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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With Esports Events on the Rise, North Texas Cities Look to Get in the Game

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Cities in North Texas compete for corporate campuses and major conventions. Now they’re chasing another business opportunity: esports events. ( The Dallas Morning News ). Read More. News Junkie Places & Spaces

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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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Spectacular New Convention Center Set to Debut in Allen, Texas


Allen, Texas, has always been a great place to hold a meeting or event, and over the years, it has welcomed thousands of groups seeking its small-town charm and metropolitan choices. The post Spectacular New Convention Center Set to Debut in Allen, Texas appeared first on Blog.

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North Texas’s Newest Convention Center and Hotel Opens

PCMA Convene After two years of construction, Allen has opened the doors on its $91 million convention center and hotel designed to attract new business, visitors, and meetings. ( The Dallas Morning News ). Read More. News Junkie Places & Spaces

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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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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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Westin Hotel Breaks Ground in Irving, Texas

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The city of Irving just took a big Texas step toward completion of its modern convention center. The post Westin Hotel Breaks Ground in Irving, Texas appeared first on Smart Meetings. The Westin Convention Center Hotel at Las Colinas began construction this week on a 350-room property.

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Texas CVBs Battle Proposed Bathroom Law SB 6

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Visit Dallas President and CEO Phillip Jones lets the numbers do the talking when campaigning against Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), a proposed bathroom law in Texas. Fearing worse damage in Texas, Jones has set up shop in Austin since the legislative session started there in January. While Austin is “the second-best city in Texas,” jokes Jones, he is eager to return home to Dallas, hoping to have defeated what he describes as a “very, very, very bad bill.”

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Fort Worth Strikes the Right Note as Texas’s First-Ever ‘Music-Friendly’ City

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When walking through downtown Fort Worth, Texas, it’s unlikely you’ll get more than a few blocks before hearing live music. That’s why last year the Texas Music Office named Fort Worth the first music-friendly community in Texas.

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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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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.

Best of Smart Meetings’ 2018 Destination Stories

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louis state texas top washington wyoming yearHotel X Toronto. Looking for a memorable place for your group to stay, meet and enjoy in 2019?

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New & Renovated: Luxury Abounds

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Dallas Marriott Las Colinas Within a master-planned community in Irving, Texas, a multimillion-dollar renovation is wrapping up that includes all 364 guest rooms and 27,000 sq. What could be more inspiring for meeting attendees than a luxurious setting?

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.

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.”.

4 Tips for Planning a Local, Affordable Menu

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Here in Texas, I’ve been excited to see the huge uptick in organic farms and responsibly raised livestock making it easier to get the best quality ingredients every day. For example, we recently hosted an event which featured a “Taste of Texas” experience. Another showcased handcrafted cocktails infused with Texas-grown Tito’s Vodka. You know how powerfully the food and beverage experience can shape the overall tone and success of a meeting.

Where to Host Your Next Conference: 8 Best Locations

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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.

Omni Launches Planner Loyalty Program

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Omni Hotels & Resorts has 60 luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations throughout North America, including new hotels with state-of-the-art conference centers in Atlanta, Louisville and Frisco, Texas. The Omni, Louisville.

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6 Smart Moves: Wellness Edition

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More : 5 Smart Moves: Who’s Cooking Edition. Doreen Young Oxford Club, Spa & Salon at The Oxford Hotel in Denver hired Young as spa director. She was recently a finalist in the category of Top Spa Director in American Spa Magazine’s 2018 Women in Wellness Awards.

Keep Meetings Caffeinated: 3 Coffee-Forward Destinations to Wake Up Your Event

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A Double Shot of Novelty in Austin, Texas. The concept has already taken off at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and three other Texas locations. Photo credit: Visit Indy. Rise and shine, weekenders! This Saturday, Sept.

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.

To Survive, Planners May Have to Give Up Control

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Dominguez, speaking in the ballroom at The Line in Austin, Texas , said that planners often moved to the top of the industry by controlling every detail, but he said the world is changing and to adapt, planners may have to leave some things up to chance.

12 Exciting Smart Meetings FAM Experiences in 2018

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From the excitement of Palm Springs International Film Festival to the fascinating cities of South Korea, the Smart Meetings editorial staff was busy traveling throughout the world in 2018 to bring back ideas and inspiration about destinations for you to consider for upcoming meetings and events.

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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.

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

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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Exploring the New Convention District in the Heart of Houston

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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.”.

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.

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.

A Conversation with SXSW’s Mike Shea

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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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5 New Luxury Hotels in Memorable Places

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Renee McKenney on Visitor Experience

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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

How VisitDallas Made the American Council for the Blind Feel Welcome

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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.

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.

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.”

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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