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San Diego Bolsters Brainpower for Meetings
San Diego Bolsters Brainpower for Meetings
Sun, fun and a convention district seemingly made for meetings make San Diego a popular destination for business events, but the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) believes brainpower—such as its emerging biotech industry—needs to be added to that list. We sat down with the SDTA’s Kavin Schieferdecker to explore this SoCal standout’s new promotional message for the meetings and events industry.
07:14
November 17, 2022
Scotland, and Europe, Are on a Journey to Change. Why Is the U.S. Different?
Scotland, and Europe, Are on a Journey to Change. Why Is the U.S. Different?
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 seems to be following the same path, especially in terms of sustainability. Meanwhile, while the U.S. meetings and events industry actively sings the praises of issues such as sustainability and the impact business events have on the environment, the message doesn't seem to be translating into actual practices and government regulations like it does across the Atlantic. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sat down with VisitScotland's Neil Brownlee at IMEX America to explore the country's ambitious initiative, as well as meetings and events trends, facility information and the benefits of bringing meetings to Scotland. 
11:38
November 09, 2022
etc.venues Opens Its Third Location in Manhattan
etc.venues Opens Its Third Location in Manhattan
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 with Fiona Macpherson, vice president of business development and sales for etc.venues, a 30-year-old, U.K.-based non-residential conference center operator that just opened a third location in Manhattan. Discover what this London-based urban conference center option—which in 2019 hosted nearly 1 million delegates—brings to the U.S. market, being known for its interior design, F&B, technology and, being from England—a stellar tea selection, of course!
09:56
October 31, 2022
Bizzabo Data Shows Promising Industry Outlook for 2023
Bizzabo Data Shows Promising Industry Outlook for 2023
Lauren Grady, director of global event center of excellence at Bizzabo, discusses the state of in-person events in relation to data collected by Bizzabo this year, including how, looking ahead to 2023, 85% of event organizers plan to host at least three in-person events next year.
20:55
October 24, 2022
Will Meetings and Events Prices Ever Come Down? Maritz' Steve O'Malley Discusses Major Industry Trends
Will Meetings and Events Prices Ever Come Down? Maritz' Steve O'Malley Discusses Major Industry Trends
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 someone says that attendees should design meetings? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson caught up with Maritz Global Events Enterprise Vice President and COO Steve O’Malley at IMEX America 2022 to see what the global meetings and events juggernaut is noticing take shape regarding key industry issues. O’Malley and his team are seeing organizational values such as sustainability and DEI stressed in RFPs, and data privacy is once again rising to the fore. And what about attendance levels? Will we ever get back to “normal?” You’ll have to hear what O’Malley reveals to get the answers.
15:23
October 18, 2022
Caesars’ Michael Massari on Changing Trends in Hospitality Industry Talent Acquisition
Caesars’ Michael Massari on Changing Trends in Hospitality Industry Talent Acquisition
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 is the next generation of workers willing to start at the bottom? An industry vet chimes in during this Meetings Today podcast taped at IMEX America 2022.
09:10
October 13, 2022
How Marriott is Staying on Top of Industry Trends
How Marriott is Staying on Top of Industry Trends
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. 
23:06
October 12, 2022
Encore "Breaks Free" at IMEX America, and an Engaging New Role for Planners
Encore "Breaks Free" at IMEX America, and an Engaging New Role for Planners
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 planning, creative, production and technology juggernaut, talked with Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson about its mysterious and magnificent "multi-room" environment shrouded by towering black draping in the back of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. But it was much more than the proverbial big show reveal at IMEX America, as Erwin said the concept can be customized for any industry or event, and that meeting planners may see their clout greatly increased as they work to create connections within organizations in a dynamic new workplace environment that has been rocked by remote work and retention and staffing challenges.
10:57
October 12, 2022
Visit Orlando Chief Casandra Matej on the DMO's "Unbelievably Real" Campaign Launch
Visit Orlando Chief Casandra Matej on the DMO's "Unbelievably Real" Campaign Launch
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 unique nature, which often gets lost due to its profile as the world's preeminent theme park destination and leisure travel magnet. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sat down with Matej at IMEX America 2022 to discuss the new initiative as well as how the destination fared during Hurricane Ian and the phenomenal response of its hotel community to help residents of Florida's hard-hit communities weather the storm.
08:26
October 12, 2022
“Climate Cancer.” PCMA’s Sherrif Karamat Doesn’t Mince Words
“Climate Cancer.” PCMA’s Sherrif Karamat Doesn’t Mince Words
The world is very, very sick, as its climate is increasingly spiraling to doom. The meetings and events industry is particularly vulnerable to what we call "climate change." But the very term climate change doesn't convey the need for urgency because of the potentially catastrophic diagnosis for the planet, according to PCMA President & CEO Sherrif Karamat, who uses the provocative term "climate cancer." Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson caught up with Karamat at IMEX America to expand on his dire diagnosis for the meetings and events industry and the planet itself, as well as his thoughts as the incoming chair of the Events Industry Council and happenings at PCMA, including the January 2023 Convening Leaders conference in Columbus, Ohio.
11:33
October 12, 2022
Optimism and Growth: American Express Reveals 2023 Global Meetings & Events Forecast
Optimism and Growth: American Express Reveals 2023 Global Meetings & Events Forecast
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.
09:30
October 12, 2022
An Alternative to Destination Boycotts: SocialOffset
An Alternative to Destination Boycotts: SocialOffset
Many organizations, and especially associations, are challenged by legislation and policies that are counter to the values of their members, such as "bathroom bills" and statewide measures outlawing abortion. The firm opposition to these laws leads some to consider cancelling their meetings in the destinations in which the laws were passed.  But cancelling or moving meetings can lead to legal and financial exposure and also impact those in the destination that rely on meetings and conventions to make a living, such as hotel, restaurant and transportation workers, among many others. To provide an alternative to cancellation, or attendees deciding to not participate in a meeting or convention, meetings industry veterans Beth Surmont and Elena Gerstmann created SocialOffset, which allows attendees and organizations to donate to charities that counter the legislation and policies in question. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson recently talked with Surmont and Gerstmann to discover what SocialOffset, now in its pilot phase, brings to the conversation about destination boycotts, especially in the association segment.
21:50
October 04, 2022
Exciting New Meetings Developments in Greater Palm Springs, With Carolina Viazcan
Exciting New Meetings Developments in Greater Palm Springs, With Carolina Viazcan
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 pandemic reinvigorated to win meetings and conventions business. Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with Carolina Viazcan, vice president of sales for Visit Greater Palm Springs, to discover what’s new up and down the Coachella Valley, and how groups themselves can turn a meeting there into an opportunity to reconnect and reenergize.
12:45
October 03, 2022
Gift a Trip Incentive Travel Certificates: From Hotels, Resorts and Cruises to...Space Travel?!
Gift a Trip Incentive Travel Certificates: From Hotels, Resorts and Cruises to...Space Travel?!
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 multiplying travel options for both awarders and awardees. And if exclusive resorts and luxe cruises don't do the trick, companies can even launch their high-performing incentive winners into space! Check out all the deets of this turnkey incentive travel reward option that promises to disrupt the segment by giving award-winners more say in what travel experiences they want. It's an idea whose time has come, and one that also helps organizational recruitment and retention efforts in a time when workforces have been stretched thin and employees have more bargaining power and desire more flexibility.
21:04
September 19, 2022
Bizly's Kevin Iwamoto on API Advocacy, Meetings Tech
Bizly's Kevin Iwamoto on API Advocacy, Meetings Tech
Meetings industry veteran Kevin Iwamoto, chief customer officer and head of enterprise for meetings technology company Bizly, has occupied top positions in meetings industry organizations, from president of NBTA (now GBTA) in the wake of 9/11 to senior-level positions on Hewlett-Packard’s global travel and meetings team and Disney. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson spoke with him about stereotypes and other challenges faced by Asian American and Pacific Islanders in meetings and events, as well as his veteran perspective on where the industry is at as we emerge from the pandemic to face economic and global political headwinds.
28:39
September 08, 2022
Association Chat's KiKi L'Italien on ASAE's Annual and Current Association Trends
Association Chat's KiKi L'Italien on ASAE's Annual and Current Association Trends
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson chats with KiKi L'Italien, host of Association Chat podcast and senior consultant with Tecker International, about ASAE's Annual Meeting & Exposition, including the successes and challenges of its stringent COVID-19 testing policy (COVID spoiler alert!), as well as a unique new CSR option that encourages association attendees to contribute to organizations that counter potential boycott issues rather than having organizations cancel events or attendees decline to participate.
37:16
August 31, 2022
IMEX America Preview: Tahira Endean on an Educational Program Reformatting
IMEX America Preview: Tahira Endean on an Educational Program Reformatting
IMEX America has always had a robust educational program, but is now embarking on a three-year strategy to consolidate and redesign the offering. Helping shepherd the process is Tahira Endean, an industry veteran and former head of events for SITE who was recently hired as IMEX Group's Head of Programme. Carrying the theme "Pathways to Clarity," IMEX America will kick off October 10 in Las Vegas with its Smart Monday educational day. Learn more about the new educational strategy as well as what else new to expect during IMEX America 2022, the 11th edition of the show, with this Meetings Today podcast with Endean.
26:49
August 16, 2022
Peer Into the Future: A Cvent Case Study on Hybrid Extended Engagement
Peer Into the Future: A Cvent Case Study on Hybrid Extended Engagement
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! Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Cvent's Rachel Andrews, senior director, Global Meetings & Events, and Patrick Smith, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, about their experience producing the hospitality tech giant's Cvent Travel Summit, which featured specialized content for different subsets of audience and multiple event formats, as well as in-person elements in two different countries before and after the main production. Sound complicated? Let Rachel and Patrick share how they pulled it off, because hybrid meetings are here to stay and the race is on to deliver the most engaging and relevant experience for all attendees.
