Event tech leader Hubb raises $3 million series a round from Oregon Angel Fund and Elevate Capital

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Hubb, developer of cutting-edge event content management technology, today announced that it has raised a $3 million Series A funding round led by Oregon Angel Fund and Elevate Capital Management Fund.

13 Design and Activity Ideas for a Ski Mountain-Theme Event


To celebrate 1,000 of its employees in the Oregon and Southwest Washington area, Comcast hosted an employee-appreciation event on February

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City Guide – Portland


Where to Stay: For quick, easy access to the Oregon Convention Center, look no further than Hotel Eastlund , an Eastside oasis featuring an unforgettable rooftop restaurant & bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a 24-hour business center for those last-minute presentation updates!

Amtrak Derailment Kills 6, Closes Interstate Lanes in Washington

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The train was making its first-ever run along a new, faster route connecting Seattle and Portland, Oregon , when the train derailed, hurtling off an overpass bridge and down onto the highway during rush hour. Photo credit: Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times.

Top 5 Foliage Destinations

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Columbia River Gorge (Hood River, Oregon). It also serves as the link connecting Oregon and Washington along the tri-state Pacific Crest Trail. And from its cliffs, you can see from Washington to the north of Oregon’s mountains and waterfalls in the south. The time to plan for fall events has arrived! After all, the brisk season is only about a month away.

Podcast: Task Manager vs Strategic Planner: Using tech to streamline meeting planning

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CEO of Hubb Allison Magyar joined us from Portland, Oregon, whilst Social Tables’ Senior Community Manager Laura Lopez joined us from Washington D.C. […].

Real options for professional growth

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The Oregon Trail Generation is an outstandingly apt title for those born between 1977 and 1981, so named as many members of this group played the epic educational game The Oregon Trail during elementary school computer classes.

Planners Reveal Their Most Surprising Site Visits

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I was surprised by The Nines in Portland, Oregon. Event managers share what cities and meeting properties have impressed them with pleasantly surprising site visits. “I I have never been more surprised than when I toured Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is truly a hidden gem, tucked away in a residential community. Its grounds are tropical, and then you have your own walk out to a private beach. We have booked an event there for 2017.

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Best Food-Truck Catering for Your Next Event

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Koi Fusion, Portland, Oregon. The company currently serves the greater Portland area and has plans to expand across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Voodoo Van, Portland, Oregon. Food trucks are fun, convenient, serve delicious food at a fraction of the cost of a sit-down meal, and are a great addition to any event. Is it any wonder, then, the concept has caught on big time, with an ever-expanding fleet of these kitchens-on-wheels in operation on any given day?

4 Great Reasons to Meet in Portland

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Portland, Oregon , is all about progress. Oregon Convention Center is among the most energy efficient conference venues in the world.

The Best Little Group Activity You Never Heard Of

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It’s an Oregon-based yoga community (with chapters in eight cities) that comes together several times a month to celebrate its love for yoga and equal appreciation for local, craft beers. In fact, the beer yogis recently completed their second annual, five day, four night Yoga + Beer Retreat in beer-loving Bend, Oregon. A post shared by Yoga + Beer® (@yogaandbeer) on Sep 6, 2017 at 12:40pm PDT.

Talking Tempe, Arizona With Brian McCartin

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Three hundred thirty days of sunshine each year allows for even more activity than you could perhaps partake in in Oregon, although people do go outside all year there. My family has a wine business in Oregon, so I enjoy fine wine and good food. And having lived in Oregon, I’ve come to appreciate Oregon State University—some of my children went to school there.

Travel Portland’s James Jessie Keeps It Weird

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After nearly two decades at Visit Phoenix, Jessie returned last year to Oregon—a homecoming of sorts for the University of Oregon graduate. How can you immediately spot a tourist in Portland ? Locals don’t use umbrellas in the rain” says James Jessie, senior vice President of convention sales at Travel Portland. “We We put on a hat or a hood. That’s how you know someone’s not from here.”.

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Travel Portland’s Karen Martwick Plays Her ACES

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What happened when full-time Travel Portland (Oregon) editor and part-time American Copy Editors Society executive committee member Karen Martwick took on the volunteer role of ACES conference organizer?

Now Trending at Hotels: Free F&B

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Portland, Oregon’s Hotel Monaco is one-upping DoubleTree’s famous chocolate chip cookies by wheeling out a freezer cart full of local Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwiches.

Planner-Friendly Copy Editing Tips

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Well-written, clear and grammatically correct and consistent copy conveys trustworthiness,” says Karen Martwick, editor and content strategist at Travel Portland (Oregon).

Apple Maps Adds 8 Airports to iOS 11

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Paul International (MSP), Oakland International (OAK), O’Hare International (ORD) in Chicago and Portland International (PDX) in Oregon. Apple has expanded its Maps app to include terminal maps of eight more U.S. airports, after introducing maps at two airports earlier this year.

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Annual Conference

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We repeatedly heard from those who came that this was a very strong conference, an excellent program with many networking opportunities,” said AAMG President Jill Hartz, executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

Takeaways from Connect Diversity 2018

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Connect Diversity in Portland, Oregon, took a page from Maya Angelou, who once said that there is beauty and strength in diversity. Our annual conference showcased the many meanings of diversity as it relates to the events industry. Here are some our key takeaways. Diversity is natural. . Tamara Kennedy-Hill MBA, CMP, vice president of diversity and community relations at Travel Portland led a panel on inclusion and diversity in the meetings world.

