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Cuisine Icon Wolfgang Puck on Event F&B Trends, the 25h Anniversary of Wolfgang Puck Catering and His Legacy

June 1st, 2023


Wolfgang Puck transformed the way Americans thought about cuisine and is the O.G. celebrity chef.

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson asked Puck about …

Jolene Jang on Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the Meetings Industry

May 30th, 2023


Leading Asian American inclusivity consultant Jolene Jang discusses the many facets of the Asian American and Pacific Islander culture and the …

R.E.N. Meetings at Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel

May 24th, 2023


Meetings Today sat down with Eugene Blabey, director of event planning and operations at Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel, to discuss …

Taking Accessibility at Meetings and Events One Step Further, a Conversation with Cvent's Stephen Cutchins

May 18th, 2023


For Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) May 18, Meetings Today sat down with Stephen Cutchins, senior product manager-accessibility at Cvent, to discuss his work around driving accessibility in Cvent's meetings …

The Z: DEIB and Generation Z, a Conversation with Alicia Jenelle

May 10th, 2023


As we move through 2023 with the mindset of making meetings and events industry trends a long-term reality, Alicia Jenelle, a multi-hyphenate …

DEI Update: Meetings Diversity Leaders Greg DeShields and Sheila Alexander-Reid Share Their Perspectives

April 18th, 2023


DEI, or diversity, equity and inclusion, is an unstoppable force in the meetings and tourism industry and beyond.

Meetings Today touched base with two leading DEI proponents, Greg DeShields, executive director of …

IACC CEO Mark Cooper on the Resurgence of the Conference Center Segment

April 4th, 2023


As the leader of the association representing major conference centers in Europe and North America, IACC CEO Mark Cooper is in a unique position to gauge the recovery of the segment, which was hit especially hard by the …

True Aloha: Meet Hawai'i's John Reyes Shares How Hawai'i's Tourism Is Guided and Guarded by Its Culture

March 28th, 2023


In some respect, the pandemic allowed the islands of Hawai'i to heal, as mass tourism came to a halt. The break only solidified the realization—long …

"Brave Wilderness" Host Coyote Peterson on His Home Range of Columbus, Ohio

March 27th, 2023


While millions know Coyote Peterson as the guy who gets stung and bitten by just about every animal under the sun in his YouTube hit Brave Wilderness–where his videos have been viewed more than 4.3 billion times …

Why Aren't Sustainability and Net Zero as Important in the U.S. as Europe?

March 27th, 2023


Major travel and meetings industry sustainability efforts such as the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative are a top priority in Europe, where the meetings industry is organizing to adopt stricter sustainability standards …

New ESPA President Denise Reid on DEI, New Member Acquisition–and a Show-Stopping 'Ave Maria'

March 21st, 2023


Denise Reid, new president of Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA), shares how event service professionals are often on the front line of ensuring destination DEI for meetings and events, as well as her plans …

Visit San Antonio's Tyler Orwig on Southern Texas' Surging City

March 11th, 2023


San Antonio, already the seventh-largest city in the U.S., is on a population and development boom that has seen the recent opening of 10 hotels and …

Why You Should Work with Greater Ontario CVB for Your California Planning Needs

February 27th, 2023


Taylor Smith has a conversation with Greater Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Sales Arlette Garibay about Ontario, California’s newest meetings and events offerings, as well as the benefits of working …

From Prison to Harvard: Speaker Andre Norman Wows Crowds With an Inspirational Keynote

February 20th, 2023


Speaker Andre Norman stirred the crowd at SITE Global Conference 2023 in Manhattan with a gritty story of determination and redemption that will lift anyone, no matter what background they came from.

Norman relayed his …

Maritz Global Events' Rachel Riggs Talks Sustainability Trends, From SITE Global Conference

February 19th, 2023


Since accepting a full-time position leading the sustainability efforts of one of the most influential meetings, events and incentives travel …

Association Prof Willis Turner Shares How ChatGPT Will Impact the Meetings Industry

February 14th, 2023


Association meetings veteran Willis Turner shares how the new AI technology ChatGPT will revolutionize the meetings and events industry.

Is your job …

Epic Rock 'n' Roll and More: Discover Lancaster's Edward Harris on the Many Unexpected Lures of PA Dutch Country

February 1st, 2023


From the mammoth stage production facilities at Rock Lititz, where top acts such as Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, Rihanna and Justin Bieber tighten up their stage show before tours, to excellent teambuilding opportunities …

What Fast-Growing Reno Tahoe Can Offer Meetings and Events

January 31st, 2023


The Reno Tahoe area of northern Nevada is easy to get to, easy to navigate once you're on the ground, and is easy to love for meetings and events. Thanks to an economic boom, new and refreshed venues, and a plethora of …

Destination DC's Elliott Ferguson II on the Role of DMOs on DEI

January 19th, 2023


In the run-up to his keynote address at Event Service Professionals Association’s 2023 annual conference, meetings industry leader and DEI champion Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of Destination DC, explains …

Experience Columbus CEO Brian Ross on Its 2023 PCMA Convening Leaders Triumph

January 11th, 2023


PCMA Convening Leaders held its 2023 edition in Columbus, Ohio, a destination that unveiled many surprises to attendees who enjoyed its booming …

Visit Orlando's Casandra Matej Unveils New Meetings Experiences for 2023, From PCMA Convening Leaders

January 11th, 2023


What's new and coming online in the perennial popular Central Florida destination of Orlando? From major new hotel and attractions openings and …

Howard Givner on the PCMA Acquisition of ELI and the Future of Meetings Education

January 10th, 2023


Perhaps the biggest news at PCMA Convening Leaders 2023 was the association's acquisition of Event Leadership Institute, a major player in the meetings and conventions education space.

ELI founder Howard Givner, now …

Maritz CEO David Peckinpaugh on Industry Trends, From PCMA Convening Leaders

January 10th, 2023


How is the meetings and events faring as the worst of the pandemic seems to be in the past, and where are we headed as new headwinds confront the …

San Diego Bolsters Brainpower for Meetings

November 17th, 2022


Sun, fun and a convention district seemingly made for meetings make San Diego a popular destination for business events, but the San Diego Tourism …

Scotland, and Europe, Are on a Journey to Change. Why Is the U.S. Different?

November 9th, 2022


VisitScotland Business Events launched an ambitious Journey to Change initiative in 2021 that aims to showcase how business events in the country can drive social and economic transformation. Most of Western Europe …

etc.venues Opens Its Third Location in Manhattan

October 31st, 2022


Have a need for a turnkey conference solution in the Big Apple, with a little touch of English elegance?

Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson sat down …

Bizzabo Data Shows Promising Industry Outlook for 2023

October 24th, 2022


Lauren Grady, director of global event center of excellence at Bizzabo, discusses the state of in-person events in relation to data collected by …

Will Meetings and Events Prices Ever Come Down? Maritz' Steve O'Malley Discusses Major Industry Trends

October 18th, 2022


Where are meetings and events at in the great post-shutdown recovery? Who is winning the force majeure battle? Are room rates and other meeting component prices going to ease up anytime soon? And what does it mean when …

Caesars’ Michael Massari on Changing Trends in Hospitality Industry Talent Acquisition

October 13th, 2022


One of the hottest topics in the meetings industry is talent acquisition and retention. Michael Massari, chief sales officer of Caesars Entertainment, started out his career in the hospitality industry as a busboy. But …

How Marriott is Staying on Top of Industry Trends

October 12th, 2022


Marriott's Head of Global Sales Tammy Routh discusses up-and-coming Marriott projects and properties, industry trends and what to look forward to from the brand in 2023 at IMEX America 2022. 