26:02
August 05, 2022
Visit Dallas Chief Craig Davis Details Dallas' Massive Convention Center Expansion
Visit Dallas Chief Craig Davis Details Dallas' Massive Convention Center Expansion
Dallas is embarking on a $2 billion convention center expansion that will also result in a new downtown entertainment district and neighborhood. Visit Dallas President & CEO Craig Davis goes over the details of this massive project that will reposition the city as a top meetings and conventions draw.
16:28
August 03, 2022
5 C's to Building a Better Team With Lee Rubin
5 C's to Building a Better Team With Lee Rubin
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 hear about his backstory and highlight the key elements of a strong, consistent corporate team. 
23:14
July 18, 2022
Why Plano, Texas, Is a Good Bet for a Variety of Groups
Why Plano, Texas, Is a Good Bet for a Variety of Groups
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 filled with facilities that are purpose-built for large meetings and events. Plano is a Metroplex city that offers a little bit of it all, and also boasts close proximity both of the region’s major airports as well as downtown Dallas. Meetings Today sat down with Visit Plano’s Marisa Obando, SMERF and Government sales manager for the DMO, to discover why Plano could be a good fit for a wide range of meetings across many segments.
14:41
July 10, 2022
Live From WEC: Transformational Meetings Tech Change From Encore
Live From WEC: Transformational Meetings Tech Change From Encore
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sat down with Encore's Cathy Schlosberg, senior VP of marketing, and Amanda Armstrong, SVP of Brand & Community Engagement, on how meetings technology from in-person to hybrid has undergone a radical transformation because of the pandemic. Discover the latest stats from this essential meetings and events player, and why it is bullish on the vitality of all meetings as a more-remote workforce becomes an increasing reality.
16:56
June 22, 2022
Visit Irving Texas' Maura Gast on Industry Trends and Destination Updates
Visit Irving Texas' Maura Gast on Industry Trends and Destination Updates
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 recovery from the pandemic, in terms of both Irving and the industry as a whole, and key destination updates as major Irving attractions such as Toyota Music Factory rev up to welcome meetings and conventions groups en masse.
10:49
June 03, 2022
A Global Accessibility Awareness Day Meetings Today Podcast Special With Cvent
A Global Accessibility Awareness Day Meetings Today Podcast Special With Cvent
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 management, Carl Aldrich, to discuss the strides and challenges the meetings and events industry has experienced in ensuring everyone is included. Learn about cutting-edge accessibility tech from Cvent and beyond, and how our industry and world is rapidly changing for the better by including more voices in the conversation.
26:02
May 18, 2022
The Most Exciting New Developments in Milwaukee Right Now
The Most Exciting New Developments in Milwaukee Right Now
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 expansion, what the city's various entertainment districts can offer groups, and new hotel openings on the horizon.  *Produced in collaboration with VISIT Milwaukee
17:08
May 02, 2022
etc.venues' Garrett Ronan on Industry Trends and Beyond
etc.venues' Garrett Ronan on Industry Trends and Beyond
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 shortly before COVID-19 roiled the industry.
18:44
April 14, 2022
How Los Angeles Planned and Executed Super Bowl LVI
How Los Angeles Planned and Executed Super Bowl LVI
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 LVI and its surrounding events. We also discuss new developments in L.A. that meeting planners should know about and big events coming to town in the next few years.
19:25
April 13, 2022
Recovery on Pace: "Shimo" Shimasaki on the Pace of Meetings Bookings
Recovery on Pace: "Shimo" Shimasaki on the Pace of Meetings Bookings
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 return to in-person events, and how data-driven strategic decisions are the key to its future.
19:46
March 16, 2022
Sherrif Karamat, Don Welsh Talk Business Events Industry Week, Trends and Ukraine
Sherrif Karamat, Don Welsh Talk Business Events Industry Week, Trends and Ukraine
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 associations' stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
21:47
March 10, 2022
EIC’s Amy Calvert on the Talent Pipeline and a Revamped CMP
EIC’s Amy Calvert on the Talent Pipeline and a Revamped CMP
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 Convening Leaders, EIC CEO Amy Calvert tackles the subject of the hospitality industry talent pipeline, as well as a major revamp of the EIC’s CMP program.
10:33
January 20, 2022
Are Net-Zero Carbon Events the Future?
Are Net-Zero Carbon Events the Future?
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 Carbon Events Pledge initiative, key challenges surrounding business travel and carbon footprints, and the way forward for greener in-person meetings.
13:60
January 18, 2022
Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci Talks F&B Trends
Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci Talks F&B Trends
Tyler Davidson checks in with Michele Polci, citywide director of catering sales, Las Vegas, for Caesars Entertainment at PCMA Convening Leaders about how the meetings and conventions giant navigated the pandemic, critical questions planners should ask about service levels and the supply chain, and the latest cuisine trends for large gatherings.
14:37
January 12, 2022
JUNO’s Josh Hotsenpiller on Human Connection and PCMA
JUNO’s Josh Hotsenpiller on Human Connection and PCMA
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.
22:57
December 15, 2021
Corpus Christi's Reception Hosting Offer, and More
Corpus Christi's Reception Hosting Offer, and More
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 Nicole Olivares details the Coast Your Own Way meetings offer and what the Gulf Coast destination offers for meetings and events.
13:58
November 29, 2021
MGM Resorts Leader on Evolving Through the Pandemic, New Meetings Campaign
MGM Resorts Leader on Evolving Through the Pandemic, New Meetings Campaign
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 safety protocols, the launch of new meetings campaign "Here" and how planners can make a difference through their events at MGM. This podcast was produced in partnership with MGM Resorts International.
12:48
November 17, 2021
Key Recovery Insights from Marriott Convention & Resort Network Leaders
Key Recovery Insights from Marriott Convention & Resort Network Leaders
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 meetings industry. CRN's Mike Wainwright,  vice president of  sales, Gaylord Hotels and Marriott Convention & Resort Network, and Robert Pfeffer, senior director, Convention & Resort Network, Resort Portfolio at Marriott International, delve into what the network is experiencing as far as bookings and leads, as well as how the pandemic experience will shape the post-COVID-19 landscape.
13:31
November 11, 2021
American Express Business Travel Forecast Reflects Positive Meetings and Events Outlook
American Express Business Travel Forecast Reflects Positive Meetings and Events Outlook
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 Amanda Chamov, marketing manager, about the compelling reveal of the global business travel giant's major annual survey, 2022 Global Meetings and Events Forecast. The 11th edition of the annual forecast garners planner perspectives on virtual and hybrid meetings, how they think their budgets will fare, the cost of key components and the relevance of issues such as sustainability, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) and more.
17:02
November 10, 2021
IMEX 2021: MeetingPlay's Joe Schwinger on the Future of Events
IMEX 2021: MeetingPlay's Joe Schwinger on the Future of Events
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 technology became ubiquitous. What's next for virtual and hybrid meetings, and how are global corporate giants implementing them in their meetings mix? What has the pandemic period taught us about the future of in-person meetings and how technology will impact their core? Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson taps the innovative mind of Schwinger to get a glimpse of how we will meet in the future.
17:57
November 09, 2021
Branding Lessons From the World of Rock That Will Enthrall Your Audience
Branding Lessons From the World of Rock That Will Enthrall Your Audience
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 Marley to Kiss, Jimmy Buffett, AC/DC and Aerosmith, see how key learnings from these rock legends can translate to your brand and inspire your meetings and events audiences. Jones was a keynote speaker at Meetings Today LIVE! South, held in mid-October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and had an audience of meeting planners on the edge of their seats as he recounted backstage stories and how these epic performers overcame adversity.
16:52
November 08, 2021
Cvent Expands on Future Skills for Meeting Professionals
Cvent Expands on Future Skills for Meeting Professionals
Following up on an earlier podcast in which the conversation turned to what future skills meeting and event planners will need, Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with meetings technology giant Cvent’s Paulina Curto, senior manager, meetings and events, and Rachel Andrews, senior director of global meetings and events, to expand on the topic. From data analytics skills to a deeper understanding of technology, the meeting planner of the future will need to have a much larger skillset and a proficiency at cross-departmental communication and collaboration, such as with marketing departments. Does your skillset match up with the needs of the future?
25:54
October 25, 2021
Why Greater Ontario Should Be Your Southern California Meetings Home Base
Why Greater Ontario Should Be Your Southern California Meetings Home Base
Greater Ontario—which includes the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga—is a Southern California meetings and conventions gem you should know about. Hear why in this podcast interview with Michael Krouse, president and CEO of Greater Ontario CVB. *Created in partnership with Greater Ontario CVB
16:24
October 01, 2021
Cvent on Future Skills for Meeting Professionals
Cvent on Future Skills for Meeting Professionals
Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with Cvent’s Patrick Smith and Rachel Andrews about the company’s successful CONNECT hybrid event and the future skills meeting and event planners will need to master to stay relevant in a dynamic profession.
22:47
September 01, 2021
Checking In With a Vegas Entertainment Vet
Checking In With a Vegas Entertainment Vet
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 years. Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson checked in with Baskow in mid-July to get a take on how she sees the in-person meetings and events recovery progressing in Las Vegas, as entertainer and speaker bookings is provides a good barometer for the overall health of the market. How is Vegas faring, and what interesting stories and tips can Baskow share from her four decades in the Vegas show biz? Listen to find out.
