Major Meeting Venues: Indiana

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Less than 1 mile from Evansville Regional Airport and near Casino Aztar, Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Gardens, one of the oldest and largest zoos in Indiana; complimentary hot daily breakfast; 199 guest rooms; 8,358 sq. Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana.

Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

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Indiana Pacers Bikeshare. The largest cities in Indiana are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend. Thanks to Indianapolis 500 Speedway, the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts, it’s also the most well-known city outside of Indiana.

Find Your Mid-American Live Music Hot Spot

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Meeting Planning band belt chicago city corn cornfields detroit illinois indiana indianapolis kansas kansas city live live band live music madison Michigan mid-america middle midwest milwaukee minneapolis minnesota missouri peoria rust st.

WEC 2018 Wrap-Up: News Ways to Inspire & Educate Planners


Held in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year's World Education Conference (WEC) was one to remember! As Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) signature event, WEC aims to deliver premier education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event planners. Attendee Engagement featured

7 Huge Event Planning Trends Spotted at MPI WEC 2018


Entertainment included Indiana Pacers cheerleaders, visits to Lucas Oil football stadium and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway racetrack, photos ops in race cars, and more. Professionals often attend industry events to improve their craft and network with peers.

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MPI = Meeting Professionals in Indy

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This year, MPI WEC introduced WEC Villages, where nearly all of the educational sessions took place on the Indiana Convention Center show floor. MPI pep rally band.

4 Cities That Will Change Your Perception of the Midwest

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From James Beard-nominated chefs in Ferndale, Michigan, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to historic theaters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Hutchinson, Kansas, the culture and entertainment options of some of its smaller cities are challenging preconceived notions of Midwestern life and putting to rest the notion that this part of America is “flyover country.”.

The Shows Must Go On

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Every summer, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) brings together thousands of them — mostly middle- and high-school students — at the festival, which was launched at Indiana University in 1941 and has been held at the University of Nebraska– Lincoln since 1995. “It’s

8 March Madness-Inspired Meeting Destinations

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Inside, artwork and memorabilia showcase the history of the hometown team, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Downtown fixtures such as Monument Circle, Indiana State Capitol and Indiana Convention Center are located nearby.

Getting Personal at Grand Wayne Convention Center

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Meeting experiences are becoming grander at Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, thanks to Guest Experience Manager Marissa Best, who stepped into her newly created role in May. The idea for the position was born when convention center staff and board members were reviewing post-event surveys and contemplating where to go next. Great service is the expectation these days; it’s not a differentiator,” says Bart Shaw, executive director of the convention center.

Akron Leverages Location

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Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Akron Civic Theatre. It’s shaping up to be a very good year for Akron. Ohio ’s fifth largest city grew to prominence as a 20th-century tire-and-rubber empire (Goodyear still has its headquarters there).

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Top Historic Hotels Feature Memorable Meeting Venues

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French Lick Resort , Indiana. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs. There’s definitely a meetings and events correlation among the top 10 historic hotels in the 2016 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice awards.

Tony Lorenz on Owning Results

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EDUCATION I received my bachelor of science degree in accounting at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business. Tony Lorenz, CEO of AlliedPRA. I continued my studies at Harvard Business School’s OPM program, a three-year course for owners and presidents of private companies. .

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Inside the DMO-Convention Center Relationship

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Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops is proud of the relationship his team has fostered with their counterparts at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium. When it comes to hosting in a new city, meeting planners are on a mission to execute a successful event with minimal stress.

How Meetings Benefit from Sporting Events

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The event will also utilize the Indiana Convention Center for a fan fest. The city is anticipating that the game and festivities surrounding it will bring in more than $150 million and 100,000 visitors to Central Indiana. Are you ready for some…meetings?

3 Unique Fundraising Event Ideas for Non-Profits and Associations

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Think about this: you’re running a themed race Indiana Jones style with a treasure (grand prize) at the end all while the bad guys are trying to beat you there. Having a tough time coming up with fundraising event ideas? Don’t be afraid to be weird.

3 Alternatives to Travel Ban Wars Planners Need to Know

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The measures launched against states such as North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arizona have brought negative and positive publicity—and mixed results.

4 Smart Moves at Hyatt, Hotel Ivy and More

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He began in the hospitality industry at the age of 14, when he worked at his local country club in Indiana. Dana Orlando . Wischermann Partners appointed Dana Orlando as general manager of Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Orlando will lead the operation of the historic downtown hotel located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her previous roles include director of sales group and catering at Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and hotel manager at Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah.