Encore "Breaks Free" at IMEX America, and an Engaging New Role for Planners

October 12th, 2022


Everyone's after attendee engagement at events, and Encore Global may have just cracked the code with its "Break Free" immersive environment debuted at IMEX America 2022.

Ben Erwin, president and CEO of the global event …

Visit Orlando Chief Casandra Matej on the DMO's "Unbelievably Real" Campaign Launch

October 12th, 2022


Visit Orlando has teamed with the Orlando Economic Partnership to launch the "Unbelievably Real" marketing campaign, which seeks to communicate the message of the top meetings and events destination's authenticity and …

“Climate Cancer.” PCMA’s Sherrif Karamat Doesn’t Mince Words

October 12th, 2022


The world is very, very sick, as its climate is increasingly spiraling to doom. The meetings and events industry is particularly vulnerable to what …

Optimism and Growth: American Express Reveals 2023 Global Meetings & Events Forecast

October 12th, 2022


Gerardo Tejado, general manager for American Express Meetings & Events, discusses highlights of the 2023 annual Global Meetings & Events Forecast with Meetings Today's Danielle LeBreck at IMEX America 2022.

An Alternative to Destination Boycotts: SocialOffset

October 4th, 2022


Many organizations, and especially associations, are challenged by legislation and policies that are counter to the values of their members, such as …

Exciting New Meetings Developments in Greater Palm Springs, With Carolina Viazcan

October 3rd, 2022


From a new hockey arena to expanded airlift and its ever-present roster of top spas and golf resorts, Greater Palm Springs has emerged from the …

Gift a Trip Incentive Travel Certificates: From Hotels, Resorts and Cruises to...Space Travel?!

September 19th, 2022


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson touches base with Lori Cassidy and Pam Kressley, 30-year hospitality industry veterans who  just launched an incentive travel option that greatly simplifies the reward process while …

Bizly's Kevin Iwamoto on API Advocacy, Meetings Tech

September 8th, 2022


Meetings industry veteran Kevin Iwamoto, chief customer officer and head of enterprise for meetings technology company Bizly, has occupied top …

Association Chat's KiKi L'Italien on ASAE's Annual and Current Association Trends

August 31st, 2022


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson chats with KiKi L'Italien, host of Association Chat podcast and senior consultant with Tecker International, about …

IMEX America Preview: Tahira Endean on an Educational Program Reformatting

August 16th, 2022


IMEX America has always had a robust educational program, but is now embarking on a three-year strategy to consolidate and redesign the offering.

Peer Into the Future: A Cvent Case Study on Hybrid Extended Engagement

August 5th, 2022


Many planners think a hybrid event is simply a program that ties together a single in-person event with a simultaneous digital component. Think again!

Visit Dallas Chief Craig Davis Details Dallas' Massive Convention Center Expansion

August 3rd, 2022


Dallas is embarking on a $2 billion convention center expansion that will also result in a new downtown entertainment district and neighborhood. …

5 C's to Building a Better Team With Lee Rubin

July 18th, 2022


Meetings Today sat down with Lee Rubin, keynote speaker and one of two featured speakers at this July's Meetings Today Live! West Denver/Aurora to …

Why Plano, Texas, Is a Good Bet for a Variety of Groups

July 10th, 2022


The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a centrally located meetings mecca with lures ranging from big-city attractions such as world-class museums to charming small towns with only-in-Texas appeal, to suburban communities …

Live From WEC: Transformational Meetings Tech Change From Encore

June 22nd, 2022


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sat down with Encore's Cathy Schlosberg, senior VP of marketing, and Amanda Armstrong, SVP of Brand & Community …

Visit Irving Texas' Maura Gast on Industry Trends and Destination Updates

June 3rd, 2022


Meetings industry veteran Maura Gast, executive director of Visit Irving Texas, is one of the most engaged leaders in the business—name a board and chances are she’s been on it! Hear what she has to say about the …

A Global Accessibility Awareness Day Meetings Today Podcast Special With Cvent

May 18th, 2022


May 19, 2022, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, so we sat down with meetings tech titan Cvent to talk with their new senior product manager for accessibility, Stephen Cutchins, and senior director of product …

The Most Exciting New Developments in Milwaukee Right Now

May 2nd, 2022


Meetings Today catches up on the latest events and development news in Milwaukee with Leslie Johnson, vice president of sales and services for VISIT Milwaukee. We discuss the highly anticipated Wisconsin Center …

etc.venues' Garrett Ronan on Industry Trends and Beyond

April 14th, 2022


Garrett Ronan, U.S. chief operations officer for etc.venues, talks about post-pandemic meetings and conference center trends and the company's potential expansion plans in the U.S. after opening two New York City venues …

How Los Angeles Planned and Executed Super Bowl LVI

April 13th, 2022


What does it take to put on an event like the Super Bowl? Darren Green, Chief Sales Officer for LA Tourism, joins Meetings Today to share how his team worked with L.A. hospitality partners and the NFL to host Super Bowl …

Recovery on Pace: "Shimo" Shimasaki on the Pace of Meetings Bookings

March 16th, 2022


Meetings industry veteran Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki, of Simpleview's 2Synergize, is privy to booking pace data from hundreds of DMOs. Here's her well-informed take on where the meetings industry is regarding the …

Sherrif Karamat, Don Welsh Talk Business Events Industry Week, Trends and Ukraine

March 10th, 2022


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sat down with PCMA leader Sherrif Karamat and DI leader Don Welsh to discuss the organization's upcoming Business Events Industry Week, current in-person meetings trends and the …

EIC’s Amy Calvert on the Talent Pipeline and a Revamped CMP

January 20th, 2022


It’s no secret that the hospitality industry faces a challenge attracting the next generation of talent. In fact, it’s a major topic of discussion among its leaders. In this Meetings Today Podcast, recorded at PCMA’s …

Are Net-Zero Carbon Events the Future?

January 18th, 2022


Tyler Davidson talks to James Rees, president of Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), about one of the events industry's most pressing issues: sustainability. At PCMA Convening Leaders 2022, Rees details the Net-Zero …

Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci Talks F&B Trends

January 12th, 2022


Tyler Davidson checks in with Michele Polci, citywide director of catering sales, Las Vegas, for Caesars Entertainment at PCMA Convening Leaders …

JUNO’s Josh Hotsenpiller on Human Connection and PCMA

December 15th, 2021


JUNO’s Josh Hotsenpiller sits down with Tyler Davidson to discuss the events platform’s big partnership with PCMA, and how everything we do comes down to one important concept: human connection.

