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Washington, DC, Hotel and Airbnb Rates Skyrocket for Trump Inauguration

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The president-elect’s own property, Trump International Hotel Washington DC, is fully booked. According to a survey from cheaphotels.org , 15 percent of hotels in the Washington, DC, metro area are listing vacancies for inauguration day.

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A Look Inside the Largest U.S Travel Conference to Date

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The 49th annual IPW travel conference headed to Washington, D.C. June 3 to 7 for the first time in its

The Top 5 Washington D.C. Event Venues

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. Washington D.C. Visitors to the nation’s capital immediately notice this dramatic new building, commanding attention at the entrance to Washington, D.C. Washington D.C. Historic hotels abound in Downtown D.C., The post The Top 5 Washington D.C.

Survey: Meeting Planners Prioritize Safety, Cleanliness

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More key findings: Chicago, Orlando and Washington, D.C., Meeting Planning chicago destinationMAP meeting locations meeting planner destinations meeting planner preferences meeting sites orlando survey washington dc

Gaylord Debuts New “Infinity Ballroom” on the Potomac

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The Washington, D.C., Gaylord National, operated by Marriott International, is located eight miles from Washington, D.C.

5 Things Planners Can Learn from the Presidential Inauguration

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20, president-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office, and nearly one million Americans are expected to travel to Washington, DC, to either attend the inauguration or protest it. The president-elect’s own hotel, Trump International Hotel Washington DC, has long been fully booked.

Get down to Biz-ness! Bizly launches in New York, Chicago & San Fran

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Servicing three key markets today – New York, Chicago and San Francisco, several more cities including Washington DC, Boston and Los Angeles will launch in coming weeks.

Event Farm Hits the Road: Tour D'States 2016

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Washington, DC : Tuesday, October 11th, 3-6pm, at Social Tables HQ, 1325 G Street NW, 3rd floor. Good morning from Chicago! Today we're kicking off our first roadshow series, Tour D'States 2016.

Artists of Assembly: 2017 40 Under 40

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Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. 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.

40 Under 40: Deidre Wetelainen

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Originally, from Toronto, I am fortunate my career path has allowed me to live in many beautiful destinations, from San Francisco to Miami to Washington, D.C. Deidre Wetelainen, 39, works in Rochester, New York, as v ice president of convention sales and services at Visit Rochester. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Wetelainen discusses her passion for the events industry. Connect with Wetelainen on Twitter and Instagram.

Share Your Location?

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We reached out to Julie O’Neill, a partner in the Privacy & Data Security practice of Morrison & Foerster LLP, in Washington, D.C.,

US Hotels See Strongest Demand Since 2015

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Events such as the presidential inauguration and women’s march in January boosted demand for hotel rooms in the greater Washington, D.C.

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Case Study: How Can Planners Use Social Media to Leverage Events?

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Last month, Convene and event marketing agency Marketing Design Group (MDG) collaborated on an exclusive Periscope livestream at Transform USA ‘s inaugural event in Washington, D.C. .

Climate Change Meeting Back on in Atlanta

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This week’s Climate and Health Meeting at The Carter Center in Atlanta is a success story for environmental groups eager to get their message out amid a new political climate in Washington, D.C.

Infographic: Latest Trends and Surprising Facts About Travel

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More than 6,600 travelers in 14 international cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington, DC, Toronto, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai and Munich participated in the online survey that show trends in traveler’s habits on the road. “It’s

25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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DC Trails – Washington DC, District of Columbia. Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DCWashington DC, District of Columbia. Mid-bloom into the season, TripAdvisor has released its Seasonal Attractions Trend Index for spring.

4 Innovative Salads Stepping It Up

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A cut-and-create salad bar is all the rage at Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. Salads don’t have to be boring. Lettuce surprise you with new ways to serve the green stuff. Put a Lid on It.

Career Opportunities

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The [crew] was showing us the audio-visual and the lighting, how to make sure it was all perfectly correct,” said Wilfredo Argueta, 17, a junior at Woodrow Wilson High School in nearby Washington, D.C. “It Lewis moved from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.,

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.

Cvent’s Top 10 U.S. Meeting Destinations

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Washington, D.C. Not long after announcing its top 100 U.S. meeting hotels , leading event management software provider Cvent has released its annual list of top meeting destinations. To create it, Cvent analyzed 5,000 U.S. cities from the Cvent Supplier Network.

What Does It Mean to Be an Event Strategist?