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Tips for providing on site staff/volunteer orientation

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Once upon a time, back in 1996 (yes, that is a long time ago), I had the distinction of being the volunteer coordinator for the American Bus Association convention that came to Portland, Oregon.

Is Cannabis Tourism the Next Big Thing

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The business is so successful that it is now synonymous with cannabis tourism, providing digital resources in hundreds of locations including Oregon, California, Alaska , Barcelona and Jamaica. Five or 10 years ago, the term “cannabis tourism” was virtually nonexistent. But today, thanks to the growing trend of legalization across the country, business is booming. Few know that better than Michael Gordon, owner of Seattle-based travel company Kush Tourism.

New Board Members and Best Ideas Recognized During 2016 DMA West Education Summit

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Travel Lane County, Oregon. The goal was to create a campaign that would inspire visits to Eugene, Cascades and Coast region from nearby markets with an emphasis on Portland, Oregon’s largest population center. Hood Territory/Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs in Oregon.

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Airport Satisfaction Makes Getting to the Meeting Easier

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Portland International Airport (Oregon, PDX) 783. Event planners know that getting there is half of the challenge, but a new report by J.D. Power says most people are finding that, despite more people in ever-growing terminals, flying is getting easier—and some airports are easier than others.

Wyndham CEO Geoff Ballotti is U.S. Travel’s New National Chair

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Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson previously held the role. The U.S. Travel Association has announced that Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, was elected national chair in a member-wide vote. “We are thrilled to welcome Geoff as our new chair,” said U.S.

Here’s Why Your Next Event Should Be At A Museum


Melissa Grace, director of marketing, communications and sales at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Oregon, agrees.

Human Trafficking Victim Rebecca Bender Fights Back

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I was 18, almost 19 and a single mom when I met a guy on the University of Oregon campus. In the near decade since Rebecca Bender freed herself from a six-year nightmare involving sex trafficking, she’s devoted her life to educating Americans about the dangers of a sordid industry that can enslave young people. The 36-year-old Oregonian, founder and CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative shared her story with Connect, as well as what people don’t know about human trafficking.

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Cultural Experiences on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

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At the time, the area was populated by the Pericues tribe, who were “civilized” by Jesuit conquerors who established missions throughout the Californias (from San Jose del Cabo to Oregon).

Why Phoenix Is the New Hip Place to Host a Meeting

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Three blocks away at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown — the official hotel for the University of Oregon — a line of guests in Oregon-green shirts, hats, pants, and glasses stretched around the lobby waiting to check in.

Report Shows Convention Centers More Eco-Conscious than Ever

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Javits Center in New York City; Moscone Center in San Francisco; Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; Oregon Convention Center in Portland and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, among many others.

Report: Conventions Offer Many Long-Term Benefits

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Some cities—such as Portland, Oregon (clean tech) and Washington, D.C. Conventions customarily are viewed as opportunities for people to share and enrich their knowledge about a particular field or interest, network with others and experience some of the top features of the destination.

Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

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The eclipse will pass over portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but research what specific locations will get to enjoy totality, some of which are very remote and uninhabited.

3 Ways Hotel Room Amenities are Evolving to Suit the Modern Guest

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Marriott announced the Build Your Own Mini Bar in the West Package in May, available at 28 of their properties in California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Marriott’s Build Your Own Mini Bar.

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20 Best and Worst Airports in America

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Portland International, Oregon (PDX). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center?

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

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Cannon Beach, Oregon Name: Surfsand Resort. When it comes to the most expensive beach towns in the United States, it’s probably not where you’d expect it to be. If you guessed Hawaii or Malibu, wrong. It’s Montauk, the eastern most point of Long Island, New York, nicknamed “The End.”.

Las Vegas No. 1 Among Most Fun Cities

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Portland, Oregon. It’s no surprise that the most fun cities in the United States, according to a new report released by WalletHub, are also key meeting destinations. Las Vegas ranked No. 1 in the poll, which compared the 150 largest U.S.

The Event Guys Launches “Integration Platform as a Service” for the Meeting & Event Industry @Builtio


July 6, 2016, Portland, Oregon. Powered by Built.io Flow, Meeting and Event Planners Can Now Connect Disparate Systems into Complete End­to­End Solutions. For immediate release.

Bibles are Disappearing from Hotel Rooms: What Planners Need to Know

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The Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Portland, Oregon, also employs an interesting alternative. Religion is a very tricky topic in modern America. Ideally, there would be a simple way to make everyone feel accepted and accommodated. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.

5 New Hotel Amenities on the Rise

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Pamper your pet: Hotel deLuxe in Portland, Oregon is all about treating your best friend right with 100% human grade pet food, an eco-friendly pet bed and a complimentary list of pampered pet resources. Forget the mini bar.

ROAM Fitness Airport Gym Debuting in Baltimore

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Founders Cynthia Sandall and Ty Manegold, two active individuals who met while getting their MBAs at University of Oregon, came up with the ROAM Fitness concept when they both felt frustrated with the lack of ways to maintain a healthy fitness routine while on the road. “We When ROAM Fitness opens in Baltimore/Washington International Airport’s D-E Concourse later this month, it will be the country’s first airport-only gym.

A Visual Guide to 18 of the Best Summer Venue Ideas


Location: Hood River, Oregon. From breezy ocean views and city rooftops to twinkling string lights in the woods, we’ve created a visual summer venues guide so you don’t have to look far to be inspired for your next event. Location, location, location!”