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11/15/2019

Cooking and cocktail classes, tastings and offsite events at the homes of local booze and beer purveyors, and private dining at restaurants with impressive event spaces are among the opportunities awaiting hungry and thirsty groups in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

11/14/2019

Sonesta International Hotels added the Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront to its portfolio. The property is in the heart of the windy city and centrally located to must-visit attractions, such as the Loop, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and the Theatre District.

11/14/2019

Courtyard by Marriott Edina Bloomington opened with 209 guest rooms and 8,100 square feet of meeting space. The hotel features the brand’s latest lobby design, where guests can enjoy an open and modern environment outside of their rooms.

11/14/2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Pune debuted in the city’s downtown and across from the Poona Golf Club. The hotel features 198 guest rooms and 35 suites. The Presidential Suite is spread across 3,154 square feet and includes two bedrooms, a walk in closet, a spacious living room and dining area, private bar and in-suite treatment room.

11/14/2019

Nicaragua welcomed the DoubleTree by Hilton Managua, a 147-room hotel in the Villa Fontana area of the country’s capital. After a more than $3 million renovation, the property offers contemporary guest rooms with natural colors inspired by the hotel’s surroundings—from lakes and volcanoes, to islands and mountains—along with decor from area artisans and artists.

11/14/2019

Hard Rock unveiled its fifth all-inclusive resort in Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos opened with 639 guest rooms, multiple dining outlets and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

11/14/2019

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions doubled the size of its convention center offerings in the Pocono Mountains. The expansion, the second since the resort opened in 2015, adds 105,000 square feet to the convention center, bringing the total to 205,000 square feet.

11/14/2019

Courtyard by Marriott New York Midtown West opened in Midtown Manhattan. The 28-story hotel is located in the city’s Hudson Yards district, offering guests convenient access to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, The High Line, Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building.

11/14/2019

Meetings and hospitality veterans Joan Eisenstodt and Roger Rickard discuss the rather unenthusiastic current state of industry advocacy and how we can all get more involved to champion issues that directly impact our profession.

11/13/2019

You can expect to see licorice syrup, spicy tomato granita and orange wines across banquets, events, restaurants and bars in 2020, according to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ sixth annual Culinary & Cocktails Trends Forecast. More than 130 chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from over 75 Kimpton restaurants and bars were surveyed to uncover the 2020 trends. Read more.

11/13/2019

Victoria, B.C.’s Wear2Start provides a CSR activity to help women access professional attire and grooming. Watch Jeanette Kelly talk about this program.

11/13/2019

Victoria, British Columbia-based Wear2Start Society gives a helping hand to assist local self-identified women in taking that first step to finding a job and launching a career by providing clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags and essential care items. The service, which is powered by donations, is free of charge to the client. Read more.

11/13/2019

Strategic Meetings Management sounds great in theory but many organizations still struggle to understand what exactly it is and how to ultimately implement it. With this ambiguity, SMM is often misclassified as a complicated program that is hard to put together. In this webinar we will debunk the myth that SMM is intangibly complex by breaking it down into bite sized pieces that companies of any size can easily understand and adopt. Learn best practice and tried and true approaches as directed by Cvent SMM gurus.

11/12/2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou Yuanqu debuted in the city’s central business district of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). The 32-story hotel features 303 guest rooms and suites as well as 16 serviced residences with views of Jinji Lake and the city landscape.

11/12/2019

Preparation, wellness and environment play critical roles in performance and success. Those elements are also key as we look at productivity in the world of business meetings. As the hospitality industry continues to evolve and offer wellness alternatives and amenities for health-conscious travelers, the meetings industry is doing the same.

11/11/2019

Renaissance Indian Wells reopened as Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa at Indian Wells following a multimillion-dollar design transformation. The property underwent a complete makeover of its 560 guest rooms including 103 suites. Also included in the project were remastered corridors, a new multi-story lobby, a new fitness center, pool-area enhancements and food and beverage innovations, including The Place lobby bar.

11/05/2019

PCMA announced the locations of its 2022 and 2023 Convening Leaders event. The association selected Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment’s new Caesars Forum conference center for the 2022 event and Columbus, Ohio, for its 2023 event. Read more.

11/04/2019

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.

