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.

Top 5 Cities on the Vegan Bandwagon

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Destinations accommodate affordable big cities cafe california caterers chef diet F&B Florida la list los angeles new york nyc option oregon orlando portland rank restaurants restrictions San Francisco sf survey Travel vegan vegetables vegetarianEver since Netflix released the documentary What the Health? last March, more and more people have been jumping on the vegan bandwagon.

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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. […].

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.

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.”.

Fundamental Event Planning Tips: These Never Go Out of Style


Bend WebCAM is a digital marketing conference in Bend, Oregon, with a reputation for their attendee experience, world-class speakers and attention to detail. He even got an Oregon server’s permit so he can jump behind the bar and serve up Bend’s craft beers. “Best practices” and “event planning tips” come in all shapes and sizes.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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 25 Healthiest American Cities to Meet In

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Corvallis, Oregon. Meeting planners travel to many American cities; some of which are healthier than others. 24/7 Wall St.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Best Big Cities Also Among Best Meeting Cities

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Portland, Oregon. Already a favorite among millennials , Portland has a lot going for it when it comes to meetings , starting with the LEED Platinum certified Oregon Convention Center. Oregon Convention Center is a role model for sustainability.

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.

IMEX America Proves VR is More Than a Trend

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A third Radisson Red is expected to open by December in Campinas, Brazil, followed by Portland, Oregon and Miami in 2017. It’s hard to choose one overarching theme at IMEX America 2016.

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.

How the Future of Storytelling Can Change the Way We Meet

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That’s been the experience of Michelle Broderick, chief marketing officer for Simple, a Portland, Oregon–based online bank. “I’ve Illustration by Vidhyya Nagarajan.

2017 Smart Stars Award Winners

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Oregon Convention Center. Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is the largest convention facility in the Pacific Northwest. Best Airport Hotel. Best Attraction/Theme Park. Best Ballroom Hotel. Best Beach Hotel. Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel. Best City Hotel. Best Coastal Hotel.

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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.

The Way Forward 

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At the end of a conference in Oregon, an attendee hugged Adrian Segar. Illustrations by Sébastien Thibault. It was a unique opportunity for dialogue. Two and a half months after Britain’s stunning vote to leave the European Union, the Washington, D.C.–based

Bringing Your U.S-Based Conference to Europe

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Since then, the annual niche conference has developed a following, attracting 350 in-person and 119 virtual participants in New Orleans in 2015, compared to 250 face-to-face and 19 online attendees in Portland, Oregon, the previous year. Jack Molisani.

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).

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.

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.

Too Little, Too Late? Add London to the Uber Ban List

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Oregon (minus Portland). On Friday, Transport for London announced London’s decision to ban Uber, claiming the company “demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”

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).

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.

Delta Adds 7 Destinations to Seattle Hub

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Three daily flights to Eugene Airport in Oregon beginning April 1, 2017. Pike Place Market in Seattle. For the fifth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines is expanding flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) to seven new destinations.

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.

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!”

8 Scenic Restaurants in Top Meeting Cities

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Portland City Grill (Portland, Oregon). The flowers are in full bloom, the sun is shining—and everyone enjoys taking scenic routes during the summer. And what better to pair the idyllic experience with than delicious food?