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  • Answers to Your Burning Security Questions

    Answers to Your Burning Security Questions

    11 questions from Alan Kleinfeld’s Smart Meetings financial and insurance webinar In a world of heightened security awareness, Arrive Management Group’s Alan Kleinfeld found himself answering a...

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  • Meeting Professionals Applaud Court Ruling on Trump Travel Ban

    Meeting Professionals Applaud Court Ruling on Trump Travel Ban

    The fog has yet to lift around whether nationals from six Muslim-majority countries will be able to travel freely into the United States for meetings, but meetings industry reaction was positive...

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  • Travel Industry Protests Trump Budget’s Plan to Cut Brand USA

    Travel Industry Protests Trump Budget’s Plan to Cut Brand USA

    Under President Trump’s proposed budget, Brand USA, the federally funded tourism marketing organization that promotes the United States to international travelers, is in danger of being...

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  • 7 Coolest Wine Bars for Your Next Event

    7 Coolest Wine Bars for Your Next Event

    May 25 marks National Wine Day! It’s time to take those red, white and pinks out of storage, pour a sizable glass and clank to the ultimate vino holiday. There’s nothing like indulging in a...

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  • Millennials Choose American Airlines as Top Brand

    Millennials Choose American Airlines as Top Brand

    Because of millennial influence, American Airlines won its first Airline Brand of the Year honor in the Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study. The study, which measures brand health over time,...

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  • Serve Brain Food at Your Next Event

    Serve Brain Food at Your Next Event

    When the afternoon hits and we reach for that third, nay fourth cup of coffee, it’s easy to overlook the full impact of the foods we choose. But being selective about what we consume is crucial...

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  • Omni Extends Hunger Initiative Offer to Meeting Planners

    Omni Extends Hunger Initiative Offer to Meeting Planners

    After donating 8.4 million meals to hungry Americans, Omni Hotels & Resorts has decided to extend indefinitely its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative—an offer it hopes meeting planners can’t...

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  • Laptop Ban May Expand to US Outbound Flights

    Laptop Ban May Expand to US Outbound Flights

    The days of flying overseas with your laptop in tow might be numbered. Laptop restrictions could possibly expand to flights departing from the United States to locations in other countries and it...

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  • US Hotels See Strongest Demand Since 2015

    US Hotels See Strongest Demand Since 2015

    During the year’s first three months, consumer confidence drove demand for lodging at the strongest quarterly rate since 2015, reports PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Both occupancy and the average...

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  • Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

    Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

    Summer is almost here, meaning it’s time to brace yourself for barbecues, beaches and long-awaited festivals! Planning an event in a city holding a food, music or cultural festival is a fun way...

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  • Meetings Hit Hardest as US Travel Industry Set to Lose $1.3 Billion in 2017

    Meetings Hit Hardest as US Travel Industry Set to Lose $1.3 Billion in 2017

    Since the announcement of President Donald Trump’s first travel ban in February, travel leaders have warned against its potential impact on the industry. One week after the executive order was...

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  • 5 Things Keeping Meetingprofs up at Night

    5 Things Keeping Meetingprofs up at Night

    If you ask someone what keeps them up at night, you’re sure to get a telling response. It’s a great question to ask. It quickly gets to the root of a person’s deepest and most frequent concerns....

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  • Hotel Building Buoyed National Economic Outlook in April

    Hotel Building Buoyed National Economic Outlook in April

    Westin Irving Convention Center Las Colinas Hotel Hotel construction groundbreaking ceremonies were bright spots in the April building report from Dodge Data & Analytics released May 19. Hotel...

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  • 10 Best Habits for Tackling Stress

    10 Best Habits for Tackling Stress

    Stress management is a hot topic for meeting planners—and for good reason. Working in a profession that reliably ranks in the top five of Forbes’ annual Most Stressful Jobs list requires this...

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  • 5 Tips for Organizing Better International Meetings

    5 Tips for Organizing Better International Meetings

    In our global world, international meetings have become a necessity for businesses of all sizes. Skype, Zoom, FaceTime and other mobile technologies make it easier than ever to meet virtually with...

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  • LEED-Certified Hotels Gaining Momentum

    LEED-Certified Hotels Gaining Momentum

    Hotels worldwide are leading with LEED. The U.S. Green Building Council created this program in 1993—an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—to certify that buildings meet...

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  • Delta and Lyft Offer Passengers Incentive Points to Ride and Fly

    Delta and Lyft Offer Passengers Incentive Points to Ride and Fly

    A partnership between Delta Air Lines and rideshare upstart Lyft puts event planners in the drivers’ seat. In a win-win for business travelers, the Atlanta-based airline this week announced that...

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  • Airport Therapy Dogs, Pigs and Ponies Reduce Travel Stress

    Airport Therapy Dogs, Pigs and Ponies Reduce Travel Stress

    Remember when spotting a dog in an airport terminal meant a red alert? Depending on your recreational habits, it could have been anything but a calming sight. Today, though, so-called therapy dogs...

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  • DHS Laptop Ban Would Limit Business Travelers’ Productivity

    DHS Laptop Ban Would Limit Business Travelers’ Productivity

    Professional meeting planners are watching closely as a proposal to ban laptop computers on commercial airline flights from Europe takes shape. One industry association spokesperson estimated...

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  • Gaylord Debuts “Infinity Ballroom” on the Potomac

    Gaylord Debuts “Infinity Ballroom” on the Potomac

    The Washington, D.C., area’s first “infinity ballroom” is now available for corporate events and other functions at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, a Smart Stars winner for 2017....

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