Anticipated Development Awaits in Allen, Texas


Just 30 minutes from downtown Dallas, Allen, Texas , boasts premier shopping, engaging entertainment, more than 250 delectable dining options, and top-notch meeting space — so it’s easy to see why is a preferred choice for meeting planners.

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Texas Court Gobble-Gobbles New Federal Overtime Rules


On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal court entered a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. On this Thanksgiving Eve, contractors and other employers can take a breathe and gobble down some extra turkey and pumpkin pie without worrying about the new increases in overtime rules.

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California Bans State Travel to Four More States; Texas Responds

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As of June 22, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas are now included on the list. The travel ban additions were created largely in response to recent legislation in Alabama, South Dakota and Texas that may potentially keep LGBT parents from adopting or fostering children.

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Live Shooter Attack in Texas: A Reminder Planners Must Consider the Unthinkable

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In the aftermath of a mass shooting at a church in Texas that killed 26 people just a month after an attack at a concert in Las Vegas killed 58 attendees, the responsibility of event planners to keep people safer became even more urgent.

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The Biggest-Hearted Little City—Arlington, Texas

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Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Arlington Convention Center sits in the heart of the Entertainment District alongside Six Flags Over Texas and the Dallas Cowboys’ stomping ground, AT&T Stadium. of dining and entertainment attractions called Texas Live.

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New Hotel and Convention Center in Texas to Target Meetings

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A new upscale hotel is being built in Allen, Texas, to accommodate meetings and events. The post New Hotel and Convention Center in Texas to Target Meetings appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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PCMA Convening Leaders in Full Swing in Austin, Texas

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It is taking place this week at Austin Convention Center in Texas Jan. The post PCMA Convening Leaders in Full Swing in Austin, Texas appeared first on Smart Meetings. PCMA Convening Leaders is the annual convention put on by Professional Convention Management Association.

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Texas, West Virginia Chefs Win Copper Skillet Awards

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Chefs from Benchmark Hospitality at Deloitte Hotel and Conference Center in Westlake, Texas, and Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, have won IACC’s annual U.S. The post Texas, West Virginia Chefs Win Copper Skillet Awards appeared first on Smart Meetings. Roanoke, Virginia.

June 8, 2017: Democratic Senators Want SXSW to Leave Texas Over Anti-Immigrant Law, Comey Testimony a TV Spectacle With Viewing Parties at Bars and Canceled Meetings, Industry Parents Want a More Mom-Friendly Cannes



August 16, 2017: 2026 World Cup Is Considering 49 Venues Across U.S., Canada, and Mexico; Organizer of Canceled White Supremacist Event Threatens to Sue Texas; Why a U.K. Music Festival Banned Pineapples


2026 WORLD CUP IS CONSIDERING 49 VENUES ACROSS U.S., CANADA, AND MEXICO: FIFA has asked 44 cities across the

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August 10, 2017: Video Games May Be an Event at 2024 Olympics, Dallas Hockey Team Is First Franchise to Publicly Oppose Texas Bathroom Bill, Little League World Series to Play Through Solar Eclipse


VIDEO GAMES MAY BE AN EVENT AT 2024 OLYMPICS: ESports may be heading to the 2024 Olympics in Paris

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Third-Party Planner Group Leverages $350 Million in Room Revenue to Attract Hotel Partners

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He named Visit Tampa Bay , Arlington, Texas, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau , Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau , Visit Newport Beach and Visit Montreal as CVBs that have “stepped up to mitigate damage from commission cuts.”.

Dallas Convention Center Turns Mega-Shelter for Harvey Victims

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Instead, thousands of evacuees seeking safety from the deluge of rain and rising floodwaters along the Texas Gulf Coast will begin using the convention facility as a mega-shelter. Rawlings said more than 500 people from Galveston will be flown to North Texas today.

Delta Says Yes to More Comfy Seats

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When was the last time you read about an airline opting for greater comfort? That’s exactly what Delta Airlines has done. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to begin flying the Airbus A220-100, a new airplane that is described as very high-tech and quieter in the cabin.

Dallas Convention Center Turns Mega-Shelter for Harvey Victims

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Now they are being joined by thousands of evacuees seeking safety from the deluge of rain and rising floodwaters along the Texas Gulf Coast who will begin using the convention facility as a mega-shelter. Rawlings said more than 500 people from Galveston will be flown to North Texas today.

Hyatt’s San Antonio Properties Boast Major Renovations

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One of the resort’s top features is Windflower Spa, which offers treatments using some Texas Hill Country ingredients as well as a Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and snack bar. They’re both Hyatt luxury properties in San Antonio with plenty of attractive amenities and more than 100,000 sq.

Where to Host Your Next Conference: 8 Best Locations

Endless Events

Austin, Texas. Las Vegas, Nevada. Atlanta, Georgia. Burley, Idaho. One of these things is not like the other. When it comes to planning a conference, location is key. After all, would you rather travel to a thriving city or a small town? Today’s conference attendees expect more.

Crowne Plaza Receives Patent for ‘Guest Room of the Future’

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Photo credit: InterContinental Hotels Gr (IHG). Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has received a patent for its “guest room of the future ,” which is designed to help meeting professionals and other business travelers enhance their productivity in a space that fits their lifestyle.

