Recent Articles

01/28/2020

The Greater Philadelphia area has recently welcomed several new facilities, developments and renovations that amp up its meetings, conventions and events offerings, with Philadelphia proper and neighboring Valley Forge figuring large in the equation. Discover these new options for meetings and events.

01/28/2020

Becoming ill while traveling doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. These tips can help you manage your health on the road and avoid common pitfalls for travelers seeking medical care. Read more.

01/24/2020

There’s a lot to consider when the majority of your attendees are traveling by car to your meeting. Use these 10 tips to plan a successful drive-to meeting or event. Read more.

01/23/2020

As the fifth state to join the United States, Connecticut has its share of history and culture, much of which can still be experienced. Here are five standouts across the state where groups can enjoy meetings and events alongside the history, art and culture that helped define the Constitution State.

01/23/2020

Hosted by speaker and writer Courtney Stanley, Dare to Interrupt brings together industry professionals who shed light on important topics facing women today, from imposter syndrome to sexual harassment to negotiating pay and the list goes on.

01/22/2020

Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International are engaged in ongoing lawsuits about resort fees and “drip pricing.” Here’s what meeting and event planners need to know to negotiate around these charges as part of their RFP response process. Read more.

01/22/2020

Planners working on a meeting in the Coastal Carolinas are encouraged to host an outdoor group event. An aquarium, garden settings, an old battleship and waterfront restaurants are a few of the possibilities for memorable receptions and meal functions complete with inspiring views, Instagram-worthy photo ops and even fun add-on activities.

01/21/2020

San Francisco’s “newest” neighborhood, Mission Bay, is the bio-tech and medical research heart of the “City by the Bay,” but it is also the hottest new events destination in a first-tier city that’s always at the top of meeting planners’ wish lists.

01/20/2020

StageStory, led by documentary filmmaker Brett Culp, is a totally customized audience experience that blends live performance and filmmaking to deliver your inspiring stories like never before, creating a cinematic multimedia experience that will deliver your message in an impactful and memorable way. Read more.

01/15/2020

Stay on top of the latest technology developments—and their potential pros and cons—by monitoring these three rising event tech trends: the 5G network, augmented reality in mobile event apps and new artificial intelligence tools.

01/15/2020

The average B2B organization spends 40% of its marketing budget on live events, but most event marketers continue to struggle with proving the value of those events. Did you know that event technology, as part of the marketing tech stack, has the power to unlock the mystery behind event leads and give marketers the insights they need to prove event ROI? Join us while we discuss how live events are uniquely capable of delivering incredible returns when integrated as part of a multichannel marketing strategy.

01/15/2020

Meetings Today is proud to collaborate with Courtney Stanley, a women's empowerment leaders in the meetings and events industry. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson asks her about the new podcast and Courtney shares some information about the first show, available January 23.

 

01/14/2020

The Pacific Northwest is a trendsetter on the national culinary stage. Current culinary trends are mainly occurring in local restaurants, including farm- and sea-to-table meals in Seattle eateries and a boom of inviting group-friendly hotel restaurants in Portland.

01/13/2020

ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV passed away after an extended battle with cancer. The association said that Susan Robertson will continue to serve as its interim president and CEO. Read more.

01/08/2020

From cannabis at meetings to data security, additional facility fees, emerging tech, data-driven analytics and personalization, the pace of change in the meetings and events world is moving faster than ever.

Join Meetings Today and meetings industry attorney Joshua Grimes, meetings tech thought leader Corbin Ball and Will Curran, chief event Einstein for Endless Events and host of event industry podcast #EventIcons, for this free one-hour broadcast taped at PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 to gain knowledge on the latest trends that will impact your programs.

01/08/2020

The stars brought their A game to kick off 2020. Robert De Niro, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Quentin Tarantino and Jennifer Lopez are just a few of the Hollywood names that attended the Palm Springs International Film Society’s International Film Awards Gala on Thursday, January 2, 2020. I was there, too, getting my own star treatment before, during and after the big night by the Greater Palm Springs CVB. Read more.

01/08/2020

PCMA announced two strategic alliances during its Convening Leaders 2020 conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center South that are aimed to bringing its meetings, events and incentives educational reach to a wider audience. Convening Leaders also enjoyed a 14% spike in attendance over the 2019 edition. Read more.

