December 2019


4 U.S. Hotels That Give Historic Buildings New Life

Hotels across the U.S. are opening in restored and renovated historic buildings that give the new properties a tie to the past. Here are four hotels that opened this past year in buildings that now have new life. Groups meeting onsite gain a glimpse into the destinations’ pasts while enjoying all the modern conveniences. Read more.

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6 Historical Offsite Venues in Rhode Island

From the Gilded Age mansions in the seaside city of Newport to the artful past of the capital, Providence, America’s smallest state can create a big impact. Wow attendees with these beautiful venues that come with an illustrious past. Learn more.

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7 Iconic Foods and Drinks of Wisconsin

There are few states with such fervent love for their quirky, one-of-a-kind eats than Wisconsin. From squeaky cheese curds and bratwurst platters to brandy old fashioneds and beer, groups can’t resist these seven foods and drinks that make America’s Dairyland famous. Read more.

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5 Nature Escapes in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s natural attractions are so singular and stunning, it’s hard to believe they are just a short plane ride away from the U.S. mainland. See these five attractions.

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El Distrito San Juan Set to Transform Meetings in Puerto Rico

As San Juan celebrates its 500th year, it’s opening a new entertainment district that is set to boost the meeting and convention business in Puerto Rico. Read more.

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Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier Give Groups a Diverse Taste of the South

Across the state of Louisiana, traditional cuisine is celebrated, and new, inventive dishes are embraced—the food and drink scene in the state is more diverse than many might think. Read on to see what makes the cuisines in these Southern spots so deliciously distinct. 

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7 Novel Nevada Offsite Venues (That Aren’t Casinos)

In Nevada, you can meet in the same room as Elvis Presley’s 1973 Cadillac Eldorado or in a 1930s mansion on the shores of Lake Tahoe. These are just two of seven of our favorite unique offsite venues in the state. Read on for all of them.


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Shuffle Off to Buffalo for Unexpected Meetings Surprises

The tourism promotion effort of Buffalo, New York, carries the tagline “Unexpected Buffalo,” and during a recent trip to the western Empire State city, Meetings Today got a taste of how the destination may surprise attendees with its eye-opening offerings. Read more.

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Space Coast and Daytona Beach Offer Rockets, Racing and More at Unique Venues

From meeting with astronauts and among rockets to networking at the Daytona International Speedway, there are a wealth of unique venues along Florida’s Space Coast and in Daytona Beach. Read more.

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Inspiring Arts Experiences in Kansas City

Museums, public murals and arts festivals are just some of the many ways groups can experience the thriving arts scene in Kansas City. Read for six inspiring art experiences for groups convening in the city.

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Atlantic City Is More Equipped Than Ever for Meetings and Events

Behind meetings momentum and increasing product diversification in 2019, Atlantic City is more equipped than ever to host meeting and event groups. Read more about the destination’s strides and future offerings.

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Why Clearwater Marine Aquarium Is a Valuable Event and CSR Partner

Groups can partner with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for CSR activities, event space, tours and more when meeting in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Read more.

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Sacramento’s Food Scene and Meeting Facility Upgrades Are Serving Notice

From a massive transformation of its convention center to a food scene that is seizing its place on the world stage, California’s capital is stepping up as a meetings and conventions option that delivers attendee-pleasing Golden State goodness at an affordable price point. Read more.

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Wear2Start CSR Activity Helps Women Rebuild Their Lives

Victoria, British Columbia-based Wear2Start Society gives a helping hand to assist local self-identified women in taking that first step to finding a job and launching a career by providing clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags and essential care items. The service, which is powered by donations, is free of charge to the client. Read more.

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Sage Executive Chef Covelli Talks Flavors, Food and Events in Sarasota

Executive Chef Christopher Covelli chats with Meetings Today contributor Jennifer Jeurgens about Sarasota cuisine, food trends he sees in the meetings and events industry, and some of the best dishes at his restaurant, Sage. Read more.

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Hottest New and Renovated Mexico Hotels for Meetings and Incentives

In 2019 and moving into 2020, Mexico’s most popular meeting locales are continuing to strengthen their hotel and resort offerings—especially in the luxury and all-inclusive categories—only solidifying these destinations as reliable (and fun) for meetings and incentives. Read more.

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How Food Choices Affect Meetings Productivity

The foundation for staying focused begins with what goes into your body, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar environment. Meeting planners are reevaluating menu options and schedules to avoid that autopilot mindset. Read more.

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Book This Swoon-Worthy Trio for Special Events

Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer, Stephen Nelson. Find out how you can book them for your meetings and events.

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10 Articles You Couldn’t Stop Reading This Year

From inspiring women leaders to contract checklists and new tech so wacky it’s genius, here are the Meetings Today articles you could not stop reading in 2019.

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3 Fun Group Golf Formats That Speed Up Play

Planning a golf activity during a meeting can present a variety of challenges for planners. Group golf program experts recommend incorporating user-friendly formats that will ensure everyone leaves the course satisfied after a day on the fairway. Read for three group golf formats you should use at your next golf event.

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Essential De-Stressing Tips for Meeting Planners

Naturopath and former meeting planner John Ayo shares his essential tips for meeting professionals to combat stress in one of the most stressful jobs in the world. From travel and nutrition tips to staying hydrated, meeting planners need to put their health and sanity first. Read more.


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10 Essential Meetings and Events Social Media Strategies

Follow these 10 simple tips to greatly increase the impact of your meetings and events social media, from social media guru Alex Plaxen, of Little Bird Told Media. Read more.

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