Feeding the Food Truck Frenzy in California

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When out-of-towners visit California, one of the most frequently requested must-stops is In-N-Out Burger to get a Double-Double, go all-out with Animal Style or get adventurous with the secret menu. Food trucks have become synonymous with California culture.

Southern California's Top 100 Events 2017


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Patel and Visit California Make History

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Sima Patel made history this month when she was voted chair of the Visit California board of directors, becoming the first Indian woman to chair a national or state lodging association in the United States. “I Formerly from Surat, India, Patel moved to Oakland, California, at 17.

California Bans State Travel to Four More States; Texas Responds

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California has just announced an addition to its ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with LGBTQ discriminating laws. Sadly, that is not the case in all parts of our nation, even in the 21st century,” says California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a public statement.

4 Reasons to Give California’s Mendocino County Another Look

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Mendocino, a popular escape on California’s northern coast, is known for cute Victorian homes, towering redwoods and the Skunk Train. The post 4 Reasons to Give California’s Mendocino County Another Look appeared first on Smart Meetings. Photo credit: Campovida (Facebook page).

10 Reasons To Plan Your Next Event in Anaheim

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Ever since Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, Anaheim, in Orange County, California, has earned a reputation as a destination that offers great getaways for […]. Destinations destination event destination anaheim californiaThis is a sponsored post by Visit Anaheim.

6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

Top Industry Pros Share Their Tips for Better Events


On July 19, BizBash hosted the Event Innovation Forum as part of BizBash Live: Los Angeles at the California Market

How a Museum Turned Gore Into Glamour for Its Annual Gala


Every year in Los Angeles, the California Science Center hosts its annual Discovery Ball with an all-encompassing theme that draws

Once Upon a Time in Monterey

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Overlooking a cliff in Point Lobos, California, all we could see were miles of pristine, blue-green water. We enjoyed lunch on beautiful Pebble Beach after stopping off to see the Lone Cypress, the iconic 250-year-old tree along California’s scenic 17-Mile Drive.

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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Mission Inn Hotel & Spa — Riverside, California. The popularity of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton has made history cooler than ever.

Here’s What Makes for a Successful Hackathon

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Murdock is planning another mini hackathon this month, at Elevate, the annual conference of the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE). At “The Big Hackathon” at Campus Party Brasil. Jenine P. Humber, CGMP, GVEP, is no slouch when it comes to meetings.

Employee Events are Good for Business


EMPLOYEE EVENTS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Events serve many important functions when it comes to business. Trade shows produce leads, marketing events increase awareness and educational seminars ensure your team stays competitive.

New Ways to Quench Your Thirst in Oakland

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Warehouse tasting rooms mix the bounty of California’s diverse wine-growing regions and the production and shipping infrastructure of the city for unique tasting, dining and gathering options that bring people together.



Holiday events are here to stay – but who says they have to be during the winter holidays?

10 Best Ideas of the Week: Mechanical Boar Rides, the World's Longest Pizza, Giant Glow Sticks


This week's roundup includes mechanical boar rides at a TBS pop-up island in Marina Del Rey, California, a Guinness World

MPISCC Hosts Buzzworthy Awards And Installation Gala


The Southern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPISCC) celebrated its 2017 Awards & Installation Gala in a grand way

California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations

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California ’s ban on state-funded travel to states with LGBTQ discriminating laws has set off a range of reactions in the eight affected states, including a full-blown political feud in one of them.

Southern California Event Trailblazers Inducted Into BizBash Hall of Fame


5 Most Infamous Hotel Ghosts

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John Belushi, Chateau Marmont (Hollywood, California) The Saturday Night Live star was known for partying quite frequently at Chateau Marmont. October is the month for all things spooky. And what’s more quintessentially creepy than a haunted hotel?

4 New and Renovated Reasons to be California Dreamin’

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The post 4 New and Renovated Reasons to be California Dreamin’ appeared first on Smart Meetings. Wave Street Inn Inns of Monterey tah-dahed the opening of Wave Street Inn in Monterey, a complete renovation of what was previously Otter Inn.

Top 5 Cities on the Vegan Bandwagon

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Destinations accommodate affordable big cities cafe california caterers chef diet F&B Florida la list los angeles new york nyc option oregon orlando portland rank restaurants restrictions San Francisco sf survey Travel vegan vegetables vegetarianEver since Netflix released the documentary What the Health? last March, more and more people have been jumping on the vegan bandwagon.

