reshaping the East Coast Gaming Scene

From Massachusetts to Maryland, runaway expansion in the East Coast gaming market continues. Billions have been invested in some 25 new properties over the last decade-plus. On the corporate front, ownership changes, merger talks, competitive maneuvers and more are reshuffling the deck. Amid this volatility, meeting and events remain key house advantages. 

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The Bleisure Travel Trend Isn’t Going Away: How to Incorporate It Into Your Next Event

What does bleisure really mean for the future of meetings and events? We explore why this travel trend isn’t going away and how to select your next event destination with business and leisure top of mind.

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Avoiding an ‘International Incident’: Expert Tips for Planning Meetings and Events Abroad

Meetings Today checked in with five expert international meeting and event planners to get their golden tips for planning and executing successful meetings abroad.

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6 Unexpected Ways for Event Groups to Get Locally Immersed in Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina, is considered an unknown destination. A flourishing culinary scene to and progressive redevelopment to its laid-back historic charm sets the stage for an unforgettable group event down south.

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Work Hard, Play Hard: Bleisure Adventures on Mexico's Coasts

From tropical jungles and world-class cultural destinations to luxurious resorts and massive event spaces, Mexico's coastal cities are packed with things to do for business travelers and vacationers alike.

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Experience Providence Like a Local: The Insider’s Guide to Where to Go, Eat and Stay in Rhode Island’s Capital City

Providence's authentic local experiences—from globally recognized cultural events to nationally acclaimed restaurants and bars—connect groups with the heart and soul of Rhode Island’s eclectic, energetic capital.

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3 Portland Food Trends: Eastern European Inspiration, Chef-Driven Hotel Restaurants and a New Varietal of Wine Bar

Portland food trends have run the gamut over the years, and the culinary scene continues to evolve, bringing exciting new concepts to the table. Marcus Hibdon, Travel Portland’s resident expert on all things food and drink, gave us a taste of the latest and greatest epicurean happenings in town.

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How to Increase Productivity and Focus with Nature-Based Meetings in Missouri

We round up some of Missouri's standouts for getting attendees in tune with meeting content and focused on collaboration rather than distracted by their environment.

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6 Off-Site Group Activities in Lake Geneva From Ziplining to Wine Tasting

From ziplining and cruising the lake to cooking and wine tasting, Lake Geneva offers an array of possibilities for off-site events and excursions.

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What’s New in 2019: Property Updates and New Attractions in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast

Although already incredibly popular destinations for meeting planners, the 39 cities and towns that make up South Florida’s Palm Beach County are pumping up the volume with a variety of new and improved facilities and attractions. Coupled with the activity-packed, rustic beach towns of Treasure Coast and the impressive Palm Beach County Convention Center, the area is a dreamland for meetings, events, conventions and tradeshows.

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6 Central Texas and West Texas Off-Sites That Break Groups Out of the Hotel Setting

From a rooftop bar in downtown El Paso to art galleries in Midland and Abilene, bring a little extra Texas flair to your next meeting or event with these six distinct Lone Star venues.

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Planning Your Event: Outdoor Venues in Anaheim and Orange County

For meeting planners on the hunt to bring their next event into the Southern California sunshine, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor spaces for your next meeting in Anaheim and Orange County.

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Biloxi Area Casino Resorts Are Sure Bets for Meetings

Coastal Mississippi checks all of the boxes on any meeting planner’s—and meeting attendee’s—checklist. Its miles of beautiful beachfronts, world-class gaming and award-winning culinary offerings make it a prime destination for groups of all sizes. The Biloxi area’s all-in-one casino resorts provide all of this and then some. 

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Buffalo-Niagara Architectural and Natural Landmarks Are Built for Groups

The Buffalo-Niagara region’s architectural and natural landmarks offer memorable backdrops for meetings.

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How Lighting Affects Mood and Meetings Performance

MGM Resorts' Michael Dominguez shares the company's research on the use of lighting at meetings and how color of light impacts mental acuity, alertness, energy, mood and engagement.

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Meetings Industry Veteran Charles Chan Massey Helps LGBT People Share Their Stories

The Personal Stories Project, co-founded by Charles Chan Massey, promotes activism, advocacy and support for the LGBT community and its allies. This is accomplished through sharing the personal, and often heart-wrenching, stories about the journey of coming out and other aspects of life across the LGBT and ally communities.

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Velas Resorts’ Chef Michel Mustiere Updates the All-Inclusive F&B Experience

Carrying the tagline “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare,” the Velas Resorts properties offer food and beverage options that rival top non-resort restaurants. Overseeing it all—22 gourmet restaurants brand-wide, with cuisine types ranging from French and Italian to Asian and Mexican—is Michel Mustiere, culinary director for Velas Resorts.

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The Top 5 Most In-Demand Event Destinations for 2019

The list of top event and incentive destinations for 2019 are in. Pacific World, a global destination and event management company, announced its annual destination list that is based on requests and number of events confirmed for 2019.

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On the Scene: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Electrifies Groups With Music and Venues

My Hard Rock journey began in 1970, when we moved from Los Angeles to London. The Great American Disaster, Peter Morton’s first burger joint, was our neighborhood go-to. His next venture switched me onto rock music for life: the high-decibel Hard Rock Cafe and its guitar-decked walls, co-launched with Isaac Tigrett in June 1971. Rock is also my Atlantic City touchstone, since first coming here in 1989 to see the Stones at Boardwalk Hall.

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10 Tips for Keeping Up With the Latest Event Technology (Without Breaking the Bank)

AV and event technology expert Jon Trask shares tips for meeting planners looking to stay on pace with the latest tech trends without spending unnecessary funds.

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Groups Can Now Enjoy Historic Bowling at The Howard

The Howard, an Oshkosh, Wisconsin, property that includes an event space, a concert hall and a café, debuted The Lanes, a vintage-style bowling alley.

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At Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort, Secluded Island Teambuilding Provides Thrills

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines launched Collabor8, an interactive teambuilding program that utilizes the resort’s secluded island location and surrounding natural beauty.

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Confessions of a Marijuana Industry Meeting Planner

Meet Jess Tyler, vice president of events for Marijuana Business Daily (MJBizDaily). She was hired to lead the company’s live-event effort, which includes three anchor programs: MJBizConNEXT, MJBizConINTL and MJBizCon. Meetings Today spoke with Tyler for more details on what goes into planning a large-scale marijuana industry event, including any special considerations.

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