14:51
August 03, 2021
Live From MPI WEC: Frank Passanante on Big Happenings at Hilton
Live From MPI WEC: Frank Passanante on Big Happenings at Hilton
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 room block booking engine for meeting planners and the massive new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas development and Resorts World.
09:02
June 16, 2021
ESPA Leader Julie Brackenbury Details the Role of Event Service Profs in the Recovery
ESPA Leader Julie Brackenbury Details the Role of Event Service Profs in the Recovery
Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with Julie Brackenbury, president of Event Service Professionals Association and director of destination services for Visit Raleigh, about what role event services will play as we reboot the meetings industry.
17:53
May 12, 2021
Thought-Leader Julius Solaris on His New Posting and the State of the Industry
Thought-Leader Julius Solaris on His New Posting and the State of the Industry
In this Meetings Today Podcast recorded in March, Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Julius Solaris, the founder of EventMB who just joined Swapcard as its head of engagement. Always a leading meetings and events industry thinker, Solaris shares his take on the confusing “new normal” we’re all in, as well as recent findings from a meeting planner survey he conducted and how the mix of virtual and in-person events will shape up in the future.
21:22
April 07, 2021
We Can Carry the World on Our Shoulders (most of the time)
We Can Carry the World on Our Shoulders (most of the time)
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 & Lead Planner at tbg Events, discusses how being your own biggest cheerleader, putting people first, and taking care of yourself are all important actions to implement when catalyzing professional momentum, especially during COVID-19.
34:39
February 25, 2021
Incorporating Wellness Into Your Meeting on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Incorporating Wellness Into Your Meeting on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
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 & Sanibel
25:38
February 17, 2021
A COVID-19 Convention Services Roadmap to Recovery
A COVID-19 Convention Services Roadmap to Recovery
ESPA’s Paola Bowman, destination services manager for the Arlington CVB, and Jamie Huckleberry, director, event services for Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center, talk with Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson about how the convention services manager association’s COVID-19 Services Recovery Roadmap can apply to meeting planners, and of the impact the pandemic has had on event and convention services professionals.
15:05
December 09, 2020
Cvent's Patrick Smith on Hybrid Meetings and Hope for the Future
Cvent's Patrick Smith on Hybrid Meetings and Hope for the Future
Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Cvent Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Smith about the meetings tech giant’s new hybrid meeting solution, Virtual Attendee Hub, how the company has fared during the pandemic, and what he and others at Cvent see as positive signs for an industry recovery from the COVID calamity. Listen Now. Access another Meetings Today podcast about Cvent: Cvent Execs Talk Trends and CONNECT Virtual
19:20
December 08, 2020
Australia’s Impressive Outdoor Event Spaces and Up-and-Coming Incentives Destinations
Australia’s Impressive Outdoor Event Spaces and Up-and-Coming Incentives Destinations
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 experiences waiting for North American-based attendees, from dinners under the stars at Uluru to life-changing expeditions over the Great Barrier Reef. To learn more about the current COVID-19 situation in Australia and what inspired outdoor event ideas and under-the-radar destinations await for future incentives, we caught up with Tourism Australia’s Mary Ann McDonald in this episode of the Meetings Today podcast.  *Created in partnership with Tourism Australia
14:27
December 02, 2020
How to Create 'Standout Virtual Events'
How to Create 'Standout Virtual Events'
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 ones may be the best fit for you.
23:16
November 30, 2020
Anaheim's New JW Adds a Luxe Option to a Booming Destination
Anaheim's New JW Adds a Luxe Option to a Booming Destination
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 will add a tech-forward luxury hotel offering to a city that is seeing its meetings and conventions product grow by leaps and bounds in recent years. Listen now.
22:22
November 22, 2020
How Does Contact Tracing at Meetings and Events Work?
How Does Contact Tracing at Meetings and Events Work?
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.
08:28
November 17, 2020
A Look Inside the New CAESARS FORUM and Its First Event, Hosted With ConferenceDirect
A Look Inside the New CAESARS FORUM and Its First Event, Hosted With ConferenceDirect
In this Meetings Today podcast, Danielle LeBreck sits down with Caesars Entertainment and ConferenceDirect, who collaborated together to design ConferenceDirect's annual partner meeting at the new CAESARS FORUM in Las Vegas. Listen to learn about their hybrid approach, how F&B was modified and more.
21:34
October 28, 2020
Nashville Continues Its Rise With a New Grand Hyatt 
Nashville Continues Its Rise With a New Grand Hyatt 
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.
08:56
October 22, 2020
New Properties and Incentive News From Australia’s Crystalbrook Collection
New Properties and Incentive News From Australia’s Crystalbrook Collection
Meetings Today catches up with Kylie Brajak of Australia’s Crystalbrook Collection to learn more about new properties in Cairns, incentive options in Queensland and more in this podcast. *This podcast was created in partnership with Business Events Australia. Note: Read Australia Next, the newly launched magazine for North American planners from Business Events Australia.  See photos and read the transcript here.
27:44
October 14, 2020
How COVID-19 Is Changing Meeting Space Design
How COVID-19 Is Changing Meeting Space Design
Kevin Dana of CORT Events highlights key design trends and how the pandemic is changing meeting space designs for live meetings. Learn more.
22:28
October 09, 2020
How a Disney World Hotel Handled the MLS COVID-19 Bubble
How a Disney World Hotel Handled the MLS COVID-19 Bubble
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin massively revamped its operating procedures to host the Major League Soccer bubble, from accommodations and equipment to F&B. Here’s how three key staff members handled it. Read more.
25:06
September 30, 2020
ALHI CEO Dominguez on the Back to Business Experiential Forum
ALHI CEO Dominguez on the Back to Business Experiential Forum
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 COVID-19 slumber. 
10:34
August 27, 2020
Cvent Execs Talk Trends and CONNECT Virtual
Cvent Execs Talk Trends and CONNECT Virtual
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, discover their predictions about the direction of the meetings industry.
19:42
August 24, 2020
F&B With Tracy Stuckrath: From COVID to Food Allergies and Beyond
F&B With Tracy Stuckrath: From COVID to Food Allergies and Beyond
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 that doesn’t mean you need to let the air out of your culinary programs. Tracy Stuckrath, owner of thrive! meetings & events, is the foremost expert on food allergies in the meetings and conventions environment, and has extended her knowledge to operating in the COVID-19 environment. This Meetings Today Podcast with Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson gets Stuckrath’s take on how to manage your post-shutdown culinary programs, what to ask venues and attendees, and the life-and-death matter of food allergies.
18:46
July 16, 2020
Maintaining Mindfulness in a Chaotic Time With Lee Papa
Maintaining Mindfulness in a Chaotic Time With Lee Papa
Furloughs. Layoffs. An economy-crippling pandemic with seemingly no end in sight. Who could’ve predicted the tumult that would enter our lives in 2020? In troubling times such as these, maintaining one’s sanity can often seem like the most important job of all. Mindfulness speaker, trainer and author Lee Papa, a leading wellness expert on the meetings and conventions circuit and beyond, is well-versed to help us through these chaotic times. Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with Papa about her new book, A Year of Mindfulness for Beginners: Daily Mantras, Meditations and Prompts, and her advice for all of us who are weathering these most-stressful days.
14:10
July 09, 2020
Essential Contract Clauses and Concerns for Post-Shutdown Meetings and Events
Essential Contract Clauses and Concerns for Post-Shutdown Meetings and Events
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 taking baby steps to resuming, meeting and event planners need to cover their organizations and ensure the safety of attendees by including key contract clauses in an environment that lacks definition. In this Meetings Today Podcast, Tyler Davidson check in with leading meetings industry attorney Joshua L. Grimes to see what contract clause musts planners should include going forward. Key elements of a “COVID contract provision” could deal with cleaning protocols; the right to cancel if government-required measures make it so restrictive that your meeting can’t go forward; and indemnification. Grimes also offers one contract addendum all planners should make sure are included in their contracts. And will we soon start seeing “COVID surcharges?” Listen to this Meetings Today Podcast to find out more.
32:11
June 23, 2020
Some Positive, If Tempered, Planner Perceptions About a Return to Live Meetings
Some Positive, If Tempered, Planner Perceptions About a Return to Live Meetings
Business development expert and speaker Scott Steinberg shares some positive survey results regarding planner optimism about a face-to-face meetings revival by the end of 2020, with a few caveats thrown in, of course. Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson interviewed Steinberg about some of the statistics he’s crunched to come to his conclusions, and also how the meetings industry will be fundamentally changed by the rise of virtual and hybrid events.
14:21
June 10, 2020
Las Vegas Reopens: Caesars and Michael Massari Get Back to Business
Las Vegas Reopens: Caesars and Michael Massari Get Back to Business
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 reopening its Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties, with more set to join them shortly. Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson caught up with Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, to get updates on the casino and entertainment giant; his team’s reaction to having the shutdown hit right before the launch of its crown jewel CAESARS FORUM conference center; what visitors to Las Vegas can expect when they arrive; and his take on how the meetings industry will fare in the next year. The Las Vegas meetings and events landscape is always evolving. Stay up to date with what’s new on our Las Vegas destination page!
11:02
June 04, 2020
Harris Rosen: “No more delays. No more of these silly restrictions. We must open!”
Harris Rosen: “No more delays. No more of these silly restrictions. We must open!”
