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Barbara Scofidio

Barbara Scofidio
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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.
Good Will Hunting, meetings

3 Lessons on Teamwork from Good Will Hunting

"Why does he hang out with those retarded gorillas? Because any one of them, if he asked them to, would take a bat to their head. That’s called loyalty."

Attendees Mastermind Their Own Spa Experiences at The Grove Resort & Spa

Specialized spa experiences pamper visiting groups to the newly opened The Grove Resort & Spa.
Uber, meetings

Life Without Uber and Lyft: One City’s Story

Last year, the City of Austin started requiring ride-hailing companies, both ride-share companies and taxis, to fingerprint its drivers, and both Uber and Lyft pulled out in protest.
attendee security, meetings

Attendee Security Top of Mind for Planners

"We're looking to find more incentive destinations within the U.S. and Canada, so we can rotate every other year with international destinations."
meeting, Magic Bank

Magic Bank Taps New Niche in Corporate Gifting

"Every gifting opportunity, whether it's a small or grand gesture, is a chance to make an extraordinary impact and stand out in the crowd."
Texas, meetings

5 Unexpected Texan Experiences

For a fun foodie experience, Susie’s South Forty Candy Factory in Midland is the Guinness World Record-Holder for the largest piece of toffee.
Salamander Resorts, wellness, meetings

Wellness Takes Center Stage at Salamander Hotels

“Planners are constantly seeking out wellness-centric experiences to encourage mental and physical well-being among attendees."
meal caps, meeting

Meal Caps Not Keeping Up With F&B Cost Increases

“You can get a hot breakfast at the Westin in St. Louis for $40 and a similar breakfast at the Westin in Times Square will cost $75.”
Elton John, meetings

3 Theme Party Ideas from Rock Concerts

Work with your event planner to create a focal point for your theme party. Not only can you use it for promotion, but it will help keep the event in the minds of attendees long after it ends.
BMW driving experience, meetings

3 Fun Activities for All Ages

Millennials might snub their noses at golf, while many aging Boomers prefer to skip the adrenaline-pumping activities on the agenda. We turned to experts in three cities—Atlanta, Greenville and Naples—for ideas.
Zika, meetingss

Thoughtful Contracts Can Protect Against Zika Damages

“In our case, Zika did not fall under force majeure. We ended up staying with our original resort and moving the meeting to September, which is the end of winter there."
pharma, meeting, compliance

Compliance Challenges Pharma Planners’ Hotel Picks

Red flags for compliance departments include five-star ratings, resort or gaming destinations, such as Phoenix or Las Vegas; and on-site facilities, such as golf, a nightclub or a spa.
Silversea

Wellness + Luxury On Board Silversea Cruises

Silversea's wellness activities include yoga and pilates classes, both on board and on shore, and a free spa massage treatment.
Super Bowl, meeting

3 Things Planners Can Learn About Sponsorships From the Super Bowl

Think of your sponsors as the spokespersons for your event and partner with them every way you can, from including them in planning focus groups or committees to having them hand out awards
Punjammies, meeting

New and Meaningful: A Punjammies Pajama Bar

The Punjammies Pajama Bar lets attendees choose from lounge pants, tops and robes that they can take back to their rooms and then home.
Tampa, meetings

What’s New Downtown in 5 Florida Cities

Tampa's Heights Market will feature eateries headed up by local chefs along with two event spaces and a rooftop social area.
Houston, meetings

Check Out Our Newest Visionary Summit: Navigating Global Meetings & Incentives

Registration, hotel and F&B are complimentary; space is limited. Qualified meeting planners will receive 5.5 CEUs from the CIC.
meeting, The Godfather

3 Ethics Lessons for Meeting Planners from The Godfather

Channel Marlon Brando if you must and realize that there is always a solution. Don't offend the individual who put you in the stressful situation or freak out on those who can help you get out of it.
MEET on Bowery, meeting

Check Out Our Global Meeting Planning Summit Agenda

The Global Meeting Planning Summit opens on Monday, May 22, with site visits of the host hotels, Hotel 50 Bowery and Dream Downtown, followed by an evening reception on the rooftop of The Knickerbocker Hotel.
Four Seasons, meeting

Four Seasons Formalizes Buyouts

A new web site breaks down each property according to which category it falls under, exclusives or buyouts (or both), as well as other criteria.
meetings, James Bond

4 Event Venues From Your Favorite Films

In the Covent Garden section of London is Rules restaurant, the oldest in the city and the site of a famous scene from the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.
Only in Florida, meetings

5 Only in Florida Group Activities

The Lee County area is known for its shelling, with the Gulf current refreshing its beaches with a regular supply of everything from coquinas to cockle shells.
Dubai theme parks, meetings

New Dubai Theme Parks Triple the Fun Factor

Dubai has become a favorite haunt for Bollywood stars, and many of them vacation here and will make appearances at the new theme park.
Eataly, meetings

3 F&B Lessons Planners Can Learn From Eataly

Today's meeting attendee, just like the Eataly customer, is increasingly sophisticated and has the same high expectations.
Kissimmee, meeting

Kissimmee Experience Both Varied and Versatile

A highlight of our tour of Kissimmee was a hardhat lunch and wine tasting at the new Island Grove Wine Company.

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