11/04/2019

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.

11/01/2019

The Central Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton opened in Memphis’ South Main District. The 123-room hotel transformed the city’s 105-year-old historic transportation hub and features architectural and design elements that honor the building’s—and neighborhood’s—history.

11/01/2019

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood debuted its Guitar Hotel as part of the property's $1.5 billion expansion. Complementing the 450-foot high Guitar Hotel are a Hard Rock Live performance venue for 7,000 attendees; 13.5-acre pool and lagoon experience with overwater cabanas; more than two dozen dining, lounge and entertainment options; and more than 150,000 square feet of meeting space.

11/01/2019

The advantages of taking a meeting that is traditionally held in the U.S. across the border to Canada are many, from a currently favorable exchange rate to a division within the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that is primed to make the transportation of materials go as smoothly as possible. Learn how to take advantage of the system.

11/01/2019

The Axis Hotel Moline, Tapestry Collection by Hilton opened in the historic Fifth Avenue building in downtown Moline. The hotel and historic art deco landmark was named for the location’s prominence on Fifth Avenue and 17th Street. When the Fifth Avenue building was originally constructed in 1929, the location was known as the main axis of Moline, connecting business, leisure and transportation.

11/01/2019

The Sacramento Convention Center is getting an extreme makeover featuring a dynamic center for conventions, meetings and cultural experiences. An expanded exhibit hall and new ballroom will enhance the usability of the space and add more options for meeting planners. With construction underway, the building is closed from August 2019-October 2020. The building will reopen in Fall 2020.

10/31/2019

Meetings Today held its Meetings Today LIVE Golf! event for meeting planners in Palm Springs, California, from October 27 to October 30, 2019. The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa was the host hotel for the event.

10/31/2019

Besides benefiting those in need, volunteering can be instrumental in building one’s career, whether it be in the meetings, events and hospitality industries or not. Learn more about how volunteering has helped these four industry experts.

10/30/2019

When it comes to producing high-energy events, it doesn’t get any better than Los Angeles-based Extraordinary Events, which has been producing experiential and strategic special events for a wide range of clients for more than 30 years.

Aside from mind-blowing special effects projected at attendees, though, the real key is to get them contributing to and engaged in the action.

Join Meetings Today and Extraordinary Events’ Flo Miniscloux, director of production services, and Rick Turner, regional director of business development, to learn how you can inspire attendees to contribute their energy to turn on the electricity at your meetings and events.

10/29/2019

Golfing is still a great way to conduct meetings and network. Learn some of the ways this outing has evolved and why scheduling your next golf event goes beyond the course from Mark Crabb with Greater Palm Springs CVB, interviewed at Meetings Today LIVE! Golf 2019.

10/28/2019

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.

10/28/2019

Along with new, high-tech stadiums and arenas, sports and entertainment districts are becoming the norm for both large metropolitan areas and smaller destinations. Here are three new developments that are changing the landscape for their cities and neighborhoods as well as giving planners a variety of venues for meetings and events—sports related or not.


 

10/25/2019

Texas’ expansive history is preserved in its many museums, detailing the achievements of astronauts, oilmen, pioneers and war heroes. Experience its storied past by hosting an event in one of seven state treasures. Read more.

 

10/25/2019

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.

10/25/2019

The deserts of Southwest U.S., in particular, are ripe for corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities for meeting groups who want to aid the environment while enjoying its reliably arid climate. Following are five desert CSR activities that have either given back to the ecosystem or worked in tandem with the environment to help its human residents.

10/24/2019

As Milwaukee gears up for an event-packed 2020, VISIT Milwaukee announced that Peggy Williams-Smith will be its new president and CEO after a months-long national search. She is a local Milwaukeean and the first woman to lead the organization. Read more.

10/23/2019

We talked to Kevin Dana, executive director of marketing and product development at CORT Events, to get the scoop on what’s hot this season. And the answer is...Mediterranean Craft Style. Read more. 

10/23/2019

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.

10/22/2019

Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman finds instant kinship and lasting memories at this exclusive group enclave in Virginia's horse and wine country. Check out Jeff's On the Scene story about his visit to the Goodstone Inn.