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Four States with Anti-LGBT Laws

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In September, California passed a law that prohibits state-sponsored travel to states with legislation deemed to be discriminatory to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups. California is not the first state to ban state travel to North Carolina. Pier 39 in San Francisco.

This Is Now in Sacramento, California

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Sacramento, California, is experiencing a true renaissance. With a character all its own, California’s state capital fuses urban farms, farm-to-fork dining, a hip and modern central city, historic landmarks and natural beauty to create an exciting and down-to-earth meeting experience for any size group. The post This Is Now in Sacramento, California appeared first on Connect Association.

‘Best of the Best’ Hotels Named for 2017

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Sustainable Tourism Leadership: Cavallo Point: The Lodge at the Golden Gate , Sausalito, California. Naming the “best of the best” in the hospitality world is no job for the meek, but international luxury travel network Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts did the deed—again.

Residents Flee Raging Sonoma County Wildfires

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Wildfires spread by powerful winds had Sonoma County, California , residents fleeing for safety through smoke and flames as homes and businesses continued to burn on Monday. California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for three Northern California counties (Napa, Sonoma and Yuba) due to the continuing spread of multiple fires.

5 Refreshed Hotels in 5 Getaway Spots

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Riviera Palm Springs, California The “Riv” has been a desert oasis for Hollywood and Grammy Award-winning royalty since 1959.

Google I/O Conference Features a Fun, Festival-Like Vibe; Powered by Sparks


Google I/O 2017, Google's premier annual developer gathering, returned to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, this past May.

Where To Meet In The 20 Most Expensive U.S. Beach Towns

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Santa Monica, California Name: Casa del Mar. Coronado, California Name: Hotel del Coronado. Santa Barbara, California Name: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore. Laguna Beach, California Name: The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California Name: Carmel Mission Inn.

6 Things Meeting Profs Should Care About, From MGM’s Michael Dominguez

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Take note of these points he made at Connect California this year. California’s drought is affecting you. Seventy-four percent of all lettuce comes from California; 90 percent of all tomatoes in the U.S. come from California. Meeting managers have enough to-do lists to worry about already, but MGM Resorts International ’s Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer Michael Dominguez is adding six more items you ought to pay attention to.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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Business and travel hubs California and New York boast the highest number of mentions with four each. California. California. California. California. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah.

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The Role of Technology in the K-12 Classroom


in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles and my Single Subject English Credential and Masters in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The importance of technology in today’s world is obvious everywhere you turn.

Guest Blog: 7 ways Apple’s latest updates could impact #EventProfs

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On September 12th Apple called their annual press conference in Cupertino, California. The event is always huge news for Apple fans and developers and is a chance for the tech giants to unveil their latest game-changing products. Ten years ago, Apple introduced the iPhone at a similar event.

Big Hotel Boom Forecast for Smaller Cities

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He compared that to markets still in recovery, such as Santa Cruz, California; Newark, New Jersey; Oakland, California, and Phoenix.

Meeting Goers Can Experience Disneyland After Dark

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In front of the Ferris wheel and roller coaster at Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure Park, is a body of water that sits dormant during the day, but comes alive at night in the spectacular World of Color Small groups can host a private dessert reception during the show.

The 25 Healthiest American Cities to Meet In

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are the San Jose, California metropolitan area ; Ames, Iowa; Boulder, Colorado; and Iowa City, Iowa. California, often associated with good health, snagged three spots: the San Jose metropolitan area (No. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California. Santa Rosa, California.

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Pedal Power Your Phone!

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You can also find them at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLO) in Arizona and Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Southern California. That’s the offering of an Oakland, California-based company called Rock the Bike. Photo credit: Indianapolis Airport Authority.

How to Unconference Your Conference in Anaheim

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Southern California is known for its sunshine, so Tauvaa encourages meeting professionals to “unconference their conference” by bringing events outdoors to ACC’s two plazas or new 10,000 sq. streetfront balcony overlooking Disney California Adventure Park and nightly fireworks.

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5 Attention-Grabbing Trade Show Booths

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2016 in Anaheim, California, with lighted wrist bands that led guests on a jam session through the exhibit to win gift cards. Showing up to your trade show booths with company collateral and a stack of business cards isn’t going to earn you any ROI.

9 of the World’s Coolest Convention Centers

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total space) Photo credit: Orange County Convention Center San Diego Convention Center Location: San Diego, California. Incredible convention centers aren’t limited to the United States — here are a few of our favorites across the globe.

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