Recent Articles

09/18/2020

The transformative $20 million renovation of Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Resorts® was completed early fall. Located along Myrtle Beach’s tranquil and expansive Grand Strand, the investment brings the new owners EOS’s vision to life for the future of the resort. Learn more.

09/17/2020

What can we do to unite our country in the midst of ongoing divisiveness? Johanna Maska, host of Pod is a Woman, CEO of Global Situation Room and former White House Director of Press Advance for President Barack Obama, discusses how bringing people together who don't agree, getting involved at the local level, and not backing down from tough conversations are the keys to creating a more connected, inclusive community.

09/15/2020

When face-to-face events return, the deeper connections, personalization, sharing of ideas and on-demand content that was the new normal in virtual events will make the even newer hybrid live event experience even more rewarding and relevant. Here’s how to make it happen.

09/14/2020

From virtual moments of delight to full-blown (socially distanced) dance parties, Luster brings people together wherever they are through its Virtual Mosaics, whether that be virtually from around the globe or closer to home and even in person. Read more.

09/10/2020

Join Meetings Today, presenter Janice Litvin and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Visitor and Convention Bureau for this free one-hour webinar that will demonstrate both the advantages of using natural settings for meetings and also Fort Myers and Sanibel, in Southwest Florida, as a destination that boasts scores of outdoor activity and meetings options.

09/02/2020

From a pedestrian bridge over the Tennessee River to a former site of the 1982 World’s Fair, East Tennessee’s major meetings markets—Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Chattanooga—offer plenty of unique spaces for outdoor events.

08/31/2020

Groups participating in the Virtual Floral Design Experience learn the fundamentals of floral care and design, along with step-by-step instructions for cutting, arranging and styling arrangements in various vase sizes and styles. Read more. 

08/27/2020

Boost your essential meeting and event planning powers via our free eHandbooks, available in the Meetings Today eBookshelf.

08/27/2020

From simple Zoom meetings to full-blow programs, the meetings world has moved online. Download this free guide to bridging the meetings experience between live and online.

08/27/2020

Michael Dominguez, CEO of ALHI (Associated Luxury Hotels International), brought meeting planners to the Omni Dallas Hotel for a one-day showcase of what their events may look like after the industry awakens from its COVID-19 slumber.

08/24/2020

Top Cvent execs Brian Ludwig and David Quattrone talk with Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson about how the meetings tech giant pivoted to virtual for its big annual conference and is expecting 40,000 attendees. Also, discover their predictions about the direction of the meetings industry.

08/20/2020

What winning strategies have two of the industry’s most accomplished women applied to their career journeys? Annette Gregg, Senior Vice President, Experience at Meeting Professionals International and Jenn Artura, Senior Director, Global Events & Incentive Programs at Veritas Technologies LLC., discuss how leaning into office politics, engaging sponsors with intention, and boldly creating self-visibility have been key to their professional advancement.

08/17/2020

The Cup Bearer is a bartending and mixology catering company that breathes the same life it provides for live events into the virtual experience. Whether onsite or virtual, each cocktail is diligently crafted from scratch, as guests are drawn into a playful performance. Read more.

08/14/2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic and travel and meetings shutdown resulting in the greatest disruption the travel industry has ever seen—reports point to 53% unemployment in this segment!—everyone needs to be prepared to adapt quickly to change. In effect, be their own CEO.

Over the last few months, Don Phin, Esq., has presented a unique program to many CEOs across the country, and we thought it would be a great idea to have him share some of his insights with you. What Don shares will provide you with is a powerful story to help navigate through these stressful times.

While there are certain things we have to do in a crisis, equally important is that we “show up” right while doing them. We want to be a non-anxious presence in a hyper-anxious world. In this free one-hour Zoom video presentation, Don will give us a deep understanding of how you can help bring order and sanity to the chaos.

08/14/2020

The value of in-person events in undeniable. With hybrid and in-person events returning in the near future, event professionals need to make sure the safety and well-being of attendees and staff is the top priority.

08/06/2020

COVID-19 has upended operations and created a “new normal.” Organizers today want technologies to help maintain social-distancing guidelines and make their events as touchless as possible. These nine tech tools below can help you get back to business.

08/03/2020

Virtual meetings have been valuable tools during the pandemic, but nothing can replace the impact of face-to-face meetings. Here’s what the Myrtle Beach area is doing now to make sure we all can meet responsibly when you’re ready.

07/30/2020

Outdoor event options, nearby National Parks and recent renovations and openings in key cities like Billings and Missoula put Montana in a good position for future group gatherings, especially for regional drive-to meetings.

