April 2019

Spring is in the air, along with the new beginnings that come with it. As we embark on one of the most beautiful and regenerative times of the year, we shake off the doldrums of winter and embrace the warmth of renewal. Check out the April 2019 issue for a Spring Wellness Toolkit for and much more. Digital Edition >>


4 Luxury Hotels That Are Redefining the Upscale Experience

Here are four standout luxury hotels that give groups some of the most unique settings and experiences imaginable for events.

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Gaylord Rockies: On the Scene at Colorado’s Massive New Meetings Resort

During a recent visit to Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, it was easy to see why the property, not to mention the destination of Aurora, has become a magnet for business and leisure travelers.

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Lululemon’s Deb Gee Shares Wellness Event Tips for Spring

Spring is in the air, along with the new beginnings that come with it. As we embark on one of the most beautiful and regenerative times of the year, we shake off the doldrums of winter and embrace the warmth of renewal. A great way to start anew is by designing mindful events inspired by the season as well as personal daily rituals of mindfulness for yourself and your attendees, according to Lululemon's Deb Gee.

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6 Innovative Convention Center Projects That Are Reinventing the U.S. Meetings Landscape

Innovation is requisite for staying ahead in the convention business. It’s second nature for Las Vegas, and it’s also the watchword for reinvention in convention markets around the U.S.

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Irresistible—and Often Unexpected—Ways to Connect With Maui Culture During Your Event

From experiential travel options to culinary and agritourism activities, Maui has a way of grabbing you and never letting go. I still associate one of the most memorable experiences of my life with this magical island.

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Utah’s Warm-Weather Adventures Give Groups Diverse Activity Options Indoors and Out

Utah’s beautiful landscapes will inspire groups during year-round, but the spring and summer months, which bring particularly gorgeous weather and lower room rates, are especially appealing to groups who’d like to include outdoor pursuits and travel to off-site events as part of the meeting itinerary.

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Lake Tahoe Meetings Allow Groups Time to Retreat, Relax and Recharge

It’s been scientifically proven that spending time in nature and breathing fresh air improves physical and emotional well-being. Whether it’s the swoosh of skis over powder-white snow, the push of a paddle over emerald-green water or the gentle mountain breeze while meditating amid towering pines, there’s nothing quite like Lake Tahoe to drive that point home.

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6 Raleigh Arts Institutions for Creative Off-Site Events

Groups seeking inspiration during a meeting are encouraged to visit Raleigh's robust arts scene, which includes Southeast’s most impressive Auguste Rodin collection, an exciting calendar of live music ranging from symphony to rock, and theater productions that rival those on Broadway. These places offer some of Raleigh’s most outstanding settings for off-site gatherings.

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Louisiana Is a Southern Standout for Off-Site Event Venues

With powerhouse venues like the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Shreveport Convention Center and the massive Cajundome and Convention Center, you’d think Louisiana would have meeting facilities covered. But alongside the main course of major meeting real estate is the “special sauce” of smaller off-site venues representing the many flavors of Louisiana.

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Eco-Friendly Features Keep Georgia’s Cities Sustainable for Meetings and Events

The Deep South has never been thought of as a leader in the ecology and sustainability movement, but like many things about Georgia, its progress may surprise you. Especially when it comes to urban areas and meeting and tourism facilities that are answering a call to build a sustainable future.

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6 Standout Off-Site Event Venues Beckon Galveston Groups With Thrills, History and Culture

From thrill rides and arcade attractions at Pleasure Pier to historic Victorian mansions that somehow survived one of the nation’s biggest natural disasters, Galveston’s array of off-site venues provide a truly unique setting to get away from a day of meetings.

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Hilton Head’s Outdoor Adventures Create Lowcountry Highs for Groups

The coastal communities of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Daufuskie Island offer outdoor adventures that give groups a sense of the area’s landscape, history and culture along with a healthy helping of excitement. From a dinner cruise on the water, to horseback riding on the beach, to a helicopter tour, attendees can experience Hilton Head Island and the neighboring enclaves through sea, land and air activities.

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Pennsylvania’s Historic Meeting Sites Have a Story to Tell

From Hershey, the “Sweetest Place on Earth,” to the Poconos Mountains Visitors Bureau’s brand pillars of “ease, authenticity and refreshment,” Pennsylvania's historic destinations leverage strategic messaging—and defining venues and experiences—as strong calls to action for memorable meetings and events.

