Update: How California Fires are Affecting Events

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In what has become a far too familiar cycle , California is again dealing with a rash of wildfires, now officially declared federal disasters. Meanwhile, two more fires have raged in Southern California—the Hill Fire in Ventura County and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

19 Ideas to Offer the SoCal (Southern California) Vibe/Experience

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There’s a reason so many songs have been written about California. The post 19 Ideas to Offer the SoCal (Southern California) Vibe/Experience by Visit Anaheim appeared first on [link]. Event Ideas event ideas anaheim events in southern california socal events

California’s Most Insta-Worthy Locations

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California has the most picture-perfect locations of any state on PlayPicks’ list, totaling a whopping 11 sites. The Southern California beach city is a mellow but tantalizing destination to catch that perfect sunset photo.

Southern California's Top 100 Events 2018

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For a region that is undeniably dominated by the entertainment industry, Southern California’s reputation as a home for major music

Meetwell in Riverside, California

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The Boutique Riverside Convention Center has the distinction as one of the top three Best Conference/Convention Centers of 2018 and 2019 in California under 100,000 square feet, with 68,000 square feet of flexible indoor space, fully carpeted exhibit hall, 22 breakouts, healthy menus, complimentary WiFi and a 8,600-sq.-ft. The post Meetwell in Riverside, California appeared first on Connect Association.

How—and Where—to Pair Wine and Business in California

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Winemaker for a Day : Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma County offers a “ Be the Count” experience where guests can play the role of self-proclaimed Count of Buena Vista, Agoston Haraszthy, a vivacious and eccentric pioneer of California wine dating back to the founding of the winery in 1857.

Northern California Venues for Scenic Meetings & Events

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Northern California is one of the most scenic and diverse parts of California with major cities of interest including Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose—memorable areas that merge mountains with metropolises and technology booms with the bounty of wine country.

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).

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.

Southern California's Top 100 Events 2017

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Venues for Corporate Social Events in California

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From San Diego to Sacramento and every major point in between, California covers lots of ground—it’s surrounded by mountains and the ocean, experiences all four seasons in just one day, and is the epicenter of Hollywood glamour as well as startup culture.

Visalia, California, Is Making It Personal

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That’s where Visalia comes in—take the map of California and fold it in half to see Visalia right in the center of the state, on the crease, making it easy to get to. Visalia is one of the few convention destinations located between all three of California’s major metro cities (Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco), making this vibrant city a meeting planner’s dream. The post Visalia, California, Is Making It Personal appeared first on Connect Association.

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.

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How to Help Those Affected by California Wildfires

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As several wildfires continue to ravage large parts of California, the PCMA Education Foundation is helping event industry professionals affected by the devastation. Through its Industry Relief Fund , the organization seeks donations that will go directly to individuals in need in California.

7 Tips from Smart Meeting Northern California Speaker Eileen McDargh for Partnering at Your Next Trade Show

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Smart Meeting Northern California speaker Eileen McDargh says, “don’t settle for just a banner on the stage with your company’s name.” The post 7 Tips from Smart Meeting Northern California Speaker Eileen McDargh for Partnering at Your Next Trade Show appeared first on Smart Meetings.

3 Lessons from a Fashion-Forward Southern California Flash Meeting

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That is why Smart Meeting Southern California at the metamorphizing Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel was designed to inspire with fresh ideas for presenting food, career advice, and even what it means to do business.

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.

California’s Tourism Industry Unites in Wake of Wildfires

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With the devastating California wildfires largely contained, the state’s tourism industry is coming together to support those who were impacted. travelpulse.com. TravelPulse ). Read More. Places & Spaces News Junkie

Connect Weekly: Events Affected by California Wildfires, MTV Expands Events Business & More

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Welcome to another edition of our Connect Weekly column, where we share the top five news stories from the week that today's meeting and events planners should know. We aim to cover everything from the worlds of events, technology, business, marketing, social media, travel, hospitality and beyond.

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.

Southern California Event Trailblazers Inducted Into BizBash Hall of Fame

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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.

Groups Get Fresh Inspiration at Marriott’s Newly Renovated Hotels & Resorts in California

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Nearly $200 million later, Marriott is rolling out the red carpet for groups at its premier properties in California. Northern California. Southern California.

