Magazines

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 >>

Features

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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Destinations

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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Triad, North Carolina, Bring 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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Independent Life: Every Independent 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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