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The meetings and events industry is growing and job-growth rates for planners are rising by double digits year over year, points out Laura Lopez, senior community manager for Social Tables, the Washington, D.C.–based

6 Ways to Cut Coffee Costs

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Philip Thompson, executive chef at Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., The dramatic rise in coffee prices is turning planners into bean counters. Cate Smith, executive director of Education Law Association , says her eyes nearly bulged out in 2011 when a gallon of joe was $110 at a conference. Now that’s the norm Smith and other event professionals face as global supply drops and demand increases.

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

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The Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC, was featured in the April 2016 issue of Smart Meetings magazine. The Watergate Hotel – Washington, DC. The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Slight Rise Predicted for Hotel Rates in 2017

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Hotel rates will slightly rise in 2017 in Orlando, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta and Denver, but potentially fall in Los Angeles, Houston, Washington, DC, and Charlotte, North Carolina, according to a recently released report.

How Columbus Lured IFLA Back to the U.S. After 16 Years

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Columbus ended up a finalist, along with Washington, D.C., The last time the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) met in the United States, its general conference and assembly convened in Boston in 2000. Founded in Scotland in the 1920s, IFLA is an organization of library leaders that represents the library and information services profession around the world. When the opportunity arose for IFLA’s conference to move back to the U.S.

Meet Mary Manier, 35-Year Vet With Experience Grand Rapids

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We do a VIP FAM trip once a year focusing on planners with potential for us in the Washington, D.C. Mary Manier is passionate about her role as director of sales for Experience Grand Rapids.

Exhibitors Aren’t Feeling the Love

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“Our Exhibitors Speak” panelists Diane Benson, GE Healthcare; Dominique Cook, Marvin Windows and Doors; and Dana Tilghman, Minitab Inc.

Events DC is Delivering More Outside the Convention District

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A good example is Events DC , an organization that’s fueling an urban evolution and has created a renewed energy across the nation’s capital. Washington Convention Center. The 190-acre space, formerly home to the Washington Redskins and currently home to D.C.

5 New Hotel Amenities on the Rise

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The Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel , Washington D.C. Forget the mini bar. The travel experts at The GO Group LLC , researched hotels to find the hottest, quirkiest and most fun new hotel and resort amenities. We’ve added a few of our favorites at the end as well.

Virtual reality for events: Who is using it?

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Events DC is using Samsung Gear VR headsets and virtual reality reels to showcase the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, RFK Stadium and other venues. to view historic landmarks and Events DC venues.

Event Farm's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

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14 Unique Event Venues in Washington, DC. One of Event Farm's biggest offices is located in DC, and we've compiled a list of some of our favorite spaces on our home turf.

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How to Get Around Washington During D.C. Metro Closures

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Closures due to repairs to the Washington D.C. It’s disruptive,” admits Destination DC President and CEO Elliott Fergusond of the city’s Metro SafeTrack project —to say the least. The project to rehabilitate D.C.’s The post How to Get Around Washington During D.C. metro could derail elements of your next event in the nation’s capital without proper planning. “It’s

Hug Your Haters, and Other Digital Ways to Grow Attendance

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Top-line results of the survey kicked off this year’s program, which I attended along with 200 senior-level event professionals in Washington, D.C., ITS America’s Regina Hopper was an ECEF presenter. How much are show organizers willing to invest in attendee acquisition?

Hitting the Sweet Spot With Data

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It was “healthy paranoia,” she said, that drove her to partner with Bear Analytics, a firm based in the Washington, D.C.,

Small Business Owners Value Meetings

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Speaking on behalf of small business owners and meeting industry suppliers, Dan Berger of Washington, DC-based Social Tables believes that face-to-face meetings provide a return on investment and help grow the bottom line.

Delta Air Lines Tests Fingerprint Boarding Pass

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The technology was introduced to Delta Sky Club at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C. , Paper boarding passes are practically a thing of the past and soon, smart devices may no longer be necessary—just your fingertip.

8 Wacky Water Workouts

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Guests staying at Washington School House in Park City, Utah, are in for a once-in-a-lifetime retreat. Gooooood morning, D.C.! Washington, D.C.’s Water aerobics ain’t just for grandma any more.

5 New Hotels with Intriguing Former Lives

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Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. Photo from Hotel Emma. New hotels are springing up in some unusual places, including the former homes of a brewery, model-T car assembly plant and post office.

Marriott hotel pipeline ranked No. 1

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They account for 167,641 rooms. * Marriott has hotel development underway in 42 states and Washington, D.C. Marriott International’s development pipeline is gushing.