10/21/2019

Just in time for Halloween, our list of haunted hotels extends from coast to coast, each one teeming with stories of spirits to keep guests company while meeting there with a group. Whether guests are fans of fright or modern-day ghost hunters, we advise entering at their own risk when it comes to making a reservation with any of our picks below.

10/21/2019

Sheraton Kaua’i Coconut Beach Resort debuted its property-wide transformation, including 314 redesigned guest rooms, a new arrival experience, oceanfront bar and restaurants, fully reinvented public spaces, a reenergized pool scene and new programming.

10/21/2019

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.

10/21/2019

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.

10/21/2019

James Kerwin, executive chef of Renaissance Nashville Hotel’s Little Fib Restaurant, list 10 tips for creating a memorable food and beverage experience for meetings and events attendees, from the perspective of a restaurant veteran who has opened multiple dining venues. Read more to see how his F&B design musts can inform your next meeting or event.

10/21/2019

Jumping over nine feet in the air on next-generation pogo sticks while throwing down flips and incredible tricks, the Xpogo Stunt Team athletes create crowds in an instant and keep them engaged until the final bounce. Read more to see how they can add energy to your next event.

10/21/2019

Discover the all-inclusive difference with Palace Resorts Meetings and your events will never be the same again. Pay one flat rate for smart-tech facilities, fine à la carte dining, premium drinks, and five-star service every step of the way. We call it AWE-inclusive—and so will you.

10/17/2019

Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid opened on one of the city’s most iconic avenues, Paseo de la Castellana. The opening of this 169-room hotel marks the Hyatt Regency brand’s entry into Spain. The hotel’s guest rooms include 33 suites overlooking the Paseo de la Castellana.

10/17/2019

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor reopened its doors after a six-month closure for renovations and refurbishments. 112 of the landmark property's 119 rooms and suites have been fully refurbished. Among the contemporary touches, spotlights have been added to brighten up the rooms, and power ports and USB charging stations have been fitted.

10/17/2019

The Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International welcomed the Thousand Hills Golf Resort to its portfolio. Located within the Ozark Mountains in Branson, Mo., Thousand Hills Golf Resort is just blocks from the destination's Country Music Highway 76, which features dozens of live-performance theaters and over 100 restaurants.

10/17/2019

The 234-room Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin opened. The property is the first Hyatt branded hotel in Ireland. The hotel is located in The Liberties, one of Dublin’s most historic and vibrant areas which dates back to the 10th century. Guests will be within 10 minutes of a number of attractions.

10/17/2019

A massive planned power outage by Pacific Gas & Electric that affected nearly 750,000 Californians starting October 9 didn’t dampen the can-do spirit of the staff and groups at Napa, California’s Carneros Resort and Spa, who banded together to make “light” of a bad situation under the mantra “the show must go on.” Learn more.

10/17/2019

We all want to be the best, and it can sometimes be discouraging when you’re not seeing results. CrowdCompass wants to help you be the best you can possibly be, and to help we’ve compiled data from our customers who see the highest levels of app adoption and engagement. Not only will you see how you stack up against other CrowdCompass users, but you will learn the tips and tricks our highest achievers are using to see such great results. If you are not currently using a mobile event app, no problem! This webinar will help you see how you can most effectively implement mobile technology to increase engagement at your next event.

10/16/2019

MGM Resorts International sells Circus Circus Las Vegas and Bellagio Las Vegas. In the same announcement, made Tuesday, October 16, the company also said there is a deal with Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust to lease back the Bellagio property. Read more.

10/16/2019

Hyatt Place Flint/Grand Blanc opened in Michigan. The new hotel features 106 guest rooms, meeting and event space and 24-hour food offerings.

10/16/2019

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.

10/16/2019

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.

10/15/2019

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa unveiled its $700 million expansion. The extensive renovation includes a new 14-story hotel tower, which add 562 guest rooms and three pools to the property. In total, the expanded Seminole Hard Rock Hotel offers approximately 800 guest rooms, including 86 suites.

10/15/2019

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.

10/15/2019

Conrad New York Midtown opened with 562 suites across 54 floors. This is the brand’s second New York City property and is located at the former site of The London NYC. Hospitality design firm Stonehill Taylor led the design. Following a complete hotel renovation, guest suites now more closely resemble a metropolitan pied-a-terre than a traditional NYC hotel room.