8 Conventions You Won’t Want to Miss this Year

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June 2–5, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. One of the signature aspects of the meetings industry is the many inspiring, educational and fun annual conferences scheduled throughout the year.

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6 Smart Moves at Visit Indy, Le Pavillon Hotel, Kimpton Solamar & More

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She’s been with Visit Indy since graduating from Indiana University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in tourism management. Krysten Douglas Visit Indy has promoted Krysten Douglas to senior sales manager, D.C. market. Douglas will work closely with organizations in D.C.,

New Research Considers Human-Centered Meeting Design

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CMP, associate professor and chair of Indiana University’s School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. “At the end of the day,” according to Janet Sperstad, CMP, “we’re all human.” ” .

Weather planning for the perfect outdoor event

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For example, if there is an event in Indiana, there are normally weather indications days before severe weather hits, making it easier to predict and prepare. The tents and tables are up, catering is set, all the details have been checked off the list.

MPI Turns to Indy for 2018 WEC

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Visit Indy will be hosting WEC 2018 June 2 through 5, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.

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How Will New Travel Policies Affect International Meetings and Events?

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The closest thing we can compare the situation to is what happened in North Carolina and Indiana [after the states dealt with perception challenges from legislation that many perceived as discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community].

6 Things to Do Now for a Better Wedding Season


Staying ahead of the game is the main way we stay prepared,” says Amanda Mentz, the banquet and sales manager for Tippecanoe Place Restaurant in South Bend, Indiana. “[We

Travel Industry Reacts to Trump Victory

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Similar flight restrictions over Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Indiana residence are also in effect. After Donald Trump’s historic presidential election win, reactions ranging from positive to cautiously optimistic have been coming in from around the travel industry.

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

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Indiana. Call it what you want— weed , grass, dope, bud, Buddha, keef, reefer, pot, ganga, Mary Jane, that sticky icky. Marijuana has been a hot social and political topic for quite some time now. Yet, as a meeting or event planner , it’s not likely in the forefront of your mind.

Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

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Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland. Ohio is making a comeback as a meetings and tourism destination. Columbus is the state capitol. Cincinnati is famous for its big river, baseball and beer.

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Major Meeting Venues: Ohio

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Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Akron. Clarion Inn & Conference Center.

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Best in Show: Class of 2017

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A side note — the Indiana Convention Center services team embodies so many of these same qualities,” DeBolt wrote. “It’s From the first month, Roberta Tisdul and the entire team at the Indiana Convention Center ushered me in and got down to business.

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Goodbye, DMAI. Hello, Destinations International.

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Supported by a PCMA Education Foundation grant, the report looks at the impact of travel boycotts in North Carolina, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and whether or not they were effective.

Five Trade Shows and How They Grew

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ASHE 2017, scheduled for the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on Aug. More than 6,000 attendees and 330 exhibitors are expected across 190,000 square feet at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on Jan. These are interesting times for trade shows.

These Destinations Are Using Virtual Reality to Put You in Their Place

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Virtual reality is a bit like the classic video game Pong. Today’s clunky VR headsets and grainy videos may seem crude in 20 years, but at the moment it’s revolutionary technology — and it’s really fun.

Smart Women 2017: Entrepreneurs

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Company or organization: Meeting Achievements in Valparaiso, Indiana. Sharon Bonner. Job title: CEO and president. Company or organization: Bright Ideas Events in Vancouver, British Columbia What I love about my job: There are so many that the list is endless.

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10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: August 16, 2016

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She has worked in various management and leadership positions at international hotels, and worked for The Camberley Hotel Company in Atlanta; West Baden Springs Hotel in Indiana; Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano in Florida; and Hilton San Diego Del Mar. Cindy Hart. Cindy Hart joined Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado , as director of sales and marketing.

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The Cost of Conscience

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Indianapolis has lost at least $60 million in future convention business thanks to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, according to Visit Indy , while the Associated Press estimates that North Carolina’s bathroom bill will cost the state $3.76

Smart Women 2017 – Entrepreneurs

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Company or organization: Meeting Achievements in Valparaiso, Indiana. Sharon Bonner. Job title: CEO and president. Company or organization: Bright Ideas Events in Vancouver, British Columbia What I love about my job: There are so many that the list is endless.

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A People-Pleasing Green Airport

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It also lays claim to smaller sustainable initiatives, including an electric-car-sharing hub for travelers, human-powered mobile-device charging bikes, and a bee apiary established in partnership with local beekeepers to help preserve the endangered Indiana honey bee.