September 2019

The backdrops to some of Hollywood’s most famous movies can double as the site of your next event. From Iron Man and The Shining to Shawshank Redemption, read on for nine famous movie filming locations you can host an event at in real life. Explore these impressive venues and more in the September issue! Digital Edition >>


Western Breweries and Distilleries Quench the Thirst for Mountain Meetings

Planners looking to add an authentic experience to a mountain destination meeting or event can turn to a brewery or distillery as a locally inspired offsite venue or group activity. These four establishments across the Western U.S. and Canada can quench any thirst.

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Planners and Suppliers Sound Off on F&B Pricing Challenges

We need to better understand all that those who cater events go through in order to make our events memorable, affordable and safe. So in that spirit, I reached out to meetings professionals on both sides of equation—planners and suppliers—to gauge their thoughts about the high cost of F&B at meetings and events.

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Lululemon’s Deb Gee Shares Ideas for Awesome Autumn Events

The cool, crisp, calm days of autumn call for enjoying brilliant foliage, blazing sunsets, warm scarves, hot cider, homemade pies and a good book by the fire. Lululemon’s Deb Gee shares some of her best ideas for events during a season of reflection, restoration and transformation.

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How a Smartphone App Keeps 27,000 G2E Attendees on Track

Discover how Global Gaming Expo (G2E)—the largest annual gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America—uses smartphone app technology to keep its nearly 30,000 attendees on schedule and matched with suppliers.

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3 U.S. All-Inclusive Resorts That Cater to Corporate Groups

When planners hear “all-inclusive resorts” they think of Mexico and the Caribbean. But there are options equally as impressive within the U.S., like Arizona, Utah and Hawaii. Read on to learn more about these meetings-friendly all-inclusive resorts.

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9 Famous Filming Locations You Can Host an Event at in Real Life

The backdrops to some of Hollywood’s most famous movies can double as the site of your next event. From Iron Man and The Shining to Shawshank Redemption, read on for nine famous movie filming locations you can host an event at in real life.

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On the Scene: Half Moon Bay Gives Groups a Taste of the Good Life

For San Francisco residents, such as myself, the greatest getaway secret outside of the city is available about a half-hour drive south in the coastal area around Half Moon Bay. This also holds true for meetings, which can access the bucolic area via the two major international airports in San Francisco and San Jose.

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8 Upstate New York Meeting Locations That Will Wow Attendees

From tantalizing tastes and stimulating art to inspiring structures and fantasy islands, these New York state locales bring serious wow factors to meetings and events.

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4 Wisconsin Teambuilding Activities Your Team Won’t Hate

Wisconsin—which offers many popular meetings destinations throughout the state—has a surprisingly long list of unexpected activities that will actually get your group excited about teambuilding outings. We’ve selected four out-of-the-box, hands-on experiences and adventures for groups that are guaranteed crowd pleasers.

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7 Top Golf Courses for Group Tournaments in South Carolina

South Carolina is as golf friendly as it is meetings friendly. Read on for seven golf courses statewide that accommodate customized group tournaments as well as pre- and post-play receptions and banquets.

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6 Group-Friendly Restaurants in Scottsdale That Source Locally

Scottsdale is bursting with group dining options. Phoenix’s next-door neighbor has over 800 restaurants—to make it easy, we narrowed down the top six places for meetings groups to dine during their next visit. Read more.

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Western Pennsylvania Wows Groups With Deep-Rooted Food Culture

Quirky festivals, historic venues and farm-to-fork foods define Western Pennsylvania’s culinary scene, from downtown Pittsburgh to the shores of Erie. Here’s how groups meeting in the area can take advantage.

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Silicon Valley's Group Dining Options Break the Mold

Companies flock to Silicon Valley to tap its brain trusts of innovation and snap picks in front of the Google rainbow or the Facebook thumbs up. Afterward, an unexpected world of history, art, nature and, increasingly, excellent and eclectic food and drink experiences indulge visitors. Here are some of the region’s tastiest options.

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Gran Destino Tower Opens at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Boosting Event Options for Planners

Together with flamenco dancers and Mickey Mouse, Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president, resorts at Walt Disney World, kicked off the grand opening of the 16-story Gran Destino Tower.

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What's New for Meetings at Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin

As one of the largest convention hotels in Orlando, Disney’s Swan and Dolphin makes updates to its property with meeting delegates in mind.

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Get Inside Your Attendees’ Heads With This New Event Tech

Bishop-McCann partnered with neuroeconomics company Immersion Neuroscience to offer its “Return on Experience” event technology that registers the brain waves of attendees in real time so planners can design event programming that delivers maximum impact.

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Deb Gee’s 3 Daily Self-Care Rituals for Fall

It’s been a road well-traveled by the time we come to the point of autumn, so it’s a great time to stop, be grateful, honor ourselves, transform with the season and make sure we’re on track with our goals for the rest of the year, according to Deb Gee, experiential design lead for Lululemon.

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5 Event Design Tips That Will Spark Your Creativity

Bespoke design guru Edward Perotti shares five event design tips that will spark your inspiration and impress your attendees. Meeting planners need to look beyond pure ROI and reach into their hearts to create a setting that will set them apart.

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New Theme Park Announcement Doubles Universal Orlando Resort’s Size—And Potential for Meetings and Events

Universal Orlando Resort announced plans for a new theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, on August 1, 2019. The new addition marks the fourth theme park at Universal Orlando Resort and will nearly double its size, with tentative plans to open new hotels, restaurants, shops and an entertainment center in addition to the theme park attractions.

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How to Earn Loyalty Points for Booking Meetings at Four Major Hotel Chains

Earning loyalty points for booking meetings and events within one hotel chain provides a number of advantages for planners, from free room nights to suite upgrades, premium Wi-Fi and all manner of amenities and other inclusions.

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Cvent Launches Interactive Event Floor Maps and Online Community

Meeting and event technology giant Cvent added 3D interactive floor plans for the thousands of venues in its database and launched the Cvent Community online network for planners. The news was announced at its annual Cvent Connect conference in Las Vegas.

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