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In this Meetings Today Podcast, David Meerman Scott and Michelle Manafy, co-authors of Standout Virtual Events: How to Create an Experience That Your Audience Will Love, explain the basics of virtual platforms and which ones may be the best fit for you. 


David Meerman Scott and Michelle Manafy, co-authors of Standout Virtual Events: How to Create an Experience That Your Audience Will Love, explain the basics of virtual platforms and which ones may be the best fit for you. Read more.


Set your sights on experiencing a real meeting and the possibilities of what lies ahead when you plan a meeting in the Columbia, SC.


Read the ways Visit Raleigh is assisting planners with virtual tools to conduct site inspections and explore the city. Plus: learnings from a hybrid meeting case study held at a Raleigh hotel in June.


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson chats with Maribel Denner, director of sales marketing for the JW Marriott Anaheim Resort, and Junior Tauvaa, chief sales officer for Visit Anaheim, about the impressive new JW and how it will add a tech-forward luxury hotel offering to a city that is seeing its meetings and conventions product grow by leaps and bounds in recent years. Listen now. 


From November 15-18, Meetings Today held its Meetings Today LIVE! 2020 South event down in the Sunshine State’s meetings mecca, Orlando. Read more on the safety protocols in place and the hotels and off-sites the group visited.


Daphne Hoppenot, CEO & Founder of The Vendry, launched a brand new network and marketplace with empowering women in events built into the foundation of her company’s mission. Daphne encourages the audience to take leaps of faith and start new ventures, stay the course when things get tough, and give yourself permission to practice self-care in ways that are effective for you.


Meetings Today’s Sarah Kloepple talks with Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Area General Manager Sean Verney at Meetings Today LIVE! South about how the property successfully hosted the Major League Soccer “bubble” and a major new hotel at the resort. 


Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™ is an incredible live show that is a “can’t miss” annual event in and of itself. Now he is bringing his 2020 presentation of the hottest, newest, and most inspiring event and entertainment insights to the virtual stage! This captivating show will highlight both engaging virtual experiences and some of the hot ideas from the show’s 19th anniversary, earlier this year.


In this session, Mike Dietrich and Alyssa Peltier of Cvent share their secrets to structuring your total event program for 2021. Full of actionable advice from their own experiences executing events, they’ll provide best practices you can implement both today and as you plan for next year.


The Dram Good Laddies virtual tour of Scotland is packed with castles, kilts, lochs, laughs, mountains and malts! It’s the ultimate virtual experience that combines customized broadcast production and live interaction.


Sitting empty of large meetings during the pandemic, some convention centers are taking on unique roles. Read how the Minneapolis Convention Center is filling the event void by serving as a processing and drop-off site for mail-in ballots, plus other examples.


Join Meetings Today and Stewart Mann, CEO and CCO of Wild Rooster Events, an innovative, IMEX- and MPI-featured corporate event and teambuilding company, for this free one-hour webinar that will give you and your organization some creative and unique ways to incorporate CSR into any meeting and/or event (live or virtual).


The dining scene in Savannah, Georgia, is on the rise. These five unique offsite restaurants with private dining spaces can give your meeting groups a taste of the city’s cuisine.


Angie Ahrens, Vice President of Program & Event Operations at Leadercast, discusses how reevaluating your core values, setting boundaries, and incorporating self-respect into your leadership approach are a few key strategies to successfully prioritizing your needs and supporting your team during times of crisis.


CSR is more important than ever during the pandemic. Here are eight tips that will help you bring corporate social responsibility to the digital realm. Read more.


EideCom is a virtual events platform that delivers a highly produced, cutting-edge service for meeting and event planners who are offering virtual and hybrid events. Read more.


Your major company events shouldn’t be just another meeting. Companywide events, global town halls, and sales kickoffs are rallying events meant to motivate, inspire, and educate your teams. But how do you grab attention and keep your team engaged in a virtual or hybrid world?

Learn how a virtual event platform can help you raise the bar of your biggest companywide events. We’ll talk best practices for using enterprise-class video streaming, audience engagement tools, feedback surveys, and attendee networking to make sure your internal event is the dynamic and energizing masterpiece you need to get your teams ready to succeed.