10/15/2019

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown opened steps from Ithaca Commons and within minutes from Ivy League Cornell University and Ithaca College. The seven-story, 131-room property’s design is inspired by the region’s lakes, waterfalls and forests, in addition to the local esteemed academic institutions.

10/15/2019

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.

10/15/2019

Moxy Boston Downtown opened its doors in the heart of Boston’s Theater District. Guests are immediately greeted by the hotel’s food truck-inspired photo booth and tunes streaming from indie617, Boston’s indie rock radio station, which broadcasts its morning show live from Moxy Boston Downtown each day.

10/15/2019

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!

10/14/2019

Meet AC President and CEO Jim Wood is stepping down as leader of the DMO at the end of 2019 to take care of his wife, who suffered a severe fall earlier this year. Meet AC’s Board of Directors will institute a nationwide search for a replacement.

10/14/2019

The Magnolia New Orleans Hotel completed its transformation and has come to life in New Orleans’s famous Central Business District. Formerly, the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, the Magnolia New Orleans is a reimagined boutique experience, just steps from the French Quarter’s world-renowned nightlife and distinguished architecture. The property was originally built in 1863 and has stayed true to the area’s iconic history and offers a vivid reflection of the charm and mystery of New Orleans.

10/14/2019

C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton opened in Houston. Located at the western gateway of downtown, the 354-room property honors Charlotte Baldwin Allen, an instrumental figure in the early development of the city.

10/10/2019

As Nashville’s tourism flourishes, so does the interest from meeting planners. Music City hotels are answering the call, offering new and reimagined spaces—here’s the latest at JW Marriott Nashville, Renaissance Nashville and Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

10/10/2019

Meetings Today Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson shares a few yuks from his Laughter Yoga story with Sarah Routman, as well as the best places in Texas for groups to get barbecue, searing your attendees' selfies on pancakes and the importance of speaking up for our industry.

10/09/2019

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.

10/09/2019

Laughter yoga practitioner Sarah Routman shares a few yuks with Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson after her Laughter Lab session at IMEX America. Laughing loudly out of context, it seems, is a tonic that heals and invigorates attendees while creating bonds with their colleagues. Have a laugh on us!

10/09/2019

Today, organizations showcase their brand through experiential marketing by hosting and participating in events. Food and beverage is a vital component of these experiences and often the most prominently featured on social media. With increased attention on sustainable practices by participants, what do these events say about your business?

Join Meetings Today and Nancy J. Zavada, president of leading sustainable meetings and events company MeetGreen, to learn this year's hottest trends in sustainable food and service, how to lighten the carbon footprint of your menus, and how to negotiate menu items to save on your budget. Whether you are just starting out in sustainable events or a seasoned pro, this will be time well spent.

10/08/2019

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.

10/08/2019

Grand Hyatt at SFO opened as the only on-airport hotel at San Francisco International Airport. The hotel sits on 4.2 acres and features 351 guest rooms including 22 suites, 14,435 square feet of meeting and event space, two distinct culinary concepts and an art collection that was curated exclusively for the hotel by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

10/07/2019

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson offers up his experiences at Meetings Today Live! West in Victoria, British Columbia, and how this magical little English Colonial-style city fueled his love for travel. Also, Danielle LeBreck is reporting from Music City, USA—Nashville—during her press trip with Marriott's Convention & Resort Network.

10/04/2019

Joan Eisenstodt and others lend insight on why people—and the meetings industry, our industry—may be silent on issues that impact them directly or indirectly and actions they can take.

10/03/2019

MGM Resorts International reached a settlement with the victims of the October 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. In a statement on October 3, 2019, MGM said it will pay between $735 and $800 million, depending on the number of claimants.

10/03/2019

An able mixologist at Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa demonstrates the proper technique for mixing up a whiskey/whisky sour during Meetings Today LIVE! West in Victoria, B.C. Add this delicious recipe to your libation arsenal to add a fizzy, celebratory twist to your events.

10/03/2019

After a tour of Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry, Danielle LeBreck sat down to talk with tour operations manager Laura Leigh Jones Robertson about the famous country music venue's recently enhanced group tour offerings, event options and celebrity encounters—including Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless.

