June 2018


5 Deliciously Diverse Cities Leading the Way in Group Dining

Port Aransas and Mustang Island (Texas), San Antonio, St. Louis, Richmond, Virginia, and Providence, Rhode Island, are boosting their branding and group appeal through culinary programming.

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9 Great Cocktail Venues for Groups to Network and Unwind

Unique, booze-infused venues, including traditional bars, speakeasies and distilleries, await groups that would like to toast over delicious handcrafted cocktails after a meeting. Across the country, group-friendly destinations feature standout bar settings with inviting decor, ranging from rustic to industrial, and menus starring world-class wines, microbrews and exquisite specialty mixed drinks.

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4 Cities Blaze New Development Trails for Events

From attention-getting cultural scenes to major new convention centers, here are four destinations where major downtown investments are significantly reshaping and redefining the meetings scene.

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‘Power’ Trip: Live From San Juan, Puerto Rico

Meetings Today travels to Puerto Rico to assess the destination's readiness for meetings, including the state of its power grid.

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Shattering Conventions: Llamas to the Rescue at Llamapalooza

It’s hard to tell what the llamas are thinking as they are mobbed by students on Memorial Glade at UC Berkeley for the event that is now called Llamapalooza. These Peruvian pack animals have been coming to this grassy field on campus ringed by three of the university’s imposing libraries for four years now.

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Richard Hales Explores Southern Cuisine at Bird & Bone

The Confidante Miami Beach, part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt and fresh off a $3.5 million meetings and events space renovation wrapped in fall 2017, has become an in-spot in mid-Miami Beach’s burgeoning food scene, and meetings groups are invited to the table. Although the 363-room retro-style Mid-Century modern hotel that sits oceanfront on famed Collins Avenue hearkens back to the glory days of 1950s Miami Beach, chef Richard Hales has brought some modern Southern flavors to bear with his Bird & Bone restaurant.

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Pamela Eyring Trains Planners on Protocol

What does high-stakes international diplomacy have to do with meeting planning? A lot, as it turns out. Meet Pamela Eyring, owner and president of The Protocol School of Washington, a nationally accredited educational institution that offers international protocol, cross-cultural awareness, business etiquette and image training for business professionals and, increasingly, meeting planners of top organizations that perform on a global stage.

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Disney Stands Firm on Third Party Commissions

Disney Destinations said it would keep commissions for independent meeting planners at 10 percent.

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The Brand-New Park MGM Rolls Out the Green—and Red—Carpet for Meetings Today LIVE!

In the concrete jungle of Las Vegas, there exists a lush new oasis inspired by nature, the comforts of home, an eclectic sense of artistry and plenty of innovation: Park MGM. The property, formerly Monte Carlo, was officially reflagged April 30, 2018. Attendees of Meetings Today LIVE! West, running from April 29 to May 2, 2018, had the pleasure of being the first group to partake in its new offerings.

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7 Essential Meetings Negotiation Considerations

Meeting Sites Resource's Robyn Mietkiewicz details need-to-know hotel negotiation talking points for meeting planners.

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