01/06/2020

Lyric boasts a roster of dynamic talents from around the globe. Their precise harmonies and innovative choreography will elate and enrapture any audience, while a diverse songbook of ingeniously crafted mashups will have every audience member singing along. Read more.

01/06/2020

Situated in Rio Grande, the new Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico opened, following a multimillion transformation of the property. The 579-room resort is on 72 acres on the island’s northeast coast near the famed El Yunque National Forest.

01/03/2020

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa helps man’s best friend find forever homes as part of its lobby dog adoption program, with nearly 150 dogs to date trotting out of the lobby with a new family. Read more.

01/01/2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth opened in the capital city of Western Australia. Part of the landmark development at Elizabeth Quay, The hotel overlooks the city's Swan River and Kings Park and connects guests to the destination’s rich way of life through a contemporary take on local culture, history and cuisine.

01/01/2020

Hotel RL St. Louis opened near St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The 107-room property offers modern amenities and contemporary designs with convenient access to the city’s iconic landmarks. Among Hotel RL St. Louis Airport’s many standout features are barista-style coffee from nationally recognized, Seattle roaster, Victrola Coffee Roasters complimentary to Hello Rewards Members; same-day valet laundry service; convenient mobile check-in; and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

01/01/2020

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. The hotel is located in the heart of Portland, just steps from the newly renovated Oregon Convention Center, local sport and concert arena Moda Center and high-end eateries and breweries in the burgeoning Lloyd neighborhood.

01/01/2020

Yes, Tucson has great ballrooms and conference spaces, but why not get out under the sun and soak up a healthy dose of vitamin D? With an average of 350 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures in spring, summer, and fall, you can free yourself from traditional conference rooms and indoor meeting venues.

01/01/2020

From the gentle pace of the ferries that cross the Salish Sea to the glide of a seaplane that tours around dozens of emerald green islands before landing in a picturesque harbour, things move a little slower on Vancouver Island and we’re alright with that.

12/27/2019

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis completed the first phase of its multimillion-dollar renovation, which includes the opening of its completely renovated revolving rooftop restaurant, The Eagle’s Nest as well as completion of a redesign of the hotel’s more than 35,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, ground floor restaurants, lobby and fitness center.

12/26/2019

When considering hosting your next meeting or event at a hotel property, it’s important to conduct a thorough site inspection. This checklist will ensure you don’t miss a thing! Read more.

12/19/2019

Radisson unveiled Radisson Bogotá Metrotel in the Colombian city. The property is located in the financial district of the city and accommodates both business and leisure guests traveling to popular gastronomic areas, nearby shopping centers, or the El Dorado International Airport (BOG).

12/19/2019

InterContinental Xi'an North debuted in the historical and cultural hub of China. The hotel has 329 guest rooms and suites with design and style that combines elements of the cultural heritage of the ancient capital and its thirteen dynasties.

12/19/2019

Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square opened in Michigan. The 139-room hotel offers guests convenient access to downtown Petoskey, the Odawa Casino, Petoskey State Park, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, The Crooked Tree Arts Center and the Petoskey Wine Trail.

12/19/2019

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.

12/19/2019

The Lytle Park Hotel is gearing up for its February 2020 debut in historic downtown Cincinnati. The 106-room Autograph Collection property is situated within a classic 1909 building and honors its roots in the Lytle Park Historic District.

12/18/2019

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.

12/18/2019

Delta Hotels Baltimore North opened in Northern Baltimore in the historic neighborhood of Roland Park. The property is Delta's first branded hotel in Baltimore North. Delta Hotels by Marriott Baltimore North is managed by Greenwood Hospitality.

12/18/2019

The Westin Prince Hotel was rebranded to Pan Pacific Toronto. Pan Pacific Toronto will be the fifth hotel for Pan Pacific Hotels Group in North America, joining other hotels in Vancouver, Whistler in British Columbia and Seattle.

12/18/2019

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.

12/18/2019

Oracle just announced it is pulling up stakes and moving its 60,000-strong OpenWorld conference from San Francisco to Las Vegas for the next three years, citing exorbitant hotel prices and perceived safety issues due to the city's homeless crisis. Also, check out our podcasts from Lead Destination Strategist Danielle LeBreck, who traveled to Australia for the Dreamtime incentives event and a fam to the idyllic Whitsunday Islands.