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What Physicians Will Want out of Your Medical Meeting

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Claiborne “Clay” Johnston, inaugural dean at the University of Texas at Austin’s new Dell Medical School, told the audience at PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 in January. Claiborne “Clay” Johnston medical meetings University of Texas University of Texas at Austin World Health Organization

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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Texas: Pecan Pie. To be official, only Texas pecans can be used and no chocolate. 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.

In the Wake of Hurricanes, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

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In a coordinated display of logistics, communication and perseverance—all classic meeting planner skills—animal-advocate groups sprang into action last month as Hurricane Harvey made its way toward Texas. Photo credit: Southwest Airlines.

Exploring the New Convention District in the Heart of Houston

PCMA Convene

It’s right next to the hotel bar — the “longest marble bar in Texas,” Segesta told us. It’s on its way to being the third-largest city in the United States, and is the most racially and culturally diverse city in Texas. . Yes, it’s the “largest Star-bucks in Texas.”.

5 New Luxury Hotels in Memorable Places

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6 Places Spreading the Entomophagy Bug for F&B

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Does the thought of eating bugs make your skin crawl? That might change soon. Earlier this month, Justin Timberlake served ants and grasshoppers at an album listening party. And it’s quite common globally. Insect-eating, or entomophagy , is big in most parts of the world, including Central and South America as well as Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Now chew on this—many types are healthy, as they are high in protein, healthy fats and fiber. It’s also a fantastic eco-friendly option.

A Conversation with SXSW’s Mike Shea

PCMA Convene

Shea also talked about how every year SXSW brings hundreds of thousands of people to Austin, Texas, providing approximately $548 million in economic impact for the city — by comparison, the 2016 Super Bowl had a $500 million impact, he said. aPCMA’s Convening Leaders LIve MashUp Studio.

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Houston Convention Center Turns Evacuee Shelter

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4 Ways For Women to Love Traveling Alone

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Women travelers are among the most enthusiastic users of offerings such as Hilton’s Five Feet to Fitness rooms, now at 10 properties— Parc 55 in San Francisco, plus three Hiltons and six DoubleTrees in Texas, Virginia, New York, Florida and Illinois. As a woman, are you afraid of traveling alone? Actress Shirley MacLaine once said, “The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”

How VisitDallas Made the American Council for the Blind Feel Welcome

PCMA Convene

In addition, VisitDallas worked with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARs) to assist with the development and implementation of the Visual Awareness Training for city leaders and other partners of the DMO.

Renee McKenney on Visitor Experience

PCMA Convene

University of Texas at Austin, with a bachelor’s degree from the Moody College of Communications. Career Career Path Magazine People Plenary advice career advice career path Dallas Texas VisitDallas young meeting professionals

Top 40 Event Designers 2017: Ron Wendt


Originally from Texas, New York-based Wendt began his career as a garden designer and now creates high-end events for luxury

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SXSW Events: Insights for Event and Marketing Pros

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The event is hosted annually in Austin, Texas, and typically spans 10 days—this year, the event will kick off on March 10 and last until the 19th.

Blow-The-Bugle-Awesome 21st Century Conferences Emulate These Core Beliefs

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I once worked for a Texas elected official. Your conference-slip is showing! I quickly learned to tell her if her slip was showing, she had a run in her pantyhose or she had lipstick on her teeth—especially before she went on stage or met with the public.

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Your Favorite Meeting Venues in the South

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Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas, got the love from Kat Sanford, chief fun officer at Kat Sanford Events. Hilton Americas , Omni Dallas , Gaylord Texan and Hilton Anatole were also among Texas hotel favorites. Galveston, Texas. Frisco, Texas. Plano, Texas. Grapevine, Texas. Arlington, Texas. Your favorite venues in the South represent some of the best facilities in the country.

Fort Worth Music Venues That’ll Get Attendees on Their Feet

PCMA Convene

Willie Nelson performs at Billy Bob’s Texas. It makes sense that Fort Worth was the first city in Texas to earn its title as a music-friendly community by the state’s Music Office. Billy Bob’s Texas.

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Connect&GO connects brands at at SXSW!

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South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas is the biggest interactive entertainment industry conference in North America. After a winning deployment at last year’s Super Bowl 50, Montreal start-up Connect&GO is set to take on another major U.S. event this month. With over 50,000 registered attendees (and over 150,000 participants at surrounding exhibits and parties) […]. The post Connect&GO connects brands at at SXSW! appeared first on Event Industry News.

Acronyms and more at SXSW… From escape experiences to branded bars and AI

Event Industry News

It’s that time of year again — SXSW has taken over the city of Austin, Texas for 10 days of keynotes, panels, product launches, parties and brand experiences for the creatives and marketers who play in the music, film and tech sectors to name but a few.

EventCase expands global market by establishing first office in the United States

Event Industry News

EventsCase, a pioneering event management software provider based in London, has successfully branched out to the United States with its new office in Austin, Texas.

From Football and Food to Entertaining Fans in Houston

Nth Degree

Aside from football fans seeking good food and Texas-sized fun, many #eventprofs and #tradeshowprofs are in Houston to entertain the masses with events and experiences like the NFL Experience Driven by Genesis at the George R.

Experience the Warmth of Meetings with Magnolia

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Featuring over 16,000 square feet of event space, this hotel can accommodate any kind of event complemented by gracious Texas hospitality.

Tom Noonan Makes the Move to the Austin CVB

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With his dog by his side and U-Haul behind his Infiniti QX60, Tom Noonan, new president and CEO of the Austin CVB , made the long drive from Baltimore to the Texas capital in July.