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3 Tips for Turning Your Event into a Transformational Experience

Event planners are not just in the business of designing meetings and incentive trips, they are in the business of creating life-changing moments.
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The Latest Updates from the Big Island

The issue is a misperception regarding the location of the volcano and the Big Island's major meeting and incentive resorts, says Bryan Hansen, spokesperson for the Kohala Coast Resort Association.
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5 Takeaways from MPI’s Latest Meetings Outlook Report

Meeting Professionals International’s 2018 Summer Edition of its Meetings Outlook Report announced a positive uptick in meetings.
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AccorHotels Acquires 21c Museum Hotels

AccorHotels announced last week that it signed an agreement to acquire 85 percent of 21c Museum Hotels.
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How Safe is Mexico for Groups?

Meeting planners considering Mexico are increasingly challenged by travel advisories and the constant barrage of drug-related violence in the news. How safe is Mexico?
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5 Insights from Cvent’s 2018 Global Planner Sourcing Report

Cvent recently released its 2018 Global Planner Sourcing Report, which has more than doubled in size from the 2017 study.
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Marriott & Starwood Finally Merging Rewards Programs

Ever since Marriott International officially acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in September 2016, the two have been figuring out how to merge their loyalty rewards programs—and now they’re finally beginning the process.
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Looking for Meeting Industry Research? Look No Further

If you're looking for meeting industry research on topics ranging from Duty of Care to Experiential Meetings to Wellness, check out our online research page.
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How High Are Hotel Rates and Airfares Going in 2018?

Higher hotel rates and airfares are forecast for 2018, according to the 2018 Meetings & Events Future Trends report by CWT.
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Data Privacy Laws Rev Up in California & Vermont

There seems to be no end to the buzzing data privacy conversation—and now it’s revving up again in the states of Vermont and California.

Watch the Caesars Forum Groundbreaking Live

Watch the Caesars Forum ground breaking event live and get the inside scoop on the 550,000-sf center with a virtual tour.
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3 Ways Robots Are Redefining Hospitality

Here are at least three ways that robots are redefining hospitality as we know it.  
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New Poll Highlights Planners’ Biggest Concerns

Teneo Hospitality Group released information last week from a poll of meeting planners who shared their biggest concerns.
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Skip the Snacks? New TSA Rules Will Make It Harder for Attendees

New TSA rules targeting powders, snacks and clutter will mean increasing scrutiny and more time at the X-ray machine for your attendees.
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IHG Launches New Upscale Hotel Brand: voco

IHG announced its latest hotel brand, voco, which will bring more upscale offerings to meeting planners.
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Make Your Pop-Up Event a Success

When it comes to pop-up events, don’t disappoint with anything less than extraordinary and innovative.

Royal Caribbean Acquires Majority Stake in Silversea Cruises

The cruise giant is poised to make a giant splash in luxury and expedition cruising.
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Signs of Human Trafficking to Look Out for This Summer

Learn the signs that could indicate an individual is being trafficked, and what to do if you see an incidence of human trafficking.
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On Site at the IRF Invitational at The Grand at Moon Palace

The proceeds from the live and silent action fund the IRF's research all year long.
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Vegas Strike: Negotiations Continue with Deadline Approaching

Meeting planners organizing an event in Las Vegas may be in for a surprise next month as casino employees anticipate a strike that could be very costly to major Las Vegas resorts and casinos located on the Strip.
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Marriott Ventures into the Home-Sharing Market

The sharing economy is officially making waves in the hospitality world, with Marriott International recently announcing its foray into the home-sharing market.
duty of care, meetings

New Survey: Duty of Care Often Falls on the Meeting Planner

Many companies have not distinguished that meetings come with their own specific set of risks—whether that be attendees walking around cities wearing badges or a chartered bus full of meeting attendees traveling through a dangerous area.
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Meeting Planners Unite: New Association to Hold Conference

The first live event for the brand-new association for independent meeting planners, Meeting Planners Unite, will be December 4 to 6 in Washington, D.C.

What the Hawaii Volcano Eruption Means for Planners

As the Kilauea volcano rages on, fears over what this means for meetings and incentives are revving up for many planners.
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IHG Cuts Commissions, Other Hotel Companies Raise Them

InterContinental Hotels Group announced that it will be the third major hotel brand to cut independent planner commissions from 10 percent to 7 percent.

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