Just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land offers the classic mix of big city amenities with small-town hospitality.


There is no “one-size-fits-all” plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for associations. DEI experts Zoe Moore and Greg DeShields explain how you can improve your association’s outreach and inclusion. Read more.


Visit Irving, the Irving Convention Center, and Irving’s hotels, and venues have collaborated to implement extensive safety protocols to provide peace-of-mind and ensure your group can meet safely—when you’re ready to do so.


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin massively revamped its operating procedures to host the Major League Soccer bubble, from accommodations and equipment to F&B. Here’s how three key staff members handled it. Read more.


The transformative $20 million renovation of Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Resorts® was completed early fall. Located along Myrtle Beach’s tranquil and expansive Grand Strand, the investment brings the new owners EOS’s vision to life for the future of the resort. Learn more.


What can we do to unite our country in the midst of ongoing divisiveness? Johanna Maska, host of Pod is a Woman, CEO of Global Situation Room and former White House Director of Press Advance for President Barack Obama, discusses how bringing people together who don't agree, getting involved at the local level, and not backing down from tough conversations are the keys to creating a more connected, inclusive community.


When face-to-face events return, the deeper connections, personalization, sharing of ideas and on-demand content that was the new normal in virtual events will make the even newer hybrid live event experience even more rewarding and relevant. Here’s how to make it happen.


From virtual moments of delight to full-blown (socially distanced) dance parties, Luster brings people together wherever they are through its Virtual Mosaics, whether that be virtually from around the globe or closer to home and even in person. Read more.


Join Meetings Today, presenter Janice Litvin and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Visitor and Convention Bureau for this free one-hour webinar that will demonstrate both the advantages of using natural settings for meetings and also Fort Myers and Sanibel, in Southwest Florida, as a destination that boasts scores of outdoor activity and meetings options.


From a pedestrian bridge over the Tennessee River to a former site of the 1982 World’s Fair, East Tennessee’s major meetings markets—Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Chattanooga—offer plenty of unique spaces for outdoor events.


Groups participating in the Virtual Floral Design Experience learn the fundamentals of floral care and design, along with step-by-step instructions for cutting, arranging and styling arrangements in various vase sizes and styles. Read more. 


Boost your essential meeting and event planning powers via our free eHandbooks, available in the Meetings Today eBookshelf.


From simple Zoom meetings to full-blow programs, the meetings world has moved online. Download this free guide to bridging the meetings experience between live and online.


Michael Dominguez, CEO of ALHI (Associated Luxury Hotels International), brought meeting planners to the Omni Dallas Hotel for a one-day showcase of what their events may look like after the industry awakens from its COVID-19 slumber.


Top Cvent execs Brian Ludwig and David Quattrone talk with Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson about how the meetings tech giant pivoted to virtual for its big annual conference and is expecting 40,000 attendees. Also, discover their predictions about the direction of the meetings industry.


What winning strategies have two of the industry’s most accomplished women applied to their career journeys? Annette Gregg, Senior Vice President, Experience at Meeting Professionals International and Jenn Artura, Senior Director, Global Events & Incentive Programs at Veritas Technologies LLC., discuss how leaning into office politics, engaging sponsors with intention, and boldly creating self-visibility have been key to their professional advancement.


The Cup Bearer is a bartending and mixology catering company that breathes the same life it provides for live events into the virtual experience. Whether onsite or virtual, each cocktail is diligently crafted from scratch, as guests are drawn into a playful performance. Read more.


With the COVID-19 pandemic and travel and meetings shutdown resulting in the greatest disruption the travel industry has ever seen—reports point to 53% unemployment in this segment!—everyone needs to be prepared to adapt quickly to change. In effect, be their own CEO.

Over the last few months, Don Phin, Esq., has presented a unique program to many CEOs across the country, and we thought it would be a great idea to have him share some of his insights with you. What Don shares will provide you with is a powerful story to help navigate through these stressful times.

While there are certain things we have to do in a crisis, equally important is that we “show up” right while doing them. We want to be a non-anxious presence in a hyper-anxious world. In this free one-hour Zoom video presentation, Don will give us a deep understanding of how you can help bring order and sanity to the chaos.


