Hotels Celebrating International Women’s Day

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Barnsley Resort, Adairsville, Georgia. If you’re looking to work on your aim, escape to Barnsley Resort in Georgia. International Women’s Day is March 8 a reminder of how far women have come and how far there still is to go.

9 Breathtaking Beach Hotels from U.S. News’ Best Hotels List

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The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia. If Georgia’s not already on your mind, it should be. Beach resorts are the perfect business getaway that doesn’t sacrifice any pleasure. After being indoors, it’s refreshing to head out for a reception and catch a breath of fresh, salty air.

World’s Top Trending Destinations

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Tbilisi, Georgia. A post shared by Tbilisi, Georgia (@ninagersamia) on Feb 16, 2018 at 8:07am PST.

Who Says a Heritage Hotel Brand Can’t Learn New Tricks?

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Hotels & Resorts albany albuquerque atlanta georgia hilton marriott nebraska new mexico new york omaha omaha marriott downtown wyndhamIn recent years, heritage hotel brands have sent out more boutique and lifestyle tendrils than a grapevine.

Children shouldn’t sit still in class — and neither should adults

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions.

Lowest price ever three day sale on Power of Participation paperback

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions. Purchase paperback copies of The Power of Participation , regular price $26, before January 1, 2017 at the lowest price ever, just $19.99. Includes free shipping in the United States, and free optional 30-minute phone consultation for first-time buyers.

26 Atlanta Event Venues that Your Attendees Will Love

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Georgia International Convention Center. Georgia Aquarium. Georgia International Convention Center. Photo Source: Georgia International Convention Center. The Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) is also conveniently located in Atlanta’s Airport/College Park area — 10 minutes from downtown — and enables organizers to customize 400,000 square feet of exhibit space between halls, ballrooms, and boardrooms. Georgia Aquarium.

Earn 16.00 CIC CMP CE hours AND save $100 on Adrian’s October 6-7 Chicago Participation Techniques Workshop

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions. Two important updates about my October 6-7 Chicago Participation Techniques Workshop. First , the Convention Industry Council will award 16.00 CMP CE hours to participants who complete the workshop! Details here.

Guaranteeing audience engagement at your events

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions. Most people won’t ask questions at meetings.

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What’s New in Atlanta?

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More than 12,000 hotel rooms are within 1 mile of Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), the city’s largest convention center, and almost as many rooms are within the same distance to its other downtown convention facility, Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart.

Your Favorite Meeting Venues in the South

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Jekyll Island Convention Center is a “beautiful building” with “good customer service,” says Rebecca DeShazo, CMP Director of Association Services of the Georgia Association of Realtors. Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta is a favorite of Felice Levy, manager, global accounts, at HelmsBriscoe. Hammons Convention Center Northwest Arkansas and the Alpharetta Conference Center, home of Connect Georgia 2018.

How Planners Use Gather to Better Manage Events

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To gain more insight into this topic, we chatted with Megan Wolszczak, a corporate event planner in Atlanta, Georgia, about how working with venues who use Gather has made her job easier. In the past, we’ve highlighted ways that Gather benefits your business and streamlines your private event management process. Now, we want to show how our software allows your customers to have a better overall experience planning their event at your venue.

The dark side of stories at events

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions.

Creativity for Meeting and Event Planners

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He was even proclaimed the second funniest person in Georgia by Toastmasters International. Get ready to reignite your creativity. Guest Robert Evans Wilson, Jr., award-winning writer and speaker shares his top tips and tools for meeting and event planners to be creative. Listen to host Al Wynant and guest Robert Wilson discuss the following: Overcoming creativity block. How to overcome conformity and ignite creativity. How to inspire diverse teams to be creative.

Group-Friendly Attractions in Downtown Atlanta

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Georgia Aquarium. This applies even to meetings taking place in the airport district, home of Georgia International Convention Center and two adjacent business hotels; midtown, an arts and cultural hub with 4,600 hotel rooms and 200,000 sq.

National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention

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Atlanta, Georgia. But the organization was surprised to learn that the state of Georgia would not honor its federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt status, which presented an “unexpected financial challenge,” according to Heidi Ham, NAA’s vice president of programs and strategy. NAA Annual Convention attendees. Event Details. March 18–21, 2018. Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Overview.

Conde Nast Reveals Top Resorts in the World

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Two island properties off the coast Georgia round out the world’s top resorts, with The Lodge on Little St. The Lodge at Sea Island has 40 guest rooms and the Georgian Room, a fine-dining experience and the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in Georgia.

Here Are Your Favorite Venues in the East

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Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta earns the support from Kay Clark, CMP, director of meetings and events at MHI. She cites the airlift—Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport—and close distance to landmarks like The World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium. Your favorite venues in the East represent some of the best facilities in the country. Congratulations to all involved for ensuring the events business continues to grow.

Education and advocacy for GMID 2018

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is a collaboration between PCMA Southeast, IAEE Southeast, GSAE, SITE Southeast, the MPI Georgia Chapter and SPIN Atlanta.

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Nostalgic Cities Proving the Good Ol’ Days Are Back

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For example, visitors of the ’60s-style Thunderbird Inn in Savannah, Georgia, are welcomed upon check-in with popcorn, MoonPies and RC Cola. It’s time to capitalize on America’s retro craze when bringing together nostalgia-craving boomers and tech-loving millennials. Responding to the emerging trend, hotels and resort properties are rolling out old-timey experiences ranging from special game parlors to vintage lobby shoeshine stands.