Corpus Christi's Reception Hosting Offer, and More

November 29th, 2021


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson discussed Visit Corpus Christi's meetings offer in which the destination will host an opening or closing reception in one of the destination's many interesting offsite venues. The CVB's …

MGM Resorts Leader on Evolving Through the Pandemic, New Meetings Campaign

November 17th, 2021


Meetings Today's Sarah Kloepple sits down with Stephanie Glanzer, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, to discuss how the company has come through the pandemic better, with new …

Key Recovery Insights from Marriott Convention & Resort Network Leaders

November 11th, 2021


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sat down with Mike Wainwright and Don Pfeffer at IMEX America 2021 to get key insights from the global hotel giant's Convention & Resort Network (CRN) regarding the recovery of the …

American Express Business Travel Forecast Reflects Positive Meetings and Events Outlook

November 10th, 2021


In this podcast, recorded live from the IMEX America 2021 show floor in Las Vegas, Tyler Davidson speaks with with Gerardo Tejado, general manager for Meetings & Events, American Express Meetings & Events, and …

IMEX 2021: MeetingPlay's Joe Schwinger on the Future of Events

November 9th, 2021


Since launching virtual meetings company MeetingPlay in 2011, former Marriott global e-commerce expert Joe Schwinger has seen virtual meetings grow from their infancy to the transformative pandemic period in which the …

Branding Lessons From the World of Rock That Will Enthrall Your Audience

November 8th, 2021


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sits down with Steve Jones, a music industry veteran, speaker and author of Brand Like a Rock Star and Start You Up for this Meetings Today Podcast episode.

From the Foo Fighters and Bob …

Cvent Expands on Future Skills for Meeting Professionals

October 25th, 2021


Following up on an earlier podcast in which the conversation turned to what future skills meeting and event planners will need, Meetings Today’s …

Why Greater Ontario Should Be Your Southern California Meetings Home Base

October 1st, 2021


Greater Ontario—which includes the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga—is a Southern California meetings and conventions gem you should know …

Cvent on Future Skills for Meeting Professionals

September 1st, 2021


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with Cvent’s Patrick Smith and Rachel Andrews about the company’s successful CONNECT hybrid event and the …

Checking In With a Vegas Entertainment Vet

August 3rd, 2021


Jaki Baskow, CEO and founder of Las Vegas Speakers Bureau and Baskow Talent is a Las Vegas entertainment and speaker booking legend, having plied her trade in the Entertainment Capital of the World for more than 40 …

Live From MPI WEC: Frank Passanante on Big Happenings at Hilton

June 16th, 2021


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sits down with Hilton Worldwide Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales Americas Frank Passanante about some big news from the iconic hotel company, including an innovative new group …

ESPA Leader Julie Brackenbury Details the Role of Event Service Profs in the Recovery

May 12th, 2021


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with Julie Brackenbury, president of Event Service Professionals Association and director of destination …

Thought-Leader Julius Solaris on His New Posting and the State of the Industry

April 7th, 2021


In this Meetings Today Podcast recorded in March, Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Julius Solaris, the founder of EventMB who just joined …

We Can Carry the World on Our Shoulders (most of the time)

February 25th, 2021


Featured guest: Tammy Dickerson, CMP, President & Lead Planner, tbg Events

How can we lead with excellence during times of great uncertainty and change? Tenacious powerhouse entrepreneur Tammy Dickerson, President …

Incorporating Wellness Into Your Meeting on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

February 17th, 2021


Danielle LeBreck and Jill Vance, director of sales for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, discuss how to weave wellness into meeting agendas. Listen for more.

*Created in partnership with The Beaches of Fort Myers …

A COVID-19 Convention Services Roadmap to Recovery

December 9th, 2020


ESPA’s Paola Bowman, destination services manager for the Arlington CVB, and Jamie Huckleberry, director, event services for Pittsburgh’s David L. …

Cvent's Patrick Smith on Hybrid Meetings and Hope for the Future

December 8th, 2020


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Cvent Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Smith about the meetings tech giant’s new …

Australia’s Impressive Outdoor Event Spaces and Up-and-Coming Incentives Destinations

December 2nd, 2020


When the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, companies will be eager to reward their employees with unforgettable incentive programs. Australia has always fit the bill for wow-worthy trips—and there’s plenty more incredible …

How to Create 'Standout Virtual Events'

November 30th, 2020


In this Meetings Today Podcast, David Meerman Scott and Michelle Manafy, co-authors of Standout Virtual Events: How to Create an Experience That Your Audience Will Love, explain the basics of virtual platforms and which …

Anaheim's New JW Adds a Luxe Option to a Booming Destination

November 22nd, 2020


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson chats with Maribel Denner, director of sales marketing for the JW Marriott Anaheim Resort, and Junior Tauvaa, chief sales officer for Visit Anaheim, about the impressive new JW and how it …

How Does Contact Tracing at Meetings and Events Work?

November 17th, 2020


Learn about contact tracing at meetings and events and how planners can limit the impact of COVID-19 on their program. And what do you do if someone tests positive? Listen for more.

A Look Inside the New CAESARS FORUM and Its First Event, Hosted With ConferenceDirect

October 28th, 2020


In this Meetings Today podcast, Danielle LeBreck sits down with Caesars Entertainment and ConferenceDirect, who collaborated together to design …

Nashville Continues Its Rise With a New Grand Hyatt 

October 22nd, 2020


The new Grand Hyatt Nashville is adding a luxury hotel with ample meeting space to Music City, which has been on a torrid development pace over the past few years. Read more.

New Properties and Incentive News From Australia’s Crystalbrook Collection

October 14th, 2020


Meetings Today catches up with Kylie Brajak of Australia’s Crystalbrook Collection to learn more about new properties in Cairns, incentive options in …

How COVID-19 Is Changing Meeting Space Design

October 9th, 2020


Kevin Dana of CORT Events highlights key design trends and how the pandemic is changing meeting space designs for live meetings. Learn more.

How a Disney World Hotel Handled the MLS COVID-19 Bubble

September 30th, 2020


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin massively revamped its operating procedures to host the Major League Soccer bubble, from accommodations and …

ALHI CEO Dominguez on the Back to Business Experiential Forum

August 27th, 2020


Michael Dominguez, CEO of ALHI (Associated Luxury Hotels International), brought meeting planners to the Omni Dallas Hotel for a one-day showcase of what their events may look like after the industry awakens from its …

Cvent Execs Talk Trends and CONNECT Virtual

August 24th, 2020


Top Cvent execs Brian Ludwig and David Quattrone talk with Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson about how the meetings tech giant pivoted to virtual for its big annual conference and is expecting 40,000 attendees. Also, …

F&B With Tracy Stuckrath: From COVID to Food Allergies and Beyond

July 16th, 2020


Buffets? Gone. And don’t even think about a donut wall!

The meetings F&B environment has been disrupted flatter than a collapsed souffle, but …

Maintaining Mindfulness in a Chaotic Time With Lee Papa

July 9th, 2020


Furloughs. Layoffs. An economy-crippling pandemic with seemingly no end in sight.

