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.

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 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.”

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

5 New Luxury Hotels in Memorable Places

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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



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.

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

Lumi and Kantar Health win Prestigious Award for Mobile mHealth Application

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This year’s prize, presented last night at the Hilton Fort Worth, Texas, was won in partnership with healthcare market research specialist Kantar Health for mobile survey application designed to evaluate perceptions of health in comparison with […]. Lumi Technologies has won the MRMW award for the Best Use of Mobile Technology for the second year running.

Defeat of Bathroom Bill Saved $7.4 Billion Tourism Economy, Says VisitDallas CEO

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Jones made a point of thanking advocates and Texas state legislators who helped defeat proposed Senate Bill 6 , which would have restricted access to public restrooms, showers and locker rooms for transgender people. More than 26.7 million people visited Dallas in 2016, adding an estimated $7.4

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

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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.

How to Measure the Success of Your Conference


" Emily Kratt , Managing Director at INNOVATX Events in Austin, Texas shares: “Success can be measured by surveys, made much easier with mobile apps. Traditionally, measuring the success of a conference was pretty simple.

Ways to engage association members at the chapter level

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Millennials want small portions of volunteerism; They don’t want to commit to being on the board for a year,” says Karen Fogle, CMP, CTA, TDM, a veteran association member and sales manager of association and corporate markets for Visit Plano (Texas), a convention and visitors bureau.

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CVBs Rally Amid Severe Hurricane Season

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When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast late on Aug. Beaumont, Texas, a city of 120,000 people about 90 miles east of Houston , received more than 2 feet of rain in one day—46 inches during the week after Harvey came ashore. The Texas Division of Emergency Management sent the city “a lot of large trucks” that were used to rescue residents from rising waters, says Conwell.

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Interviews With Planners - Mia Monroe, CSEP, CGMP, CMP


She actively serves on the Corporate Board of the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, the Houston Chapter of the George Washington University Alumni Association and is a member of Society for Government Meeting Professionals.

A vibrant destination in the heart of the Valley of the Sun


Originally from Texas, Tevault has lived in the Phoenix area for 26 years. James Tevault, Director of Sales at the Tempe Tourism Office joins us on the latest episode of Event TALK.

Lights Out: A Story of AV-Meeting Planner Camaraderie

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Months after the power unexpectedly went out during the 2016 Connect Marketplace, our annual conference for meeting planners and suppliers held this year at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, the good people behind the scenes regale their accounts of the camaraderie they witnessed during the morning’s events.

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Kalahari Resorts: All Under One Roof–and Growing!

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Kalahari Resorts & Conventions has announced plans to expand the company’s beyond-expectations experience to the Southwest, with its fourth property to be located in Round Rock , Texas. Slated to open in 2020, the Texas offering will include 990 guest room and a 200,000 sq.-ft.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Texas dominated the Top 10, with El Paso at No. ” Breaking up Texas’ stranglehold on the top five positions, San Diego checks in at No. El Paso, Texas. Austin, Texas. Irving, Texas.

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5 Ways to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is hitting close to home for many of our industry friends in Texas, particularly in and around Houston. Donate any amount of money to help with the Texas Gulf Coast disaster response through the Red Cross website. Give money to relief and recovery in Texas and along the Gulf Coast through the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund project. Feeding Texas.

Houston, Los Angeles CVBs Make Social Media Bet on World Series

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— Visit Houston Texas (@VisitHouston) October 22, 2017. and his Texas counterpart, Greg Abbott, also made a wager. If the Dodgers win, Abbott will send Brown a six-pack of Houston-brewed beer and Texas barbecue. While we don’t expect to have to send any vino to Texas, we hope travelers from all over the world—yes, even the Lone Star State—will continue to visit California.”

10 Friendliest Cities for Your Next Meeting

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5 Austin, Texas, and No. Austin, Texas. There’s a lot to be said for readers’ surveys about travel even if those surveys aren’t specifically about the meetings and events industry.

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.

PCMA Event App Empowers Attendees at Convening Leaders


From Matthew McConaughey’s inspirational opening keynote, through four days of education and networking in the heart of Austin, Texas. Alright, alright alright­ – PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 was a powerful way to kick off 2017! This year’s event was a success from start to finish. Austin was a tremendous host, and the Austin Convention Center. Read more » The post PCMA Event App Empowers Attendees at Convening Leaders appeared first on Core-apps.

How to Host A Successful Breakfast Event


For more advice, we turned to our clients the Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio, Texas — check out what Tricia Fleming, their Director of Brand Management and Special Projects, had to say below.

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Las Vegas, Austin and Orlando Earn Top Marks in J.D. Power Destination Study

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Southwest Region: Austin, the Texas capital and home to University of Texas and a myriad of music venues, ranks highest with a score of 818, followed by Dallas with 811 and San Antonio, Texas , with 807.

Artists of Assembly: 2017 40 Under 40

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Texas District & County Attorneys Association. Austin, Texas. Plano, Texas. Event professionals are the ultimate puzzle solvers. To most, the idea of putting together a set of dates, a venue, a program, a speaker lineup, an education schedule, food and beverage orders, audiovisual packages, marketing materials and more is overwhelming, to say the least. Then there’s the whole part about actually getting people to attend.

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.

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.”.

10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

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Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. Everything really is bigger in Texas, including Houston. George R. Finding a host city for a key meeting can be a geographic Rubik’s cube of schedules and locations that can seem impossible to solve.

7 Takeaways From Connect Marketplace 2016

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Grapevine is a Texas gem. OK, so we spent the majority of the time at Connect Marketplace inside the walls of the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.

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