October 2019

From Olympic athletes and cooking show stars to local TV personalities, bringing in a well-known personality can create a buzz around your event, encourage attendance and even help enhance the educational element central to most meetings. Read more on this topic in our October 2019 cover story. Digital Edition >>


10 Tips for Better Attendee Engagement at Events

Creating engagement with attendees has become the driving force of modern meetings.

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IMEX America 2019: All of Our Event Coverage in One Place

Check out our articles, podcast episodes, videos and other coverage from IMEX America.

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Star Power: 5 Tips for Hiring Celebrity Speakers for Events

Create buzz around your event with the help of high-profile speakers without sacrificing your event’s theme and design with these tips from meeting professionals and speakers.

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At Green Bay’s Titletown Every Day is Game Day

At Green Bay’s Titletown, a mixed-use development just west of Lambeau Field, every day is game day. The community, developed by the Green Bay Packers, was designed for cheeseheads and visitors to unite for year-round entertainment, activities and experiences. Read more.

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The Orange Loop Launches Exciting Event Options in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, New Jersey’s ambitious new Tennessee Loop development, located in a formerly rough stretch of Tennessee Avenue, is luring meetings events off the Boardwalk with artisanal offerings and innovative local cuisine and crafted cocktails. Learn more.

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Virginia’s History, Resorts and Culture Make it an Attractive Meetings Destination

Virginia’s history, resorts and culture make it an attractive meetings destination in 2019. Read to discover the state’s best-in-class venues and other group offerings.

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New and Expanded Convention Centers Heat Up the Texas Market

The Texas convention center scene is a competitive market. With new developments stretching from the DFW Metroplex to West Texas, read the latest on the Lone Star State convention scene.

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7 Ways to Savor Sonoran Cuisine in Tucson

Tucson received an UNESCO designation in 2015 as America’s first City of Gastronomy and has been a culinary leader ever since. Read on for seven ways groups can savor the Arizona city’s Sonoran cuisine.

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Projects in the Pocono Mountains Region Expands Meetings Options

Nestled in northeast Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains region is an easy escape from the metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia. In recent years, the region’s options for meeting groups has expanded with several large casino resorts, as well as retreat-like properties, but the small-town welcome remains strong.

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Four Options for On-the-Lake Meetings in the Midwest

Groups meeting at one of the many lakeside properties and venues in the Midwest often get splendid water views alongside their events, but for a true “lake meeting,” attendees can cruise the waterways aboard an array of vessels. Read about these four options for on-the-lake experiences in the Midwest.

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6 Stellar San Antonio Offsite Venues That Seriously Elevate Meetings

San Antonio has many unique offsite venues for meetings and events. The historic Alamo and other popular tourist attractions double as event venues, including San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Witte Museum. Read on for all the options.

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9 Offsite Venues in Savannah that Show Off Unique Southern Charm

As Savannah’s convention center prepares to expand, so do the up-and-coming city’s unique groups venues and experiences. Read more for a roundup of the best ways for visiting meetings delegates to experience Savannah, Georgia.

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Virginia Country Comfort Awaits Groups at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant

Senior contributor Jeff Heilman reports on what groups meeting at Middleburg, Virginia’s Goodstone Inn & Restaurant can expect on their next visit. Read for meeting space details, culinary offerings and more.

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New Mexico Meetings Developments Reach ‘Breaking Bad’-Level Hype

The new El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie debuted on October 11 on Netflix and is sure to bring fresh attention Albuquerque, which has welcomed several new meeting facility improvements, along with its counterparts Santa Fe and Taos.

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Chicago’s Historic Hotels Transport Meetings to an Era of Opulence

Chicago is a city that is defined by its architecture, giving rise to the term “skyscraper” with the construction of the first steel-frame Home Insurance Building in 1885. The city is also home to several historic hotels that helped define the modern concept of meeting and convention accommodations.

