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Every day, both personally and professionally, I hear the phrase “go local.” This trend will only continue to strengthen. The term local doesn’t apply to just food. Here are four ideas to incorporate locality into your event. Read More

Step Up Your Sponsorship Game

Ron Seaver credits attracting the right sponsors for his ability to grow the National Sports Forum from three attendees in 1996 to about 1,000 this year. Here’s his advice to planners. Read More

Event Planners: Where the Money Goes Now

Three meeting planners discuss their budget priorities. Read More


The biggest challenge facing condo hotels is branding, starting with defining the properties. That’s where the relatively new Onsite Property Managers Association comes into play. Read More

The summer release of Palcohol is getting a warm reception from hotels and other venues, but some states are cool on the idea. Read More

One fashion trend may allow male planners to breath a little bit easier at meetings and events. Read More

One mall in suburban Maryland is sprucing up its dining options, which translates to better options to planners pre- and post-meetings. Read More

DeskHub, a new communal workspace, may be a solution for planners who only need to meet with board members or plan a few months per year. Read More

Savory snack bars are making a big entry into the market this year. Here are some ideas for incorporating them into your next event. Read More

Ron Seaver credits attracting the right sponsors for his ability to grow the National Sports Forum from three attendees in 1996 to about 1,000 this year. Here’s his advice to planners. Read More

Lawyer Richard Roth lays down the law on the important force majeure clause and what can and can’t be negotiated. Read More

Every day, both personally and professionally, I hear the phrase “go local.” This trend will only continue to strengthen. The term local doesn’t apply to just food. Here are four ideas to incorporate locality into your event. Read More

Despite all their high-profile problems, America’s classic old cities still lure event attendees. Meeting professionals often enjoy economic benefits, along with greater attendance. Let’s face it: Metropolises are exciting. Read More

While hotels are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability, it takes some responsibility on your part to push for greater environmental efforts from your meeting’s host hotels. Read More

Colombia, the South American country known for its past problems with drugs and violence, makes it case for international meetings. Read More

To maintain a sponsor’s active partnership, an event team must constantly work at communicating, understanding and meeting each sponsor’s expectations and designing new programs and opportunities. Read More

Leadercast’s Director of Events Luke Dooley and Executive Director Jayson Teagle let us eavesdrop on a last-minute chat before the conference. Read More

Convention center catering is a piece of cake for this experienced director of convention services at Semiahoo Resort, Golf, and Spa. Read More

New York Hilton Midtown, New York City’s largest hotel, is now catering to after-hours meetings, open kitchen-style events, working lunches and more with the expansion of its Herb N’ Kitchen. Read More

As business travelers look for ways to cut costs, they’re turning to the sharing economy to meet lodging needs. Read More

Coordinating a party for the world’s greatest chefs the night before the James Beard Foundation Awards could be one of the most thrilling—or intimidating—jobs an event planner could take on Read More

Beyond all the decadent dessert recipes and lavish home décor photos, there is plenty of inspiration to be found from these five pinners. Read More

As audiovisual technology makes advancements, meeting planners need to be aware of the new pitfalls that come with them. One of the most important to avoid is improperly formatting screen ratios as they pertain to presentations. Read More

Oklahoma City is mapping out its future in meetings with its third Metropolitan Area Project. Read More

Fran Rickenbach, VP of ADMEI, shares how planners should work with destination management companies to make meetings more successful. Read More

Chefs around the country share new ideas for creating culinary experiences without breaking the bank. Read More

Live streaming your event via social media outlets is going to be a thing, so planners might as well do some research on which app works best for them. We’re here to help break down whether Periscope or Meerkat is for you. Read More

Does force majeure cover event cancellations amid Baltimore riots? We ask legal expert Richard Roth. Read More

As “Mad Men,” the award-winning AMC drama about New York City’s advertising industry in the 1960s, wraps up its final season, we look at the lessons planners can take from the hit show. Read More

Planners aim to shed light on bullying and other inappropriate behavior after hours that is rampant throughout the meetings industry. Read More

Paris-based fashion designer Tanya Heath released an interchangeable heel that may bring life back to sore, conference-fatigued feet. Read More

Two studies released in March 2015 detail the downside of cutting back on government conferences after the General Services Administration’s scandalous event in 2010 in Las Vegas. Read More

YouTube is a website that most people use on a daily basis, and depending on how you look at it, the site has already or only been around for 10 years. Here are a few things we’ve learned from the online content mogul. Read More

With more than 30 millions users and a growing presence in the meetings market, Airbnb is seen a huge threat to hotel’s long-held dominance. Given that, it’s a bit jarring to hear one of Hilton Worldwide’s top executive’s reaction to the phenomenon. Read More

The planners behind ISPS’ international biannual conference in New York City discuss live music before sessions, the host venue and the civil rights theme of the event. Read More

Taking a page from our northern neighbors, U.S. event professionals celebrated their line of work on Thursday, April 16, the inaugural North American Meetings Industry Day. Read More

It’s not easy being green. Just ask the David L. Lawrence Convention Center staff, who sort post-con debris to divert reusable material from landfills. Read More

Despite some cancellations, several conferences and conventions in Baltimore go on as planned. Read More

Lisa Kraus Gardner is busy putting everything in place for Green Meeting Industry Council’s annual global Sustainable Meetings Conference, June 17-19 in Atlanta. The gathering will bring meeting industry professionals together to help integrate sustainability in event planning. Read More

There are a lot of third-rail industry issues in this edition of Connect. Watch this video for a preview of the top stories. Read More