Amid Louisiana Floods, NBA All-Star 2017 Game Moved to New Orleans

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Even in the midst of a historic crisis, I am excited that the NBA has recognized how great the City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana are,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. “In In Louisiana, one of the strongest bonds that unite all of us is our passion for sports.

7 Smart Moves at Hilton, Visit Omaha and More

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Danny Hughes Hilton Hotels and Resorts promoted Hughes to executive vice president and president, Americas. He oversees the brand’s interests throughout North, Central and South America.

Dietary Expert Urges Group to Eat Real Foods

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Smart Meeting Speaker: ‘Gig Economy’ Requires Multiple Ways of Engaging People

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Olga Mizrahi. Independent workers are increasing at a dizzying rate, and to succeed, it’s becoming all the more important for them to find multiple ways of engaging people, emphasized Olga Mirzahi in her keynote address at Smart Meeting South Central National in New Orleans on Sunday.

7 Sweet and Savory Late-Night Hotel Snacks

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The sun set hours ago, the clock keeps ticking and you’re still tapping away on the keyboard in your hotel room until the wee hours. Then, your stomach starts growling. The internal battle begins. Do you splurge on room service or the expensive in-room snacks? Do you order a pizza for delivery?

9 Nibble-Worthy Food Tours

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Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana In 2015, chef Hardette Harris established the Official Meal of North Louisiana to distinguish the local cuisine from this region from other parts of the state.

Lessons from NOLA: The Importance of Storytelling in the Meetings Industry

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The Best of New Orleans: Drinks

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The drink itself and the bar have both since become New Orleans institutions, thanks to former Louisiana Governor Huey P. Today, it produces the highest-rated rum in America, using only locally sourced Louisiana sugar cane.

November Power Player: Trina Camacho-London

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I often tell people that sales is in my blood…I once sold a case of lightbulbs to the owner of the largest electrical supplier in the state of Louisiana!”. Trina Camacho-London.

Site Selection: Where to Throw a Multisensory Event

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Site selection often focuses on the things we can see—ballroom size, architecture, even how well the carpets match the theme. But some cities are going the extra mile to engage all the senses.

‘I Am Baton Rouge’

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The flooding in Louisiana is being called the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, leaving at least 13 people dead and driving tens of thousands more from their homes in and around Baton Rouge.

8 Animal Lover Destinations for Meeting Planners

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Location: Audubon Insectarium (New Orleans, Louisiana). Visitors are welcome to venture through a Louisiana swamp, attend a bug award show and enjoy free-flying butterflies in its Asian garden. Meeting planners often don’t get to show their wild sides.

6 Venues to Host Patriotic Events

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One of the Museum’s larger venues is the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Events for the men and women who’ve given their all to country and community are made special when the host venue strikes a uniquely American patriotic chord. These six venues are ideal for entertaining a reunion group of military comrades, a veterans’ celebration or an honor ceremony for law-enforcement professionals. Of course, they also host private functions for associations, corporations and other groups.

Why A Popular Tech Gathering Might be Heading to Canada Soon

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Paddy Cosgrave, Founder & CEO of Collision and Web Summit, on Centre Stage at Collision 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Verisign Partner Booth at Collision 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

4 Unexpected Southern Locales Adding Hospitality to Meetings

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For example, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just welcomed a sprawling IBM campus and is undergoing a $1.25 Less familiar Southern locales are enjoying a spur of activity as of late, adding to their appeal for meetings and conferences. billion renovation of its downtown area, complete with 300 new hotel rooms and a burgeoning food scene. Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, both turned heads this year with high rankings on the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live” list.

U.S. Music Cities for Your Event

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New Orleans, Louisiana. 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?

Baton Rouge Overcomes Crises Through Strong Marketing

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By Labor Day, Louisiana’s capital was reeling from six weeks of crises: the police shooting death of a local resident on July 5; the shooting deaths of three policemen 12 days later, and 10 days of torrential rains that brought epic floods and 13 more deaths in August. On July 4, 2016, Baton Rouge, like most American cites, celebrated Independence Day with cold beer, hot dogs and fireworks.

Inside Bellevue’s First Festival by Artists, for Artists

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CCNW works with local vendors every year to provide food and drink for attendees, who come from all over the country — “as far away as New York, Florida, and Louisiana,” according to Sutherland. The Bellevue, Washington skyline. Photo Credit Colin Walker, City of Bellevue.