Who could’ve predicted the tumult that would enter our lives in …

Essential Contract Clauses and Concerns for Post-Shutdown Meetings and Events

June 23rd, 2020


At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, legal issues in the meetings industry primarily centered around cancellation, attrition and what became the moving target of force majeure.

Now, with face-to-face meetings …

Some Positive, If Tempered, Planner Perceptions About a Return to Live Meetings

June 10th, 2020


Business development expert and speaker Scott Steinberg shares some positive survey results regarding planner optimism about a face-to-face meetings …

Las Vegas Reopens: Caesars and Michael Massari Get Back to Business

June 4th, 2020


June 4, 2020, marks the day when Las Vegas awakens from its coronavirus shutdown slumber, with major casino-resorts reopening their doors at least for leisure travelers.

Caesars Entertainment is joining the party by

Harris Rosen: “No more delays. No more of these silly restrictions. We must open!”

June 2nd, 2020


Outspoken Orlando hotel icon Harris Rosen believes constant guest and staff screening is critical to getting the meetings industry out of its deep …

How Hospitality Spaces Become Healthcare Facilities

May 28th, 2020


Meeting venues like the Javits Center have been pulled into service as field hospitals and other spaces for healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 …

Wolfgang Puck Catering Explores the Post-Coronavirus Shutdown Events F&B Experience

May 28th, 2020


What will the meetings and events F&B experience look like after the COVID-19 shutdown ends? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson sat down with Mary …

AHLA President & CEO on Safe Stay and What Planners Need to Know Now About Hotel Industry

May 26th, 2020


Meetings Today's Sarah Kloepple talks with Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), about the organization's Safe Stay guidelines, supporting hotel workers as these new …

Checking in with Las Vegas and MGM Resorts on Sanitation, Rebookings and How Meeting Spaces Will Look Different

May 19th, 2020


As we reach mid-May, Meetings Today's Sarah Kloepple checks in with Stephanie Glanzer, chief sales officer and vice president of MGM Resorts International, who delves into MGM's new Seven-Point Safety Plan for enhanced …

Expert Tips on Transitioning From Live to Virtual Events

May 12th, 2020


Thinking about launching virtual meetings as a standalone event option or augmentation to a live event?

Amanda Ma, founder and CEO of Innovate …

Go LIVE Together Fights for the Live Events Industry

May 7th, 2020


Led by exhibitions and event management giant Freeman, Go LIVE Together put together and advocacy group with hundreds of member organizations at breakneck speed.

Being on the ground—literally—at meetings, conventions …

Industry in Crisis: Roger Dow Details the Travel Industry Economic and Jobs Impact of COVID-19

April 27th, 2020


Alarming initial statistics reflecting the massive loss of employment and revenue in the U.S. travel industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have only gotten worse. Tyler Davidson talks with Roger Dow, president …

What Will Hotels and Conferences Look Like Post-COVID-19?

April 21st, 2020


After COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror, how will the meetings and hotel industry have changed forever? Meetings Today Contributing Editor Robert Nieminen discussed what this new world may look like with top designer …

Pro Tips for Working and Managing From Home During the Coronavirus Crisis

April 15th, 2020


The coronavirus crisis has led to a revolution in the workplace—at least temporarily—in which the office is now in workers’ homes.

Meetings Today’s …

A Las Vegas Coronavirus Comeback Story

April 8th, 2020


The hospitality and meetings industries are at a standstill as the COVID-19 crisis levels its crippling effect on travel and public gatherings of any size. Its top market, Las Vegas, is always a bellwether of the health …

Wellness in the Age of Coronavirus

April 3rd, 2020


How are you coping with the coronavirus pandemic? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Kristine Iverson, owner and founder of wellness company CROW Practice, about strategies all of us can incorporate to calm the …

The Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus Risk Management and More

March 27th, 2020


Tyler Davidson checks in with meetings risk management expert Brenda Rivers to talk about the free on-demand Risk Management Primer: How to Protect Your Attendees and Organization From Disaster webinar she presented for …

The Weekly Wrap: Navigating the "Corona-coaster"

March 21st, 2020


COVID-19 has rocked the travel and meetings industry. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks to Dare to Interrupt podcast host Courtney Stanley about how she and those she's talked with in the industry are navigating …

WHO Coronavirus Press Updates: The Impact on Meetings and Events

March 17th, 2020


Meetings Today blogger Joan Eisenstodt has been participating in many of the thrice-weekly COVID-19 press conferences from the World Health Organization (WHO). Here's what she found out from the experts fighting the …

Destination Spotlight: The Big Buzz in Milwaukee (2020)

March 6th, 2020


Danielle LeBreck and President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee Peggy Williams-Smith talk about the event-packed year ahead for Milwaukee, new developments in the city, and all the best venues and offsites for meetings and …

Coronavirus Cancellation and Attrition Liability Must-Knows

March 3rd, 2020


Top meetings industry attorneys Joshua L. Grimes and Tyra Warner discuss the legal issues involved with cancelling a meeting due to coronavirus. …

Multicultural Meetings Musts From Marriott

March 2nd, 2020


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Seema Jain, director, multicultural affairs for Marriott International about the hotel giant's Culture …

On the Road: The Latest News on Caesars Forum

March 2nd, 2020


Danielle LeBreck stops by the “All Roads Lead to Caesars Forum” road show in Minneapolis, Minnesota to catch up with Lisa Messina—VP of Sales for …

The Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus Rocks the Travel World. Here's How You Can Protect Your Meetings Attendees and Organization

February 13th, 2020


Coronavirus has hit China hard, and it's difficult to get an accurate assessment of its severity because of the secrecy in that nation, although many …

Viva Las Vegas! What’s New in the World’s Biggest Meetings Destination

February 5th, 2020


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson chats with Chris Meyer, vice president of global sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, about what’s new in the center of the meetings and events universe. Topics …

Meetings on the Beautiful Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

January 29th, 2020


Danielle LeBreck and Jill Vance, the director of sales for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, take a deep dive on why this tranquil Southwest Florida destination is ideal for your next meeting. They cover its …

The Weekly Wrap: Introducing Our New 'Dare to Interrupt' Podcast!

January 15th, 2020


Meetings Today is proud to collaborate with Courtney Stanley, a women's empowerment leaders in the meetings and events industry. Meetings Today's …

The Weekly Wrap: Oracle Abandons San Francisco and Our Travels Down Under

December 12th, 2019


Oracle just announced it is pulling up stakes and moving its 60,000-strong OpenWorld conference from San Francisco to Las Vegas for the next three …

A Tour of Australia’s Enchanting Whitsunday Islands

December 11th, 2019


Lead destination content strategist Danielle LeBreck tours the Whitsundays, a collection of islands near the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern …

The Weekly Wrap: Remembering Patti Shock

December 5th, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson describes the impact Patti Shock has had on the meetings industry, through the eyes of the people she's impacted, including Joan Eisentsodt, Tyra Warner, MaryAnne Bobrow, Dan Cormany and …

The Case for Bringing Your Incentive Trips to Australia

December 3rd, 2019


Lead Destinations Content Strategist Danielle LeBreck sits down with Tourism Australia’s Penny Lion during Dreamtime 2019 in Perth, Australia, to chat about how Australian destinations can help you plan one-of-a-kind …

How to Incorporate Wellness Challenges in Your Meetings

November 26th, 2019


Heka Health's Tony Salah, an innovator of wellness challenges that have been incorporated at large meeting industry events such as IMEX America, PCMA Convening Leaders and ASAE's Annual Meeting, explains how meeting …

SOS! Industry Advocacy Needs Your Help!