12/17/2019

Thompson Washington D.C. is gearing up for a January debut. The hotel will open in the capitol’s Navy Yard district and offer 225 guest rooms and over 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including an expansive rooftop with views of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, Anacostia River and Nationals Park.

12/17/2019

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.

12/16/2019

Margaritaville Hotel Nashville opened in the Music City. The 12-story hotel features 166 guest rooms as well as 52 Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham suites. Amenities include a rooftop area with an outdoor pool and sundeck, two dining concepts and nearly 11,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor customizable meeting and event space.

12/13/2019

FOCUS3D combines the musical skills of a DJ and drummer with the latest 3D mapping technology at a fraction of the cost of 3D mapping. They will transform your event from just a DJ to a live sight and sound spectacular that everyone must stop and watch. Read more.

 

12/12/2019

Groups meeting in the Hoosier state can take in a game or host an event at an iconic sporting facility to get a feel for Indiana’s local sports culture. From the Indy 500 to Indiana University Athletics, read about four options for groups to experience Indiana sports alongside a meeting or event.

12/11/2019

Lead destination content strategist Danielle LeBreck tours the Whitsundays, a collection of islands near the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia, during a fam trip with Business Events Australia.

12/11/2019

From augmented reality and virtual reality to mixed reality and beyond, discover what new technologies are actually relevant to your meetings, how they may impact your budget and how you can best use them to improve both your attendees' experience and the ROI of your event.

Meeting planners need to be on top of the latest tech trends, but if they get too far out in front of the curve they could just be throwing their money away on pricey additions that drain their resources while providing minimal benefit.

Join Meetings Today and top meetings industry tech guru Corbin Ball, of Corbin Ball & Co., for this free one-hour webinar that will get you up-to-speed on the latest, greatest and most-effective and cost-efficient technology for your meetings and events.

12/09/2019

The National WWII Museum opened its landmark hotel property The Higgins Hotel New Orleans, Curio Collection by Hilton. The property is located in the Arts and Warehouse District in New Orleans and features 230 guest rooms, four dining outlets—including the city’s newest rooftop bar—and 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

12/09/2019

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.

 

12/06/2019

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa completed the renovation of its Indian Wells Conference Center. The project is part of the ongoing $21 million property-wide transformation. The conference center features 27,000 square feet of indoor function space and two outdoor terraces and is situated on 45 acres of landscape in the heart of the Coachella Valley.

12/06/2019

Accor announced the opening of Sofitel Mexico City Reforma on Paseo de la Reforma in the capital city. The hotel features 275 guest rooms, two dining experiences and three bars, a Sofitel Spa with L'Occitane, fitness center and indoor pool as well as more than 7,000 square feet of meetings and events space.

12/06/2019

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.

12/05/2019

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson describes the impact Patti Shock has had on the meetings industry, through the eyes of the people she's impacted, including Joan Eisentsodt, Tyra Warner, MaryAnne Bobrow, Dan Cormany and Dan Parks. Also, our Top 10 stories of 2019 and a podcast from Australia's Dreamtime 2019.

12/04/2019

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.

12/04/2019

Groups traveling to North Carolina’s Triad Region of Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point can avail themselves of many teambuilding options, from action-packed activities at a palatial former private estate to escape rooms, ropes courses and paintball tournaments. Read more.

 

12/03/2019

Lead Destinations Content Strategist Danielle LeBreck sits down with Tourism Australia's Penny Lion during Dreamtime 2019 in Perth, Australia, to chat about how Australian destinations can help you plan one-of-a-kind incentive trips.

12/03/2019

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.

12/02/2019

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation to its guest rooms. The revamped accommodations will feature authentic Hawaiian touches with a modern twist that will allow guests to connect with Maui’s vibrant culture. The property is on 40 acres along Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina and the redesign is inspired by the heritage and authentic spirit of this location.

12/02/2019

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.

12/01/2019

Selecting a destination for an event is an important decision to make. The team at Business Events Montréal (part of Tourisme Montréal) has been thinking about ways to mitigate uncertainty—and they’ve come up with a solution. They’ve recently unveiled basic guarantees to ensure that Montréal continues to be a top choice for events. It’s a simple, compelling idea that breaks new ground in the industry.

12/01/2019

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is the newest meetings hotel in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, and houses 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including the region's largest event venue. Watch this video to see for yourself!