10/02/2019

Meetings Today held its West LIVE! event for meeting planners in Victoria, British Columbia, from September 29 to October 2, 2019. Fairmont Empress was the host hotel for the event.

10/02/2019

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver about his company's utilization of facial recognition technology for Keller Williams Realty's Mega Camp 2019, and how this brave new tech may transform the industry and society. They also discuss privacy concerns and pushback.

10/02/2019

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago unveiled a new look in its lobby, guest rooms and suites. The redesign of these spaces was inspired by Lake Michigan and the development along the Chicago Riverwalk, which is visible from the hotel’s window seats. The completion of the lobby project marked the final phase of the property’s renovation.

10/01/2019

Meeting breaks can be an affordable and efficient way to give attendees a refreshing energy boost between intensive sessions. Here are some top tips from planners on how to do them best.

10/01/2019

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts debuted in Mexico with the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, transforming The Resort at Pedregal. The resort, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, was acquired by affiliates of Walton Street Capital Mexico. The new Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is situated on a 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

10/01/2019

Meetings Today LIVE! traveled to Victoria, British Columbia, for its annual West event at the Fairmont Empress, a historic hotel built in 1908 that features ornate and highly connected meeting and event space and close proximity to phenomenal off-site event venues such as the Royal B.C. Museum's First People's Gallery.

10/01/2019

Little Fib at Renaissance Nashville Hotel aims to "put the supper back in supper time" through its modern take on comfort food classics. Meetings Today's Danielle LeBreck sat down with Chef James Kerwin during a Marriott Convention & Resort Network press trip in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the restaurant's group catering options.

10/01/2019

Book your next event in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Located in the heart of Bourbon City, the hotel provides sophisticated amenities such as newly-designed guest accommodations, on-site dining at Porch Kitchen & Bar and a connection via skywalk to the Kentucky International Convention Center. 

10/01/2019

With a little bit of this and a little bit of that, Dubuque, IA is the place in the Midwest for great meeting space mixed with trendy locations for entertaining and educating.

09/30/2019

The great outdoors and exceptional food are top among the attendance-builders for meetings in California. The perfect way for planners to incorporate both is to arrange an outdoor dining experience. Read on for how to plan a food truck park event in San Francisco, a farm-to-table meal in San Diego and more.

09/26/2019

Z Resorts debuted Hotel ZaZa Austin in downtown’s Warehouse District. The hotel features a restaurant, craft cocktail bar, spa, rooftop pool and pool bar and ample meeting and event space.

09/25/2019

Michael K. Krouse, CMP, CHME, CASE, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, received the Tourism Advocacy Industry Leader award from California Travel Association (Cal Travel), which advocates on issues and legislation that affects the industry in the state.

09/25/2019

The only thing constant in our industry is change. This workshop will arm you with tactical strategies that will help you to negotiate and defend your organization in this evolving market. In this high-level workshop, attendees will review key contract clauses, negotiations tips and strategies on how to get to “YES” and review variables that help influence a hotels decision to accept your business.

09/23/2019

Caesars Entertainment has sold its Las Vegas off-Strip Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino property for $516.3 million to the New York-based Imperial Companies real estate company. Caesars will continue to operate Rio for two years and pay an annualized rent of $45 million.

09/23/2019

Over a few sips of a Smoked Rye Manhattan, I sat down with Nicole Tilzer, director, Signia Hilton and Hilton Hotels & Resorts Brand Marketing, to talk about Hilton’s innovative new lobby bar concept and an update on the company’s new Signia brand.

09/23/2019

Well, almost. On a visit to NYC, Playa Cativo Sales and Marketing Director Cesar Vargas talks with Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman about all the temptations of this boutique beachfront eco-lodge accessible only by boat in Costa Rica's rainforest.

09/20/2019

Planners who are interested in booking a fun and engaging alternative to a traditional golf tournament are increasingly relying on Topgolf’s turnkey entertainment facilities for a new spin on the classic networking event. Topgolf has two locations in South Carolina, Topgolf Greenville and Topgolf Myrtle Beach.

09/19/2019

Tyler Davidson sat down at IMEX America with Jerry Harper, deputy director of the Phoenix Convention Center, to find out what's new in the destination and at the facility, as well as why the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is used as test hotel for that brand's news innovations.