November 14th, 2019


Meetings and hospitality veterans Joan Eisenstodt and Roger Rickard—no strangers to entering the fray when it comes to addressing hot-button issues and promoting industry advocacy and awareness—discuss the rather …

How Golf Events Are Evolving: From Meetings Today Live 2019

October 29th, 2019


Golfing is still a great way to conduct meetings and network. Learn some of the ways this outing has evolved and why scheduling your next golf event …

The Good Life: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg, Va.

October 22nd, 2019


Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman finds instant kinship and lasting memories at this exclusive group enclave in Virginia's horse and wine country. Check out Jeff's On the Scene story about his visit to the …

The Weekly Wrap: Laughter Yoga, Texas Barbecue, Selfie Pancakes and More!

October 10th, 2019


Meetings Today Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson shares a few yuks from his Laughter Yoga story with Sarah Routman, as well as the best places in Texas for groups to get barbecue, searing your …

A Laugh Riot With Laughter Yoga Instructor Sarah Routman!

October 9th, 2019


Laughter yoga practitioner Sarah Routman shares a few yuks with Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson after her Laughter Lab session at IMEX America. Laughing loudly out of context, it seems, is a tonic that heals and …

The Weekly Wrap: Live From Victoria!

October 7th, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson offers up his experiences at Meetings Today Live! West in Victoria, British Columbia, and how this magical little …

Grand Ole Opry Adds Magic to Meetings

October 3rd, 2019


After a tour of Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry, Danielle LeBreck sat down to talk with tour operations manager Laura Leigh Jones Robertson about the famous country music venue's recently enhanced group tour …

Facial Recognition Impacts the Meetings Industry

October 2nd, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver about his company's utilization of facial recognition technology

5 Minutes With Nashville Chef James Kerwin

October 1st, 2019


Little Fib at Renaissance Nashville Hotel aims to "put the supper back in supper time" through its modern take on comfort food classics.

Meetings Today's Danielle LeBreck sat down with Chef James Kerwin during a

Podcast from Paradise: Playa Cativo Lodge, Costa Rica

September 23rd, 2019


Well, almost. On a visit to NYC, Playa Cativo Sales and Marketing Director Cesar Vargas talks with Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman about all the temptations of this boutique beachfront eco-lodge …

Phoenix Rising With New Facilities and Flagship Features

September 19th, 2019


Tyler Davidson sat down at IMEX America with Jerry Harper, deputy director of the Phoenix Convention Center, to find out what's new in the destination and at the facility, as well as why the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is …

Washington D.C. Opens Up Its Offsite Event Options

September 17th, 2019


Tyler Davidson sat down with Destination DC President & CEO Elliott L. Ferguson at IMEX America 2019 to find out what exciting new offsite venues and developments are opening up options for meeting planners in the …

Atlantis Paradise Island and Chef José Andrés Help Bahamas Dorian Victims

September 12th, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson spoke with Atlantis Paradise Island's Christina Fischer at IMEX America about the luxury resort's ongoing charitable efforts to help Bahamians devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

Listen for …

A Quick Update on Las Vegas' Most Anticipated Developments

September 12th, 2019


Meetings Today’s Kate Cripe talks with Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau, at IMEX America about some of the largest projects happening in Las Vegas now. Hill shares information of the Las …

IMEX 2019 Interview: SITE CMO Pádraic Gilligan Shares Incentive Travel Study Results

September 10th, 2019


The results are in, and the incentive segment is trending up, but what reward program winners desire is rapidly changing.

Meetings Today's Tyler …

IMEX 2019 Interview: Mike Massari Gives Caesars Forum Update

September 10th, 2019


Caesars Forum, the 550,000-square-foot conference center in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, is gearing up for its March 2020 opening. Meetings Today’s content developer Kate Cripe was on location at the facility for …

Sustainability Questions and Considerations for Convention Centers

September 4th, 2019


What should planners consider when selecting a sustainable city and convention center for their next event? What sustainability questions should they …

The Weekly Wrap: Charity Efforts, Destination Boycott Clause Blues and Win a Free Trip to Mexico!

September 2nd, 2019


Tyler Davidson details some of the top stories from Meetings Today, including how you can win an all-inclusive trip for two to Mexico's Riviera Maya just by submitting a photo of your recent meeting or event design …

Why You Should Use Digital Display Tech at Your Next Convention

August 26th, 2019


Danielle LeBreck talks digital display tech with Ted Arbeiter, the tech services coordinator at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota. Learn …

Taking the Mystery Out of Mindfulness: How Can It Benefit You Personally and Professionally?

August 13th, 2019


Mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days, grabbing our attention on magazine covers at the grocer’s checkout stand, in posts on our social media …

The Weekly Wrap: More Horrifying Meetings Disasters, F&B Cost Control and Special Effects

August 8th, 2019


Tyler Davidson details some of the top stories of the week from Meetings Today, including our latest installment of Meetings Horror Stories, Joan …

Brave New World: Disruption in the Meetings Industry

August 6th, 2019


Tyler Davidson talks with Alon Alroy, co-founder of cloud-based event management software company Bizzabo, about disruption in the meetings and …

Meetings Trendsetter Will Curran on AV Trends, #EventIcons and Critical Wi-Fi Knowledge

July 31st, 2019


Tyler Davidson chats with the trailblazing Will Curran, "chief event Einstein" at Endless Events and a meetings and events cross-platform content machine. Learn why podcasting is so important to meeting planners, and …

The Weekly Wrap: PCMA Partners With DI, Tips for Hosting a Hosted Buyer Event and Foot Care on the Road

July 25th, 2019


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson details some of the top stories of the week, including big news from Destinations International’s Annual Conference, …

Hilton: 100 Years of Giving Back

July 23rd, 2019


Tyler Davidson talks with Hilton's Daniella Foster, senior director of corporate responsibility, and Carole Munroe, director of portfolio, loyalty …

The Weekly Wrap: A Broadcast on Podcasts, A Planner's Guide to Loyalty Points and a Cvent Event

July 18th, 2019


Editor Tyler Davidson talks about some of Meetings' Today's latest coverage, including stories on how to begin podcasting, hotel loyalty programs for meeting planners and news and a podcast episode from Cvent CONNECT.

Cvent CONNECT 2019: Interview With Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal

July 11th, 2019


Meetings Today Brand Director Jim Krotz checks in with Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal at Cvent CONNECT 2019, the event tech company’s annual conference …

Casual Sophistication Defines New Meeting Spaces at Gran Destino Tower

July 9th, 2019


While onsite for the grand opening of the new Gran Destino tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Danielle LeBreck sat down with Disney's Director of Convention Sales and Services, Amy Pfeiffer and Show Director at …

Why Hotel Fitness Centers Are Stepping Up Their Gym Game

July 8th, 2019


Sure, some hotels just put the gym into an empty guest room. Or it's a couple of machines in another room that was never meant to be a gym. But some travelers—including event attendees—have demanded more. In this …

How Plants Enhance Renaissance Schaumburg's Meeting Space

July 3rd, 2019


Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe checked in with Drew Eckman, destination sales executive at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, to learn more about how the property is using plants and nature-inspired …

The LA Convention Center Expansion—in 3D!