12/01/2019

Take a moment to think about a package—any type of package, from a newly delivered box on your doorstep to a digital bundle of services. What are some of the best features of this package for you? Is one of them the element of excitement or mystery from not knowing what’s inside? Because the package exists, is something made simpler or easier in your life? 

11/26/2019

Heka Health's Tony Salah, an innovator of wellness challenges that have been incorporated at large meeting industry events such as IMEX America, PCMA Convening Leaders and ASAE's Annual Meeting, explains how meeting planners can get their attendees competing in fitness challenges that will get their blood pumping and increase their overall engagement. Listen now.

11/25/2019

Meetings Today blogger Joan Eisenstodt and other meetings industry veterans remember their close friend, Patti Shock, a leader in meetings industry education who passed away November 22, 2019.

11/25/2019

Every meeting or event planner loves to look at the excellent design work of their colleagues, so with that in mind Meetings Today held an Awe-Inspiring Decor contest last fall. The winning submission came from PRA South Florida, who designed Nova Southeastern University’s annual Celebration of Excellence awards gala. Read more.

11/25/2019

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.

11/22/2019

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.

11/22/2019

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.

11/21/2019

Involving a CVB, or DMO, as they’re frequently called, at all stages of your meeting cycle is a sure way to save money. From site selection and securing essential city services to promotion and other myriad offerings, CVBs are in business to get your business.

Join Meetings Today and Bonnie Wallsh for this free one-hour webinar that will introduce you to the many ways CVBs can make your meetings more affordable, more exciting and easier in all phases of the planning cycle.

11/20/2019

This nationally recognized dog adoption program that started in the Westin Mission Hills lobby helps dogs find loving homes. Tom Scaramellino chats about this feel-good partnership with Animal Samaritans at Meetings Today LIVE event. 

11/20/2019

Get your steps in and give back at the same time during the IAEE Expo! Expo! 2019. The Terence Donnelly Memorial 5K Run and One-Mile Walk will take place during the annual meeting and exhibition on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 a.m.

11/18/2019

The Skating Aratas perform death-defying roller-skating stunts for special events that will leave attendees at opening general sessions amazed. Read more.

11/18/2019

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.

 

11/15/2019

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.

11/14/2019

Sonesta International Hotels added the Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront to its portfolio. The property is in the heart of the windy city and centrally located to must-visit attractions, such as the Loop, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and the Theatre District.

11/14/2019

Courtyard by Marriott Edina Bloomington opened with 209 guest rooms and 8,100 square feet of meeting space. The hotel features the brand’s latest lobby design, where guests can enjoy an open and modern environment outside of their rooms.

11/14/2019

Nicaragua welcomed the DoubleTree by Hilton Managua, a 147-room hotel in the Villa Fontana area of the country’s capital. After a more than $3 million renovation, the property offers contemporary guest rooms with natural colors inspired by the hotel’s surroundings—from lakes and volcanoes, to islands and mountains—along with decor from area artisans and artists.

11/14/2019

Hard Rock unveiled its fifth all-inclusive resort in Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos opened with 639 guest rooms, multiple dining outlets and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

11/14/2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Pune debuted in the city’s downtown and across from the Poona Golf Club. The hotel features 198 guest rooms and 35 suites. The Presidential Suite is spread across 3,154 square feet and includes two bedrooms, a walk in closet, a spacious living room and dining area, private bar and in-suite treatment room.

11/14/2019

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions doubled the size of its convention center offerings in the Pocono Mountains. The expansion, the second since the resort opened in 2015, adds 105,000 square feet to the convention center, bringing the total to 205,000 square feet.

11/14/2019

Courtyard by Marriott New York Midtown West opened in Midtown Manhattan. The 28-story hotel is located in the city’s Hudson Yards district, offering guests convenient access to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, The High Line, Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building.

11/14/2019

Meetings and hospitality veterans Joan Eisenstodt and Roger Rickard discuss the rather unenthusiastic current state of industry advocacy and how we can all get more involved to champion issues that directly impact our profession.

11/13/2019

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.

11/13/2019

Victoria, B.C.’s Wear2Start provides a CSR activity to help women access professional attire and grooming. Watch Jeanette Kelly talk about this program.

11/13/2019

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.

