July 2019

20 Meetings Today Trendsetters, hand-selected by our editors and consisting of planners, educators and suppliers, continue to drive our industry forward.

They all demonstrate dedication to industry and to the concept that when we meet, we ignite the possibility of effecting change on a global scale.

Find out which of your colleagues made the 2019 list!

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CSR Activities Are Becoming a Must for Incentive Travel Programs

A new generation of incentive travel award-winners is demanding programs that effect change in the form of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Here’s how leaders in the incentives industry are incorporating CSR into their events.

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Sustainable Meetings: How 4 Cities Make It Easy to Go Green in 2019

Looking for sustainability options at your next meeting? Cities like Salt Lake City, Detroit, Nashville and New Orleans make it easy to go green in 2019 with environmentally friendly venue renovations and innovative initiatives.

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2019 Meetings Today Trendsetters: 20 Event Pros Shake Up the Industry

These 20 Meetings Today Trendsetters, hand-selected by our editors, continue to drive our industry forward. They all demonstrate dedication to the concept that when we meet, we ignite the possibility of effecting change on a global scale.

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Lululemon’s Deb Gee Shares Tips for Designing Imaginative Summer-Themed Events

Summer is a wonderful time to add refreshing, relaxing and whimsical touches to events inspired by the season. Lululemon’s Deb Gee shares some of her favorite tips to design creative and engaging summer-themed events.

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5 Ways for Meetings Groups to Get Outdoors in South Texas

When meeting in South Texas, get the group away from the conference room and outside for teambuilding activities. There are many ideas, from bird watching outings to fishing excursions, for varying budgets that will entertain attendees throughout the region.

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Beyond the Potato: 6 Ways Groups Can Explore Idaho’s Surprisingly Diverse Culinary Scene

Idaho’s food and beverage options for groups span from an eatery at 7,700 feet to a small winery in the north to a public market in Boise. Restaurants and caterers across the Northwest state have a bounty of wild game, fish and of course, the potato, to use and highlight in dishes.

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These Venues in the North Carolina Triangle Showcase Its Creative Spirit

The cities in North Carolina’s Triangle region—Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill—are home to a wealth of cultural venues and experiences for groups, from storied performing arts theaters to renovated industrial spaces.

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How to Plan a Meeting Around One of New Orleans’ Top Festivals

“We now have 135 permitted festivals each year, which equates to a festival every two-and-a-half days,” said Rachel Avery, director of convention services and events for the city’s CVB, New Orleans & Company. “We have festivals large and small that appeal to anyone and everyone. If it crawls, swims and you can dance to it, you can have a festival around it.”

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Historic Event Venues in Detroit: 6 Spaces That Mix Storied Pasts With Modern Amenities

Historic venues in the Detroit Metro area are available to accommodate group events away from the host hotel. An opera house, a world-class art museum, an old bank and an outdoor living history museum are among the facilities groups can book for memorable offsite events.

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3 Elevated Event Venues (Literally) in Westchester County

From hilltop castles to high-rise hotels, Westchester stands tall in the regional group marketplace.

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6 Minneapolis-St. Paul Sports Venues With Winning Event Spaces

Minneapolis and St. Paul are teeming with new, versatile sports venues that double as destination event spaces. Whether you’re planning a tournament or a corporate meeting, these six Minnesota sports centers (in no particular order) will help you score big with attendees.

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Refreshing Ways Groups Can Get Outdoors in Westside Los Angeles and the Beach Cities

Great outdoor experiences await groups gathering in Westside Los Angeles and the beach cities, from everything from exhilarating adventures to inviting alfresco venues.

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Teambuilding in Tennessee: Activities to Help Groups Connect

In Central and West Tennessee, you can arrange collective creativity and collaborative experiences that your team will embrace—and remember—for years to come. Depending on the group’s goals, meeting planners have a variety of ideas to choose from when meeting in Nashville, Memphis, Jackson or Hardin County.

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3 Meetings Horror Stories: An Event Arrest, a Mad Magician and a Celebrity Mix-Up

In this second installment of “Meetings Horror Stories,” we heard from people in the industry about some crazy things that can go wrong with speakers and the hired entertainment.

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7 Actionable Tips on Diversity and Inclusion From MPI

Creating welcoming experiences that not only accommodate participants’ differences, but celebrate them, isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s good for business. MPI Academy Director Jessie States shares seven high-level diversity and inclusion best practices for better event design.

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Laguna Beach’s Las Brisas Restaurant Refines Menu Amid Renovations

Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a seafood-centric Cali Mex menu are served to groups in Southern California’s Laguna Beach at Las Brisas restaurant. Helmed by Orange County native Michael Gaines, Las Brisas is in the midst of a major three-phase renovation that is scheduled to wrap by the end of 2019.

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How Clean Air Affects Concentration and Productivity at Meetings

Understanding the importance of clean air and biophilia to enhancing concentration and productivity can be a key factor in the success of your meetings. ALHI CEO and former MGM Resorts Senior Vice President Michael Dominguez explains how incorporating natural elements into meetings environments is conducive to mental acuity, collaboration and creativity.

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Deb Gee’s 4 Daily Self-Care Rituals for Summer

With summer and all the joyful activities it brings, it’s easy to jump into the happiness of the season yet forget to focus on self-care. Lululemon’s Deb Gee suggested the following daily rituals.

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Puerto Rico Prospers With New and Renewed Resorts, a Fresh Brand and a Business Boom

The one-year anniversary of the launch of the Discover Puerto Rico destination marketing organization is July 1, 2019, and there’s nothing but optimism in the air. Puerto Rico is flourishing again with new and renewed resorts—and business is booming.

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Aventri’s 2019 Top Meeting and Event Venues in the U.S.

Aventri, the event management software company, published its 2019 report of Top Meeting and Event Venues in the United States.

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Irvine Company’s 3 Orange County Hotels Offer 3 Can't-Miss Experiences

Irvine Company’s Coastal Collection, which includes The Resort at Pelican Hill, Hotel Irvine and Fashion Island Hotel, is diverse in style, vibe and onsite amenities, giving planners options for almost any kind of meeting or event.

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Use This Contract Clause to Protect Your Meeting From Destination Boycotts

Meetings industry attorney Tyra Hilliard shares legal contract tips for meeting and event planners faced with destination boycotts, such as corporate bans on travel to Alabama, Missouri and Georgia following a surge of strict anti-abortion laws. She also explains what a frustration of purpose clause is and how it can protect your event from liability.

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