A Sweet San Francisco Vow Renewal - Flora and Robert’s California Hornblower Wedding

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Flora and Robert renewed their vows on September 17th, aboard the California Hornblower in San Francisco. Yacht: California Hornblower. A vow renewal is a beautiful way to celebrate your marriage and your love.

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.

Fire Toll on Tourism and Northern California Economy Enormous, and Growing

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Infernos continue unabated in Northern California’s wine country , even as predictions for strong winds this afternoon are arousing alarm the all-consuming flames could be fanned into new, wider areas. Santa Rosa has emerged as the epicenter of the modern legal pot economy in California.

Humans of Hornblower: Hillary Wolford - Hornblower’s California Girl from West Virginia

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Born and raised in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, a town with just one stoplight, Hillary always knew she was destined to live in California — despite having never visited the Golden State. “I At Hornblower, there are two qualities we admire — passion and determination.

MOXI Spotlight: Planning Events at Central California’s Newest Science Museum

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MOXI Spotlight: Planning Events at Central California’s Newest Science Museum

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The post MOXI Spotlight: Planning Events at Central California’s Newest Science Museum appeared first on AllSeated.

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.

First Smart Meeting of 2019 Raised the Bar

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Aka the balcony at Fairmont San Francisco during Smart Meeting Northern California. well, you should have been at Smart Meeting Northern California! More words of wisdom will be shared at Smart Meeting Southern California at Sheraton Grand Los Angeles on Feb.

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10 Top Literary Oases for Groups—in Hotels!

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AC Hotel by Marriott Sunnyvale Cupertino, Sunnyvale, California. AC Hotel, Cupertino, California. Four Seasons Hotel Houston Lobby. Featuring everything from bedtime storybooks to digital books and new titles, library rooms are popping up at high-end properties.

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Will Government Shutdown Hamper Your Event?

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Parks operated independently of the government are still open, according to Joanne Diane Tan, corporate director of sales for Basecamp Hospitality (formerly The California Park).

The Inside Scoop on Outdoor Meetings

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Greater Ontario, California Made up of two cities, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, Greater Ontario is located in the center of Southern California. Smart Meetings asked the experts at Greater Ontario California Convention & Visitors Bureau for tips on planning a productive excursion.

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SM Southwest Celebrates 10 Years of Getting Business Done

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That was the message delivered on Thursday by Jodi Low, founder of U & Improved, a heart-based leadership development consulting company, from the stage at Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, and demonstrated at the one-on-one tables in California Ballroom at Smart Meeting Southwest.

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7 Cyber Monday Hotel Deals for Groups (and You)

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The Hollywood Roosevelt , Los Angeles, California—40 Percent Off. The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles, California. Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection , Calistoga, California—50% Off.

5 US Cities to Go Green This Weekend

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Events america bagpipes bars best boston california celebration chicago cities clover culture day drinking drinks festival food georgia Green honor inspiration inspo ireland irish music new york city paddy parade party patty San Francisco savannah st.

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And the Forbes Five Star Rating Goes to…

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You can find the group’s 10 Five Star-rated hotels in New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills (California), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Paris, Bangkok and Manila. The Academy Awards isn’t the only star-studded event this week.

8 Hotels Boosting Guest Experiences in 2019

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Hotel Indigo Coachella—California. From West Hollywood to Dominica, hotel and resort properties are cropping up, providing unparalleled luxury, gorgeous views and redesigned guest experiences, not to mention plenty of locations for groups to meet.

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4 Essential Planning Guidelines for Citywides

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Planner Tips & Tools anaheim california center cities citywide convention destination Destinations do it best easy hacks hotel indiana indy meeting meetings merchant merchants music national oakland pennsylvania pittsburgh Planners steps Tips Tourism tourists Travel tricks visit

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Election Results: What the Mid-Terms Meant for Events

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The first week of November, the union announced that it had agreed to contracts in Oakland, California and Detroit, but 7,000 employees were still on strike at Marriott properties in California, Hawaii and Boston.

6 Smart Moves at Monterey CVB, Wolfgang Puck and More

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Melissa Oliver Marriott Syracuse Downtown named Oliver director of sales and marketing. Oliver brings a decade of leadership experience into her new position. She has served the same position at Crowne Plaza Syracuse.

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Stay Human in Room 301

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Kimpton Everly Hotel in Los Angeles has implemented a ground-breaking program that is designed to deepen the bonds between guests at the property. The Stay Human Project began as a social experiment in 2018 to create genuine human connection.

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