Participatory voting at events: Part 2—Low-tech versus high-tech solutions

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions.

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10 Friendliest Cities for Your Next Meeting

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3 Savannah, Georgia, was also included in our Emerging Meeting Cities article in July. Savannah, Georgia. There’s a lot to be said for readers’ surveys about travel even if those surveys aren’t specifically about the meetings and events industry.

2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

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Duluth, Georgia. While these event professionals you will learn more about are young, there is much everyone in the industry can learn from them. They are proactively changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and other events. No wonder they are worthy members of the 2018 40 Under 40. Meet the next generation of leaders, these “Class Acts.” Learn how they got here and imagine where they, our industry and our world are going. Melinda Borucki. 39 • Director of Marketing.

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22 Major Atlanta Meeting Venues

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Near Fox Theatre and Georgia Tech; renovated last year: 500 guest rooms; restaurant; 31,000 sq. Georgia Aquarium. Georgia International Convention Center. Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway.

Interviews with Planners - Shelby Olivier

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She then moved on to become The Director of Marketing and Special Events for a venue in Georgia, earning her bachelors degree at the same time. Shelby Olivier is a Program Manager for Red Velvet Events, a Global DMC Partner in Austin, TX.

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Lessons for #eventprofs from an improv and mindfulness workshop — Part 1

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions. You had to be there.

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6 Day Trips from Santa Fe

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Georgia O’Keeffe Home & Studio. World-famous painter Georgia O’Keeffe was among a large group of painters who moved to New Mexico in the early-20th century, drawn by the light and the striking mountain ranges. Guest room at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe.

Marriott Continues Growth with Plans for 40 New Luxury Properties

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The Luxury Collection will have 10 new properties opening in remarkable locations across the globe, including Los Cabos; Savannah, Georgia; Vail, Colorado; and Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Photo of Solaz, from The Luxury Collection, set to open in Los Cabos Mexico in 2018.

New List Names Top 50 Hotels in the United States

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The list of 50 Best Hotels in the United States features more geographic variety, highlighting hotels from Georgia, Utah, Hawaii and other luxurious locales. The Lodge at Sea Island, a 40-room boutique hotel on Georgia’s barrier islands, ranks fifth. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Game Changers: Sporting Incentive Trips

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Open, held at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, in late August through early September, and the Masters golf tournament, held at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club in April. The Masters Tournament, April 5–8, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Meeting Planners’ Guide to Golden Olympic Venues

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Atlanta, Georgia (1996). Guests will flip for the Fountain of Rings, Georgia’s most photographed monument. Olympic Day is celebrated annually on June 23 rd.

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Detour Takes Walking Tours to the Next Step

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Groups will be particularly drawn to historic venues explored in Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia , and Boston. Travel app Detour turns sightseeing into an immersive experience. With the use of GPS location-based technology and augmented reality, the booming company is creating an array of what it calls “walk-umentaries.”. “It’s It’s like walking around in a movie,” says Detour founder and CEO Andrew Mason.

U.S. Music Cities for Your Event

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Atlanta, Georgia. Music has a powerful connection to human emotion. That makes picking the right tunes a make-it-or-break-it aspect of any event. A successful playlist requires asking the right questions long before you crank up the volume. Who are you trying to please?

Lessons for #eventprofs from an improv and mindfulness workshop — Part 2

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Next Tuesday, August 16, in Atlanta, I’ll be leading a three-hour workshop for the Georgia Meeting Professionals International Chapter (GaMPI) on participation techniques you can use to transform your conference sessions.

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Now Trending at Hotels: Free F&B

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In Georgia at Andaz Savannah , another Hyatt offshoot, guests enjoy local chocolate and honey from Savannah Bee Company. Have you walked into a hotel lately and been offered free F&B—a refreshing flavored water or maybe a locally made baked treat, no strings attached?

Chris Savas Captures the Moments at Events

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But more than that, Savas, owner of the Marietta, Georgia-based Chris Savas Photography, stands tall through his work. All due respect to Johnny Cash, Chris Savas is the man in black. Savas is a towering figure at events—his 6-ft.-1-inch

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4 Powerful Steps to Defining Your Purpose

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Powered by Purpose” was the theme behind this year’s Leadercast Live , which on May 5 gathered 5,000 leaders to Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. At some point, we’ve all asked ourselves, “What’s my purpose?” It’s a loaded question, and one that should never be taken lightly. The simulcast event broadcasts to nearly 100,000 attendees in more than 700 locations around the globe.

Take A Bite Out of Shark Week At Aquatic Meeting Venues

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Photo of Oceans Ballroom courtesy of Georgia Aquarium . Georgia Aquarium—Atlanta, GA. The 23,000-square-foot Oceans Ballroom at Georgia Aquarium can be configured to fit up to 1,200 guests. Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week is upon us.

Botany 2016

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3, 2016 Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Savannah, Georgia. Botany 2016 July 30–Aug. CHALLENGES  Botany 2016’s organizers were looking for new ways to avoid holes in their education programming.

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ATL Airport District Rebranding Leads to Growth

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In January 2016, two of Georgia’s destination marketing organizations, Meet College Park and Meet East Point, combined and rebranded to become ATL Airport District.