25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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Louis Cathedral – New Orleans, Louisiana. Mid-bloom into the season, TripAdvisor has released its Seasonal Attractions Trend Index for spring. Based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor’s website, the list of top 25 U.S.

Taking your contingency plans to the next level

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But, how many planners have thought to consider a “rain event” that dumps almost two feet of water in 24 hours, such as flooding in Louisiana in August 2016 or Hurricane Matthew, which left most of the community of Lumberton, N.C., Imagine you’re planning an annual event.

America’s Scariest Haunted Houses Are Just Around the Corner

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The Dent Schoolhouse 13th Gate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana What’s scarier than a haunted house? The jack-o-lanterns are coming out, rubber masks are stocking store shelves, and even the most timid among us are looking for a bit of that frightful Halloween spirit.

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Taking your contingency plans to the next step

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But, how many planners have thought to consider a “rain event” that dumps almost two feet of water in 24 hours, such as flooding in Louisiana in August 2016 or Hurricane Matthew, which left most of the community of Lumberton, N.C., Imagine you’re planning an annual event.

Best Big Cities Also Among Best Meeting Cities

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Louisiana is featured in our November issue. Here’s an excerpt: It’s been a tumultuous few months for the state of Louisiana. In Louisiana, one of the strongest bonds that unite all of us is our passion for sports. Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, California.

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Milton Segarra Moves from Puerto Rico to Mississippi Gulf Coast

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It’s part of a very competitive Gulf Coast —from Louisiana, Houston, Alabama and obviously the panhandle in Florida. From his first job in his grandfather’s small hotel in Puerto Rico to rising to head of the island’s tourism agency, Milton Segarra sees destination marketing not as a job, but as a lifestyle. Now, he’ll take his skillset—honed by recent challenges in Puerto Rico—to entirely new market: Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast , where he begins as CEO this week.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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Louisiana. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah. From a long list of 675 properties spanning more than 50 countries, Condé Nast Traveler has selected its best hotel openings from the past year.

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Black History Month Events Across the United States

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Louisiana isn’t afraid to detail its sobering past, which is part of what makes Black History Month so unique in New Orleans. Illustration by Ji Sub Jeong/HuffPost; photos from Getty. It’s February, which means Black History Month has arrived.

International Travel to the United States Was Down in July. Will the Trend Continue?

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If you look at Hurricane Katrina, that had a sizeable impact on the travel economy of Louisiana during that year, with the displacement of those people and things of that nature. This month’s cover story about how U.S.

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

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Louisiana. 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.

Merging Innovation With Food Trucks

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It also marked the first time Schwartz and My House Social planned a corporate event outside of their home state of Louisiana. Kellog’s Wendy Davidson (red shirt) with Chicago Pizza Boss.

Celebrate National Potato Day with Best French Fries in the Country

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The secret to their five time wins for best fries in Louisiana? If you are looking to work the mighty spud into your meeting on National Potato Day, October 27, the french fry is a great go-to alternative. In honor of this holiday, we’ve rounded up the best french fries to chow down on in some of the most popular meeting cities. Atlanta: Grindhouse Killer Burger. If crinkle cut is your thing (and if you’ve had Shake Shack, then you know it’s your thing), this is the place for you.

Smart Women 2017: Entrepreneurs

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First job: Junior in high school, lifeguard at Champions Family Fitness Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, for $3.31 Sharon Bonner. Job title: CEO and president.

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Houston After Harvey

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That would be Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm in late August before moving along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana. The George R. Brown Convention Center ended up housing nearly 10,000 people for close to a week. Photo © 2017 The Washington Post.

Smart Women 2017 – Entrepreneurs

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First job: Junior in high school, lifeguard at Champions Family Fitness Club in Lafayette, Louisiana, for $3.31 Sharon Bonner. Job title: CEO and president.

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10 Smart Moves: New Appointments at The Chattanoogan, Celebrity Cruises and More

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After leading the hotel’s sales team, Marianne McConathy-Nelson was promoted to general manager of Hilton Shreveport in Louisiana. Michele Kephart. Michele Kephart was introduced as sales manager for The Chattanoogan , a Benchmark Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kephart is responsible for group and day meeting experiences at the IACC-certified property. Most recently, she served as director of marketing for Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga.

And Then There Were 20

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. “Kids today” have always gotten a bad rap, whenever “today” happens to be. Boomer kids were spoiled and rebellious, Gen X kids were spoiled and slackerish, Millennial kids were/are spoiled and entitled, and Gen Z kids are — well, have we agreed on anything yet?