MPI, WEC, B-52's

Meeting Professionals International WEC: Engaging Experiences & Real-Time Learning

The theme of this year's Meeting Professionals International WEC was, "Stop planning meetings, start designing experiences."
channle incentives, tesla, meetings

Successful Channel Incentives

"Designing an effective channel incentive strategy needs to reinforce the sales processes, highlight product information and reinforce the sponsoring company’s value proposition. It’s about helping channel partners and their salespeople sell effectively, while answering, 'What's in it for me?'"
Hyatt Regency Portland, Portland, Oregon, Oregon Convention Center, new hotels

Convention Business Is About to Get Real in Portland

The 600-room hotel will help redefine Portland as a meetings destination, drawing dozens of large events and conventions every year.

San Antonio’s River Walk Gets Even More Appealing to Planners

See how San Antonio's River Walk is getting even more appealing to planners.

Austin’s Music & Art Culture Keeps the City Weird After All These Years

A new influx of hotels in Austin is making the city a serious hub for meetings.
Wilmington, North Carolina, Riverwalk, Wilmington Convention Center,

Wilmington’s New Riverfront Evolves for Meetings

New hotels, restaurants, retail, an event pier, marina and riverfront park will help redefine the city’s River District, connected by an about two-mile scenic Riverwalk.
FICP, meetings

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Delivers Industry-Focused Education

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners has five live events a year focused on industry-specific education.
laptop ban, meetings

Laptop Ban: Your Questions Answered

Make sure attendees traveling from the affected airports are aware of the new regulations so that they arrive at the airport with electronic equipment appropriately stored in hold luggage.
hotel seller's market, meeting

Continuing Hotel Seller’s Market Affecting Meeting Planners

Meeting planners report getting turn-downs or pressure from hotels to commit and limited hold times.
channel incentives, meeting

5 Key Strategies for Channel Incentives

If incentive travel in general or a certain destination in particular did not have appeal, the channel incentive program is less likely to succeed.
The Balmoral, Rocco Forte Hotels, IMEX in Frankfurt, hotel renovations, hotel openings, Assila Hotel

5 Major Developments Rocco Forte Hotels Highlighted at IMEX

Making its way into the Asian market, Rocco Forte Hotels also has plans to open a property in Shanghai next year.
Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco, California, Northern California, renovation

Hotel Nikko San Francisco Amps Up Japanese Heritage

The new design takes on the Hotel Nikko’s Japanese heritage by creating a contemporary look inspired by the fluid lines of a traditional kimono.
meeting planner, meeting

Wanted: New Job Titles for Meeting Planners

Some meeting planners, mostly the CMPs in the group, spoke up for the professionalism of the role. Said one: "How about everyone just know you are a Meeting Professional? Why? Because you deserve that respect!"
MEET on Bowery, meeting

Safety & Security Top of Mind at Prevue’s Global Meeting Summit

"A name badge with Microsoft on it screams kidnapping in cerrtain parts of the world."
Chase Park Plaza, Royal Sonesta, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri

Chase Park Plaza Embraces Luxury in Sonesta Transition

When the 338-room hotel transitions to the Royal Sonesta brand, it will provide the same luxury accommodations that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Carter back in its hey day.
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic, The Opus Group, Leadership Summit, DATE, AMResorts

Secrets Unfold at The Opus Group’s Leadership Summit

The expansive infinity pool, eight gourmet restaurants, and private cabanas and hammocks dotting the beach added to the property's lavishness.
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia, convention center, expansion

Adelaide Convention Centre Advances South Australia’s Economy

Nine years in the making, the last phase of the convention center’s $297 million expansion will not only help the city attract larger events but also revitalize its Riverbank precinct.
Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, meetings

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Expands Online Education

SITE, which is known for incentive industry education, now has a new offering of 12 online courses.
Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Caesars Entertainment, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, California

Harrah’s & Harveys Lake Tahoe Amp Up South Shore’s Meetings Game

A series of renovations and new group offerings at the Harrah's and Harveys help pave the way for Lake Tahoe’s South Shore to amp up its meetings game.
Milwaukee meetings

The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Has Big Plans for Milwaukee Meetings

“As one of only a few AAA Four-Diamond resorts in Wisconsin, our definition of luxury goes a step beyond offering refined accommodations and numerous experiences to include a welcoming, home-like feel not often found in resorts."
The Beverly Hilton, Wilshire Garden, Los Angeles, Golden Globe Awards, Southern California

Plan a Garden Soiree in The Beverly Hilton’s Latest Digs

Outdoor “Top-Chef” cooking challenges will be available for groups, with culinary staff members who work on the Golden Globes menu serving as judges.

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.
Groups visiting Detroit

Old World Elegance for Groups Visiting Detroit

“Tasked with suggesting a rejuvenating break activity during a lengthy conference, our catering manager coordinated a mid-meeting yoga session to bring energy and excitement to event attendees, followed by healthy, locally sourced snacks prior to resuming the conference.”
New York Historical Society Museum & Library, historic meetings, New York, history, Henry Luce III Center, Tiffany lamps

Meet Amid History at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Predominantly making up the Henry Luce III Center is the first-of-its-kind Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery that will house rotating exhibits that focus on women’s history in the U.S.
Metropolitan Convention Center, Quito, Ecuador, Quito Turismo

Metropolitan Convention Center to Put Quito, Ecuador on Meetings Map

While Quito already attracts international visitors as the first city to be named a World Heritage Cultural Site by UNESCO in 1978, this new convention center will help put Quito more on the meetings map.

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