July 2nd, 2019


Tyler Davidson discusses the massive Los Angeles Convention Center expansion project and what it means to the meetings industry with Discover Los Angeles' Darren Green and Paige Cram. The CVB is hitting the road with an …

Work-Life Balance: New Perspectives and Actionable Tips for Busy Planners

July 1st, 2019


That ever-elusive idea of work-life balance seems to be on everyone’s cluttered mind in today’s hectic world. Meetings Today’s Lori Tenny took a …

The CRN Hand-Off: How The Westin Michigan Avenue Delivers Personalized Meeting Experiences

July 1st, 2019


Christoph Trappe spoke with Keith Kehl, director of marketing and sales with The Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, about what it means to be part of Marriott's Convention & Resort Network (CRN) and the personalized …

4 Things to Ask the Chef About When Planning Your Event

June 28th, 2019



Christoph Trappe asked Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Executive Frank Sanchez to identify the things meeting planners should ask their …

Destination DC Leverages the U.S. Capital's Power

June 28th, 2019


Destination DC President and CEO Elliott Ferguson talks with Jeff Heilman about the sector-driven Connected Capital strategy for meetings, the real …

PCMA Clarifies Uncertainty About CEO Position

June 27th, 2019


News that PCMA CEO Sherrif Karamat, a Canadian citizen, has yet to obtain a post-hiring EB-2 Green Card, and that PCMA has posted his position on its job board, has led to a great deal of confusion at the association …

What Makes PCMA's EduCon Tick?

June 27th, 2019


Tyler Davidson sits down with Tonya Almond, vice president of knowledge and experience with PCMA, to find out how meeting planners can incorporate the successes of PCMA EduCon 2019 into their meetings.

EduCon is like a …

New Steelcase/PCMA Study Gets Into Attendees' Heads

June 27th, 2019


Tyler Davidson talks with Kim Condon and Lauren Bachynski, from furniture—and research!—company Steelcase about its new "5,000 People, 5,000 Personal …

How to Start Your Own Podcast NOW!

June 27th, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with podcasting veteran Mike McAllen, of Podcasting4Associations, on how and why organizations should jump into …

What Is It Like to Meet at the Las Vegas Convention Center?

June 24th, 2019


Meetings Today's Danielle LeBreck chatted with Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe about the Las Vegas Convention Center after he attended the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) conference there in 2019.

Active Shooters: What Meeting Planners Must Know

June 20th, 2019


Tyler Davidson sits down with counterterrorism and security professional David Lau and risk management educator Alan Kleinfeld at MPI WEC 2019 to discuss what meeting and event planners as well as facility operators …

The Weekly Wrap: Michael Dominguez on the Move and a Whole Lotta MPI WEC 2019 News

June 20th, 2019


Meetings Today editors Tyler Davidson and Danielle LeBreck just returned from a content-producing frenzy at MPI WEC Toronto. Check out our coverage—all in one place!—on the Meetings Today website. And probably the …

WEC 2019: Exclusive Interview With MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer

June 19th, 2019


Tyler Davidson sat down with MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer at MPI WEC 2019 in Toronto following the association’s press conference. Van Deventer provided …

How Meeting Professionals Can Use PCMA's BEAM to Combat Data Overload

June 19th, 2019


At MPI's World Education Congress (WEC) in Toronto, Danielle LeBreck sat down with Sheriff Karamat, president and CEO of PCMA, to chat about the new data intelligence service BEAM and how meeting professionals can use …

Hilton's New Approach to Meeting Space Design

June 18th, 2019


The main theme of MPI's World Education Congress 2019 and many of its educational sessions is designing event experiences. For venues, this means taking a completely new approach to meeting space design. Adam Wueller, …

How Meeting Planners Can Fight Human Trafficking

June 18th, 2019


Tyler Davidson talks with representatives of MPAHT (Meeting Planners Against Human Trafficking) at MPI WEC 2019 about how planners and facilities can …

Cutting-Edge Event Tech at MPI WEC 2019

June 18th, 2019


What new tech will save you money and make your job planning meetings and events easier? Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson joins up with Dahlia El Gazzar, from Dahlia+, to explore the event tech offerings at MPI WEC's

Hot Event Trends With Michael Cerbelli

June 17th, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Michael Cerbelli, ringleader of Michael Cerbelli's The Hot List™, about the hottest new event products and performance trends, and how planners can incorporate them into their …

The Meeting Room of the Future

June 17th, 2019


IACC CEO Mark Cooper details findings from the 2019 Meeting Room of the Future Report, and explains how meetings and events will be transformed in the near future. This episode was recorded live at MPI WEC 2019.

The Weekly Wrap: Cvent's Buying Spree

June 14th, 2019


In this edition of Meetings Today's The Weekly Wrap, Tyler Davidson details stories on meetings tech giant Cvent's acquisition of DoubleDutch, Joan Eisenstodt's series on end-of-life event planners, a comprehensive …

New York City Keeps the Tourism Party Going

June 6th, 2019


From hosting the first-ever World Pride in the U.S. this June to major openings in all five boroughs, New York City is having a “monumental” 2019. Chris Heywood, SVP of Global Communications for NYC & Company, …

The Weekly Wrap: Meetings Horror Stories!

June 5th, 2019


Rampaging horses! Fallen doves! Banquet cheese that is not cheese at all! Check out our Meetings Horror Stories story on Meetings Today--you'll have to read it to believe it! Also: MGM layoffs, mini-toiletry bottle bans

Deborah Gardner: A Meetings Triple Threat

June 4th, 2019


Keynote speaker. Meeting planner. Hotel sales professional. Deborah Gardner has done it all, and shares her nearly 30 years of meetings industry knowledge and trends predictions with Meetings Today Vice President & …

The Weekly Wrap: Rooftop Meeting Venues and MGM Scuttles Boston Plans

May 30th, 2019



Vice President and Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson discusses some of the top developments in the meetings industry on, including our June cover story about stellar rooftop event venues and MGM …

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club: History and Commission Flexibility

May 28th, 2019


Meetings Today Contributor Jennifer Juergens sits down with Craig Schoninger, director of marketing at northeast Florida’s Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge & Club, to discuss the fascinating history of the …

The Weekly Wrap: Abortion-Law Destination Bans

May 28th, 2019


In our newly rebranded weekly podcast covering some of the top stories from Meetings Today, editor Tyler Davidson highlights an article on what could …

Hard Rock Tunes Up The World's First Guitar Hotel and Other High Notes

May 22nd, 2019


Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming, talks about major expansion in South Florida, hitting the right chord with …

Laws Governing Service Animals

May 21st, 2019


The Military Reunion Network's Sharon Danitschek explains how her company and its military veteran attendees accommodate service animals at their meetings. She also shares information about how her meeting planner …

Destination Spotlight: Meeting in Anaheim

May 20th, 2019


In this edition of Destination Spotlight, I chat with Christoph Trappe and Sandra Fancher—who work for Stamats, our corporate parent—about their recent trip to Anaheim for a meeting. We discuss the best airports serving …

The Wednesday Wrap: The Free Drinks Edition!

