November 2019



The Must-Read Planner’s Guide to State College, Pennsylvania: Venues, F&B and Group Activities

Record visitor numbers in recent years have made State College, Pennsylvania, a reliable option for meeting planners. Haven’t been yet? Here’s a planner’s guide to the region’s best venues, food and beverage options and group activities. Read more.


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6 Group-Friendly F&B Experiences in Grand Rapids

Cooking and cocktail classes, tastings and offsite events at the homes of local booze and beer purveyors, and private dining at restaurants with impressive event spaces are among the opportunities awaiting hungry and thirsty groups in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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3 Historic Buildings Repurposed as Hotels in St. Louis

Host your next event in one of these three St. Louis historic hotels. With stunning architecture and captivating pasts, these are ready-made for inspiring meetings.

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Meet With the Sharks at the New St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

The new St. Louis Aquarium opens inside historic Union Station in December 2019. Host your next meeting in its shark tank, interact with stingrays and more. Plus, Union Station adds more amenities like restaurants and an observation wheel.

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Hotel Openings and Attraction Updates in Southwest Florida

Florida is constantly upping its game for meetings, and the recent wave of developments in some of its most popular areas are making a big splash. Read more the latest openings and renovations in Southwest Florida.

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Boston Inspires Meetings with Historic Settings, Literary Venues and More

From Boston’s literary legacy and storied sports venues to revolutionary renaissance projects like Encore Boston Harbor, this historic American city’s spirit readies any meeting agenda for victory. Read more.


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How to Leverage Las Vegas’ Infinite Entertainment Offerings for Your Next Meeting

Las Vegas entertainment industry experts show how meeting and event planners can tap into the city’s wealth of performers to add excitement to their events. Read more.

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Expert Tips for Bringing a U.S. Meeting to Canada

The advantages of taking a meeting that is traditionally held in the U.S. across the border to Canada are many, from a currently favorable exchange rate to a division within the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that is primed to make the transportation of materials go as smoothly as possible. Learn how to take advantage of the system.

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5 CSR Programs That Give Back to the Desert

The deserts of Southwest U.S., in particular, are ripe for corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities for meeting groups who want to aid the environment while enjoying its reliably arid climate. Following are five desert CSR activities that have either given back to the ecosystem or worked in tandem with the environment to help its human residents.

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Kimpton Reveals Its 2020 Culinary and Cocktail Trends Forecast

You can expect to see licorice syrup, spicy tomato granita and orange wines across banquets, events, restaurants and bars in 2020, according to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ sixth annual Culinary & Cocktails Trends Forecast. More than 130 chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from over 75 Kimpton restaurants and bars were surveyed to uncover the 2020 trends. Read more.

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5 Common Mistakes When Planning Executive Retreats (And How to Avoid Them)

Executive retreats—where corporate leaders come together to get off site and discuss company problems, progress and goals—are often high stakes. Avoid stumbles out of the gate by recognizing common planner mistakes for this unique type of event. Read more.

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How Health Challenges Infuse Wellness and Friendly Competition into Conferences

In a time when wellness has become an increasingly important part of the meetings landscape, one company is a step ahead when it comes to impactful programs that align the interests of everyone involved in an event—organizers, attendees and sponsors included. Read more.

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3 Major New Sports and Entertainment Districts Competing for Your Event

Along with new, high-tech stadiums and arenas, sports and entertainment districts are becoming the norm for both large metropolitan areas and smaller destinations. Here are three new developments that are changing the landscape for their cities and neighborhoods as well as giving planners a variety of venues for meetings and events—sports related or not.


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Hard Rock Hotels Adds to Group Offerings with Clean the World Partnership

Hard Rock International is offering groups a new way to mix teambuilding and corporate social responsibility at its hotel and casino properties through its partnership with Clean the World. Read more.

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3 Ways to Nail the Trending Event Design Style

We talked to Kevin Dana, executive director of marketing and product development at CORT Events, to get the scoop on what’s hot this season. And the answer is...Mediterranean Craft Style. Read more. 

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Essential Meetings F&B Tips From a Restaurant Design Veteran

James Kerwin, executive chef of Renaissance Nashville Hotel’s Little Fib Restaurant, list 10 tips for creating a memorable food and beverage experience for meetings and events attendees, from the perspective of a restaurant veteran who has opened multiple dining venues. Read more to see how his F&B design musts can inform your next meeting or event.

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