July 2018


2018 Meetings Trendsetters: 20 Industry Agents of Change

Just planning and executing meetings is deserving of a medal in many cases, but there are some in our industry who truly go above and beyond to set the bar higher. Following are 20 professionals—selected by polling our readers, consulting with past Meetings Trendsetters and our editors and contributors, and reaching out to others in the industry—who have taken a leading role in the last year.

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Resorts & Incentives: Experts Share What’s Trending

Now more than ever, people want to be immersed in destinations and have a sense of well-being when they visit. When it comes to incentives at resorts, the same holds true. Authentic experiences, locally inspired food and design, and plenty of wellness options are high in demand, according to five industry experts we contacted to get their take on 2018 market trends.

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5 Cities to Watch for Meetings and Events in 2018

Urban districts are heating up in a multitude of places around the country. We asked meeting planners for input on what cities they think are up-and-coming and why the locations are trending nowadays.

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MPI’s WEC 2018 Sets New Standards for Giving Back

Conventions are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to CSR initiatives, and MPI’s 2018 World Education Congress (WEC), held June 2-5, 2018, in Indianapolis, was no exception. Visit Indy and MPI incorporated a wealth of unique initiatives into the program to support local charities and help create a model and methodology by which future meetings all over the world can emulate.

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4 Health-Conscious Gift Ideas for Meeting Attendees

One of the best ways for planners to incorporate wellness into meetings is by gifting attendees with health-conscious amenities during the agenda. From essential oils to bath products to nutritious cookbooks, the choices nowadays are endless. Following are four great options.

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SoCal Group Dining Highlights: Los Angeles’ Westside and Beach Cities Dish Out Diversity

With its bounty of eclectic chefs, ethnic diversity and locally sourced ingredients, combined with a culture of wellness and reinvention, Los Angeles County has evolved into one of the world’s most dynamic culinary destinations.

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Executive Chef John Zaner Plays Off Guests' Nostalgia

Putting a new twist on a historic hotel, San Antonio’s The St. Anthony Hotel is reshaping its food and beverage offering with the hiring of veteran chef John Zaner. Zaner brings more than 30 years of experience to an iconic property that is inching toward its 110-year anniversary in a city that is celebrating a tricentennial. But what is old is new again, in that the property is actually transforming itself via a journey to the past.

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Shattering Conventions: Bumping Into Bots at the Maker Faire

You have to keep your eyes on the ground while walking through the halls of California’s San Mateo Events Center during the Maker Faire. There are robots down there. You look up at the towering Godzilla woven entirely from wool and then you’re almost tripped up by a small moving platform trimmed with aqua blue lights. The platform scoots around the floor, weaving in and out of peoples’ footfalls

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320 Guest Ranch’s John H. Richardson Was Raised on Hospitality

John H. Richardson, general manager of 320 Guest Ranch near Big Sky, Montana, lives and breathes the hotel life, with a father that worked for Sage Hospitality, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. “When I tell people I’ve moved around a lot they ask if my dad was in the military and I say, ‘No, he was in the hotel business,” he quipped.

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CORT Shares Top 4 Outdoor Event Design Trends

CORT Events shared four ways to have an on-trend outdoor event this year. The furniture, lighting and accessories rental company reports that transitional furniture, bold yet classic color paletes and patterns, Mediterranean influences and most importantly, bringing indoor comforts outdoors, are all trends for 2018 that will leave your attendees feeling at home in the outdoors.

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Jim Spellos, Rock and Wrap It Up! Partner to Fight Food Waste

While he’s known as one of the top meetings technology educators in the industry, a lesser-known aspect of Jim Spellos’ contribution to both the meetings industry and those with an acute need of nutrition is his efforts working with Rock and Wrap It Up!, an award-winning anti-poverty think tank.

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MPI WEC 2018: Revved, Ready and Redesigned in Indianapolis

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is turning heads in Indy with its completely overhauled annual World Education Congress (WEC) 2018.

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Get Weird! 12 Ways to Mix Up Your Meeting

Who wants the same-old, same-old in their meetings? From presentations and breakouts to teambuilding and networking events, attendees are shaking their fists at the heavens and wailing the plaintive cry “quit boring the hell out of me with your cookie-cutter meeting components!”

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Cvent Names Top Meeting Hotels of 2018

Cvent released its annual lists of “Top Meeting Hotels” for meetings and events worldwide in 2018. The top venues were sorted geographically and rankings are based on each hotel’s group business performance on the Cvent Supplier Network.

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