4 Foolproof Contingency Plans Courtesy of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Lackluster attention to the “what if” scenarios of event planning can quickly toss your event into its own version of the "Gilead Period,” a dour reality imagined in author Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid's Tale.”

Wow ‘Em With a Little Help From US Government Tweets

Who knew the US government had so much insight to offer meeting and incentive planners.

Crowdsourcing Kindness with Marriott International

Blazing new paths of innovation by mobilizing a diverse band of co-creators has developed into somewhat of a superpower.

The Celebrity Edge Ship is Getting Edgier by the Minute

The latest addition to the Celebrity Edge is Eden, a reimagining of the Garden of Eden based on Fibonacci’s golden spiral, or mathematical patterns found in nature.

The “Year of Literary Heroes” is Underway in Britain (and What This Means for...

The “Year of Literary Heroes” is underway in Britain in recognition of the country's most treasured writers.

5 Tips for Meeting Planners By Meeting Planners

Every month, ConventionPlanit.com holds an incentive-driven contest for meeting planners that results in valid tips for other planners.

More Twists & Turns in the All-Inclusive Concept

With experiential tourism on the rise, demand for a revised all-inclusive experience is emerging.

Seattle Surge Caters to All Types of Meetings and Attendees

New restaurant openings and 3,000 new hotel rooms slated to open by 2020. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of Seattle development.

Fort Lauderdale Inches Closer to Becoming the Riviera of America

A luxury vibe is rolling into in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Fla., via a wave of new high-end and hyperlocal restaurants and hotels.
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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.
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Visit These National Parks While the Gettin’s Good

Because of severe staffing shortages, seven historic sites in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park will shutdown in the coming months.

Whoops-a-Daisy: THE Improv Tip We Can Glean from the Oscars Debacle

Now that the shock has worn off, let’s see what we can learn from this mother of all whoops-a-daisy Oscar moments.
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Navigating the World of Travel Bans & Boycotts

No matter what side of the political argument you and your group supports, the key thing that all meetings industry professionals can do is monitor policy issues that impact the industry.
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Associated Luxury Hotels International Announces New Parent Company

“This next step in the evolution from ALHI’s 30 years of dedicated group business is in response to the growing competitive needs of our distinguished member hotels and resorts, and persistent inquiries from other luxury-level independent hotels and resorts worldwide.”
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Snow Dance, Sculpture Festivities Bring Groups to Breckenridge

Breckenridge is prepping to win back the title of The World’s Longest Shotski with a pre-parade Shotski hosted by Breckenridge Distillery.
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Miraval Group to Expand Travaasa Austin’s Wellness Experiences

“The campus is surrounded by protected lands, providing privacy and protection from distractions of the outside world ─ key attributes of the Miraval Experience."
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, California, Southern California, Indian Wells, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, Curio

Miramonte Indian Wells Joins Hilton’s Curio Collection

The resort’s signature Grove Artisan Kitchen uses several ingredients that are grown at the resort in addition to partnerships with local farmers.
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Oneworld Events Reduces Attendee-Flying Requirement by Half

As such, oneworld events is lowering the minimum requirement for the number of delegates flying internationally to an event by half, to just 50.
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Bleisure Tops Destination Hotels’ 2017 Meeting Trends

More and more attendees are extending their stays to combine business trips with personal vacation.
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Art Basel Kicks Off with Interactive Art-Themed Activities

Popularized in New York City, the DanceBody fitness program is expanding to Miami, offering classes at Anatomy at 1220 in Miami Beach.
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Barcelo’s Multi-Brand Strategy Responds to Group Travel Changes

“The new structure will make it easy for guests to select the type of resort experience they want with an appropriate price point to match, all while visiting some of the world’s most desirable destinations.”

See How Florida’s Hotel & Tourism Industry Rose to Meet Hurricane Matthew

See how Florida's hotel & tourism industry rose to meet Hurricane Matthew with a number of innovative corporate social responsibility programs.
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Apple Leisure Group Grows Resort Portfolio by 15 Percent

"Next year, we will also explore opportunities to acquire more distribution companies and resort companies if the opportunity is right.”

Inspiring Loyalty Among Millennials

Millennials prefer experiences over points when it comes to hotel rewards programs. But when the two combine...oh, it's a beautiful thing.
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Barcelo Hotel Group Signs Agreement with China’s Plateno Group & Expands in Morocco

The Barcelo-Plateno partnership goal is to reach a minimum of 100 hotels in 10 years, giving the Barcelo Hotel Group more visibility among the 80 million members of the Plateno loyalty program.

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