Outspoken Orlando hotel icon Harris Rosen believes constant guest and staff screening is critical to getting the meetings industry out of its deep depression. Hear what the firebrand independent hotelier told Vice President Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a coronavirus hospitality industry roundtable at his Rosen Shingle Creek property. In this Meetings Today Podcast, Tyler Davidson engaged Rosen on the deep funk coronavirus has put the meetings industry in, the state of tourism in Orlando and his Rosen Plan for getting back to business pronto.
21:50
June 02, 2020
How Hospitality Spaces Become Healthcare Facilities
How Hospitality Spaces Become Healthcare Facilities
Meeting venues like the Javits Center have been pulled into service as field hospitals and other spaces for healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Henry, healthcare sector leader at CallisonRTKL, walks us through what it takes to transform hospitality and meeting spaces into sophisticated healthcare facilities.
24:53
May 28, 2020
Wolfgang Puck Catering Explores the Post-Coronavirus Shutdown Events F&B Experience
Wolfgang Puck Catering Explores the Post-Coronavirus Shutdown Events F&B Experience
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 Cline, regional director, catering sales-East Coast for Wolfgang Puck Catering to get an idea of what the meetings cuisine scene will look like when we all start meeting face-to-face again.
19:43
May 28, 2020
AHLA President & CEO on Safe Stay and What Planners Need to Know Now About Hotel Industry
AHLA President & CEO on Safe Stay and What Planners Need to Know Now About Hotel Industry
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 healthy and safety protocols are put in place, and how technology will play a critical role in future live meetings.
16:26
May 26, 2020
Checking in with Las Vegas and MGM Resorts on Sanitation, Rebookings and How Meeting Spaces Will Look Different
Checking in with Las Vegas and MGM Resorts on Sanitation, Rebookings and How Meeting Spaces Will Look Different
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 health and sanitation protocols at its properties.  Glanzer also explains how meeting and event spaces specifically will look different, from exploring pre-packaged F&B, coordinating foot traffic flow, to helping planners put on a virtual component.
12:57
May 19, 2020
Expert Tips on Transitioning From Live to Virtual Events
Expert Tips on Transitioning From Live to Virtual Events
Thinking about launching virtual meetings as a standalone event option or augmentation to a live event? Amanda Ma, founder and CEO of Innovate Marketing Group, dove into the virtual events pool headfirst after COVID-19 hit, and offers her expert tips on how to pull them off, from pre- and post-event preparation and follow-up to technical issues to look out for and how to put that little personal touch on them that the digital world often lacks. Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson spoke with Ma, who wrote “Case Study: 5 Pandemic Safety Tips for High-Level Summits” story in late March, about her secrets to virtual meetings success.
21:00
May 12, 2020
Go LIVE Together Fights for the Live Events Industry
Go LIVE Together Fights for the Live Events Industry
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 and exhibitions also gives the Dallas-based company a unique perspective on what the “new normal” will look like when we start gathering again. What will this new world look like? Will the government step in to regulate the industry? How is the conventions and exhibitions industry especially well-suited to meeting challenges such as social distancing and sanitation policies? Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talked with Sue Sung, senior vice president of corporate strategy for Freeman, about the ambitious efforts of Go LIVE Together as well as what the brave new world of meetings, conventions and exhibitions will look like after the COVID-19 shutdown ends.
15:44
May 07, 2020
Industry in Crisis: Roger Dow Details the Travel Industry Economic and Jobs Impact of COVID-19
Industry in Crisis: Roger Dow Details the Travel Industry Economic and Jobs Impact of COVID-19
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 and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, about how bad it is and where we go from here.
15:14
April 27, 2020
What Will Hotels and Conferences Look Like Post-COVID-19?
What Will Hotels and Conferences Look Like Post-COVID-19?
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 Michael Suomi, founder of Suomi Design Works. From social distancing to a hyper-aware focus on cleanliness, hospitality design and the meetings and conventions experience may never be the same.
21:45
April 21, 2020
Pro Tips for Working and Managing From Home During the Coronavirus Crisis
Pro Tips for Working and Managing From Home During the Coronavirus Crisis
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 Tyler Davidson spoke to Heather Mason, founder and CEO of Caspian Agency, to get her insights on the best strategies to implement if you’ve found yourself working in this “new normal” environment.
23:01
April 15, 2020
A Las Vegas Coronavirus Comeback Story
A Las Vegas Coronavirus Comeback Story
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 of an economic segment that is one of the top drivers of the U.S. economy. Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson talks with Stephanie Glanzer, chief sales officer and senior vice president of MGM Resorts International, about the status of meetings and events in Las Vegas and the city’s substantial inventory of MGM properties. Are meetings and events rebooking cancelled events, and in what time frame? What questions should meeting planners ask facilities to ensure their events enjoy the standard of service they are accustomed to as currently shuttered properties quickly ramp up to resume business? Glanzer answers these questions and details MGM’s laudable efforts to help its employees weather the coronavirus crisis.
18:47
April 08, 2020
Wellness in the Age of Coronavirus
Wellness in the Age of Coronavirus
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 mind and ease the body while we navigate the global pandemic and resulting economic turmoil.
17:09
April 03, 2020
The Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus Risk Management and More
The Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus Risk Management and More
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 Meetings Today. Brenda talks about the current state of coronavirus meetings and events readiness as well as lessons to apply for future events.
12:48
March 27, 2020
The Weekly Wrap: Navigating the "Corona-coaster"
The Weekly Wrap: Navigating the "Corona-coaster"
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 these turbulent time, and resources you can tap to help you cope.
12:04
March 21, 2020
WHO Coronavirus Press Updates: The Impact on Meetings and Events
WHO Coronavirus Press Updates: The Impact on Meetings and Events
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 spread of the virus, how it impacts the meetings and events industry, and what the industry needs to learn from the crisis.
27:35
March 17, 2020
Destination Spotlight: The Big Buzz in Milwaukee (2020)
Destination Spotlight: The Big Buzz in Milwaukee (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 events. Enjoyed this podcast, and seriously considering Milwaukee for your next event? Apply to attend our Meetings Today LIVE! MidAmerica event May 3-6--a fully-hosted event for meeting planners. We'll connect you 1:1 with suppliers in the Midwest, do a bunch of site visits and explore Milwaukee's best attractions. Inquire now! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
22:07
March 06, 2020
Coronavirus Cancellation and Attrition Liability Must-Knows
Coronavirus Cancellation and Attrition Liability Must-Knows
Top meetings industry attorneys Joshua L. Grimes and Tyra Warner discuss the legal issues involved with cancelling a meeting due to coronavirus. Learn how to protect your organization and what your op
22:40
March 03, 2020
Multicultural Meetings Musts From Marriott
Multicultural Meetings Musts From Marriott
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Seema Jain, director, multicultural affairs for Marriott International about the hotel giant's Culture Days program. Jain travels the world training Marriott staff on how to best serve the cultural needs of its very diverse clientele, and offers critical information to meeting planners on how they can do the same for their attendees.
22:38
March 02, 2020
On the Road: The Latest News on Caesars Forum
On the Road: The Latest News on Caesars Forum
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 Caesars Entertainment—about the highly anticipated grand opening of Caesars Forum in Las Vegas in March.
09:02
March 02, 2020
The Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus Rocks the Travel World. Here's How You Can Protect Your Meetings Attendees and Organization
The Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus Rocks the Travel World. Here's How You Can Protect Your Meetings Attendees and Organization
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 confirmed cases have been reported in the U.S. Check out our Corona Virus Risk Management piece by Brenda Rivers to see how you can prepare. Also, discover what you need to do if you get sick on the road; a podcast with the LVCVA's Chris Meyer on what's new in Las Vegas; the need for sabbaticals; and the new trend of Biophilic design in meetings.
09:19
February 13, 2020
Viva Las Vegas! What’s New in the World’s Biggest Meetings Destination
Viva Las Vegas! What’s New in the World’s Biggest Meetings Destination
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 include Elon Musk’s bold new Boring Company people mover; exciting new technology offerings; highlights of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion; and how the Las Vegas is attracting a global sporting event audience. *Podcast was created in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
30:58
February 05, 2020
Meetings on the Beautiful Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Meetings on the Beautiful Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
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 natural beauty and inspiration surroundings, unique waterfront venues, team activities, CSR programs and more. * This podcast was created in partnership with The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
25:29
January 29, 2020
The Weekly Wrap: Introducing Our New 'Dare to Interrupt' Podcast!
The Weekly Wrap: Introducing Our New 'Dare to Interrupt' Podcast!
Meetings Today is proud to collaborate with Courtney Stanley, a women's empowerment leaders in the meetings and events industry. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson asks her about the new podcast and Courtney shares some information about the first show, which is now available! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:06
January 15, 2020
The Weekly Wrap: Oracle Abandons San Francisco and Our Travels Down Under
The Weekly Wrap: Oracle Abandons San Francisco and Our Travels Down Under
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 years, citing exorbitant hotel prices and perceived safety issues due to the city's homeless crisis. Also, check out our podcasts from Lead Destination Strategist Danielle LeBreck, who traveled to Australia for the Dreamtime incentives event and a fam to the idyllic Whitsunday Islands.
08:47
December 12, 2019
A Tour of Australia’s Enchanting Whitsunday Islands
A Tour of Australia’s Enchanting Whitsunday Islands
Lead destination content strategist Danielle LeBreck tours the Whitsundays, a collection of islands near the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia, during a fam trip with Business Events Australia. Listen to an overview of two resorts ideal for incentive groups—qualia and InterContinental Hayman Island Resort—along with an interview with qualia’s director of business event sales, Julie Ford. *This podcast is brought to you in partnership with Business Events Australia
16:36
December 11, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Remembering Patti Shock
The Weekly Wrap: Remembering Patti Shock
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 Dan Parks. Also, our Top 10 stories of 2019 and a podcast from Australia's Dreamtime 2019.
