November 2018


Ballparks Across the U.S. Swing for Group Business

The American pastime is proving to be a fertile field for baseball stadiums—also known as baseball parks—that are courting meetings and events. In fact, many new ballparks that have been built in the last decade or so count on non-game revenue as a healthy portion of their revenue.

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A Winter Toolkit for Mindful, Meaningful Events

As any planner knows, coming up with unique decor, food, drink and overall ambience to fit the objective of a gathering is always a challenge, but a welcome one if you do it mindfully and with intention, according to Deb Gee, experience designer with Lululemon. Weaving the season into events is a great place to start. Gee shares her winter toolkit to help out with event planning around the holidays whether for business or personal gatherings.

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Venues With All the Necessities for Stellar Executive Retreats

As a global sales organization representing more than 300 leading independent and luxury branded hotels, resorts and destination management companies around the world, Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Teneo Hospitality Group takes pride in selecting the “right” venue for executive retreats, board meetings and high-performance incentive trips. In today’s experience-driven meetings culture, “wow” takes many forms, from overt to subtle. Right for the times and right on the money for smaller, more exclusive and more sensitive meetings, the following venues wow on every occasion.

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Savvy CVBs Share Tools and Strategies for Helping Planners

Convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and destination marketing organizations (DMOs0 are becoming increasingly inventive in the ways they assist planners. These entities can be game-changers when it comes to helping stage outstanding meetings and events. Ventura County Coast, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, Destination DC and Visit Savannah share strategic ways to utilize their services and some improvements on tools.

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A Higher Purpose: Hyatt Regency New Orleans GM Michael Smith Leads Charitable Efforts

After all New Orleans has been through following Hurricane Katrina, it’s no wonder hospitality community leaders there are so tuned in to giving back. But one would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated community member than Michael Smith, general manager of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, who with his team members rose to the occasion during the cataclysmic hurricane and has set a frantic philanthropic pace following the storm.

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St. Louis’ Gateway Arch Revitalization Project Raises Group Interest

The Gateway Arch, the signature architectural masterpiece of St. Louis and the icon of the Westward Expansion of the United States, is even more emblematic as a symbol of the city’s resurgence. Fresh off the $380 million CityArchRiver project that made massive improvements to the Gateway Arch National Park surrounding the Gateway Arch, the re-do added a wealth of impressive event options.

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Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein Shares Humble Origins and Details the Hotel Brand’s Future

At the helm of a lifestyle boutique hotel brand that is poised for a sizeable growth spurt in by 2020, Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein literally worked his way up from the kitchen, craving to cook up inspiration to start some type of career.

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Groups Staying at Kimpton Hotels in D.C. Can Now More Easily Support Local Businesses

Kimpton Hotels of Washington, D.C. have partnered with Shop Made in DC, a retail initiative that showcases local makers and their goods with a selection of over 100 District-made products.

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Deb Gee's Daily Ritual Tips for Winter Wellness

Deb Gee of Lululemon shared her daily ritual winter tips for winter wellness with Meetings Today Director of Strategic Content Lori Tenny. 

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Shattering Conventions: Bob Calhoun vs. The San Jose Super Toy Show

Every turn down every aisle at the San Jose Super Toy Show fills me with an inescapable sense of product lust. I understand why I want the 19 1/2-inch Shogun Warriors Godzilla doll. Sure, it’s going for $600, but it has a spring-loaded fist that can launch across the room. What I don’t get is why I want the Star Wars Early Bird Certificate, a symbol of childhood disappointment.

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SmartAsset Reveals Top U.S. Cities for Conferences

In an effort to provide cost-saving choices and advice, SmartAsset, a financial technology company reported the Best U.S. Cities for Conferences in 2018, based on recent data from forecasting company Oxford Economics.

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Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski Dives for His Lobster Dinner

An insatiable appetite for everything “food” is essential in the makeup of Mark Kropczynski, executive chef at San Diego’s THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel. In fact, if you walk down to the San Diego shoreline after the kitchen of the Marriott-brand property’s Grant Grill closes you may find Kropczynski, dive light in hand, hunting for California spiny lobsters.

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Renowned Hotel Designer George Wong Sees Beauty in Simplicity

George Wong, head of George Wong Design, has led inspired projects at top hotels across the globe. Resume pieces include directing the design of Moscow’s Grand Hyatt Hotel as the New York lead for the celebrated design firm Yabu Pushelberg; The St. Regis Hotel at Bal Harbour; New York’s Dos Caminos Restaurant; and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts’ Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei.

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One Year Later: Where Does Public Safety and Security Stand in Vegas After Harvest Festival Shooting?

The mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival on October 1, 2017, tragically underscored the challenges of securing one of the world’s most active leisure and business destinations. In Las Vegas, built on tourism and meetings, security monitoring is a formidable task, with metrics to match.

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