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  • What Apple’s New “ARKit” Means for Planners

    What Apple’s New “ARKit” Means for Planners

    At its annual WWDC event last week, Apple showcased its brand new augmented reality (AR) development tool called ARKit. For most, this is very big, and unexpected, news. Apple’s ARKit uses...

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Announces Trio of Luxurious Yachts

    The Ritz-Carlton Announces Trio of Luxurious Yachts

    Anchors away! The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is puttin’ the Ritz on the high seas. The luxury hotel brand announced Thursday that three large yachts are on the docket. The Ritz-Carlton,...

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  • Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

    Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

    This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens throughout the event. Yes, you heard that right—power from pee. Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC)...

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  • 5 Vital Security Questions to Ask Your Event App Vendor

    5 Vital Security Questions to Ask Your Event App Vendor

    Event app data security is vital because you have to protect your own information and the personal information of your attendees. Be sure your event app vendor meets the most stringent security...

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  • How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

    How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

    As June wraps up, we can look back at Pride Month and admire all of the incredible events, demonstrations and strides that helped support the LGBT community. But before we pat ourselves on the...

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  • San Jose Lures Major Meetings, Events, Including Apple’s WWDC

    San Jose Lures Major Meetings, Events, Including Apple’s WWDC

    Event professionals have a multitude of host cities to select from, but more and more are making San Jose, California, their top pick. What is it about San Jose that is wooing major companies and...

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  • Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down

    Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down

    There were more international association meetings than ever last year, but on average the meetings had fewer participants, reports the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)....

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  • Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

    Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

    When 2,500 meeting planners gathered at the MGM Grand in the entertainment capital of the world to learn and connect, it was inevitable that a party was going to break out. To be more accurate, a...

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  • Aria Las Vegas Expands Meeting Space

    Aria Las Vegas Expands Meeting Space

    Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas is in the midst of adding 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting space to its convention center in response to increasing demand from its luxury clientele. Construction on the...

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  • 5 Smart Moves at Visit Albuquerque, LGBT Meeting Professionals Association and More

    5 Smart Moves at Visit Albuquerque, LGBT Meeting Professionals Association and More

    Tod Chambers  Tod Chambers was appointed managing director of Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Conrad Chicago. Chambers, who has 25 years of experience with the Hilton brand, will be responsible for...

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  • ASL Interpreters Provide Important Service at Meetings

    ASL Interpreters Provide Important Service at Meetings

    Meeting professionals are tasked with making sure the audio of presentations is clear, that there’s no feedback and that it is at a comfortable volume—but what about the attendees who live in...

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  • Majority of Americans Think Travel Ban Should Stay Blocked

    Majority of Americans Think Travel Ban Should Stay Blocked

    Fifty-seven percent of Americans say federal courts were right in blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban while 39 percent disagree with the judges, according to a new poll. Not surprisingly,...

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  • MPI Announces New Courses to Address Security, Risk Management

    MPI Announces New Courses to Address Security, Risk Management

    Less than 50 percent of meeting planners have risk management plans in place for their events, said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in remarks...

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  • Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

    Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

    Call it what you want—weed, grass, dope, bud, Buddha, keef, reefer, pot, ganga, Mary Jane, that sticky icky. Marijuana has been a hot social and political topic for quite some time now. Yet, as a...

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  • 10 New and Noteworthy Hotel Openings

    10 New and Noteworthy Hotel Openings

    Photo courtesy of The Maven Hotel in Denver A hotel opening is always exciting news. What designs will it showcase? How will it change a destination? This is especially true for meeting planners,...

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  • 5 Tips to Manage Travel Anxiety in this Age of Terrorism

    5 Tips to Manage Travel Anxiety in this Age of Terrorism

    Business travel has always been wearing, and hard on occasion, too. Now, in this time of terrorism, it’s tempting to call it scary. As a meeting professional, travel is in your DNA—but you still...

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  • 8 Dreamy Summer Venues

    8 Dreamy Summer Venues

    June 20 marks the first day of summer. This should be music to planners’ ears, as there are many ways to embrace the seasonal spirit at a meeting or event. Whether you’re drinking wine in a...

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  • Jailhouses Rock as an Emerging Hotel Trend

    Jailhouses Rock as an Emerging Hotel Trend

    Pack your best orange onesie pajamas and get ready to do the cellblock tango! No, this isn’t a game of Monopoly involving jail and hotels. Former prisons across Europe are now welcoming guests to...

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  • Travel Industry Reacts to President Trump’s Revised Cuba Policy

    Travel Industry Reacts to President Trump’s Revised Cuba Policy

    In a decision that will have a significant impact on the tourism industry, President Donald Trump spoke in front of a room full of supporters in the Little Havana community of Miami, Florida, on...

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  • W Hotels Debuts Video Game to Celebrate W Bellevue Opening

    W Hotels Debuts Video Game to Celebrate W Bellevue Opening

    Maybe the hospitality industry is about fun and games after all. Marriott International created what it is calling the hotel industry’s first ever video game for the opening of W Bellevue in...

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