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January 2018

Features

2018 Trends Survey Planner Interviews

We asked five planners who responded to our 2018 Meetings Today Trends Survey to elaborate on their responses.

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2018 Meetings Today Trends Survey

Every year, Meetings Today polls its readers to get a definitive look into the state of the industry.

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Soulbare Founder Monica Graves Brings Signature Sense of Wellness to the Meetings World

A self-proclaimed insatiable spirit nerd, Monica Graves is on a mission to spark audacious, passionate, purpose-filled living. 

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Brand Baller: A Profile of Landry's Tilman J. Fertitta

Few individuals have impacted the hospitality and entertainment industries in recent years as much as Tilman J. Fertitta.

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Resorts Get Creative in Catering to All Generations

In 2009, the Harvard Business Review described the fact that “five generations are about to be working side by side."

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4 Drive-To Locales Have Groups Revved to Hit the Road

The following four regional destinations offer affordable meetings options near major metropolitan areas.

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Convention Centers Are Making Bold New Statements

Goodbye big-box, bunkeresque venues. Hello green rooftop micro-environments, wellness spaces and hip street-party-scapes.

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Destinations

Oklahoma Excels in Outdoor Adventure

It’s no surprise that the Sooner State is packed with outdoor and cutting-edge adventure opportunities for groups.

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San Francisco and surrounds brim with flavorful experiences

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the world’s great culinary destinations.

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The Pacific Northwest is rife with group bonding experiences

Following are myriad team-bonding ideas throughout Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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Hollywood, Pasadena and the Valleys honor the past

History has its eyes on you,” sings the cast in the hit musical Hamilton, which recently completed an extended run at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

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Northwest Florida entices groups with off-site settings

Northwest Florida, or the “Florida Panhandle,” is a glorious 200-mile stretch of beach with fantastic meetings spots.

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Nashville tunes in with a harmonious ensemble of venues

In Nashville, aka “Music City,” the song is king.

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Literary, historic and culinary riches await in Mississippi

Inland Mississippi is a place that has left a strong imprint on American literature.

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The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is bustling on all fronts

Few nations, let alone states, can match Texas in business. 

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The coastal Carolinas region boasts after-hours entertainment

The group-friendly coastal communities of North Carolina and South Carolina are jam-packed with entertaining opportunities after hours.

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Asheville impresses with its cultural and culinary prowess

Asheville, N.C., one of the fastest- growing cities for meetings in the Southeast, tempts groups.

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Midsize mecca Rochester, N.Y., is boosting its infrastructure

Industrious by heritage and by nature, the festive “Flower City” continues to flourish in the bloom of renaissance and growth. 

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Milwaukee and surrounds showcase distinctive settings

The Milwaukee area’s vast array of standout group off-site venues represents everything from its rich history to its cultural experiences.

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Marriott: Event Excellence for Everyone

Phoning in from a customer event at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Mike Wainwright, vice president of sales for Marriott’s Convention & Resort Netw

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Latest + Greatest: Oklahoma (Jan. 2018)

The 444-room Hyatt Regency Tulsa recently wrapped a full renovation in the guest rooms and lobby, and also achieved four-diamond status with AAA.

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Oklahoma CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for Visit Norman, Visit Oklahoma City, the Tulsa CVB and Visit Shawnee.

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Latest + Greatest: San Francisco (Jan. 2018)

The 144-room Durant Hotel is now the Graduate Berkeley, following a major renovation and acquisition by Benchmark Hospitality.

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Pacific Northwest CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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Latest + Greatest: NW Florida (Jan. 2018)

The Emerald Coast Convention Center is undergoing renovations slated for completion this year.

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Latest + Greatest: Milwaukee (Jan. 2018)

The 220-room Westin Milwaukee, connected to the U.S. Bank Center, opened in 2017.

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Inland Mississippi CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for CVBs across the state of Mississippi.

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Hip Hood: Asheville

The River Arts District, located minutes from downtown Asheville, is set along the French Broad River.

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Tips to Infuse Your Day With Positivity

One of the most important ways to maintain an overall sense of well-being is to begin your day with rituals that set you up on a positive note.