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Central Illinois Tempts Groups With Food Tours, Cooking Classes and Other Culinary Experiences

Like the chocolate wrapped in the middle of a croissant, the culinary scene in Central Illinois is surprising and delicious. In this decidedly tasty region, including Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria and Champaign County, visiting groups are encouraged to include a fun experience featuring local food and beverage sometime during the meeting.

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The Top Group Wellness Options in Southern California’s Inland Empire

The Inland Empire, nestled in the center of Southern California, is surrounded by mountains and vineyards, and olive and orange groves fill the valleys. Combine this bounty with its spas, resorts and cuisine that highlights this local produce, and there is a bumper crop of wellness options that can be harvested by groups.

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Using Science to Create a Better Meetings Experience

According to MGM Resorts' Michael Dominguez, combining science and meetings has never been as important than it is now.

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On the Scene: Marriott CRN’s SoCal Properties Deliver the Personal Touch on a Convention-Sized Scale

The personal touch, even with convention-sized groups, is a hallmark of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network (CRN), which is comprised of 115—and always rapidly growing!—of the world’s largest brand’s biggest group properties. Meetings Today got to sample the CRN touch on a recent familiarization trip to four of its Southern California properties.

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Executive Chef Octavio Sabado Caters to Groups' Dietary Needs Without Them Even Asking

With a career firmly rooted in the food scene of Southern California, chef Octavio Sabado has an acute sense of culinary trends and which of them are here to stay. He gets to put this knowledge to good use as executive chef of the Westdrift Manhattan Beach. Sabado’s menu at the hotel’s signature eatery Jute Coastal Kitchen + Bar and the group banquets it serves, is filled with dishes that could be considered special dietary menus elsewhere.

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7 Secrets to Developing Your Business Network

For all meeting and event planners—and owners of an independent meeting planning company, especially—developing and leveraging a business network is critical to success.

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SEARCH Foundation Rescues Hospitality and Event Professionals in Need

Whether one is hit with a sudden illness or is a victim of a natural disaster, having a network of industry peers that can extend a helping hand can be a lifeline in times of trouble. For those in the hospitality industry, the SEARCH Foundation is that lifeline.

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Beyond ADA: A Site Inspection and Disability Accommodation Checklist for Events

Most hotels in the U.S. say they are “ADA Compliant.” This checklist will guide you to look at what makes a meeting or event accommodating beyond the ADA requirements.

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Life Balance: Kalahari Resorts—When Event Attendees Want to Bring Their Family Along

Kalahari Resorts is home to the world’s largest indoor waterparks, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The original Wisconsin Dells location is currently expanding its convention center and provides a family-friendly space that can lead to an increase in your next meeting’s attendance.

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Meetings Industry Changemakers Launch Professional Development Program for Women

Storytelling is at the heart of CAPTURE, a new professional development program unveiled by Sarah Soliman Daudin, president of Soliman Productions, and Courtney Stanley, owner of CS Consulting, as part of their newly announced partnership and brand, SarahxCourtney, which will also include one-on-one mentorship, speaking engagements and other initiatives.

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6 Ways to Empower Women in the Workplace

As a female who has worked in the corporate world for more than two decades and been athletic since childhood, I’ve recently been inspired by a Nike ad narrated by tennis icon Serena Williams that aims to encourage women and girls to “Dream Crazier” and reach for the stars. In the spirit of following dreams in an environment that provides the opportunities to do so, here are six great ways to empower women in the workplace.

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MGM Grand Conference Center Wraps Innovative Expansion

MGM Resorts International unveiled the $130 million, 250,000-square-foot expansion of its MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, introducing copious new spaces and creative new options to accommodate the evolving need for collaborative, productive and healthy work spaces.

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Cvent's Director of Meetings Shares What Inspires Her

While Cvent is the leading industry data and RFP platform for planners and suppliers, it is also a major producer of meetings. According to Rachel Andrews, director of meetings and events at Cvent, planning for the event tech giant is a source of constant change, whether stitching together its annual Cvent CONNECT conference, integrating staffs and resources after one of its many acquisitions or any number of other internal or client events.

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Hilton Launches Signia Hotel Brand, With an Emphasis on Events

Hilton launched Signia Hilton, a new brand focused on meetings and events. According to Hilton, the hotels will incorporate technology and design into every aspect of the guest experience. The global brand will include a portfolio of hotels in popular urban and resort locales. The first Signia Hilton properties will include Signia Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Signia Hilton Atlanta and Signia Hilton Indianapolis.

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