11/13/2019

Strategic Meetings Management sounds great in theory but many organizations still struggle to understand what exactly it is and how to ultimately implement it. With this ambiguity, SMM is often misclassified as a complicated program that is hard to put together. In this webinar we will debunk the myth that SMM is intangibly complex by breaking it down into bite sized pieces that companies of any size can easily understand and adopt. Learn best practice and tried and true approaches as directed by Cvent SMM gurus.

11/12/2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Yuanqu debuted in the city’s central business district of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). The 32-story hotel features 303 guest rooms and suites as well as 16 serviced residences with views of Jinji Lake and the city landscape.

11/12/2019

Preparation, wellness and environment play critical roles in performance and success. Those elements are also key as we look at productivity in the world of business meetings. As the hospitality industry continues to evolve and offer wellness alternatives and amenities for health-conscious travelers, the meetings industry is doing the same.

11/11/2019

Renaissance Indian Wells reopened as Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells following a multimillion-dollar design transformation. The property underwent a complete makeover of its 560 guest rooms including 103 suites. Also included in the project were remastered corridors, a new multi-story lobby, a new fitness center, pool-area enhancements and food and beverage innovations, including The Place lobby bar.

11/05/2019

PCMA announced the locations of its 2022 and 2023 Convening Leaders event. The association selected Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment’s new Caesars Forum conference center for the 2022 event and Columbus, Ohio, for its 2023 event. Read more.

11/04/2019

At Green Bay’s Titletown, a mixed-use development just west of Lambeau Field, every day is game day. The community, developed by the Green Bay Packers, was designed for cheeseheads and visitors to unite for year-round entertainment, activities and experiences. Read more.

11/04/2019

Atlantic City, New Jersey’s ambitious new Tennessee Loop development, located in a formerly rough stretch of Tennessee Avenue, is luring meetings events off the Boardwalk with artisanal offerings and innovative local cuisine and crafted cocktails. Learn more.

11/01/2019

The Central Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton opened in Memphis’ South Main District. The 123-room hotel transformed the city’s 105-year-old historic transportation hub and features architectural and design elements that honor the building’s—and neighborhood’s—history.

11/01/2019

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood debuted its Guitar Hotel as part of the property's $1.5 billion expansion. Complementing the 450-foot high Guitar Hotel are a Hard Rock Live performance venue for 7,000 attendees; 13.5-acre pool and lagoon experience with overwater cabanas; more than two dozen dining, lounge and entertainment options; and more than 150,000 square feet of meeting space.

11/01/2019

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.

11/01/2019

The Axis Hotel Moline, Tapestry Collection by Hilton opened in the historic Fifth Avenue building in downtown Moline. The hotel and historic art deco landmark was named for the location’s prominence on Fifth Avenue and 17th Street. When the Fifth Avenue building was originally constructed in 1929, the location was known as the main axis of Moline, connecting business, leisure and transportation.

11/01/2019

The Sacramento Convention Center is getting an extreme makeover featuring a dynamic center for conventions, meetings and cultural experiences. An expanded exhibit hall and new ballroom will enhance the usability of the space and add more options for meeting planners. With construction underway, the building is closed from August 2019-October 2020. The building will reopen in Fall 2020.

11/01/2019

A shot away from Whiskey Row, Louisville’s Only Waterfront HotelTM has quite the history. Originally a 60-room hotel, The Galt House Hotel's rich history dates as far back as the 1800’s. It was famed for being Louisville’s best hotel, known for hosting notable figures to the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Dickens.

11/01/2019

Buzzing with artistry and rich culture, Sacramento is THE curator of vibrant meeting experiences. Here, the city’s flair for the arts is connected to its renowned festivals, high-end Broadway shows, museums, galleries, unique culinary experiences and much more.

11/01/2019

Los Angeles is home to the most unique, top-tier venues in the country. The county has over 300 museums, blockbuster entertainment centers, numerous outdoor venues and terrain that varies from the mountaintops to the beach.  For an “Only in L.A.” experience that is sure to impress, check out just a sample of these spectacular meeting venues in Los Angeles. 

10/31/2019

Meetings Today held its Meetings Today LIVE Golf! event for meeting planners in Palm Springs, California, from October 27 to October 30, 2019. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa was the host hotel for the event.

10/31/2019

Besides benefiting those in need, volunteering can be instrumental in building one’s career, whether it be in the meetings, events and hospitality industries or not. Learn more about how volunteering has helped these four industry experts.