10:09
December 05, 2019
The Case for Bringing Your Incentive Trips to Australia
The Case for Bringing Your Incentive Trips to Australia
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 incentive trips. * This podcast is brought to you in partnership with Business Events Australia
12:36
December 03, 2019
How to Incorporate Wellness Challenges in Your Meetings
How to Incorporate Wellness Challenges in Your Meetings
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 planners can get their attendees competing in fitness challenges that will get their blood pumping and increase their overall engagement. 
33:53
November 26, 2019
SOS! Industry Advocacy Needs Your Help!
SOS! Industry Advocacy Needs Your Help!
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 unenthusiastic current state of industry advocacy and how we can all get more involved to champion issues that directly impact our profession.
31:57
November 14, 2019
How Golf Events Are Evolving: From Meetings Today Live 2019
How Golf Events Are Evolving: From Meetings Today Live 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 goes beyond the course from Mark Crabb with Greater Palm Springs CVB, interviewed at Meetings Today Live 2019.
03:12
October 29, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: California Blackout Solutions, VISIT Milwaukee's New Chief and the Good Life at the Goodstone Inn.
The Weekly Wrap: California Blackout Solutions, VISIT Milwaukee's New Chief and the Good Life at the Goodstone Inn.
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson details some of the top stories on MeetingsToday.com, including how one group weathered the California blackout--with tips for handling power outages--VISIT Milwaukee's hiring of Peggy Williams-Smith as president and CEO, and Jeff Heilman's podcast with Middleburg, Virginia's Goodstone Inn & Restaurant.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:06
October 26, 2019
The Good Life: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg, Va.
The Good Life: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg, Va.
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 Goodstone Inn.
18:55
October 22, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Laughter Yoga, Texas Barbecue, Selfie Pancakes and More!
The Weekly Wrap: Laughter Yoga, Texas Barbecue, Selfie Pancakes and More!
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 attendees' selfies on pancakes and the importance of speaking up for our industry. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
06:58
October 10, 2019
A Laugh Riot With Laughter Yoga Instructor Sarah Routman!
A Laugh Riot With Laughter Yoga Instructor Sarah Routman!
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 invigorates attendees while creating bonds with their colleagues. Have a laugh on us! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:41
October 09, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Live From Victoria!
The Weekly Wrap: Live From Victoria!
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson offers up his experiences at Meetings Today Live! West in Victoria, British Columbia, and how this magical little English Colonial-style city fueled his love for travel. Also, Danielle LeBreck is reporting from Music City, USA—Nashville—during her press trip with Marriott's Convention & Resort Network. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
06:27
October 07, 2019
Grand Ole Opry Adds Magic to Meetings
Grand Ole Opry Adds Magic to Meetings
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 offerings, event options and celebrity encounters—including Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
16:01
October 03, 2019
Facial Recognition Impacts the Meetings Industry
Facial Recognition Impacts the Meetings Industry
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver about his company's utilization of facial recognition technology for Keller Williams Realty's Mega Camp 2019, and how this brave new tech may transform the industry and society. They also discuss privacy concerns and pushback. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
04:17
October 02, 2019
5 Minutes With Nashville Chef James Kerwin
5 Minutes With Nashville Chef James Kerwin
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 Marriott Convention & Resort Network press trip in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the restaurant's group catering options as well as the local touches it can offer attendees that are meeting or dining at the property. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
05:30
October 01, 2019
Podcast from Paradise: Playa Cativo Lodge, Costa Rica
Podcast from Paradise: Playa Cativo Lodge, Costa Rica
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 accessible only by boat in Costa Rica's rainforest. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
10:56
September 23, 2019
Phoenix Rising With New Facilities and Flagship Features
Phoenix Rising With New Facilities and Flagship Features
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 used as test hotel for that brand's news innovations. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
08:43
September 19, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: IMEX America and More
The Weekly Wrap: IMEX America and More
Tyler Davidson details Meetings Today's coverage on IMEX America, an On Location broadcast about destination boycotts, an in-house vs. outside AV primer and how to etch your attendees' faces into macarons onsite. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
04:48
September 19, 2019
Washington D.C. Opens Up Its Offsite Event Options
Washington D.C. Opens Up Its Offsite Event Options
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 U.S. capital. They also discussed the DMO's ambitious Connected Capital program targeting key industries such as tech, biotech/pharma, education and medical. [Related Content: Destination DC CEO Elected to Chair U.S. Travel Association] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
09:11
September 17, 2019
Atlantis Paradise Island and Chef José Andrés Help Bahamas Dorian Victims
Atlantis Paradise Island and Chef José Andrés Help Bahamas Dorian Victims
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 more information on how you can help, too. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
05:49
September 12, 2019
A Quick Update on Las Vegas' Most Anticipated Developments
A Quick Update on Las Vegas' Most Anticipated Developments
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 Vegas Convention Center expansion and details on the new Allegiant Stadium, future home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, which will debut ahead of the 2020 NFL season. [Related Content: Las Vegas Goes Full Speed Ahead on Future-Defining Investments for Meetings and Events] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
04:02
September 12, 2019
Good Vibrations: Tap Your Attendees' Brain Waves
Good Vibrations: Tap Your Attendees' Brain Waves
Bishop-McCann's new Return on Experience With Immersion Neuroscience technology, developed by Dr. Paul Zak, could transform the relevance and impact of meetings and event content via the brain waves of attendees. Far-fetched? Welcome to the future. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
08:45
September 11, 2019
IMEX 2019 Interview: SITE CMO Pádraic Gilligan Shares Incentive Travel Study Results
IMEX 2019 Interview: SITE CMO Pádraic Gilligan Shares Incentive Travel Study Results
The results are in, and the incentive segment is trending up, but what reward program winners desire is rapidly changing. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Pádraic Gilligan, chief marketing officer for the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), about the results from the joint study with the Incentive Research Foundation that tapped the insights of more than 2,500 incentives professionals. Read our coverage of the Incentive Travel Industry Index results. [Related Content: 10 Tips for Planning a Corporate Incentive Travel Program] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
10:52
September 10, 2019
IMEX 2019 Interview: Mike Massari Gives Caesars Forum Update
IMEX 2019 Interview: Mike Massari Gives Caesars Forum Update
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 a hard hat tour and to talk to Michael Massari, chief sales officer, Caesars Entertainment about the project. In this episode, Massari shares more details on the space and its offerings. [Related Content: Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
04:46
September 10, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Hurricane Dorian, Event Design We Love and Leveraging Digital Signage
The Weekly Wrap: Hurricane Dorian, Event Design We Love and Leveraging Digital Signage
Tyler Davidson highlights the latest stories from Meetings Today, including how planners should prepare for hurricanes, our Awe-Inspiring Decor! contest (win a free trip for two to Mexico!) and ways to leverage digital signage at convention centers to save money and foster sustainability. . Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
09:28
September 06, 2019
Sustainability Questions and Considerations for Convention Centers
Sustainability Questions and Considerations for Convention Centers
What should planners consider when selecting a sustainable city and convention center for their next event? What sustainability questions should they ask facilities to help their meetings go green? We explore all of this and more in an interview with Jeff Johnson, the executive director of the Minneapolis Convention Center, and its director of sales and marketing, Katie Smith. [Related Content: How 4 Cities Make It Easy to Go Green in 2019] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
14:28
September 04, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Charity Efforts, Destination Boycott Clause Blues and Win a Free Trip to Mexico!
The Weekly Wrap: Charity Efforts, Destination Boycott Clause Blues and Win a Free Trip to Mexico!
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 triumph! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
11:02
September 02, 2019
Why You Should Use Digital Display Tech at Your Next Convention
Why You Should Use Digital Display Tech at Your Next Convention
Danielle LeBreck talks digital display tech with Ted Arbeiter, the tech services coordinator at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota. Learn how digital display tech can bring your event into the 21st century, elevate the attendee experience and enhance your event branding in a cost-effective way. [Related Content: 4 Reasons to Leverage Digital Displays at Conventions] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
15:44
August 26, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Film Locations for Events, Hiring Celebrity Speakers and a Cvent Study That Bodes Well for the Meetings Industry
The Weekly Wrap: Film Locations for Events, Hiring Celebrity Speakers and a Cvent Study That Bodes Well for the Meetings Industry
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson details some of the top stories of the week from Meetings Today, including Hollywood-worthy meeting venues, how to book a celebrity speaker and a Cvent study that says meeting planners can expect to be busy, busy, busy planning more and more meetings. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast.
06:02
August 20, 2019
Taking the Mystery Out of Mindfulness: How Can It Benefit You Personally and Professionally?
Taking the Mystery Out of Mindfulness: How Can It Benefit You Personally and Professionally?
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 feeds, in conversations from our favorite podcasts and in chats with friends and colleagues. Ever wonder what mindfulness really is and how it can truly benefit you—and your clients? Lori Tenny checked in with Lee Papa, mindfulness speaker, trainer and author, and creator of the successful Mindfulness Lounge™ to discuss mindfulness and meditation—demystifying it and focusing on key benefits and strategies for busy meeting professionals to incorporate it into their lives and event agendas. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
48:25
August 13, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: More Horrifying Meetings Disasters, F&B Cost Control and Special Effects
The Weekly Wrap: More Horrifying Meetings Disasters, F&B Cost Control and Special Effects
Tyler Davidson details some of the top stories of the week from Meetings Today, including our latest installment of Meetings Horror Stories, Joan Eisenstodt's blog post on F&B cost-control and an article on an event special effects company that brings the WOW and cuts the red tape. [Also Mentioned: My Lunch With Tom Sietsema, Washington Post Food Critic] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:25
August 08, 2019
Brave New World: Disruption in the Meetings Industry
Brave New World: Disruption in the Meetings Industry
Tyler Davidson talks with Alon Alroy, co-founder of cloud-based event management software company Bizzabo, about disruption in the meetings and events industry due to the forces of marketing ROI, data collection and analytics. Plus: Alroy's take on trends to look out for in the near future. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! 