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Why Northeast Florida Is a Playground for Outdoor Group Adventure

On a recent trip to St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, Senior Contributor Jennifer Juergens explores why Northeast Florida is such a treasure trove for outdoor group adventure.

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North Carolina Group Dining Shows Off Its Southern Culture

Meeting planners can take advantage of dinner theater, waterfront restaurants, new food halls and more in North Carolina—from Greensboro to Wilmington.

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5 Ways to Infuse Pennsylvania Dutch Country History Into Meetings

Hershey, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York play an important role in the history of Pennsylvania and the United States. The culture and traditions of the early German setters, known as Pennsylvania Dutch, can be seen and experienced throughout the region today. Here are five ways groups can experience the area's rich history at meetings and events.

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Circa Resort & Casino Is Coming to Downtown Las Vegas

Circa Resort & Casino is coming to downtown Las Vegas, adding accommodations, meeting space and gaming to the Freemont Street Experiece area.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s Microbrewery Gives Groups Something to Cheers

Craft beer is taking the spotlight at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The property is home to Tres Cerveza’s Brewery, the only microbrewery in an all-inclusive hotel. This onsite microbrewery not only offers attendees a taste of locally made beers—the resort has its own brewmaster and craft beer expert who brews in house—but the venue can also be used for meetings, breakouts and private events.

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Hard Lessons From the Las Vegas Mass Shooting Settlement

The legal settlement from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas resulting from the October 2017 mass shooting offers a number of lessons for the meetings and events industry regarding crisis management and risk mitigation. Learn more.

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Teneo Hospitality Adds Four Nobu Hotels to Its Portfolio

Teneo Hospitality Group added Nobu Hotels and four of its properties—Nobu Chicago, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nobu Miami and Nobu Los Cabos—to its U.S. and Mexico portfolios. Read more.

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Caesars Forum Strides to Open

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

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5 Spooky City Ghost Tours in America

On the road for meetings in October? Add a little spookiness to the agenda while convening in some of America’s most-haunted big cities. Here’s our recommendations for ghost tours in Savannah, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; New Orleans; San Diego; and Chicago.

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Follow the Basics When Planning and Holding Meetings

Whether it’s an internal executive committee meeting at your office or an annual sales meeting for 1,000 people, there must be a plan in place to make it a positive, collaborative experience for all attendees. It must be a plan that will keep attendees engaged, motivated and provide an ROI for their time spent in the meeting.

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How to Hire a Speaker Without Actually Talking to Them

Not having a one-on-one conversation with a speaker may seem like a risky proposition, but following are five tips from experts on how to hire a speaker without actually talking to them, in order to save time and create efficiencies. Read more and tell us if you agree!

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Events Veteran Gives Back By Serving His Country

While many in the meetings, events and hospitality industry donate their time and money to helping the less fortunate in the communities in which they live and the destinations where they meet, entertainment producer Mark Sonder answered the call of his country by volunteering in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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CBD and Ugly Produce Among Benchmark’s Top F&B Trends for 2020

Groups will see more food and beverage using CBD, plant-based protein and ugly produce next year, according to Benchmark’s recently released Top Dining Trends for 2020.

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2 Premier Destinations Fall Big in CWT’s Top Meetings Cities List

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, released its annual top 10 cities for meetings and events in North America list—and there’s a lot of movement.

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From Boardroom to Surfboard: Groups Get a Coastal Experience at the L’Auberge Del Mar

L’Auberge Del Mar, set steps from the Pacific Ocean in San Diego’s coastal North County, may be reminiscent of a private Southern California beach house, but it’s loaded with all of the amenities and space for refined meetings and events.

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Live! by Loews Hotel Opens in Arlington, Texas, Near Cowboys and Rangers Stadiums

Live! by Loews Hotel—Arlington, Texas, opened at Texas Live!, the city's Entertainment District. The 14-floor, $150 million hotel features an outdoor lounge and bar with a view of the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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