07/28/2020

To help meeting and event planners find their bearings as they prepare to hold live meetings again, Meetings Today has launched the “Navigating the New Meeting Landscape” eHandbook, filled with resources and critical tips and strategies to keep their attendees safe and protect the financial health of the organizations they plan for.

07/28/2020

Meetings Today asked National Coalition for Black Meeting Professionals Chair Jason Dunn some key questions about his association, its role in advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the meetings industry, and the prevalence of systemic racism in the U.S. socially and professionally.

07/23/2020

How do our communication techniques play a role in the trajectory of our success? At every turn, we’re given opportunities to amplify others, speak our truth, and provide honest feedback. Elisabeth Diana, Vice President of Communications at Instagram, shares how practicing “real talk,” being concise and owning moments of redemption pave the way for a more rewarding professional journey.

07/16/2020

Buffets? Gone. And don’t even think about a donut wall! The meetings F&B environment has been disrupted flatter than a collapsed souffle, but that doesn’t mean you need to let the air out of your culinary programs.

Tracy Stuckrath, owner of thrive! meetings & events, is the foremost expert on food allergies in the meetings and conventions environment, and has extended her knowledge to operating in the COVID-19 environment. This Meetings Today Podcast with Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson gets Stuckrath’s take on how to manage your post-shutdown culinary programs, what to ask venues and attendees, and the life-and-death matter of food allergies.

07/15/2020

Virtual events have quickly become the norm in today’s world, but as we think ahead, what will events in the near future look like? Hybrid events that provide engaging in-person experiences, while also incorporating key virtual elements, enable event professionals to offer a dynamic event for attendees however they choose to participate.  

07/14/2020

Seven tips from thrive! meetings & events’ Tracy Stuckrath you can—and should—implement into your meeting menu planning to save money and foster inclusion, while also delivering a top-shelf sustainable event for all your stakeholders. Read more.
 

07/09/2020

With so many people in the hospitality industry either working from home, furloughed or laid off—or just worried about their future—Lee Papa developed the following 15 wellness and mindfulness techniques to help keep them in balance. Read more.

07/09/2020

With virtual meetings supplanting face-to-face meetings in the COVID-19 era, meeting planners need to select speakers for their virtual events wisely. Joan Eisenstodt asked three speaker veterans what questions they should ask and criteria to consider when selecting a virtual speaker.

06/30/2020

To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.To help ease planners’ concerns and get business back on the books, some hotels and CVBs are offering incentives and concessions, including waiving attrition into 2021.

06/30/2020

Puerto Rico will reopen for in-bound tourism July 15, with thorough cleanliness measures in place island-wide that follow U.S. Travel Association (USTA) health and safety guidelines, along with locally enforced measures. Read more.

06/26/2020

Meeting and event planners should remember to provide a post-event survey to their CSM to help them better do their job. 

06/25/2020

The portfolio of Gaylord Hotels from Marriott International announced that four of its five properties are now open. What will the meeting and convention spaces look like? 
 

06/24/2020

Meeting and event planners polled by Meetings Today as part of its new monthly MeetingsTALK survey found that 35% indicated they will be ready to resume face-to-face meetings of 100 attendees or more in the first and second quarters of 2021. Read more.

06/23/2020

With 30 years of tourism and hospitality experience, Larry Sieg takes the top slot at Meet AC following Jim Wood’s departure at the end of 2019. 

06/18/2020

What role can we play in breaking the cycle of injustice? Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, shares how exposing yourself to difference and promoting inclusion leads to greater levels of innovation and success in this episode of Dare to Interrupt.

06/15/2020

New Mexico’s beauty and diversity extends to its many wellness offerings. From Santa Fe and Albuquerque to the mountains in the south, explore the spa and activity breaks planners can arrange for attendees.

06/15/2020

Harrison Greenbaum is a nationally touring stand-up comedian who has been featured on major television shows like America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and Conan. See how he can weave his magic and comedy for your virtual event.

06/10/2020

The latest show cancellation victim to the coronavirus is IMEX America 2020, one of the year’s highly anticipated shows for meeting and event professionals. Read more.

06/09/2020

Casino and entertainment giant MGM Resorts International is set to reopen the doors on several of its major Las Vegas Strip properties following the June 4 reopening of many top Las Vegas meetings and events hotels. Read more.

06/08/2020

Southeast destination and hotel experts offer their advice for how to make your next beach event a big success and stand out from the rest. Read more.

