Airlines Waive Change and Cancel Fees in Advance of Nor’easter

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JetBlue announced the company will be waiving fees for those traveling March 2 and March 3 from airports in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

New and Renovated, East to West

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

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The Wauwinet, Nantucket, Massachusetts. Beach views are generally thought of as a West-Coast luxury, but the Wauwinet in Massachusetts is proof that oceanic beauty can be found in the Pacific. Beach resorts are the perfect business getaway that doesn’t sacrifice any pleasure.

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Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie. In 1996, Boston Cream Pie was proclaimed the official state dessert of Massachusetts. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today! It’s March 14 (3/14), which means it’s Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant 3.14.

Loews Goes Local

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She started making ice cream at age 8, inspired by a favorite ice cream parlour on Nantucket, Massachusetts. Gone are the days of “one size fits all” hotels.

1905 Bistro & Bar


Tony Lucca started working in restaurants on Cape Cod, Massachusetts at age 11. Sixteen years later, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for creating unique spaces and experiences, he developed 1905 Bistro & Bar. When he began exploring the possibility of opening a business in Washington, D.C., he was eager to find a location in an up-and-coming neighborhood where the restaurant could grow with the community.

Where To Meet In The 20 Most Expensive U.S. Beach Towns

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Nantucket, Massachusetts Name: The White Elephant Village. Provincetown, Massachusetts Name: Harbor Hotel. Chatham, Massachusetts Name: Chatham Bars Inn. When it comes to the most expensive beach towns in the United States, it’s probably not where you’d expect it to be.

Inclusive Cities are Thriving

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The report also outlines what four cities that improved their racial and economic inclusion during their economic recovery — Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Midland, Texas — share in common.

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Purple Reign: 8 Ways to Rule the Day With Ultra Violet

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Joshua Livsey, Executive Pastry Chef at Harvest in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and contestant on the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Challenge notes, “I love incorporating bright pops of color when it comes to decorations, but there’s a fine line between tasteful and tacky.”. Looking for that perfect pop of color to add vitality to your next meeting? Meet Ultra Violet, Pantone’s color of the year.

Kimpton Hotel GMs Place Super Bowl LII Wager

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Photo of Joe Capalbo, director of operations for Kimpton Hotels of New England and general manager of the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There’s a lot at “steak” for Philadelphia during this Sunday’s Big Game, and it could only be cheesesteak.

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Kimpton Hotel GMs Place Super Bowl LII Wager

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Joe Capalbo, director of operations for Kimpton Hotels of New England and general manager of the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There’s a lot at “steak” for Philadelphia during this Sunday’s Big Game, and it could only be cheesesteak.

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5 Refreshed Hotels in 5 Getaway Spots

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The Edgartown, Massachusetts property is a collection of five buildings, including 60 guest rooms and The Newes From America Pub.

A Meeting Explores How We Form Questions

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Questionable Sessions Organized by Cambridge, Massachusetts–based The Right Question Institute (RQI), the Boston conference — like its sister Midwest and West Coast conferences held this past summer — revolved around the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), and attracted around 100 participants.

Best Beaches Roundup

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Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and Texas, all of which boast lovely beaches, did not appear in Tipspoke’s list. 5 is Coast Guard Beach on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. During the summer thoughts turn to sun, sea and sand, and beautiful beaches beckon.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels High on Boutiques

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Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham, Massachusetts. XV Beacon, Boston, Massachusetts. 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.”

6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

How Can Hotels Better Serve Planners’ Needs?

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Actually located across the Charles River from Boston in picturesque Cambridge, Massachusetts, the newly renovated Royal Sonesta Boston served as the perfect spot for Sonesta to showcase its meeting and event capabilities to its six visiting MPAC members.

3 Smart Moves at Visit Pittsburgh, DoubleTree by Hilton and More

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She previously served as executive sous chef at Sea Salt Naples and received a degree from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brooke Kravetz. Brooke Kravetz was named chef de cuisine of BALEEN, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort’s signature restaurant in Naples, Florida. She has a passion for creativity in the kitchen and practices this by taking classic recipes and flavor combinations and transforming them into new creations.

9 Most Zen U.S. Destinations

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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Everyone could use a little more Zen. The demanding modern workplace frequently imposes a hefty dose of stress. Rather than focusing on life’s strains, plan a meeting or event where free time provides an opportunity to recharge , relax and decompress.

