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Benchmark to Reimagine F&B with Chef Stephan Pyles Partnership

“Our challenge to get the creative focus and unique innovations that makes Chef Stephan Pyles so acclaimed will be a key priority and focus."

Hyatt Ziva Cancun Ups the Ante on the Usual All-Inclusive Experience

The recently opened 547-suite Hyatt Ziva Cancun ups the ante on the all-inclusive experience.
planning innovative meetings in Texas

Art & Innovation Inspire Meetings at These 3 Dallas Hotels

Planners have told us that our hotel’s ability to act as a destination within itself, complete with 80,000-sf fitness center, resort pool complex and international art collection, alleviates their need to look elsewhere for activities and experiences.
Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Unveils Innovative Experiences At Sea

Getting out to truly experience the magnificent destinations around the world is one of the many ways Princess can introduce groups to the world’s most memorable destinations.
Willy Wonka, F&B, food and beverage, networking, networking how-tos

Willy Wonka-isms for the Eating-Networking Meetings Matrix

No one ever talks about the best ways to exchange business ideas while simultaneously dipping strawberries into a Wonka-esque chocolate fountain.
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.
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.”
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3 Culinary Experiences that Enhance Beach Destinations

Route 184, aka “Pork Highway,” is lined with various pork eateries for visitor and locals alike to experience the country’s famous whole roasted pig.
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.

Costa Rica Embraces Sustainable Gastronomy

Pura vida (pure life) has grown to include sustainable gastronomy programs in Costa Rica.
Culture and Cuisine of Sicily

Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort Showcases the Cuisine of Sicily

A popular option is mastering the art of paper mache sculpting at Sciacca’s Carnival Museum, or attendees can learn how Sicilian carnival floats are made and create their own carnival masks and other items.
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.
foodie experiences, meeting

3 Authentic Florida Foodie Experiences

Cracker cuisine is a creation of the pioneers and cowboys who settled in this part of Florida after the Civil War and lived off what could be grown or hunted.

DC’s Cultural Vibe Expands (If That’s Even Possible)

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is already inspiring a sense of pride throughout the city since its September opening.
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If Martha Stewart Can Survive the Alderson Prison Diet…

Martha Stewart was said to have lost at least 10 pounds in prison, and that’s likely because she cut out her famous gluten-loaded sweets and pastries.
Activities for groups visiting Baltimore

5 Cultural Activities for Groups Visiting Baltimore

Five activities for groups visiting Baltimore from innovative museums and art galleries to tours of the city's rich past and culinary present.
South African Wine Adventures

5 South African Wine Adventures

With a season that runs year-round—in summer and autumn, the vineyards are most scenic, and harvest takes place from January through March—the possibilities are endless.

Mexico an Innovative Destination? We Think So.

A range of forward-thinking conferences, renovations and dining options are lifting Mexico into the innovative destination category.
International Convention Centre Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Australia meetings, Sydney meetings, convention center debut

International Convention Centre Sydney Ready for Debut

The collection allows for local wineries to be exposed to a wide variety of Australian and international attendees, with 93 varieties of wine available.
foodie, meetings

5 Hot Foodie Trends

Foodie attendees enjoy interactive cooking and prep stations and food with a nostalgic as well as an international flair.
Packing House, Anaheim, Marriott, Convention and Resort Network, Los Angeles, San Diego

5 SoCal Dining Options Add Flavor to Events

To get a taste of Anaheim all in one space, the Packing House offers several food outlets in a massive public market similar to those in South America and Europe.
Baiersbronn, Germany, Southwest Germany, Michelin, gourmet cuisine, hiking, group hiking

Groups Combine Gourmet Food & Hiking in Germany’s Black Forest Region

Attendees can see and taste the natural herbs and berries growing in the forest—most of which have been used by locals to create natural remedies for infection, pain and sickness.
Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Alaska, Alaska meetings, Alaska cruises

5 Reasons for Groups to Visit Juneau—Now

All-inclusive cruises, wine tasting and sailing add to Juneau, Alaska's group appeal.
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Omni’s Election-Themed Drinks Encourage Attendees to Vote

Attendees will be able to “vote” for their preferred presidential candidate by ordering election-themed drinks at all Omni restaurants this fall.

Discover: Artful Meetings in Santa Fe

Meetings in Santa Fe almost always have an artful theme. Here are a few of our top picks for artful group experiences.

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