VIDEO – Rajah talks about why face-to-face meetings are the best way to build lasting relationships. Read More

A contract employee at a Chicago-area control center started a fire and attempted suicide in the building, causing massive delays for travelers. More on that and other stories you’ll want to read this week in Flashpoint. Read More

Hofrenning, the vice president of Sales at Go Wichita CVB in Kansas, is one of the 2014 Connect Groundbreakers. Find out why. Read More

Florida’s Panama City Beach is famous for its 27 miles of sugar-white sand and the emerald-hued waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but meeting planners love it for the flexibility of spaces and range of amenities. Read More

They don’t all have to do with smartphones, either. Read More

Barth, a lawyer and professor of hospitality law and leadership at the University of Houston, is one of the 2014 Connect Groundbreakers. Find out why. Read More

The United States has more properties on the best hotels list than any other country. Read More

Peters, a national account manager for Experient, is one of the 2014 Connect Groundbreakers. Find out why. Read More

Six industry professionals share about the best swag they’ve seen. Read More

We talked to five planners to hear how they entertain their attendees. Read More