20:31
August 06, 2019
Meetings Trendsetter Will Curran on AV Trends, #EventIcons and Critical Wi-Fi Knowledge
Meetings Trendsetter Will Curran on AV Trends, #EventIcons and Critical Wi-Fi Knowledge
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 how to identify the warning signs that you are about to get fleeced for your event Wi-Fi service. [Related Content: How to Use Gamification to Influence Attendee Behavior] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
30:41
July 31, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: PCMA Partners With DI, Tips for Hosting a Hosted Buyer Event and Foot Care on the Road
The Weekly Wrap: PCMA Partners With DI, Tips for Hosting a Hosted Buyer Event and Foot Care on the Road
Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson details some of the top stories of the week, including big news from Destinations International’s Annual Conference, tips for executing a successful hosted-buyer event and how to make sure your feet—and the rest of you—hold up on the road.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! 
05:51
July 25, 2019
Hilton: 100 Years of Giving Back
Hilton: 100 Years of Giving Back
Tyler Davidson talks with Hilton's Daniella Foster, senior director of corporate responsibility, and Carole Munroe, director of portfolio, loyalty and content, about the hotel chain's many charitable efforts as it celebrates its centennial. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! Don't have time to listen? Read the transcript here.
17:11
July 23, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: A Broadcast on Podcasts, A Planner's Guide to Loyalty Points and a Cvent Event
The Weekly Wrap: A Broadcast on Podcasts, A Planner's Guide to Loyalty Points and a Cvent Event
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. Get your week’s news in early with the Weekly Wrap! And also make sure to keep circling back to see what's new on the Meetings Today website. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
06:56
July 18, 2019
What's a Speaker Ambassador Program? (And Why You Should Consider It)
What's a Speaker Ambassador Program? (And Why You Should Consider It)
When I spoke at the Insurance Marketing and Communications Association (IMCA) Annual Conference in Minneapolis in 2019, I was greeted by a member of the speaker selection committee. Bryan Byrd with the California Earthquake Association introduced himself as my ambassador. That meant he was helping me for the day. What a great program and one I hadn't seen before. Organizer Paula Negro shares the thinking behind the speaker ambassador program and how you can start one for your own meeting, event or conference. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
11:02
July 16, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Meetings Trendsetters, Summer Event Decor Solutions and a Big Disney Opening
The Weekly Wrap: Meetings Trendsetters, Summer Event Decor Solutions and a Big Disney Opening
Tyler Davidson checks in with recent coverage including our annual Meetings Trendsetters list, some actionable summer event design tips and onsite coverage of the opening of Disney's meetings-friendly Gran Destino Tower.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
08:35
July 12, 2019
Cvent CONNECT 2019: Interview With Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal
Cvent CONNECT 2019: Interview With Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal
Meetings Today Brand Director Jim Krotz checks in with Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal at Cvent CONNECT 2019, the event tech company’s annual conference where it showcases new technology and hosts educational sessions for its customer base of event planners and industry suppliers. Aggarwal elaborates on a couple big announcements from the event—including its new interactive floor event maps and online community offerings—and shares what’s in store for the future of the company. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
06:23
July 11, 2019
Casual Sophistication Defines New Meeting Spaces at Gran Destino Tower
Casual Sophistication Defines New Meeting Spaces at Gran Destino Tower
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 Disney Event Group, Alan Bruun to walk through the design of the property's newest meeting spaces and how groups can use them for events.
11:49
July 09, 2019
Why Hotel Fitness Centers Are Stepping Up Their Gym Game
Why Hotel Fitness Centers Are Stepping Up Their Gym Game
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 episode, I'm chatting with Steve Conklin, of the Marriott Marquis Chicago, about how hotels in the Marriott Convention and Resort Network (CRN) are stepping up their gym game. For example, the J.W. Marriott in Chicago, has kinetic treadmills and dumbbells up to 100 pounds. That will accommodate many gym rats, including NFL teams and players in town to play the Chicago Bears.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! 
03:33
July 08, 2019
How Plants Enhance Renaissance Schaumburg's Meeting Space
How Plants Enhance Renaissance Schaumburg's Meeting Space
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 design to separate itself from the competition and encourage productivity. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:38
July 03, 2019
The LA Convention Center Expansion—in 3D!
The LA Convention Center Expansion—in 3D!
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 attention-getting hologram station that shows off the project. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
05:33
July 02, 2019
Work-Life Balance: New Perspectives and Actionable Tips for Busy Planners
Work-Life Balance: New Perspectives and Actionable Tips for Busy Planners
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 breather with Deb Gee, experiential design lead for Lululemon, and Nova Browning Rutherford, workplace wellness facilitator, keynote speaker and media personality, for their mindful perspectives on achieving a healthy and sustainable work-life balance. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
21:32
July 01, 2019
The CRN Hand-Off: How The Westin Michigan Avenue Delivers Personalized Meeting Experiences
The CRN Hand-Off: How The Westin Michigan Avenue Delivers Personalized Meeting Experiences
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 meeting experiences the hotel can offer groups. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
05:18
July 01, 2019
4 Things to Ask the Chef About When Planning Your Event
4 Things to Ask the Chef About When Planning Your Event
   Christoph Trappe asked Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Executive Frank Sanchez to identify the things meeting planners should ask their executive chef or catering team about when planning an event. His responses cover the areas of sustainability, food labeling, local sourcing and menu customization. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
10:31
June 28, 2019
Destination DC Leverages the U.S. Capital's Power
Destination DC Leverages the U.S. Capital's Power
Destination DC President and CEO Elliott Ferguson talks with Jeff Heilman about the sector-driven Connected Capital strategy for meetings, the real D.C. for visitors and groups, and his new role as national chair of the U.S. Travel Association. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! 
21:05
June 28, 2019
PCMA Clarifies Uncertainty About CEO Position
PCMA Clarifies Uncertainty About CEO Position
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 and in the industry. PCMA Chair of the Board of Directors Greg O'Dell fills in Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson on the situation and Karamat's status at the association. Also: Learn more about PCMA EduCon 2019 in Los Angeles and a number of research studies and initiatives PCMA is pursuing. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
23:55
June 27, 2019
What Makes PCMA's EduCon Tick?
What Makes PCMA's EduCon Tick?
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 meetings laboratory, so listen to its key facilitator to discover the new trends and formats that may supercharge your programs.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
09:55
June 27, 2019
New Steelcase/PCMA Study Gets Into Attendees' Heads
New Steelcase/PCMA Study Gets Into Attendees' Heads
Tyler Davidson talks with Kim Condon and Lauren Bachynski, from furniture—and research!—company Steelcase about its new "5,000 People, 5,000 Personal Journeys" study with PCMA about meeting attendee psychology that will help guide planners in producing more-relevant meetings. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
10:40
June 27, 2019
How to Start Your Own Podcast NOW!
How to Start Your Own Podcast NOW!
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with podcasting veteran Mike McAllen, of Podcasting4Associations, on how and why organizations should jump into the exploding podcasting scene to drive engagement and secure sponsorship revenue. It's basically free to begin, so don't be left out of the podcasting game! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
16:06
June 27, 2019
What Is It Like to Meet at the Las Vegas Convention Center?
What Is It Like to Meet at the Las Vegas Convention Center?
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. While Trappe has attended a lot of Las Vegas meetings, it was his first time meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center. He shares his thoughts on current state of the event space, the convention center expansion, where to stay and how to get to the center. [Related Content: 2019 Las Vegas Destination Supplement] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
09:52
June 24, 2019
Active Shooters: What Meeting Planners Must Know
Active Shooters: What Meeting Planners Must Know
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 need to know to identify a possible active shooter, what security concerns to include in the RFP and site selection process, and how to react onsite if the unthinkable happens. [Related Content:  9 Active Shooter Risk Management Tips] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
12:37
June 20, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Michael Dominguez on the Move and a Whole Lotta MPI WEC 2019 News
The Weekly Wrap: Michael Dominguez on the Move and a Whole Lotta MPI WEC 2019 News
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 biggest news of the week, meetings industry fixture Michael Dominguez is leaving MGM Resorts to take the top job at ALHI. A big congrats from all of here at Meetings Today, Mike! Get your week’s news in early with the Weekly Wrap! And also make sure to keep circling back to see what's new on the Meetings Today website. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Weekly Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks. 
09:12
June 20, 2019
WEC 2019: Exclusive Interview With MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer
WEC 2019: Exclusive Interview With MPI CEO Paul Van Deventer
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 an update on what’s new with the organization and discussed its latest initiatives, including its work to fight against human trafficking.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
12:48
June 19, 2019
How Meeting Professionals Can Use PCMA's BEAM to Combat Data Overload
How Meeting Professionals Can Use PCMA's BEAM to Combat Data Overload
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 it to create memorable experiences. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
18:46
June 19, 2019
Hilton's New Approach to Meeting Space Design
Hilton's New Approach to Meeting Space Design
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, director of creative product innovation at Hilton, discusses with Danielle LeBreck the hotel brand's new innovative approach to the design of its meeting spaces. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!  