Marriott Invests in Experiential Travel

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The world’s largest hotel company announced this week it has invested in PlacePass , a Cambridge, Massachusetts, travel-tech company. PlacePass users can tour Downtown Abbey filming locations.

Try Going Back to School for Your Next Meeting

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LVX Preferred Hotels & Resorts The Charles Hotel , Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, opened in 1985. Not everyone walking around college campuses this month is a student, and some won’t be leaving at the end of the day.

Reading Emotions Online

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Officials at Waltham, Massachusetts–based Affectiva, an emotion-recognition technology company, say applications to online education and virtual events aren’t far behind. Funny movie.

How to Make Your Meeting Marketing Remarkable


Massachusetts General Hospital did a simple 10-question email survey to area hospitals and used the survey data to create a free whitepaper download.

Essential conferences for event planners in 2017

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July 15-19, Boston, Massachusetts. There remains a litany of conferences for meeting and event professionals to receive education and valuable networking throughout the duration of 2017.

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How Will Automated Transport Impact the Meetings Industry?

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nuTonomy, an automated-vehicle startup jointly based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Singapore, has tricked out Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles with high-performance sensing and computing components, as well as their proprietary software.

Tips to Save Time and Money on Labor Day Travel

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For many Americans, the Labor Day holiday evokes thoughts of barbeque, beaches and the last hurrahs of summer. It’s always one of the busiest holiday travel periods of the year, and this year it may be even more hectic than usual.

Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

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Barnstable Town, Massachusetts. As mental and physical fitness become more important to Americans, those preferences are seen in the meetings industry, as well. Incorporating health and wellness into the agenda has never been more important for meeting planners.

Chris Trimmer on Building Relationships

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Executive Director, International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), Boston, Massachusetts. Chris Trimmer, Executive Director, ISID. Chris Trimmer.

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6 Ways to Inject Retail Therapy in Your Next Meeting

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Add a little history to your excursion at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market) in Boston, Massachusetts. We may not be able to buy happiness, but shopping does offer an uplifting experience for many and malls have perfected the art of entertaining large, diverse groups.

The Dish on 6 Hospitality Trends for 2017

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California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada join the ranks of Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in legalizing recreational cannabis. Andrew Freeman is an industry expert who uses his personal insights and vast connections to predict the future in his annual hospitality trends report.

Creative Ways Event Planners Can Find New Clients

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Finding new clients is a never-ending part of event planning. You need to reach out to prospects while juggling the work you’re doing on events that are already booked in your calendar. And you need to stand out from the competition. How can you attract potential clients in a creative way?

Wynn Resorts Vows to Move Forward

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After allegations about Wynn first became public, Massachusetts Gaming Commission said it would conduct its own investigation.

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A Better Way to Work

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Illustration by Red Nose Studio. In many offices, clocking in and out on time carries a stigma. If an employee isn’t feeling overwhelmed, there are always more assignments waiting to be crammed into a workweek that already pushes the standard 40 hours.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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Massachusetts. 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.

7 Toy-riffic Ways to Incorporate Toy Story Land into Meetings

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Division of Student Life posted instructions online for their Tinker Toy Tower Activity. Toy Story Mania! Photo credit: Disney . You’ve got a friend in meetings!

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Don’t Let a Weather Emergency Derail Your Event

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In a press conference on Monday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recommended that residents travel only if necessary on Tuesday, the day that Winter Storm Stella is in full force. Winter isn’t over yet.

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

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Massachusetts (retail sale beginning July 2018). 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.

Here’s What Makes for a Successful Hackathon

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Astronomy 5 took place at Micro-soft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a soaring, technologically driven site with more-than-ample bandwidth. At “The Big Hackathon” at Campus Party Brasil. Jenine P.

2017 Oscars Guide for Meeting Planners

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Filming location: Manchester, Massachusetts. La La Land photo by Lionsgate. The 89th Academy Awards air this Sunday from Hollywood. Some people care about the music, while others care about the costumes. As meeting planners, we want to know more about the interesting locations we’re seeing.

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Canada’s Most Majestic & Rentable Castles

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Brett and Hall, landscape artists of Boston, Massachusetts, to plan the gardens and surroundings. All across the country, our rich and colorful history can be found inside the great halls and gardens of our notable castles, forts and mansions.