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Towering OAK

Set to open in spring 2018, the 250-room luxe hotel is part of a Gensler-designed mixed-use project.

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Brands-tacular!

The holdings of Tilman J. Fertitta’s hospitality and entertainment empire are vast.

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Ventana: Big Sur’s New Beaut

Ventana Inn and Spa reopened in October as Ventana Big Sur.

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West Upgrades + Openings (Jan. 2018)

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills unveiled Wellness Rooms in partnership with Delos.

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On the Scene: Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, Palm Harbor, FL

Getting in the swing of things, sans golf clubs.

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Puerto Rico Rebound

Meet Puerto Rico launched the “Check Off Your Bucket List” promotion with one message.

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South Upgrades + Openings (Jan. 2018)

Naples Grande Beach Resort reopened its doors Dec. 15 following a three-and-a-half-month closure due to Hurricane Irma.

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The BEE APPLE

The New York Hilton Midtown is creating quite the buzz around town with one of its most recent groups.

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East Upgrades + Openings (Jan. 2018)

The Waldorf Astoria New York commenced the first phase of a renovation.

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Dan Lincoln Retires

The Cincinnati USA CVB announced the retirement of President and CEO Dan Lincoln, effective Dec. 31, 2017. 

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MidAmerica Upgrades + Openings (Jan. 2018)

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort completed a $25 million renovation that transformed nearly every aspect of the property.

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San Francisco CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for the San Francisco Travel Association, Visit Berkeley and Visit Oakland.

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Latest + Greatest: Pacific Northwest (Jan. 2018)

In July 2017, Boise Centre completed a multimillion-dollar expansion,

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Hollywood/Pasadena CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for the Hollywood COC, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the Pasadena CVB and The Valley Economic Alliance.

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Northwest Florida CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for the Emerald Coast CVB, Visit South Walton and Visit Tallahassee.

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Nashville CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation.

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Latest + Greatest Nashville (Jan. 2018)

The 180-room Kimpton Aertson Hotel opened in June 2017 in Midtown with 8,600 square feet of meeting and event space.

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Dallas/Fort Worth CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for the Arlington CVB, the Forth Worth CVB, VisitDallas and more.

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On the Scene: Irving, Texas Knows How to Rock

This metroplex city knows how to rock.

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Coastal Carolina CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the Hilton Head Island CVB, Visit Myrtle Beach and more.

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Latest + Greatest: Coastal Carolina (Jan. 2018)

Wilmington is promoting a new riverfront Convention District located within the city’s walkable River District.

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Asheville CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for Explore Asheville.

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Tahira Endean Talks Intentional Meeting Design

Tahira Endean author of Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity and event producer for British Columbia’s BC Innovation Council, is one of those getting out ahead of the curve—and actually on the leading edge—by utilizing technology and neuroscience concepts to create meetings with meaning instead of feed-and-forget cattle calls that leave attendees with fleeting impressions.

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Rochester CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for Visit Rochester.

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Planner’s Perspective: Diane Cline

Diane Cline describes a recent meeting in Rochester.

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Milwaukee CVB Information (Jan. 2018)

Contact information for Visit Brookfield, Visit Milwaukee and the Waukesha Pewaukee CVB.

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Planner’s Perspective: Dianna Rowinski

Dianna Rowinski describes a recent meeting in Waukesha/Milwaukee.

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The Ghost of Christmas Now

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair transforms a concrete events arena into Victorian London

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Weathering the Storms, With Furry Friends in Tow

It seemed our whole world was turned upside down just a few months ago when hurricanes were slamming the Gulf region.

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Sweet Corn & Crab

A recipe for Sweet Corn & Crab from BLVD Executive Chef Johnny Besch.

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Johnny Besch // Executive Chef // BLVD // Chicago

Today’s dining customer, whether arriving in twos or as part of a large group, wants plenty of atmosphere served up with their dining experience.

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Eventful Design Ideas from EventTech

Trends took center stage in Vegas.

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2018, Here We Come!

I think we all are glad to see 2017 slip under the waves, with its unprecedented natural disasters and horrific manmade events.

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Shattering Conventions: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

The best way to describe the Dickens Fair to the uninitiated is as one of those Halloween haunted houses except for Christmas.

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