09/19/2019

Tourism Toronto announced the appointment of Scott Beck as President and CEO. Beck has served as the President and CEO of Visit Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the past 14 years and will begin his new role at Tourism Toronto on Oct. 15.

09/19/2019

Conrad Shenyang opened in the heart of the historic city that was home to the birth of the Qing Dynasty. The a 315-room hotel is situated at the top of Shenyang's tallest building, the iconic Forum 66, which is located in the Central Business District. It is owned by Hang Lung Properties and managed by Hilton.

09/19/2019

Detroit’s convention center, formerly known as Cobo Center, was officially renamed TCF Center. The center features 723,000 square feet of exhibit space. The 40,000-square-foot Grand Riverview Ballroom, which includes a stage lift, and more than 100 meeting and banquet rooms comprise 225,000 square feet meeting space.

09/19/2019

Cambria Hotels debuted in Milwaukee with the 132-room Cambria Hotel Milwaukee Downtown. The hotel provides easy access to the region's top business and entertainment destinations, including the Wisconsin Center convention complex, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Fiserv Forum arena.

09/19/2019

Marriott International debuted Delta Hotels by Marriott in Middle East and Africa with Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. The property is located in Jumeirah Beach Residences with direct beach access and it rises tall between the Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach and The Walk, Dubai’s first shopping and dining promenade.

09/19/2019

The Biltmore Mayfair opened on Grosvenor Square in London. The 307-room hotel is steps from many iconic landmarks and offers views of the gardens of Grosvenor Square across the street. The hotel is also home to several restaurant concepts from Michelin-starred restaurateur Jason Atherton.

09/19/2019

Graduate Fayetteville opened its doors in the city’s Downtown Square. The 234-room hotel is within walking distance to the University of Arkansas campus and surrounded by shops and restaurants. Graduate Fayetteville’s design contrasts the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountain Region with the creative energy that courses throughout Fayetteville.

09/19/2019

For San Francisco residents, such as myself, the greatest getaway secret outside of the city is available about a half-hour drive south in the coastal area around Half Moon Bay. This also holds true for meetings, which can access the bucolic area via the two major international airports in San Francisco and San Jose.

09/19/2019

Carté Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton opened its doors in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. The 246-room property is located steps away from restaurants, the Embarcadero waterfront and the downtown business district.

09/18/2019

Moxy NYC East Village opened in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village directly across from Webster Hall, the legendary concert venue. The hotel features 286 guest rooms, co-working spaces, 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space and tech-savvy amenities as well as restaurants, bars, and cultural programming.

09/18/2019

EnVue, an Autograph Collection hotel, opened in New Jersey. The 208-room waterfront property is located on the Hudson River across Midtown Manhattan. The property is steps from the Port Imperial Ferry, where guests can travel to Midtown Manhattan in just minutes. The hotel features outdoor space with unobstructed views and convenient access to Times Square, Central Park, Madison Square Garden and MetLife Stadium.

09/18/2019

Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel is wrapping up an extensive and detailed renovation of its primary conference and meeting space. This project, which will be compete by the end of September, comes after the total guest total guest room renovation in 2018.

09/18/2019

Tapestry Collection by Hilton will welcome The Bethesdan Hotel to its portfolio this fall. The property is set in downtown Bethesda, just steps from local shops, restaurants and entertainment, with convenient access to Washington, D.C.

09/18/2019

We need to better understand all that those who cater events go through in order to make our events memorable, affordable and safe. So in that spirit, I reached out to meetings professionals on both sides of equation—planners and suppliers—to gauge their thoughts about the high cost of F&B at meetings and events.

09/18/2019

Wisconsin—which offers many popular meetings destinations throughout the state—has a surprisingly long list of unexpected activities that will actually get your group excited about teambuilding outings. We’ve selected four out-of-the-box, hands-on experiences and adventures for groups that are guaranteed crowd pleasers.

09/18/2019

Tyler Davidson details Meetings Today's coverage on IMEX America, an On Location broadcast about destination boycotts, an in-house vs. outside AV primer and how to etch your attendees' faces into macarons onsite.

