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September 5, 2012
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New Site Showcases GSA Per Diem Rates
Government lodging provider Per Diem Hotels has launched a new global travel site for booking hotels at 2013 per diem rates...

MPI Presenting Sessions At HSMAI MEET National
MPI will host two sessions at HSMAI’s MEET National—the meeting and event-planning industry show focused on meetings, events, education and technology...

Melia Atlanta Opens New Event Space
Melia Atlanta has announced the opening of SKY twenty•five, an event space occupying the entire top floor of the 25-story midtown hotel...

Wyndham Virginia Crossings Renovates
The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia, has pledged to spend over $3 million to update its facility...
East Tennessee
Blessed with natural wonders and studded with unique sights and experiences, East Tennessee tempts attendees to extend their stays and bring their families along for the fun. Best yet, nearly every attraction presents an opportunity for a memorable off-site event...
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Central Florida
it’s all about growth in Central Florida nowadays. With new projects and expansions in accommodations, attractions, air service, meeting facilities and the arts, the region’s reign as the state’s vacation kingdom seems destined to continue...
South Carolina
Considering its status as just the 40th-largest state geographically, South Carolina presents a wealth of outdoor options for groups to explore. From the captivating coastline to the Piedmont’s rolling dales, planners will find plenty to consider when organizing a fresh-air outing in the Palmetto State...
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Corporate Social Responsibility: Meetings as Conservers,
Creators and Catalysts
Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2012 1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
As meeting planners, we have more power than we may think to create an impact when it comes to sustainability. Join Mariela McIlwraith, president of Meeting Change, for an enlightening CSR webinar that explores key ways to harness our ability to make a difference. Shot on location in the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, Fla., this webinar covers best environmental practices, creating positive change when planning and inspiring action that leads to a more sustainable industry and environment.

Earn CEUs: This webinar is worth 1 clock hour of continuing education toward the initial CMP application and recertification through the Convention Industry Council.
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Meetings Focus Blogs Features
Discovering Frank Lloyd Wright in San Francisco
While the man widely considered America’s greatest architect in history designed a number of buildings in California, those seeking a Frank Lloyd Wright foray in San Francisco proper have but one option...

Venue/Vendor: Know Thyself. Buyer Beware!
There was an episode of the Bob Newhart Show where a character was writing a book and used something that happened with his love-interest in the show as an example. She realized that he was using everything in their relationship as material...

Cost Consciousness
Often in life, procuring goods and services of quality means paying top dollar. Not so in meetings.

There’s enormous flexibility in terms of what must be spent to have a productive meeting that comes in under budget...

For Good Measure
After years in the making—good things take time, after all—the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards were released earlier this year, sharing 2012 with two other major sustainable event standards releases: ISO 20121 and GRI EOSS...
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Focus Showcase Facilities and Happenings
Revitalized in Virginia
The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia, has completed an improvement project that committed over $3 million to providing state-of-the-art technology in its dedicated conference center...

Des Moines Debut
DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of the newly renovated, upscale, full-service 100-room DoubleTree by Hilton Des Moines Airport. Formerly a Radisson, the hotel is owned and operated by Heart of America Group under a franchise license agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide...

A Minor Victory
In what is widely considered a win for the hospitality industry—or at least not a loss—the General Services Administration (GSA), which sets travel per diem rates for the entire federal government, in mid-August froze per diems for the next fiscal year at the current rate...

MPI’s Acting CEO Dives in With Both Feet
Following the departure of MPI’s president and CEO, Bruce MacMillan, the association’s COO and acting CEO Cindy D’Aoust is ready to dramatically overhaul the association...

Site Scene
The 87-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Montgomery Airport South opened three miles from Montgomery Regional Airport with 59 rooms, 28 suites and a boardroom...

Short Takes
The new $85 million Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is available for private events. Displays include 30 new dinosaur mounts, a virtual ancient aquarium and well-preserved Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex bones. The 30,000-square-foot hall can accommodate up to 360 guests for dinner or 650 for a reception. Group rates are available...

Past Issues
Hurricane Isaac Heads For New Orleans Tourism Sites - 8/29/12
Federal Conf. Spending Investigated; Hurricane Threatens GOP - 8/22/12
ASAE Wraps Up in Dallas - 8/15/12
Omni Orlando Announces New Conf. Center - 8/8/12
MPI Inches Closer to Finding CEO - 8/1/12
Gaylord/Marriott Deal Hits Major Snag - 7/25/12
New Rail Service Will Link Orlando to Miami - 7/18/12
SGMP CEO Reportedly Ousted and Blacklisted - 7/11/12
IMEX Unveils Sustainability Results - 7/5/12
Corruption Scandal Snags Miami Beach CC Project - 6/27/12
MPI, AIBTM Complete ROI Kit - 6/20/12
Trump Takes Over Legendary Miami Resort - 6/13/12
New Hotel Brand Takes Off in Texas - 6/6/12

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Sustainable Meetings: Going Green the Easy Way

Wed. September 19, 2012
Rome was not built in a day, and likewise, you don’t need to be absolutely environmentally perfect to realize some sustainability. During this webinar you will learn some very easy-to-implement techniques to make your meetings, conferences, conventions and events friendly to the environment.

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