The value of in-person events in undeniable. With hybrid and in-person events returning in the near future, event professionals need to make sure the safety and well-being of attendees and staff is the top priority.


COVID-19 has upended operations and created a “new normal.” Organizers today want technologies to help maintain social-distancing guidelines and make their events as touchless as possible. These nine tech tools below can help you get back to business.


Virtual meetings have been valuable tools during the pandemic, but nothing can replace the impact of face-to-face meetings. Here’s what the Myrtle Beach area is doing now to make sure we all can meet responsibly when you’re ready.


Outdoor event options, nearby National Parks and recent renovations and openings in key cities like Billings and Missoula put Montana in a good position for future group gatherings, especially for regional drive-to meetings.


To help meeting and event planners find their bearings as they prepare to hold live meetings again, Meetings Today has launched the “Navigating the New Meeting Landscape” eHandbook, filled with resources and critical tips and strategies to keep their attendees safe and protect the financial health of the organizations they plan for.


Meetings Today asked National Coalition for Black Meeting Professionals Chair Jason Dunn some key questions about his association, its role in advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the meetings industry, and the prevalence of systemic racism in the U.S. socially and professionally.


How do our communication techniques play a role in the trajectory of our success? At every turn, we’re given opportunities to amplify others, speak our truth, and provide honest feedback. Elisabeth Diana, Vice President of Communications at Instagram, shares how practicing “real talk,” being concise and owning moments of redemption pave the way for a more rewarding professional journey.


Buffets? Gone. And don’t even think about a donut wall! The meetings F&B environment has been disrupted flatter than a collapsed souffle, but that doesn’t mean you need to let the air out of your culinary programs.

Tracy Stuckrath, owner of thrive! meetings & events, is the foremost expert on food allergies in the meetings and conventions environment, and has extended her knowledge to operating in the COVID-19 environment. This Meetings Today Podcast with Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson gets Stuckrath’s take on how to manage your post-shutdown culinary programs, what to ask venues and attendees, and the life-and-death matter of food allergies.


Virtual events have quickly become the norm in today’s world, but as we think ahead, what will events in the near future look like? Hybrid events that provide engaging in-person experiences, while also incorporating key virtual elements, enable event professionals to offer a dynamic event for attendees however they choose to participate.  


Seven tips from thrive! meetings & events’ Tracy Stuckrath you can—and should—implement into your meeting menu planning to save money and foster inclusion, while also delivering a top-shelf sustainable event for all your stakeholders. Read more.


With so many people in the hospitality industry either working from home, furloughed or laid off—or just worried about their future—Lee Papa developed the following 15 wellness and mindfulness techniques to help keep them in balance. Read more.


With virtual meetings supplanting face-to-face meetings in the COVID-19 era, meeting planners need to select speakers for their virtual events wisely. Joan Eisenstodt asked three speaker veterans what questions they should ask and criteria to consider when selecting a virtual speaker.


To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.


Puerto Rico will reopen for in-bound tourism July 15, with thorough cleanliness measures in place island-wide that follow U.S. Travel Association (USTA) health and safety guidelines, along with locally enforced measures. Read more.


Meeting and event planners should remember to provide a post-event survey to their CSM to help them better do their job. 


The portfolio of Gaylord Hotels from Marriott International announced that four of its five properties are now open. What will the meeting and convention spaces look like? 


Meeting and event planners polled by Meetings Today as part of its new monthly MeetingsTALK survey found that 35% indicated they will be ready to resume face-to-face meetings of 100 attendees or more in the first and second quarters of 2021. Read more.


With 30 years of tourism and hospitality experience, Larry Sieg takes the top slot at Meet AC following Jim Wood’s departure at the end of 2019. 


What role can we play in breaking the cycle of injustice? Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, shares how exposing yourself to difference and promoting inclusion leads to greater levels of innovation and success in this episode of Dare to Interrupt.


New Mexico’s beauty and diversity extends to its many wellness offerings. From Santa Fe and Albuquerque to the mountains in the south, explore the spa and activity breaks planners can arrange for attendees.