May 16th, 2019


Meetings Today Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson discusses a new event app download lure—free drinks! Plus a first look at new software that may eliminate the need to hire translation services and rent equipment and …

Seaview, A Dolce Hotel: A Garden State Classic Blooms Again

May 13th, 2019


Completing an $18 million refresh, Galloway, New Jersey's historic Seaview is a group sanctuary with perennial appeal. Mike Tidwell, director of …

A Look at Meetings in the Tampa Riverwalk Area

May 10th, 2019


I stayed on the Tampa Riverwalk during a trip to southern Florida in 2019 and of course couldn't pass on the opportunity to share some updates that …

World's Largest Marriott Continues to Exceed Expectations

May 9th, 2019


From oversized balconies to fresh greens grown on-site, Destination Sales Executive Marc Alexander describes several of the top-notch amenities meeting and event planners can expect to find at the Orlando World Center …

The Wednesday Wrap: Of Death and Marijuana

May 8th, 2019


Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson reviews the week's most interesting stories, including a discussion on the joys and challenges of being an end-of-life event planner, the news that Las Vegas approved pot …

What Meeting Planners Need to Know About the Four Seasons Orlando Walt Disney

May 8th, 2019


Meetings Today Lead Destinations Content Strategist, Danielle LeBreck, is in Orlando this week to review offerings for meeting and event planners. Here's a quick overview of what the Four Seasons Orlando Walt Disney can …

The Role of Influencers at Today's Trade Shows

May 3rd, 2019


Coverings 2019, a global stone and tile expo, is utilizing a modern marketing technique: influencers. Staff writer Adrian Thompson chats with Becca Sass, account supervisor for Coverings social media, on working with  …

Music Licensing: Don't Get Fined for Your Event Tunes!

May 1st, 2019


Tyler Davidson talks with Michael Owen, a 30-year meetings and events industry veteran who has also worked in the entertainment industry for half a century, about why planners need to secure music licensing through …

The Wednesday Wrap: Marriott's Film Challenge and a Life-Saving App

May 1st, 2019


Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson details his story and video about Marriott's CRN's bold 48-Hour Film Challenge, shot in Vancouver and event …

Graduate Providence: A Smart Choice for Events

April 25th, 2019


Providence’s grande dame Biltmore Hotel recently got an A+ renovation from Graduate Hotels. Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman checks in with Scott Williams, general manager of the Graduate Providence, to …

The Wednesday Wrap: Measles Outbreak in L.A.!

April 24th, 2019


Following the recent announcement of a measles exposure in Los Angeles and at LAX, five cases in the county have been confirmed. Learn how to protect …

Sustainable Meetings Tips With MeetGreen's Nancy Zavada

April 22nd, 2019


Earth Day Special! Tyler Davidson talks with leading green meetings expert Nancy Zavada about simple ways meeting planners can make their events more sustainable. Plus, the hottest sustainable F&B trends!

Enjoying …

Event Tech Best Practices With Jon Trask

April 19th, 2019


Learn the A-to-Z of event tech and AV. Tyler Davidson talks with tech expert Jon Trask, who details his related event tech best practices primer …

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With New Providence Warwick CVB CEO Kristen Adamo

April 19th, 2019


The Providence Warwick CVB named Kristen Adamo its new president and CEO. Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman had the exclusive opportunity to sit down with Adamo to discuss her new post as well as the …

The Wednesday Wrap: Fire Safety Tips and the Rise of Bleisure Travel

April 17th, 2019


Tyler Davidson reviews some of the week's top stories, including his piece on fire safety, Lori Tenny's stress-busting tips from top wellness speakers and Danielle LeBreck's report on the rise of "bleisure" travel.

Get …

The Wednesday Wrap: Stupid Questions and a Free Marijuana (Story)

April 10th, 2019


Tyler Davidson delves into the week's events and Meetings Today coverage, including Joan Eisenstodt's blog on some of the stupid questions planners and suppliers have heard and an interview with a planner of major …

Lip-Smacking Vegas Foodie Options With the VIP Touch

April 8th, 2019


Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman does a deep dive on the Vegas food scene for groups with insider Donald Contursi, founder of award-winning Lip Smacking Foodie Tours.

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GMID 2019: MGM’s Michael Dominguez on the Value of Meetings

April 5th, 2019


Tyler Davidson talks with Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer of MGM Resorts International, about Global Meetings Industry Day 2019, a day when …

In Its Anniversary Year, Westgate Las Vegas Resort Casino Looks To The Future

April 5th, 2019


Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman talks to Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino's Director of PR and Community Affairs Gordon Prouty about the historic Elvis residency, staying competitive and life after …

The Wednesday Wrap: Now With More Elvis!

April 3rd, 2019


Tyler Davidson talks about some of the major stories Meetings Today has covered this week, including puppies at meetings, a controversial new teambuilding program and a fresh podcast on Elvis Presley and the Westgate …

March Madness: Checking in on What's New With Greensboro

April 1st, 2019


Meetings Today's Christoph Trappe was in Greensboro for an NCAA Women's Basketball Elite 8 March Madness tournament game (Iowa vs. Baylor). While there, he checked in with Henri Fourrier, president of the Greensboro CVB

The Wednesday Wrap: SEARCH Foundation, John and Yoko, Spring Wellness Rituals

March 27th, 2019


Spring Is Here! And John and Yoko Love You!

Tyler Davidson details a week’s worth of some of the most interesting stories, including John and Yoko’s love nest, an amazing hospitality industry charity and Deb Gee’s …

American Airlines Extends Cancellations of 737 MAX Flights and What It Means for Your Next Event

March 22nd, 2019


In a statement on Sunday, American Airlines announced it will be extending flight cancellations through April 24, 2019, as it waits for information …

The Wednesday Wrap 03.20.19

March 20th, 2019


Meetings Today Vice President and Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson details his exclusive access to shadow Marriott’s CRN 48-Hour Film Challenge, …

Bleisure Travelers Take Note: Brazil Is Now Easier to Visit

March 19th, 2019


According to a press release from, the official Brazilian tourism website, the South American country will soon be allowing visitors from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan to travel to and from the …

the DOUGLAS Goes to the Movies

March 18th, 2019


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson interviews Marion Harper Treskin, general manager of the dual-branded JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, An …

Marriott CRN and the 48-Hour Film Challenge

March 15th, 2019


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks to the key players behind Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network’s “crazy” idea of holding the 48-Hour Film …

The Wednesday Wrap 03.13.19

March 13th, 2019


Meetings Today Vice President and Chief Content Director details the latest news in the meetings industry, including Meetings Today’s coverage of International Women’s Dayand the growing storm surrounding Boeing’s 737 …

The Wednesday Wrap 03.06.19

March 6th, 2019


On the first Wednesday Wrap, Tyler Davidson talks about major events in the meetings industry and what Meetings Today has been working on, including his March 2019 cover story on San Franciso's work to help its homeless …

Kalahari Resort Reveals Sneak Peek of Expanded Dells Convention Center

March 1st, 2019


The Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, home to America's largest indoor waterpark, just got bigger. The resort's freshly expanded convention center, which includes an additional 112,000 square feet of meeting space, …

Marriott's 5 Key Meetings Trends and Mastermind

February 6th, 2019


Tyler Davidson explores Marriott International's collaboration with the PCMA Foundation on their "Trends for the Future of Meetings" project. …

Javier Cano On the Star Power of L.A. Live

February 4th, 2019


Tyler Davidson sits down with Javier Cano, vice president and market general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE about how L.A. LIVE has transformed a once-neglected …

3 Major Mistakes Meeting Planners Must Avoid, From a Marriott Veteran

February 1st, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Marriott meetings and conventions veteran Alex Shotwell about three critical mistakes that can derail a meeting.

