December 2018

Our December cover story explores a facet of the meetings industry that's always been there but maybe not recognized as well as it should have been: the participation of LGBTQ people in the meetings industry. Digital Edition >>


IMEX America Puts Its Best Foot Forward With Annual 5K Run and Walking Challenge

IMEX America 2018 in Las Vegas certainly encouraged attendees to get a move on. Two successful programs—one new and one tried and true—had participants ever-conscious of wellness and the importance of movement. 

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Destinations Hit by Natural Disasters Thrive Again

As catastrophic hurricanes, unprecedented flooding, massive fires, deadly earthquakes and even disruptive volcanoes dominate the headlines, it’s impossible to forget the indelible images and stories of personal hardship that follow natural disasters. But with every story of loss there are also uplifting stories, and in the hospitality world some of those stories have been about renewal.

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The Hottest Trends for Golf Events in 2019

Golf resorts are staying in the game for the next generation by offering innovative new ways to play and other features. Incorporating the latest technology, moving away from traditional play and even taking the game off the course are among the trends leading the way for golf events in 2019.

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Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality for Events

The twisting of reality is becoming common practice in the meeting, tradeshow, event and exhibition world. By using an ever-evolving array of technology such as virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, users can enter worlds created from scratch to entertain, provide demonstrations and eventually sell a concept or product. But how “realistic” is the implementation of this technology? What is each good at doing and what drawbacks are endemic to which specific medium?

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Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort Celebrates Grand Reopening at Meetings Today LIVE! South

Meetings Today LIVE! South attendees spent three days at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa from October 28-31, 2018. The event's planner and supplier guests made up the first meetings group to visit the Southwest Florida resort as it completes a $60 million transformation.

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Out and Proud: The Rise of LGBT+ Representation in the Meetings Industry

The public profile of LGBT+ people in the meetings industry has grown by leaps and bounds in just the past decade and a half, advancing from what some early adopters describe as the “secret handshake” days to a consolidation into the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA).

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Puerto Rico’s Comeback Story Thrives on Arts, Gastronomy and Heritage

Puerto Rico may have had a massive setback following the disastrous Hurricane Maria in September 2017, but its comeback has been just as colossal, both from an infrastructure perspective and a cultural standpoint.

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Rhode Island Sees Boom in Hotel and Meetings Markets

Ocean State meetings mean business. In fiscal 2018, meetings, conventions and sporting events booked by the Providence Warwick CVB generated $73.65 million in direct spending for Rhode Island.

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Southern Classics and Local Ingredients Are Hallmarks of Alabama's Group Dining Scene

Groups heading to Alabama can count on all manner of Southern comfort, including hospitality, cozy accommodations, meeting space that encourages productivity and, of course, some of the most delicious food and beverages in the country.

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Atlantic City’s Persistent Push for Meetings Reaps Rewards

How did America’s resurgent coastal playground perform in 2018? Kevin Ortzman, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey and regional president for Caesars Entertainment, deemed the summer season in particular “the best in recent years" for Atlantic City.

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Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier Engage Groups With Integrated Experiences

From its famed cuisine to art museums and musical landmarks, Shreveport-Bossier and Baton Rouge invite groups to experience Louisiana’s culture.

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Central East Florida Is a Hotbed for Group Adventures

From boating to bird-watching and everything in between, countless experiences in Florida's Space Coast and Daytona Beach ensure that meetings won’t be all work and no play. The Space Coast, known for its spectacular launches at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, also has some of the best beaches across the globe, where groups can explore diverse natural habitats.

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9 Indiana Event Venues That Add a Dash of Splash

If your attendees are being sequestered within the four bland walls of a cookie-cutter hotel to suffer through endless PowerPoints punctuated by flavorless breaks and networking events that rival watching paint dry, you’re going to want to mix it up by using a special venue. Meetings Today teamed up with Chuck Salem to profile some of the top off-site options available in Indiana.

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Landmark Event Venues in California's Sacramento, Central Valley and High Sierra Preserve History

The rich history of California’s state capital, Sacramento, as well as the Central Valley cities to the south and national parks of the High Sierra, is not gone nor forgotten. Groups can warmly embrace the region’s past in off-site venues that tell stories of grand, earlier times.

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New Hotels and Group Venues Rise in Kansas City's Metro

The Kansas City metropolitan area boasts more than 33,000 hotel rooms, with an additional 4,500 keys planned by 2020. Cities on both sides of the Missouri River are experiencing growth and changes that are making the destination easier to access and more convenient to travel within.

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North Carolina's Triad Brings Groups Out After Hours

The trio of cities that make up the Triad region of North Carolina—Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem—welcome groups with a variety of after-hours attractions and activities, including everything from a pub crawl to an escape room to a great meal at a local restaurant.

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Wisconsin’s Lakes and Rivers Are Perfect for Events

Almost anywhere in Wisconsin, sparkling lakes and rivers replete with recreational opportunities and shoreline venues are close at hand. As such, the state abounds with water-related experiences for groups to enjoy, including many tied into Wisconsin’s unique history and culture.

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Groups in Mexico Can Give Back With CSR Opportunities

Whether it’s leaving a smaller footprint or helping those in need, meeting and incentive groups are finding an ever-increasing number of ways to have a positive effect on the places they visit around Mexico. Call it voluntourism, call it CSR or simply call it doing good—the results can be rewarding for everyone involved.

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Nevada’s Thriving Economy Drives Group Business Forward

Mineral-rich Nevada, founded on gold and silver, is a place of opportunity for business ventures and meetings.

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Disney Catered Events Culinary Director John Clark Infuses Magic Into Meetings Menus

In today’s meetings and events scene, the F&B business is show business, and nowhere is this more evident than with the top-shelf team at Disney Catered Events. The catering theater staged by Disney is worthy of a Hollywood production, or in this case, Walt Disney World, with Culinary Director John Clark in a leading role. And for Clark, as the saying goes, business is good.

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Independent Life: Every Independent Event Planner Is an Entrepreneur

Do you remember the moment when you were introduced to the meetings industry? How did you feel? I have been an entrepreneur and an independent planner for more than 20 years, and yes, to me every independent planner IS an entrepreneur. And we're facing similar challenges too!

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Talking Trends With Event Tech Guru Corbin Ball

The expert of record for all things meetings tech for more than 20 years, Corbin Ball—owner of Corbin Ball & Co.—has ingrained himself in the meetings industry on a global level. An inveterate traveler—he spends about a third of his time on the road every year—Ball recently received the highest honor in the industry after being inducted into the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Hall of Leaders.

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Events Industry Boosts Global GDP by $1.5 Trillion

The Events Industry Council (EIC) released the final results of the Global Economic Significance of Business Events report, the first worldwide study on the economic importance of face-to-face business meetings and events.

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SPINCon 2018: As Gloriously Giddy and Game-Changing As Ever

Unicorns? Check. A wizard? Check. Dance breaks? Check. Bingo pajama party? Check. Game-changing sessions and connections? That’s definitely a check.

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Kimpton’s 2019 Culinary and Cocktail Trends

Sustainability and wellness are on-trend and continue to drive the superfood revolution and the whole vegetable movement, according to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ fifth annual Culinary + Cocktail Trend Forecast. However, the emergence of more adventurous preferences, from offal-based dishes to bold African and Israeli influences hasn’t slowed, according to the 2019 forecast from Kimpton.

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