09/18/2019

Location, location, location. It’s true when you’re picking your home AND when you’re choosing the destination and venue for a perfect event. Central to the success of any event is the space it’s in. The great news is there are SO many beautiful places that could be perfect event spaces. With a world full of options, how do you find the combination of destination, venue and experience that will help you achieve your event goals?

Before you begin to think about choosing a destination and sourcing a hotel it’s important to align the purpose of the event with the experience you want for your attendees. This webinar is full of best practices about how to make sure the event space you source matches the type of event you’re planning and the attendee experience expectations you’re managing so that your event produces the outcomes that you want.

09/17/2019

Tyler Davidson sat down with Destination DC President & CEO Elliott L. Ferguson at IMEX America 2019 to find out what exciting new offsite venues and developments are opening up options for meeting planners in the U.S. capital. They also discussed the DMO's ambitious Connected Capital program.

09/16/2019

The Events Industry Council (EIC) along with global industry partners launched the EIC Centre for Sustainable Events. This virtual space will offer resources and knowledge for those in the meetings and events industry looking to implement or increase sustainable practices. It also provides resources for planners to connect with others that are already doing so.

09/13/2019

Bishop-McCann's Molly Gilliam shares five simple security tips that will help create the foundation for an on-site emergency management plan for your meeting or event.

09/12/2019

IMEX America’s 2019 edition, held September 10-12 at Las Vegas’ Sands Expo, shattered a number of attendance and exhibition records. Although official numbers have not been released, IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom said he expects the final attendance figure to be just under 14,000 meeting professionals.

09/12/2019

We're living in volatile political times in which policy makers are passing laws that may run counter to your group’s beliefs. Many groups are boycotting these destinations, but how does it impact meeting planners in a legal, contractual and logistical sense, both in the U.S. and internationally?

Join Meetings Today and destination strategy expert David Kliman, owner of the Kliman Group; international meetings expert Eric Rozenberg; meetings industry attorney Tyra Hilliard; and Cathy Mason, senior director of events for the Young Presidents Organization and 2019 Meetings Trendsetter for this free one-hour webinar taped at IMEX America 2019.

09/12/2019

Meetings Today's Danielle LeBreck met up with Topgolf National Event Sales Manager Beka Romanies to check out the new Topgolf Swing Suite Go, a mobile pop-up activation of its popular Topgolf Swing Suite simulator that replicates the fun of the traditional Topgolf experience.

09/12/2019

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson spoke with Atlantis Paradise Island's Christina Fischer at IMEX America about the luxury resort's ongoing charitable efforts to help Bahamians devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Listen for more information on how you can help, too.

09/12/2019

Meetings Today’s Kate Cripe talks with Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau about some of the largest projects happening in Las Vegas now. Hill shares information of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and details on the new Allegiant Stadium, future home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, which will debut ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

09/11/2019

Can’t decide if you should stick with the in-house AV team or hire a third-party provider? Will Curran and Brandt Krueger broke down the pros and cons of each at IMEX America during a Smart Monday session. Read on to see which strategy is best for your event.

09/11/2019

Bishop-McCann partnered with neuroeconomics company Immersion Neuroscience to offer its “Return on Experience” event technology that registers the brain waves of attendees in real time so planners can design event programming that delivers maximum impact.

09/11/2019

Bishop-McCann's new Return on Experience software platform with Immersion Neuroscience technology, developed by Dr. Paul Zak, could transform the relevance and impact of meetings and event content via the brain waves of attendees. Far-fetched? Welcome to the future.

09/10/2019

Results from the 2019 Incentive Travel Industry Index, a joint research effort from SITE (the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence), IRF (the Incentive Research Foundation) and FICP (Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals), point to an uptick in incentive travel spend over the next few years.

09/10/2019

The results are in, and the incentive segment is trending up, but what reward program winners desire is rapidly changing. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Pádraic Gilligan, chief marketing officer for the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), about the results from the joint study with the Incentive Research Foundation.

09/10/2019

Caesars Forum, the 550,000-square-foot conference center in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, is gearing up for its March 2020 opening. Meetings Today’s Kate Cripe was on location at the facility for a hard hat tour and to talk to Michael Massari, chief sales officer, Caesars Entertainment about the project.

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