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August 2019

Away from the heat of politics, Washington, D.C., offers distinct advantages for business travelers and meeting and convention attendees. In our August 2019 cover story, Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman uncovers how D.C. is marketing itself toward the growing bleisure travel segment through its cultural experiences. Digital Edition >>

Features

4 Tips to Plan Better Family-Friendly Meetings and Boost Attendance

With the right tools, organizing a family-friendly meeting can significantly boost attendance. Want to give it a shot? Keep these tips in mind as you plan.

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4 Easily Accessible and Unforgettable Coastal Meetings Destinations

A coastal meeting offering beach activities, ocean views and waterfront venues can be a short drive or plane ride away from metropolitan hubs. Here are four beachfront destinations that provide an escape from busy city life—while still being easily accessible from larger cities nearby.

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6 Pro Tips to Improve Meeting Engagement From PCMA, Steelcase

Offer more engaging and immersive meetings experiences with six tips from the PCMA Foundation and Steelcase Event Experiences. Their robust report includes attendee feedback captured via live interviews at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019.

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9 Self-Care Tips to Maintain Your Sanity at Conferences and Ensure a Rewarding Experience

Conferences provide wonderful opportunities for networking and learning. They can also be overwhelming and stressful. Mindfulness speaker, trainer and author Lee Papa shares her insights on mindful self-care before, during and after a conference to get the most out of the event and maintain your sanity in the process.

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Destinations

8 Historic Attractions in Bismarck That Will Captivate Attendees

Don’t discount North Dakota for your next meeting. Bismarck is steeped in historic and noteworthy attractions, including Native American heritage sites and stops on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Find out how you can add these and more to your meeting agenda.

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7 Caribbean Destinations Living the Wellness Trend

We've selected a host of Caribbean hotels and resorts that are going above and beyond to offer planners ways to weave wellness practices into their meeting agendas.

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How to Plan Your Next Event in Omaha’s Historic Old Market Neighborhood

Planning a meeting in Omaha, Nebraska? Everything you need—from the historic offsite venues and meetings-friendly hotels to the group dining spots—is in the Old Market district. Read more about why it’s the perfect epicenter for your events.

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Why Lincoln’s Haymarket District Should Be the Hub for Your Next Nebraska Event

If you’re meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Haymarket neighborhood should be your home base. Its modern amenities mixed with historic charm delivers everything your attendees are looking for.

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Cowboy State Cuisine: 6 Group-Friendly Restaurants in Wyoming That Specialize in Wild Game

Visitors to Wyoming have come to expect a meal that matches the Western spirit, particularly first-rate steaks and delicious burgers. Local restaurants serve food in step with the Cowboy State’s hunting and fishing scene, including bison, elk, duck and fish in season, and pair it all with amazing beer, wine and ambience.

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Host Your Event in The Great Gatsby Mansion and 5 More Notable Offsite Venues in Newport

At just over 11 square miles, Newport may be small on the Rhode Island map, but don’t let its size fool you. This New England charmer is chock-full of character. When it comes to leaving unforgettable impressions on attendees, these six offsite venues and experiences are sure to please—from mansions and sailboats to a storied colonial fort.

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Wichita’s Arts Offerings Paint a Pretty Picture for Groups

Meeting planners may be forgiven for not recognizing Wichita, Kansas, as a multifaceted meetings destination now brimming with cultural institutions and downtown dining and brewpub options for delegates. Explore its many arts facilities and offsite venues for meetings.

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Ko Olina: The Hawaiian Haven on Oahu That Could Be Your Next Meeting Destination

Ko Olina is the 642-acre oceanfront resort area of leeward Oahu that’s surrounded by lush green mountains, four lagoons and one-and-a-half miles of pristine coastline—and it could be the location of your next meeting or event.

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9 Group Excursions That Show Off Washington State’s Natural Beauty

One of Washington's most appealing aspects is its scenic beauty, and it’s the focus of many group tours. We rounded up the nine best excursions planners can consider for after-meeting downtime, like a waterborne wine tour or a snowshoe adventure at Mount Rainier National Park.

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The Next Hottest Meetings Destination May Surprise You—Why You Should Consider Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio’s meetings scene is exploding due to the state capital’s thriving entrepreneurial draw and the decision of ASAE to hold its 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition in the city. Here are the food and beverage and entertainment offerings in some of its top neighborhoods, as well as exciting offsite venue options.

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3 L.A. Neighborhoods Get Creative on Group Dining

Innovative restaurants and event venues in Downtown L.A., Mid-City and West Hollywood are shaking up the group dining scene with diverse and adventurous menu options.

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Washington, D.C., Leads the Way Forward for U.S. Bleisure Travel

Away from the heat of politics, Washington, D.C., offers distinct advantages for business travelers and meetings and convention attendees. From streamlined connections with industry-specific speakers to a vibrant dining, hospitality and cultural scene, D.C. is a leading bleisure destination.

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3 Ways to Experience Grand Rapids Art: Public Displays, Museums and Garden Parks

Set in southwest Michigan, Grand Rapids’ affinity for art creatives and admirers goes back to the 1800s when the city was known as "Furniture City.” Today, varied works of art fill the city, from public spaces to museums. Learn how your group meeting in Grand Rapids can explore the scene.

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5 Offsite Art Venues in Connecticut for Creative Events

Connecticut’s performing and visual art venues help tell the history of the region and bring performers, artists and works of art to the area. Many of these can host events, too. From Hartford area to the historic seaside town of Mystic these art venues will wow creative-minded attendees.

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New Convention Center and Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, Hope to Fulfill Event Planner Demand

A new convention center and adults-only hotel on the Barceló Maya Grand Resort property in Riviera Maya makes the case for bringing your next meeting to Mexico. On a recent stay, Danielle LeBreck shot video footage of the resort's current offerings for groups and got the scoop on the new builds.

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More Headlines

3 Meetings Horror Stories: Fountain Frolickers, Bento Boxes Gone Bad and Tornado Terror

In the third installment of “Meetings Horror Stories,” we heard even more of the crazy things that can go wrong in the meetings world … often when you least expect them to!

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10 Easy Ways to Boost the Sustainability of Your Event

Employ these 10 sustainability tips from MeetGreen to start your journey toward greener meetings and events. From reducing food waste to eliminating paper, adopting these inexpensive strategies will provide cost savings, water savings, energy efficiency and address larger social issues.

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Hilton Celebrates 100 Years With Many Charitable Efforts—and Your Meeting Can Join the Cause

Hilton is keen to emphasize the charitable efforts that have helped define it for a century as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Its Hilton Effect Foundation, Travel With Purpose, Meet With Purpose and the more recent Random Acts of Hospitality service initiative harken back to its founder’s belief in bettering humanity.

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5 Pain Prevention and Recovery Tips for Meeting Planners Who Spend Long Days on Their Feet

Sore arches and heels from long days on your feet? Here are some tips for meeting and event professionals to make walking and standing in dress shoes more manageable so you can turn around and do it all again tomorrow!

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9 Foods and Ingredients You Might See on Future Event Menus

A panel of food and beverage experts dished on the future foods and ingredients that you’ll probably see on the event menus of tomorrow. Amaranth seeds, plant-based ingredients and even cricket flour were discussed.

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3 Trends to Watch From IACC's 2019 Meeting Room of the Future Report

IACC released its 2019 Meeting Room of the Future global trends report at MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC) in Toronto, Canada. Find out how young influencers and technological evolution continue to push the industry forward.

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