20:25
June 18, 2019
How Meeting Planners Can Fight Human Trafficking
How Meeting Planners Can Fight Human Trafficking
Tyler Davidson talks with representatives of MPAHT (Meeting Planners Against Human Trafficking) at MPI WEC 2019 about how planners and facilities can join the fight against a terrible scourge that often involves the sexual exploitation of children. [Related Content: MPAHT Signs 'The Code' to Protect Children] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
13:40
June 18, 2019
Cutting-Edge Event Tech at MPI WEC 2019
Cutting-Edge Event Tech at MPI WEC 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 Tech Pavilion. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
11:47
June 18, 2019
Hot Event Trends With Michael Cerbelli
Hot Event Trends With Michael Cerbelli
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 events. Check out more of Michael Cerbelli's Favorite Finds as showcased in The Hot List™ newsletter from Meetings Today! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
09:46
June 17, 2019
The Meeting Room of the Future
The Meeting Room of the Future
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. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
15:31
June 17, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Cvent's Buying Spree
The Weekly Wrap: Cvent's Buying Spree
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 guide to planning for people with disabilities and our upcoming F&B trends webinar with Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci. Get your week’s news in early with the Weekly Wrap! And also make sure to keep circling back to see what's new on the Meetings Today website. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Weekly Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.   
07:36
June 14, 2019
New York City Keeps the Tourism Party Going
New York City Keeps the Tourism Party Going
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, shares the highlights with Brooklyn-based Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!    
18:13
June 06, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Meetings Horror Stories!
The Weekly Wrap: Meetings Horror Stories!
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, a Rubik's Cube artist for your events and Aventri's top U.S. meeting and event venues. Get your week’s news in early with the Weekly Wrap! And also make sure to keep circling back to see what's new on the Meetings Today website. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Weekly Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks. 
08:32
June 05, 2019
Deborah Gardner: A Meetings Triple Threat
Deborah Gardner: A Meetings Triple Threat
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 & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
25:16
June 04, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Rooftop Meeting Venues and MGM Scuttles Boston Plans
The Weekly Wrap: Rooftop Meeting Venues and MGM Scuttles Boston Plans
  Vice President and Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson discusses some of the top developments in the meetings industry on MeetingsToday.com, including our June cover story about stellar rooftop event venues and MGM International's scuttling of plans for a $2.6 billion resort casino in the Boston suburb of Everett, Massachusetts. Get your week’s news in early with the Weekly Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Weekly Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.    
09:24
May 30, 2019
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club: History and Commission Flexibility
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club: History and Commission Flexibility
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 property and why its status as an independent, family-owned hotel translates into high levels of service and the flexibility to offer 10 percent commissions for meeting planners. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
06:52
May 28, 2019
The Weekly Wrap: Abortion-Law Destination Bans
The Weekly Wrap: Abortion-Law Destination Bans
In our newly rebranded weekly podcast covering some of the top stories from Meetings Today, editor Tyler Davidson highlights an article on what could be severe meetings industry financial ramifications resulting from states' restrictive anti-abortion laws, along with a piece on laws governing service animals at facilities and coverage of the buying power of the LGBT MPA. Get your week’s news in early with the Weekly Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Weekly Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
07:46
May 28, 2019
Hard Rock Tunes Up The World's First Guitar Hotel and Other High Notes
Hard Rock Tunes Up The World's First Guitar Hotel and Other High Notes
Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming, talks about major expansion in South Florida, hitting the right chord with groups and brand values with Meetings Today senior contributor Jeff Heilman. [Related Content: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Electrifies Groups] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
13:54
May 22, 2019
Laws Governing Service Animals
Laws Governing Service Animals
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 colleagues and facilities can comply with federal law regarding service animals. [Related Content: Laws Governing Service Animals at Meetings] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
24:21
May 21, 2019
Destination Spotlight: Meeting in Anaheim
Destination Spotlight: Meeting in Anaheim
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 Anaheim area, meeting spaces at Hyatt Regency Orange County and ways to enjoy the outdoors after work hours such as an evening meal on a rooftop bar overlooking the Disneyland fireworks show. Learn more about outdoor venues in Anaheim in our related article Planning Your Event: Outdoor Venues in Anaheim and Orange County. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
20:07
May 20, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: The Free Drinks Edition!
The Wednesday Wrap: The Free Drinks Edition!
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 booth space, and the resignation of Phillip Jones as the CEO of VisitDallas. Get your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
06:38
May 16, 2019
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel: A Garden State Classic Blooms Again
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel: A Garden State Classic Blooms Again
Completing an $18 million refresh, Galloway, New Jersey's historic Seaview is a group sanctuary with perennial appeal. Mike Tidwell, director of sales and marketing, shares some of the unique stories and renewal highlights of the historic property with Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
14:02
May 13, 2019
A Look at Meetings in the Tampa Riverwalk Area
A Look at Meetings in the Tampa Riverwalk Area
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 might be of interest to you as you are planning your next event in the area. In this episode of the Meetings Today Podcast, I'm discussing the Riverwalk neighbor, Amalie Arena as well as the Tampa Convention Center and surrounding hotels. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
05:10
May 10, 2019
World's Largest Marriott Continues to Exceed Expectations
World's Largest Marriott Continues to Exceed Expectations
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 Marriott, the world's largest Marriott. Read about the property's innovative produce program. Discover what else is new in Florida in our special destination supplement. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
14:04
May 09, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: Of Death and Marijuana
The Wednesday Wrap: Of Death and Marijuana
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 consumption lounges and a reflection on Charles Chan Massey's The Personal Stories Project. Get your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
09:54
May 08, 2019
What Meeting Planners Need to Know About the Four Seasons Orlando Walt Disney
What Meeting Planners Need to Know About the Four Seasons Orlando Walt Disney
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 offer groups. Discover what else is new in Florida in our special destination supplement.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! 
06:56
May 08, 2019
The Role of Influencers at Today's Trade Shows
The Role of Influencers at Today's Trade Shows
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  influencers like John McClain to digitally promote and cover this year’s show.
11:31
May 03, 2019
Music Licensing: Don't Get Fined for Your Event Tunes!
Music Licensing: Don't Get Fined for Your Event Tunes!
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 performing rights organizations such as BMI or ASCAP—or risk paying hefty fines for playing music at events.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
23:10
May 01, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: Marriott's Film Challenge and a Life-Saving App
The Wednesday Wrap: Marriott's Film Challenge and a Life-Saving App
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 technology expert Jim Spellos' take on a free In Case of Emergency app that could save your life. Get your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
12:50
May 01, 2019
Graduate Providence: A Smart Choice for Events
Graduate Providence: A Smart Choice for Events
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 find out how the historic property has benefited from its multimillion-dollar makeover. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
08:45
April 25, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: Measles Outbreak in L.A.!
The Wednesday Wrap: Measles Outbreak in L.A.!
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 your meeting attendees. Also: A special Earth Day sustainable meetings podcast episode and article with MeetGreen's Nancy Zavada and our new Science of Meetings column by Michael Dominguez from MGM Resorts International. Get your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
09:56
April 24, 2019
Sustainable Meetings Tips With MeetGreen's Nancy Zavada
Sustainable Meetings Tips With MeetGreen's Nancy Zavada
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 this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
13:26
April 22, 2019
Event Tech Best Practices With Jon Trask
Event Tech Best Practices With Jon Trask
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 article with Meetings Today. On this episode, Trask will arm you with the basic information you need to offer a robust AV and tech offering without busting your budget. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
28:08
April 19, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Interview With New Providence Warwick CVB CEO Kristen Adamo
EXCLUSIVE: Interview With New Providence Warwick CVB CEO Kristen Adamo
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 culinary scene that has foodies taking note of Rhode Island's capital region.  Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
18:07
April 19, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: Fire Safety Tips and the Rise of Bleisure Travel
The Wednesday Wrap: Fire Safety Tips and the Rise of Bleisure Travel
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 your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
06:16
April 17, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: Stupid Questions and a Free Marijuana (Story)
The Wednesday Wrap: Stupid Questions and a Free Marijuana (Story)
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 marijuana industry events. Also, some of the top Trending stories on the Meetings Today website and what’s up on our Podcast page. Get your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
12:05
April 10, 2019
Lip-Smacking Vegas Foodie Options With the VIP Touch
Lip-Smacking Vegas Foodie Options With the VIP Touch
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. [Related Content: 2018 Meetings Trendsetters: 20 Industry Agents of Change] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
18:36
April 08, 2019
GMID 2019: MGM’s Michael Dominguez on the Value of Meetings
GMID 2019: MGM’s Michael Dominguez on the Value of Meetings
Tyler Davidson talks with Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer of MGM Resorts International, about Global Meetings Industry Day 2019, a day when the hospitality industry gathers throughout the globe to extoll the value that meetings and conventions deliver to economies. [Related Content: MGM Resorts ROARS Into 2019 With New Event Offerings] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
09:55
April 05, 2019
In Its Anniversary Year, Westgate Las Vegas Resort Casino Looks To The Future
In Its Anniversary Year, Westgate Las Vegas Resort Casino Looks To The Future
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 50 for the 1969 Vegas landmark. [Related Content: Four Iconic Vegas Resorts Keep Meetings Scene Competitive] Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
13:36
April 05, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: Now With More Elvis!
The Wednesday Wrap: Now With More Elvis!