06/04/2020

Las Vegas’ largest tradeshow plans to return in January 2021, with both in-person and virtual programming. Read more on some of the tech event’s new health and safety protocols.
Keywords: CES, CES 2021, Las Vegas meetings, Las Vegas rebookings

06/04/2020

June 4, 2020, marked the day when Las Vegas awakened from its coronavirus shutdown slumber, with major casino-resorts reopening their doors at least for leisure travelers. Caesars Entertainment is joining the party by reopening its Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties, with more set to join them shortly.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson caught up with Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, to get updates on the casino and entertainment giant; his team’s reaction to having the shutdown hit right before the launch of its crown jewel CAESARS FORUM conference center; what visitors to Las Vegas can expect when they arrive; and his take on how the meetings industry will fare in the next year.

06/03/2020

Edward Harris, chief marketing officer of the Philadelphia area’s Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB), has left the tourism promotion organization to accept the job of president and CEO of Discover Lancaster, located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

06/02/2020

Outspoken Orlando hotel icon Harris Rosen believes constant guest and staff screening is critical to getting the meetings industry out of its deep depression.

Hear what the firebrand independent hotelier told Vice President Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a coronavirus hospitality industry roundtable at his Rosen Shingle Creek property.

In this Meetings Today Podcast, Tyler Davidson engaged Rosen on the deep funk coronavirus has put the meetings industry in, the state of tourism in Orlando and his Rosen Plan for getting back to business pronto. 

06/01/2020

As an alternative or augmentation to face-to-face events, Scott Bloom can bring his television hosting experience to any of your live digital events, including internal webcasts, live streaming and prerecorded videos. Read more.

05/28/2020

Meeting venues like the Javits Center have been pulled into service as field hospitals and other spaces for healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Henry, healthcare sector leader at CallisonRTKL, walks us through what it takes to transform hospitality and meeting spaces into sophisticated healthcare facilities.

05/28/2020

What will the meetings and events F&B experience look like after the COVID-19 shutdown ends? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson sat down with Mary Cline, regional director, catering sales-East Coast for Wolfgang Puck Catering to get an idea of what the meetings cuisine scene will look like when we all start meeting face-to-face again. 

05/27/2020

We are all navigating what a world beyond virtual events will look like, and while we don't have all the answers, we will explore together from a variety of perspectives what shape it may take. Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas and let's shake this down! 

Join Meetings Today and Tahira Endean, head of events at SITE Global and author of Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity, for this free one-hour webinar that will put you and your organization on firm footing. 

05/22/2020

Coastal Virginia’s Hampton Roads, Newport News and Virginia Beach destinations are steeped in U.S. military history and to this day are home to major armed forces bases. See how your group can utilize its many offsite venues for meetings and events. Read more.

05/21/2020

Success is not measured by how many times you have been knocked down, but by how many times you get back up. Industry trailblazers Sarah Soliman Daudin, President & CEO of Soliman Productions and Carrie Abernathy, Founder and Executive Director of the Association for Women in Events, share how they practiced tenacity in the face of hardship to build something bigger.

05/21/2020

Major hotel chains and meetings industry associations are releasing comprehensive policy and protocol statements in preparation for when face-to-face meetings resume.

They are covering everything from sanitary procedures to social distancing measures; even thermal readings of attendees/guests and denial of entry guidelines.

Is this the “new normal”—especially in the short term—meeting and event planners and the organizations they work for will have to adapt to? How will any regulations be applied in different locations?

Join Meetings Today and facilities, meetings and hospitality industry thought leaders in a video panel discussion to explore the post-shutdown possibilities and how you should prepare for them.

05/20/2020

Senior Contributor @jeffheilman sat down with Las Vegas’ Oscar and Carolyn Goodman to talk about leadership styles, what they love about Las Vegas meetings and more.

05/19/2020

As we reach mid-May, Meetings Today's Sarah Kloepple checks in with Stephanie Glanzer, chief sales officer and vice president of MGM Resorts International, who delves into MGM's new Seven-Point Safety Plan for enhanced health and sanitation protocols at its properties. 

Glanzer also explains how meeting and event spaces specifically will look different, from exploring pre-packaged F&B, coordinating foot traffic flow, to helping planners put on a virtual component.

05/18/2020

As early as February, Digital Deception began to see their clients move events online, as worries about COVID-19-related travel bans began to take effect. Read how their act was changed for the digital medium.

05/14/2020

Meeting and event professionals across the globe are adapting to the “new normal” during these challenging times, with many making the move to virtual events. While this is a new frontier for some, the good news is that the fundamentals of great in-person events also apply to virtual events: promotion, registration, driving and capturing attendee engagement, gathering feedback, etc.—but there are some unique differences and details you should be aware of if you want to make the successful transition to virtual.

In this live webinar, we’ll share tips and best practices on how to accelerate your pivot to virtual, so you can deliver great virtual events when you need them the most.

