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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Interviews with Planners – Susan Sexton

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Clients include UPS, Equifax, The Southern Company, Cox Communications, Americas Mart, Chateau Elan, Beau Rivage, Travel Alberta, Georgia- Pacific, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Galimard Parfumerie, and Tangerine Travel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Your Next Event Should be a Cooking Class

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As a restaurant, wine bar, retail spot and cooking school, Dunwoody, Georgia-based Vino Venue does it all. When it comes to an event idea that’s unique, memorable and outside the box, more and more groups, organizations and planners are booking private cooking classes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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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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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?

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Beauty Products You Can Feel Good About

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For every lip creme purchased, Atlanta-based Clove + Hallow donates 15 percent of proceeds to Mental Health America’s Georgia chapter. $19, cloveandhallow.com. True beauty lies within for cosmetic companies giving back to charitable causes. Snag these travel-friendly products to look good while doing good. Cosmo Power Multi-Dimensional Strobing Blush.

‘You Know, We Have a Problem Here.’

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WHO ATTENDS Tapia 2017, held in Atlanta, Georgia, welcomed 1,200 attendees — more than half of whom are computing students on the undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. Tapia 2017.

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ALHI Adds 4 Key Meeting Properties

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Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, which is connected to Georgia World Congress Center, provides 1,059 guest rooms that boast spectacular views of the city skyline, CNN Center Atrium or Centennial Olympic Park.