Harrison Greenbaum is a nationally touring stand-up comedian who has been featured on major television shows like America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and Conan. See how he can weave his magic and comedy for your virtual event.


The latest show cancellation victim to the coronavirus is IMEX America 2020, one of the year’s highly anticipated shows for meeting and event professionals. Read more.


Casino and entertainment giant MGM Resorts International is set to reopen the doors on several of its major Las Vegas Strip properties following the June 4 reopening of many top Las Vegas meetings and events hotels. Read more.


Southeast destination and hotel experts offer their advice for how to make your next beach event a big success and stand out from the rest. Read more.


Las Vegas’ largest tradeshow plans to return in January 2021, with both in-person and virtual programming. Read more on some of the tech event’s new health and safety protocols.
Keywords: CES, CES 2021, Las Vegas meetings, Las Vegas rebookings


June 4, 2020, marked the day when Las Vegas awakened from its coronavirus shutdown slumber, with major casino-resorts reopening their doors at least for leisure travelers. Caesars Entertainment is joining the party by reopening its Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties, with more set to join them shortly.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson caught up with Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, to get updates on the casino and entertainment giant; his team’s reaction to having the shutdown hit right before the launch of its crown jewel CAESARS FORUM conference center; what visitors to Las Vegas can expect when they arrive; and his take on how the meetings industry will fare in the next year.


Edward Harris, chief marketing officer of the Philadelphia area’s Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB), has left the tourism promotion organization to accept the job of president and CEO of Discover Lancaster, located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.


Outspoken Orlando hotel icon Harris Rosen believes constant guest and staff screening is critical to getting the meetings industry out of its deep depression.

Hear what the firebrand independent hotelier told Vice President Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a coronavirus hospitality industry roundtable at his Rosen Shingle Creek property.

In this Meetings Today Podcast, Tyler Davidson engaged Rosen on the deep funk coronavirus has put the meetings industry in, the state of tourism in Orlando and his Rosen Plan for getting back to business pronto. 


As an alternative or augmentation to face-to-face events, Scott Bloom can bring his television hosting experience to any of your live digital events, including internal webcasts, live streaming and prerecorded videos. Read more.


Meeting venues like the Javits Center have been pulled into service as field hospitals and other spaces for healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Henry, healthcare sector leader at CallisonRTKL, walks us through what it takes to transform hospitality and meeting spaces into sophisticated healthcare facilities.


What will the meetings and events F&B experience look like after the COVID-19 shutdown ends? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson sat down with Mary Cline, regional director, catering sales-East Coast for Wolfgang Puck Catering to get an idea of what the meetings cuisine scene will look like when we all start meeting face-to-face again. 


We are all navigating what a world beyond virtual events will look like, and while we don't have all the answers, we will explore together from a variety of perspectives what shape it may take. Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas and let's shake this down! 

Join Meetings Today and Tahira Endean, head of events at SITE Global and author of Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity, for this free one-hour webinar that will put you and your organization on firm footing. 


Coastal Virginia’s Hampton Roads, Newport News and Virginia Beach destinations are steeped in U.S. military history and to this day are home to major armed forces bases. See how your group can utilize its many offsite venues for meetings and events. Read more.


Success is not measured by how many times you have been knocked down, but by how many times you get back up. Industry trailblazers Sarah Soliman Daudin, President & CEO of Soliman Productions and Carrie Abernathy, Founder and Executive Director of the Association for Women in Events, share how they practiced tenacity in the face of hardship to build something bigger.


Major hotel chains and meetings industry associations are releasing comprehensive policy and protocol statements in preparation for when face-to-face meetings resume.

They are covering everything from sanitary procedures to social distancing measures; even thermal readings of attendees/guests and denial of entry guidelines.

Is this the “new normal”—especially in the short term—meeting and event planners and the organizations they work for will have to adapt to? How will any regulations be applied in different locations?

Join Meetings Today and facilities, meetings and hospitality industry thought leaders in a video panel discussion to explore the post-shutdown possibilities and how you should prepare for them.


Senior Contributor @jeffheilman sat down with Las Vegas’ Oscar and Carolyn Goodman to talk about leadership styles, what they love about Las Vegas meetings and more.


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