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.

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Stephanie Henriksen, former Director of Curriculum, Georgia MPI Chapter. Kevin Priger, former VP Communications for the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. I’m excited!

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.

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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U.S. and Europe Power of Participation Workshops registration opens!

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You left a lasting impression and helped our group a lot.” — Stephanie Henriksen, former Director of Curriculum, Georgia MPI Chapter. Whether you’re in the U.S. or Europe, I’ve got a POPWORKS workshop for you!

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.

5 Smart Moves at Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Choice Hotels and More

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He previously worked at The Ritz-Carlton’s properties in the Caribbean and Mexico region, Naples, Georgia and Orlando. Bruce Siegel. Bruce Siegel was tapped as the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. In this role, he’ll oversee financial performance, employee/guest engagement, community relationships, partnerships and talent development. Siegel has been with the brand for almost 18 years.

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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?

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.

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.

Report Shows Convention Centers More Eco-Conscious than Ever

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Brown Convention Center in Houston; Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta; Jacob K.

How to Turn an Office into an Event Venue

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Roam was launched in Alpharetta, Georgia, in 2008 by a group of guys from IBM who were sent to work from home. At Gather, we know it’s totally possible to build a private events program — even without having a designated space.

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?

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.

Five Trade Shows and How They Grew

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2016 show: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Aug. Held at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) every other year, the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) has seen double-digit attendance growth since 2012. These are interesting times for trade shows.

Using Facebook Live to Expand Your Event’s Reach

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With more than 1.7 billion users around the world, Facebook has become one of the most powerful platforms for promoting conferences and trade shows.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels High on Boutiques

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Lodge at Sea Island, Sea Island, Georgia. The 2016 Travel + Leisure World’s Best awards were announced on July 6, and if there’s a theme among the Top 100 Hotels in the World it’s that “boutique is better.”

The Role of Events in Craft Beer Marketing

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These events have led to huge demand for their stellar beer lineup, and developed familiarity with the brand across Georgia. The rise of craft breweries must be one of the best trends of the modern age.

Contract Cross Examination, Part 3: What Falls Under Force Majeure?

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During a recent MeetingsNet webinar, attorney, speaker, and College of Coastal Georgia professor Tyra Hilliard, Esq.,

Important Clauses You Need To Know in Speaker Agreements

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Before using live streaming apps, planners need to be sure that they are not inadvertently violating protected intellectual properties through the rebroadcast via live streaming,” states Tyra Hilliard, PhD, JD, CMP, speaker and professor of hospitality and business at the College of Coastal Georgia.

15 of 2016’s Hottest Meeting Destinations

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It provides more than 10,000 hotel rooms and nearly 300 restaurants and major conference venues, including Georgia World Congress Center and Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. Los Angeles.

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Bathroom Ban to Cost North Carolina $3.76 in Lost Business

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– Voxpro added hundreds of customer support workers in Athens, Georgia, instead of Raleigh. In North Carolina, the economic impact of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act , also known as HB2, continues to mount.

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.

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.

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.

Best in Show 2016

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Brooke Wexler , Owner, Turning Point AV, Savannah, Georgia. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the meetings and conventions industry is built on relationships — one on one, face to face, rooted in competence and trust.

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4 Models for Rebranding Your Meeting

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The new program will debut next month in Savannah, Georgia. As the founder and CEO of 360 Live Media, a marketing and experience design agency, Don Neal has watched decades-old annual meetings struggle to stay relevant in the era of TED Talks and South by Southwest.

Rethinking How You Work With Procurement

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From sourcing stone for the Egyptian pyramids to fueling the success of Fortune 500 companies, procurement has played a key role through 5,000 years of human history. Tell that to meeting professionals, however, and they might grumble.

Meeting Destinations Make Best of the World List

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We’d like to send out special congratulations to the following: Hawaiian Island of Kauai; the state of Georgia; Anchorage, Alaska; Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada; Cartagena, Colombia; Hamburg, Germany; and Madrid, Spain. “We

And the Award Goes to … the 2017 It List for New Hotels

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Another Southern belle, but this one is conveniently located between Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Call it the Oscars version of the hotel world (or maybe not, judging from Sunday night’s unprecedented best-picture gaffe).

U.S. Open Honey Deuce & 4 Other Signature Sports Cocktails

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Lime juice, pineapple juice, gin and grenadine make up this drink at the Augusta, Georgia, course. 21 and over? Next time you head to the stadium or racetrack, make sure to bring your ID. Several of the world’s annual major sporting events are known for more than just heroic feats of athleticism, but also for their signature sports cocktails. Enjoy sipping in the stands as the players do all the heavy lifting on the field. Open Tennis Championships: Honey Deuce.

2017 Smart Stars Award Winners

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Located on the coast of Georgia, Sea Island is the only resort in the world to have received four Forbes Five-Star awards for nine consecutive years, and is the only resort in the United States to host a G8 Summit. Best Airport Hotel. Best Attraction/Theme Park. Best Ballroom Hotel.

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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.

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.

Getting a grip on event firearms policies

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For example, Georgia enacted legislation in the past year that allows firearms to be brought anywhere, even into bars,” Grimes says. Guns can’t be ignored. Whether concealed or carried openly, firearms are endemic in the U.S.

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.

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.

Interviews with Planners - Tracy Bardugon

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Tracy Bardugon, a graduate from Georgia Southern University, started her catering sales and hotel management career in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

Forbes Travel Guide’s 2017 Star Award Winners: Who’s new?

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The Cloister in Sea Island , Georgia. Meadowood Spa reception Courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley. Forbes Travel Guide revealed its 2017 Star Award winners , a selection of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas. Who’s new to the list?