10/30/2019

When it comes to producing high-energy events, it doesn’t get any better than Los Angeles-based Extraordinary Events, which has been producing experiential and strategic special events for a wide range of clients for more than 30 years.

Aside from mind-blowing special effects projected at attendees, though, the real key is to get them contributing to and engaged in the action.

Join Meetings Today and Extraordinary Events’ Flo Miniscloux, director of production services, and Rick Turner, regional director of business development, to learn how you can inspire attendees to contribute their energy to turn on the electricity at your meetings and events.

10/29/2019

Golfing is still a great way to conduct meetings and network. Learn some of the ways this outing has evolved and why scheduling your next golf event goes beyond the course from Mark Crabb with Greater Palm Springs CVB, interviewed at Meetings Today LIVE! Golf 2019.

10/28/2019

Craft beer is taking the spotlight at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The property is home to Tres Cerveza’s Brewery, the only microbrewery in an all-inclusive hotel. This onsite microbrewery not only offers attendees a taste of locally made beers—the resort has its own brewmaster and craft beer expert who brews in house—but the venue can also be used for meetings, breakouts and private events.

10/28/2019

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.


 

10/25/2019

Texas’ expansive history is preserved in its many museums, detailing the achievements of astronauts, oilmen, pioneers and war heroes. Experience its storied past by hosting an event in one of seven state treasures. Read more.

 

10/25/2019

The legal settlement from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas resulting from the October 2017 mass shooting offers a number of lessons for the meetings and events industry regarding crisis management and risk mitigation. Learn more.

10/25/2019

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.

10/24/2019

As Milwaukee gears up for an event-packed 2020, VISIT Milwaukee announced that Peggy Williams-Smith will be its new president and CEO after a months-long national search. She is a local Milwaukeean and the first woman to lead the organization. Read more.

10/23/2019

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. 

10/23/2019

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

10/22/2019

Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman finds instant kinship and lasting memories at this exclusive group enclave in Virginia's horse and wine country. Check out Jeff's On the Scene story about his visit to the Goodstone Inn.

10/21/2019

Just in time for Halloween, our list of haunted hotels extends from coast to coast, each one teeming with stories of spirits to keep guests company while meeting there with a group. Whether guests are fans of fright or modern-day ghost hunters, we advise entering at their own risk when it comes to making a reservation with any of our picks below.

10/21/2019

Sheraton Kaua’i Coconut Beach Resort debuted its property-wide transformation, including 314 redesigned guest rooms, a new arrival experience, oceanfront bar and restaurants, fully reinvented public spaces, a reenergized pool scene and new programming.

10/21/2019

On the road for meetings in October? Add a little spookiness to the agenda while convening in some of America’s most-haunted big cities. Here’s our recommendations for ghost tours in Savannah, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; New Orleans; San Diego; and Chicago.

10/21/2019

Tucson received an UNESCO designation in 2015 as America’s first City of Gastronomy and has been a culinary leader ever since. Read on for seven ways groups can savor the Arizona city’s Sonoran cuisine.

10/21/2019

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.

10/21/2019

Jumping over nine feet in the air on next-generation pogo sticks while throwing down flips and incredible tricks, the Xpogo Stunt Team athletes create crowds in an instant and keep them engaged until the final bounce. Read more to see how they can add energy to your next event.

10/21/2019

Discover the all-inclusive difference with Palace Resorts Meetings and your events will never be the same again. Pay one flat rate for smart-tech facilities, fine à la carte dining, premium drinks, and five-star service every step of the way. We call it AWE-inclusive—and so will you.

10/17/2019

Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid opened on one of the city’s most iconic avenues, Paseo de la Castellana. The opening of this 169-room hotel marks the Hyatt Regency brand’s entry into Spain. The hotel’s guest rooms include 33 suites overlooking the Paseo de la Castellana.

10/17/2019

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor reopened its doors after a six-month closure for renovations and refurbishments. 112 of the landmark property's 119 rooms and suites have been fully refurbished. Among the contemporary touches, spotlights have been added to brighten up the rooms, and power ports and USB charging stations have been fitted.

10/17/2019

The Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International welcomed the Thousand Hills Golf Resort to its portfolio. Located within the Ozark Mountains in Branson, Mo., Thousand Hills Golf Resort is just blocks from the destination's Country Music Highway 76, which features dozens of live-performance theaters and over 100 restaurants.

