June 2019


7 Stellar Rooftop Bars for Private Events

These seven outstanding rooftop bars for private events will add levity to any occasion with open-air environments, dramatic city skyline views and high-end food and drink.

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19 Event Planning Tips From SMERF Meeting Experts

SMERF segment meeting planners representing social, military, education, religious and fraternal organizations share their greatest event planning tips and challenges. Organizations include Full Gospel Baptist, the Military Reunion Network, Any Reason to Plan and Duke University.

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6 Free Group Activities in Austin for Events on a Budget

For event planners on a budget, taking care of business while giving their attendees opportunities to explore a city can be difficult. Luckily, there are a whole host of free group activities available in Austin, Texas, from touring the Texas State Capitol to catching a free concert at Zilker Park—all conveniently located near the Austin Convention Center and hotels.

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Nightlife Options for Kentucky Meetings: Fine Bourbon, Down-Home Cooking and Horses 24/7

Whether meeting in northern Kentucky or its biggest city, read on for all the ways to incorporate the spirit of the Bluegrass state into your event agenda after sundown.

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4 Key West Chefs Dish on Why Groups Should Experience Local Seafood

These prominent chefs of Key West that specialize in group dining give us the dish on their freshest eats and how they use local seafood in their menus.

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4 Natural Montana Locales for Groups to Unwind, Recharge

Montana has plenty of wide-open spaces, including nine National Park Service areas, so it’s no surprise that infusing wellness and relaxation into a meetings retreat is not hard in Big Sky County. From relaxing at natural hot springs to equestrian therapy, here are four places where groups can take advantage of the state’s beauty and nature.

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8 Ways to Incorporate the Colorado Springs Art Scene Into Your Event

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is visually stunning. Attendees meeting here already count on visits to natural wonders, including Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, but the manmade arts scene is just as impressive.

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Ways Event Planners Can Take Advantage of Current Culture and Old West History in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas, is perhaps the most iconic of Old West destinations, with a cowboy heritage shining through in its working Fort Worth Stockyards, a must-visit site for leisure travelers and meeting delegates alike. But many may not know that Fort Worth is a world-class arts and museum town with event-ready fine arts institutions.

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New Jersey Event Venue Highlights: Casino Resorts, Historic Mansions and More

Meetings and events are anything but boring when hosted in one of these unique venues in New Jersey. Casino resorts in Atlantic City and a museum housed in a historic mansion in Morristown are just a few of the many sites you should host your next event in the Garden State.

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5 Fresh New Food Experiences of Oahu and Kauai Are Rooted in Hawaii’s Rich Heritage

Five new food experiences of Oahu and Kauai are rooted in Hawaii’s rich heritage. Take Michelle Obama’s favorite organic farm, jammin’ preserves, a hip food tour and one of the world’s largest coffee plantations.

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New Developments in Fort Wayne, Indiana, That Meeting Planners Should Care About

Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers a compact downtown convention core next to its Grand Wayne Convention Center, as well as a new Riverside Fort Wayne development that is bringing a new commercial, residential, nightlife and dining scene to the city. The Grand Wayne Convention Center also offers a wide variety of free services to meeting planners.

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8 Group-Friendly Activities in Wisconsin Dells—Beyond Waterparks

From boat tours and golf tournaments to escape rooms and supper clubs, delight attendees and enhance the meeting agenda with eight quintessential Wisconsin Dells activities for groups that don’t want to get wet.

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These Magnificent New Mexico Offsite Venues Will Inspire Groups Through Art

When combined with its melting pot of cultures, this heady mixture of New Mexico arts and culture translates into a gallery of great offsite options for meetings and events groups.

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What to Eat and Drink in Myrtle Beach: Food Experiences, Group Dining and Local Beer and Wine

Myrtle Beach is located on the Atlantic Coast and has a rich culinary history. Both its location and past have influenced the area’s cuisine. Sample the best Lowcountry dishes, seafood and local beverages through foodie experiences, groups dining at restaurants and winery and brewery tours with these top recommendations for what to eat and drink in Myrtle Beach.

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The Gaylord Rockies Effect: Rapid Meetings Growth in Aurora, Colorado

The late 2018 opening of Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center brings massive meetings and economic growth to Aurora, Colorado, prompting additional new developments and revitalization of old spaces.

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Marriott Marquis San Diego’s New F&B Program Gives Groups a Taste of the City

At the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina groups can now get a taste of San Diego’s diverse culinary scene without leaving the property. Neighborhood is a new food and beverage program for meetings and events inspired by the flavors, local specialties and cultural offerings of San Diego’s neighborhoods.

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10 Crucial Meetings Food and Beverage Trends From Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment excels at catering meeting functions ranging from 10 to 10,000 people. Here are my 10 key F&B trends and best practices that meeting planners can incorporate to deliver a high-quality event.

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3 Meetings Horror Stories: Wild Horses, Dead Doves and a Near-Disastrous Lunch

In the first installment of "Meetings Horror Stories" we heard from planners and industry veterans about what can go wrong when your CEO wants to make an entrance on a horse, why releasing live doves at your event might not be the best idea and why if it's not on the menu ... it's probably not what you think!

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How an ‘Accidental Career’ Birthed Andrea Michaels’ Extraordinary Events

Extraordinary Events President Andrea Michaels has taken a leading role in shaping the special events industry as we know it, but in a segment defined by the stories it imparts to attendees, she has a few of her own to share.

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