05/12/2020

Thinking about launching virtual meetings as a standalone event option or augmentation to a live event? Amanda Ma, founder and CEO of Innovate Marketing Group, dove into the virtual events pool headfirst after COVID-19 hit, and offers her expert tips on how to pull them off, from pre- and post-event preparation and follow-up to technical issues to look out for and how to put that little personal touch on them that the digital world often lacks.

05/12/2020

ASAE canceled its Annual Meeting & Exposition, which was scheduled for August 8-11 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, and will instead present the meeting virtually the week of August 10.

05/12/2020

The Philadelphia CVB Board of Directors hired Gregg Caren as its new president and CEO, replacing Julie Coker, who accepted the position of president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority. Read more.

05/07/2020

Led by exhibitions and event management giant Freeman, Go LIVE Together put together and advocacy group with hundreds of member organizations at breakneck speed.Being on the ground—literally—at meetings, conventions and exhibitions also gives the Dallas-based company a unique perspective on what the “new normal” will look like when we start gathering again.

05/01/2020

Live event entertainment promoter Michael Cerbelli is ramping up his company to operate in today’s virtual world, and The Passing Zone may be just the perfect example of how it’s done. Read more. 
 

04/24/2020

Galveston, Texas, has a lot to offer for business travelers looking for entertainment, too. One-of-a-kind activities range from incredible historical experiences to great fun in the sun. Read more.

04/22/2020

How does your venue’s sustainability effort measure up? Read this checklist, compiled in honor of Earth Day 2020, to see if your green game is up to the challenge, or how to catch up if you’re behind the sustainable buildings curve. Read more.

 

04/21/2020

After COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror, how will the meetings and hotel industry have changed forever? Meetings Today Contributing Editor Robert Nieminen discussed what this new world may look like with top designer Michael Suomi, founder of Suomi Design Works. From social distancing to a hyper-aware focus on cleanliness, hospitality design and the meetings and conventions experience may never be the same.

04/20/2020

When it comes to the top live music destinations, Raleigh, North Carolina, has been garnering attention for its diverse live music scene and festivals. Find out why.

04/17/2020

We’ve compiled a complete list of articles, podcast episodes and other COVID-19 coverage we have created to help you do your job with hopefully a little less stress in this trying time. See it now.

04/17/2020

From dinner on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to a birds-eye view of the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, these Tennessee banquet views are a feast for the eyes.

04/16/2020

Hear from thought leaders in the industry on how they have learned and shifted their tactics during COVID-19 in the Meetings, Hospitality and Tourism Spaces.

Meetings Today and the GCB German Convention Bureau partner to bring you this exciting panel discussion.

04/15/2020

The coronavirus crisis has led to a revolution in the workplace—at least temporarily—in which the office is now in workers’ homes.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson spoke to Heather Mason, founder and CEO of Caspian Agency, to get her insights on the best strategies to implement if you’ve found yourself working in this “new normal” environment.

04/15/2020

Internal events matter. From company-wide meetings to annual sales kick-offs, organizations host internal events to drive company culture, relay important business goals, and keep their employees engaged. Yet, internal events typically don’t get the same level of attention when compared to external events.

Join us for this webinar where we will dive into the internal events ecosystem and show you how to maximize these events to not only increase employee engagement but more importantly drive your organization’s culture.

04/08/2020

The hospitality and meetings industries are at a standstill as the COVID-19 crisis levels its crippling effect on travel and public gatherings of any size. Its top market, Las Vegas, is always a bellwether of the health of an economic segment that is one of the top drivers of the U.S. economy.

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Stephanie Glanzer, chief sales officer and senior vice president of MGM Resorts International, about the status of meetings and events in Las Vegas and the city’s substantial inventory of MGM properties.

04/08/2020

The changing demographics of the business world and evolving customer preferences have resulted in a trend of “ad hoc” meeting spaces being included in new convention center projects and retrofitted into renovations and expansions by global design firms such as Populous and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Read more.

04/06/2020

As the coronavirus pandemic roiled the industry, we decided to reach out to see how that issue is impacting the planners who took our annual Meetings Today Trends Survey, and to see if risk management is now an increased priority. Read more.

04/06/2020

A cappella group DCappella launched the Disney’s flagship a cappella experience in 2018 with a TV debut on American Idol, when the group performed classics from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin. Learn how to book them for your event.

04/03/2020

How are you coping with the coronavirus pandemic? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Kristine Iverson, owner and founder of wellness company CROW Practice, about strategies all of us can incorporate to calm the mind and ease the body while we navigate the global pandemic and resulting economic turmoil.

04/03/2020

Not since 9/11 has the meetings and events industry faced a crisis as severe as coronavirus, the impact of which is surpassing that national nightmare. With meetings and events cancelled on a massive scale, I thought an example of how to communicate effectively was in order. Read more.

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