10/17/2019

The 234-room Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin opened. The property is the first Hyatt branded hotel in Ireland. The hotel is located in The Liberties, one of Dublin’s most historic and vibrant areas which dates back to the 10th century. Guests will be within 10 minutes of a number of attractions.

10/17/2019

A massive planned power outage by Pacific Gas & Electric that affected nearly 750,000 Californians starting October 9 didn’t dampen the can-do spirit of the staff and groups at Napa, California’s Carneros Resort and Spa, who banded together to make “light” of a bad situation under the mantra “the show must go on.” Learn more.

10/17/2019

We all want to be the best, and it can sometimes be discouraging when you’re not seeing results. CrowdCompass wants to help you be the best you can possibly be, and to help we’ve compiled data from our customers who see the highest levels of app adoption and engagement. Not only will you see how you stack up against other CrowdCompass users, but you will learn the tips and tricks our highest achievers are using to see such great results. If you are not currently using a mobile event app, no problem! This webinar will help you see how you can most effectively implement mobile technology to increase engagement at your next event.

10/16/2019

MGM Resorts International sells Circus Circus Las Vegas and Bellagio Las Vegas. In the same announcement, made Tuesday, October 16, the company also said there is a deal with Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust to lease back the Bellagio property. Read more.

10/16/2019

Hyatt Place Flint/Grand Blanc opened in Michigan. The new hotel features 106 guest rooms, meeting and event space and 24-hour food offerings.

10/16/2019

Groups meeting at one of the many lakeside properties and venues in the Midwest often get splendid water views alongside their events, but for a true “lake meeting,” attendees can cruise the waterways aboard an array of vessels. Read about these four options for on-the-lake experiences in the Midwest.

10/16/2019

Nestled in northeast Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains region is an easy escape from the metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia. In recent years, the region’s options for meeting groups has expanded with several large casino resorts, as well as retreat-like properties, but the small-town welcome remains strong.

10/15/2019

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa unveiled its $700 million expansion. The extensive renovation includes a new 14-story hotel tower, which add 562 guest rooms and three pools to the property. In total, the expanded Seminole Hard Rock Hotel offers approximately 800 guest rooms, including 86 suites.

10/15/2019

While many in the meetings, events and hospitality industry donate their time and money to helping the less fortunate in the communities in which they live and the destinations where they meet, entertainment producer Mark Sonder answered the call of his country by volunteering in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

10/15/2019

Conrad New York Midtown opened with 562 suites across 54 floors. This is the brand’s second New York City property and is located at the former site of The London NYC. Hospitality design firm Stonehill Taylor led the design. Following a complete hotel renovation, guest suites now more closely resemble a metropolitan pied-a-terre than a traditional NYC hotel room.

10/15/2019

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown opened steps from Ithaca Commons and within minutes from Ivy League Cornell University and Ithaca College. The seven-story, 131-room property’s design is inspired by the region’s lakes, waterfalls and forests, in addition to the local esteemed academic institutions.

10/15/2019

Whether it’s an internal executive committee meeting at your office or an annual sales meeting for 1,000 people, there must be a plan in place to make it a positive, collaborative experience for all attendees. It must be a plan that will keep attendees engaged, motivated and provide an ROI for their time spent in the meeting.

10/15/2019

Moxy Boston Downtown opened its doors in the heart of Boston’s Theater District. Guests are immediately greeted by the hotel’s food truck-inspired photo booth and tunes streaming from indie617, Boston’s indie rock radio station, which broadcasts its morning show live from Moxy Boston Downtown each day.

10/15/2019

Not having a one-on-one conversation with a speaker may seem like a risky proposition, but following are five tips from experts on how to hire a speaker without actually talking to them, in order to save time and create efficiencies. Read more and tell us if you agree!

10/14/2019

Meet AC President and CEO Jim Wood is stepping down as leader of the DMO at the end of 2019 to take care of his wife, who suffered a severe fall earlier this year. Meet AC’s Board of Directors will institute a nationwide search for a replacement.

10/14/2019

The Magnolia New Orleans Hotel completed its transformation and has come to life in New Orleans’s famous Central Business District. Formerly, the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, the Magnolia New Orleans is a reimagined boutique experience, just steps from the French Quarter’s world-renowned nightlife and distinguished architecture. The property was originally built in 1863 and has stayed true to the area’s iconic history and offers a vivid reflection of the charm and mystery of New Orleans.

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