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Tyler Davidson sat down with MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer at MPI WEC 2019 in Toronto following the association’s press conference during the event. Van Deventer provided an update on what’s new with the organization and discussed its latest initiatives, including its work to fight against human trafficking.

The main theme of MPI's World Education Congress 2019 and many of its educational sessions is designing event experiences. For venues, this means taking a completely new approach to meeting space design. Adam Wueller, director of creative product innovation at Hilton, discusses with Danielle LeBreck the hotel brand's new innovative approach to the design of its meeting spaces.

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with representatives of MPAHT (Meeting Planners Against Human Trafficking) at MPI WEC 2019 about how meeting planners and facilities can join the fight against a terrible scourge that often involves the sexual exploitation of children.

What new tech will save you money and make your job planning meetings and events easier? Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson joins up with Dahlia El Gazzar, from Dahlia+, to explore the event tech offerings at MPI WEC's Tech Pavilion.

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Michael Cerbelli, ringleader of Michael Cerbelli's The Hot List™, about the hottest new event products and performance trends, and how planners can incorporate them into their events. This episode was recorded live at MPI WEC 2019.

IACC CEO Mark Cooper details the findings from the 2019 Meeting Room of the Future Report, and how meetings and events will be transformed in the near future. Episode recorded at MPI WEC 2019.

In this edition of Meetings Today's The Weekly Wrap, Tyler Davidson details stories on meetings tech giant Cvent's acquisition of DoubleDutch, Joan Eisenstodt's series on end-of-life and life-cycle event planners, a comprehensive guide to planning for people with disabilities and our upcoming F&B trends webinar with Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci.

From hosting the first-ever World Pride in the U.S. this June to major openings in all five boroughs, NYC is having a “monumental” 2019. Chris Heywood, SVP of Global Communications for NYC & Company, shares the highlights with Brooklyn-based Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman. 

Rampaging horses! Fallen doves! Banquet cheese that is not cheese at all! Check out our Meetings Horror Stories story on Meetings Today--you'll have to read it to believe it! Also: MGM layoffs, mini-toiletry bottle bans, a Rubik's Cube artist for your events and Aventri's top U.S. meeting and event venues.

Keynote speaker. Meeting planner. Hotel sales professional. Deborah Gardner has done it all, and shares her nearly 30 years of meetings industry knowledge and trends predictions with Meetings Today Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson.

Tyler Davidson discusses some of the top developments in the meetings industry for the week, including our June 2019 cover story about stellar rooftop event venues and MGM International's scuttling of plans for acquiring the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort casino in the Boston suburb of Everett.

Meetings Today Contributor Jennifer Juergens sits down with Craig Schoninger, director of marketing at northeast Florida’s Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge & Club, to discuss the fascinating history of the property and why its status as an independent, family-owned hotel translates into high levels of service and the flexibility to offer 10 percent commissions.

In our newly rebranded weekly podcast covering some of the top stories from Meetings Today, editor Tyler Davidson highlights an article on what could be severe meetings industry financial ramifications resulting from states' restrictive anti-abortion laws, along with a piece on laws governing service animals and coverage of the buying power of the LGBT MPA.

The Military Reunion Network's Sharon Danitschek explains how her company and its military veteran attendees accommodate service animals at their meetings. She also shares information about how her meeting planner colleagues and facilities can comply with federal law regarding service animals.

In this edition of Destination Spotlight, I chat with Christoph Trappe and Sandra Fancher—who work for Stamats, our corporate parent—about their recent trip to Anaheim for a meeting. We discuss the best airports serving the Anaheim area, meeting spaces at Hyatt Regency Orange County and more.

Meetings Today Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson discusses a new event app download lure—free drinks! Plus a first look at new software that may eliminate the need to hire translation services and rent equipment and booth space, and the resignation of Phillip Jones as the CEO of VisitDallas.

Completing an $18 million refresh, Galloway, New Jersey's historic Seaview is a group sanctuary with perennial appeal. Mike Tidwell, director of sales and marketing, shares some of the unique stories and renewal highlights of the historic property with Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman.

Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe stayed on the Tampa Riverwalk during a trip to southern Florida in 2019 and shared some area updates for meeting and event planners, including information on the neighboring Amalie Arena and the Tampa Convention Center.

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