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Taking to the Water in San Diego

January 29th, 2019


Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson explores the many water-based activity options for groups visiting San Diego, with Blaine Amidei of DMC company Access. In San Diego there's water, water everywhere, so get your …

Atlanta Super Bowl Fever!

January 28th, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer for the Atlanta CVB, about how the destination is gearing up for Super Bowl LIII, and what it means for meetings …

Airport Travel Tips During the Government Shutdown

January 25th, 2019


Sarah Kloepple and Christoph Trappe discuss recent airport travel experiences during the government shutdown and provide tips for navigating security and reducing stress for everyone. Remember to be nice to TSA workers!

The Mid-Century Modern Mania of Palm Springs!

January 23rd, 2019


Richard Hovel, Mid-Century Modern expert and owner/manager at the Palm Springs' Desert Star vacation rental complex, discusses with Meetings Today’s …

The Advantages of a Two-Story Exhibit Booth

January 21st, 2019


Staff Writer Sarah Kloepple talks with Becky Andrzejak, exhibit and events manager for Johnson Controls, at AHR Expo in Atlanta about why her …

Hilton's First 100 Years

January 18th, 2019


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Frank Passanante, Senior Vice President of Hilton Worldwide Sales - Americas, about the iconic brand's …

Government Shutdown: What Planners Need to Know

January 16th, 2019


Michelle Milligan, president of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals National (SGMP), discusses with Meetings Today the impact of the U.S. federal government shutdown on meeting planners and the meetings …

Destination DC’s Elliott Ferguson on the Government Shutdown and D.C. Happenings

January 9th, 2019


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Destination DC chief Elliott Ferguson about the federal government shutdown and how Washington, D.C., is navigating it. They also discuss hot spots for planners and …

F&B Trends, Preferences and Food Allergy Musts

January 2nd, 2019


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Thrive! Meetings & Events’ Tracy Stuckrath about what planners need to know about F&B preferences, restrictions and how to make sure attendees who have allergies are …

Saving Money on AV and How to Deal With Internet Outages

December 3rd, 2018


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson discusses the “what-ifs” regarding internet connectivity and audiovisual services following reports that CenturyLink …

Sweethearts (and True Stars) of the Grand National Rodeo

November 5th, 2018


Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson saddled up for behind-the-scenes access to the Grand National Rodeo, held in mid-October 2018 at the Cow Palace, in …

Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Meetings Industry

November 1st, 2018


Meetings Today’s Lori Tenny discusses sexual harassment and strategies to combat it in the hospitality and meetings industries with Michael Massari, …

It’s All Good: Sustainability and Wellness at IMEX America

November 1st, 2018


Amid the high-energy hustle of IMEX America, Meetings Today’s Lori Tenny takes a breather in the Be Well Lounge with Dale Hudson, knowledge and …

Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver on Event Tech Trends

October 31st, 2018


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sits down with Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver at IMEX America to talk about his eminently easy to use …

LGBT+ Issues in the Meetings Industry With Charles Chan Massey

October 31st, 2018


Meetings Today Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson discusses LGBT+ issues in the meetings industry with Charles Chan Massey, a 30-year meetings industry veteran and advocate who remembers the "secret handshake" days. …

Candid Stories and Strategies on Sexual Harassment From Women in the Meetings Industry

October 31st, 2018


Meetings Today's Lori Tenny sat down with a meeting planner, a changemaker and a major industry leader at IMEX America in Las Vegas to have a candid conversation about sexual harassment in the meetings industry and how …

Cvent Acquires Social Tables: Exclusive Interview With Social Tables' Dan Berger

October 31st, 2018


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Dan Berger about the game-changing sale of his meeting facilitation solution, Social Tables, to industry …

Trends! Trends! Trends! With SmithBucklin's Carol McGury

October 31st, 2018


Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson runs down the latest meetings trends with Carol McGury, EVP, Events & Education Services for SmithBucklin, …

How Extending a Runway Helped Bring Events to Hilton Head

October 31st, 2018


Christoph Trappe chats with Jack Reed, director of sales with the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau, about the impact of increased …

F&B Trends With Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci

October 24th, 2018


Tyler Davidson interviews Michele Polci, director of citywide catering sales for Caesars Entertainment, about catering trends at IMEX America.

Are …

Planning a Successful Event With Artificial Intelligence

October 17th, 2018


Vice President of Digital Innovation at Aventri Brian Friedman joined Meetings Today at IMEX America in Las Vegas for a conversation on artificial intelligence, which Friedman believes can help planners create a …

Need to Know Tips for Booking Your Next Speaker

October 10th, 2018


Meetings Today Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson and Chief Content Engagement Director and speaker Christoph Trappe talk with Christine Ahanotu, booking agent with AE Speakers, about the most …

Omni Update: Innovative Design & New Additions

October 3rd, 2018


Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson talks with Omni Hotels & Resorts' Dan Surette, senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Laura Trussel McKoy, creative director and vice president …

Cutting-Edge Meetings Trends From Event Manager Blog’s Julius Solaris

September 12th, 2018


One of the brightest lights and biggest thinkers in the meetings and events industry, Event Manager Blog editor and author Julius Solaris, joins …

Duty of Care – Keeping Safe in Trying Times

September 5th, 2018


Protect the safety of your attendees and the legal liability for the organization you plan for before, during and after an event via a sound risk mitigation strategy. Hear what risk management and duty of care expert …

ASAE’s Secrets to Success – Managing the Annual Logistics

August 15th, 2018


ASAE, the “association of associations,” provides a learning laboratory for association planners and others at its annual events. Join Meetings Today and ASAE’s Amy Ledoux, SVP, Meetings and Expositions, to discover how …

Geek Out! – Mensa’s Innovative Non-Dues Strategy

August 8th, 2018


Meetings Today Podcast host Tyler Davidson checks in from ASAE's Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago and investigates the meeting and association strategies of some of the most intelligent people on Earth—Mensa. …

Navigating Chaos – Travel Tips for When Your Airport Falters

August 1st, 2018


The security lapse that caused the evacuation of Germany’s Frankfurt Airport resulted in the predictable level of chaos when a major global hub goes …

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