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Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson explores Marriott International's collaboration with the PCMA Foundation on their "Trends for the Future of Meetings" project. Marriott's senior marketing manager, Amy Popper, explains the program and is joined by four of her Marriott property colleagues who describe how they're facilitating the trends at their hotels. Also: An update on Marriott's ambitious new Mastermind program.

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sits down with Javier Cano, vice president and market general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE about how L.A. LIVE has transformed a once-neglected Downtown L.A. into a high-profile meetings mecca.

Meetings Today Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson explores the many water-based activity options for groups visiting San Diego, with Blaine Amidei of DMC company Access. In San Diego there's water, water everywhere, so get your groups out on it!

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer for the Atlanta CVB, about how the destination is gearing up for the big game, and what it means for meetings and conventions groups in the future.

Sarah Kloepple and Christoph Trappe discuss recent airport travel experiences during the government shutdown and provide some general tips for navigating security and reducing stress for everyone. Remember to be nice to TSA workers and definitely arrive a little earlier at the airport!

Richard Hovel, Mid-Century Modern expert and owner/manager at the Palm Springs' Desert Star vacation rental complex, discusses with Meetings Today’s Marlene Goldman the history of Mid-Century Modern architecture and how groups can experience the popular phenomenon in Palm Springs, California. He also talks about the annual Modernism Week event, this year from Feb. 14 to Feb. 24, 2019.

Staff Writer Sarah Kloepple talks with Becky Andrzejak, exhibit and events manager for Johnson Controls, at AHR Expo in Atlanta about why her company's two-story exhibit booth, also referred to as a double-deck booth, provides some serious competitive advantages on the tradeshow floor.

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Frank Passanante, Senior Vice President of Hilton Worldwide Sales - Americas, about the iconic brand's Golden Anniversary.

Michelle Milligan, Society of Government Meeting Professionals National President (SGMP), discusses with Meetings Today the impact of the U.S. federal government shutdown on meeting planners and the meetings industry.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Thrive! Meetings & Events’ Tracy Stuckrath about what planners need to know about F&B preferences, restrictions and how to make sure attendees who have allergies are protected. Stuckrath is the foremost group F&B food allergy expert in the industry.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson discusses the “what-ifs” regarding internet connectivity and audiovisual services following reports that CenturyLink suffered severe outages across its network. Also, Jon Trask fills meeting planners in on his tips for saving money on AV at events.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson saddled up for behind-the-scenes access to the Grand National Rodeo, held in mid-October 2018 at the Cow Palace, in Daly City, California. Like the 77-year-old venue, the multigenerational world of rodeo is a quintessential study in Americana, attracting young and old to test their mettle. Tyler interviews Cindy Rosser, the second-generation leader of Flying U Rodeo Company, and Ellen Carr, a 70-year-old former competitor whose granddaughter tested her skill at Jackpot Barrel Racing at the event.

Meetings Today’s Lori Tenny discusses sexual harassment and strategies to combat it in the hospitality and meetings industries with Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, and Sarah Soliman Daudin and Courtney Stanley, creators of #MeetingsToo: How to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment at Events.

Amid the high-energy hustle of IMEX America, Meetings Today’s Lori Tenny takes a breather in the Be Well Lounge with Dale Hudson, knowledge and events director for IMEX, and Lee Papa, mindfulness speaker and trainer, to discuss innovative CSR and wellness initiatives at the show and in the industry. They also talk about the importance of self-care for meeting planners, with a short meditation session thrown in for good measure.

Meetings Today Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson discusses LGBT+ issues in the meetings industry with Charles Chan Massey, a 30-year meetings industry veteran and advocate who remembers the "secret handshake" days. Now LGBT+ meeting professionals have their own association.

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