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 Las Vegas Resort Casino! Also, some of the top Trending stories on the Meetings Today website and what’s up on our Podcast page. Get your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
12:42
April 03, 2019
March Madness: Checking in on What's New With Greensboro
March Madness: Checking in on What's New With Greensboro
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, on what's new and worth knowing for event planners. Listen to their discussion here. Plus: Learn more about Greensboro's group offerings in this related article. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
10:48
April 01, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap: SEARCH Foundation, John and Yoko, Spring Wellness Rituals
The Wednesday Wrap: SEARCH Foundation, John and Yoko, Spring Wellness Rituals
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 spring wellness rituals  you can incorporate into your daily routine. Also, some of the top Trending stories on the Meetings Today website and what’s up on our Podcast page. Get your week’s news in early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
10:48
March 27, 2019
American Airlines Extends Cancellations of 737 MAX Flights and What It Means for Your Next Event
American Airlines Extends Cancellations of 737 MAX Flights and What It Means for Your Next Event
In a statement on Sunday, American Airlines announced it will be extending flight cancellations through April 24, 2019, as it waits for information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the grounded Boeing 737 MAX jets, following a Lion Air crash in October and an Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10. American Airlines says this extension will result in about 90 flights canceled per day. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe and Lead Destinations Content Strategist Danielle LeBreck discuss this recent news, what it means for your upcoming travel plans and how it may affect your next event. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:12
March 22, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap 03.20.19
The Wednesday Wrap 03.20.19
Meetings Today Vice President and Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson details his exclusive access to shadow Marriott’s CRN 48-Hour Film Challenge, a truly out-of-the-box marketing concept that was ready for its close-up on location in Vancouver at the DOUGLAS, An Autograph Collection hotel. Read more here. Also, some of the top Trending stories on the Meetings Today website and what’s up on our Podcast page. Get your week’s news early with The Wednesday Wrap! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
10:34
March 20, 2019
Bleisure Travelers Take Note: Brazil Is Now Easier to Visit
Bleisure Travelers Take Note: Brazil Is Now Easier to Visit
According to a press release from VisitBrasil.com, 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 nation without a visa. Starting on Monday, June 18, 2019, travelers from the United States will no longer be required to complete the lengthy e-visa process currently in place. This makes it much easier for those visiting the Brazil for business, pleasure or both to take part in conferences, conventions and its plentiful tourism opportunities. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer, Christoph Trappe, has traveled to Brazil several times and shares some insights into the change. Listen below for more details. And as always, feel free to leave comments or reach out directly to Christoph with your thoughts on this  travel update. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
05:59
March 19, 2019
the DOUGLAS Goes to the Movies
the DOUGLAS Goes to the Movies
Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson interviews Marion Harper Treskin, general manager of the dual-branded JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, An Autograph Collection Hotel, about the unique brand positioning of the DOUGLAS and how its independent movie vibe jibes with Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network’s innovative 48-Hour Film Challenge. Also check out our related podcast episode. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
13:09
March 18, 2019
Marriott CRN and the 48-Hour Film Challenge
Marriott CRN and the 48-Hour Film Challenge
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 Challenge, filmed at Vancouver, British Columbia’s the DOUGLAS, An Autograph Collection Hotel, and how this outside-of-the-box concept ties into meetings. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
19:05
March 15, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap 03.13.19
The Wednesday Wrap 03.13.19
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 MAX safety. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
10:24
March 13, 2019
The Wednesday Wrap 03.06.19
The Wednesday Wrap 03.06.19
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 population. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast! And stay tuned for more Wednesday Wrap bonus episodes in coming weeks.
13:00
March 06, 2019
Kalahari Resort Reveals Sneak Peek of Expanded Dells Convention Center
Kalahari Resort Reveals Sneak Peek of Expanded Dells Convention Center
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, will open in September 2019. Tifani Jones, Kalahari Resort's corporate sales director, shares how this expansion will positively affect future events, and what makes Kalahari an ideal (and family-friendly) destination for your next meeting. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
08:24
March 01, 2019
Marriott's 5 Key Meetings Trends and Mastermind
Marriott's 5 Key Meetings Trends and Mastermind
Tyler Davidson explores Marriott International's collaboration with the PCMA Foundation on their "Trends for the Future of Meetings" project. Marriott's senior marketing manager, Amy Popper, explains the program and is joined by four of her Marriott property colleagues who describe how they're facilitating the trends at their hotels. Also: an update on Marriott's ambitious new Mastermind program. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
22:22
February 06, 2019
Javier Cano On the Star Power of L.A. Live
Javier Cano On the Star Power of L.A. Live
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 Downtown L.A. into a high-profile meetings mecca with "star power" that is unequaled in the industry. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
05:39
February 04, 2019
3 Major Mistakes Meeting Planners Must Avoid, From a Marriott Veteran
3 Major Mistakes Meeting Planners Must Avoid, From a Marriott Veteran
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Marriott meetings and conventions veteran Alex Shotwell about three critical mistakes that can derail a meeting. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:33
February 01, 2019
Taking to the Water in San Diego
Taking to the Water in San Diego
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 groups out on it! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
08:24
January 29, 2019
Atlanta Super Bowl Fever!
Atlanta Super Bowl Fever!
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 and conventions groups in the future. Don't miss our related coverage showcasing Atlanta's meetings upgrades. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
10:48
January 28, 2019
Airport Travel Tips During the Government Shutdown
Airport Travel Tips During the Government Shutdown
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! Related Meetings Today Podcast Episodes: Government Shutdown (What Planners Need to Know) Destination DC's Elliott Ferguson on the Government Shutdown Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
14:12
January 25, 2019
The Mid-Century Modern Mania of Palm Springs!
The Mid-Century Modern Mania of Palm Springs!
Richard Hovel, Mid-Century Modern expert and owner/manager at the Palm Springs' Desert Star vacation rental complex, discusses with Meetings Today’s Marlene Goldman the history of Mid-Century Modern architecture and how groups can experience the popular phenomenon in Palm Springs, California. He also talks about the annual Modernism Week event, this year from Feb. 14 to Feb. 24, 2019. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
23:53
January 23, 2019
The Advantages of a Two-Story Exhibit Booth
The Advantages of a Two-Story Exhibit Booth
Staff Writer Sarah Kloepple talks with Becky Andrzejak, exhibit and events manager for Johnson Controls, at AHR Expo in Atlanta about why her company's two-story exhibit booth, also referred to as a double-deck booth, provides some serious competitive advantages on the tradeshow floor. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
04:32
January 21, 2019
Hilton's First 100 Years
Hilton's First 100 Years
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Frank Passanante, Senior Vice President of Hilton Worldwide Sales - Americas, about the iconic brand's Golden Anniversary. Learn more about the Hilton Effect on the hotel company's website. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
07:38
January 18, 2019
Government Shutdown: What Planners Need to Know
Government Shutdown: What Planners Need to Know
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 industry. Read more industry insights on the shutdown here. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
13:26
January 16, 2019
Destination DC’s Elliott Ferguson on the Government Shutdown and D.C. Happenings
Destination DC’s Elliott Ferguson on the Government Shutdown and D.C. Happenings
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 attendees to visit while in D.C. Read more insights from Ferguson and others regarding the shutdown here. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
08:34
January 09, 2019
F&B Trends, Preferences and Food Allergy Musts
F&B Trends, Preferences and Food Allergy Musts
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 protected. Stuckrath is the foremost group F&B food allergy expert in the industry, and the knowledge she shares just may save a life at your next meeting. Also: Some of the key F&B-related results of the 2019 Meetings Today Trends Survey are discussed. Click here to view or download a PDF from Thrive! Meetings and Events containing sample food allergen protection clauses. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
21:18
January 02, 2019
Saving Money on AV and How to Deal With Internet Outages
Saving Money on AV and How to Deal With Internet Outages
Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson discusses the “what-ifs” regarding internet connectivity and audiovisual services following reports that CenturyLink suffered severe outages across its network. Also, Jon Trask of Strategic Meeting Tech fills meeting planners in on his tips for saving money on AV at events. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
19:55
December 03, 2018
Sweethearts (and True Stars) of the Grand National Rodeo
Sweethearts (and True Stars) of the Grand National Rodeo
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 Daly City, California. Like the 77-year-old venue, the multigenerational world of rodeo is a quintessential study in Americana, attracting young and old to test their mettle. Tyler interviews Cindy Rosser, the second-generation leader of Flying U Rodeo Company, and Ellen Carr, a 70-year-old former competitor whose granddaughter tested her skill at Jackpot Barrel Racing at the event. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
10:27
November 05, 2018
Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Meetings Industry
Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Meetings Industry
Meetings Today’s Lori Tenny discusses sexual harassment and strategies to combat it in the hospitality and meetings industries with Michael Massari, chief sales officer for Caesars Entertainment, and Sarah Soliman Daudin and Courtney Stanley, creators of #MeetingsToo: How to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment at Events. Listen to another related podcast episode here. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
24:00
November 01, 2018
It’s All Good: Sustainability and Wellness at IMEX America
It’s All Good: Sustainability and Wellness at IMEX America
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 events director for IMEX, and Lee Papa, mindfulness speaker and trainer, to discuss innovative CSR and wellness initiatives at the show and in the industry.  They also talk about the importance of self-care for meeting planners, with a short meditation session thrown in for good measure. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
22:04
November 01, 2018
Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver on Event Tech Trends
Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver on Event Tech Trends
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson sits down with Trippus Event Solutions' Martin Klofver at IMEX America to talk about his eminently easy to use end-to-end meetings and event solution and meetings tech trends. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
11:34
October 31, 2018
LGBT+ Issues in the Meetings Industry With Charles Chan Massey
LGBT+ Issues in the Meetings Industry With Charles Chan Massey
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. Now LGBT+ meeting professionals have their own association. Read more on that here. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
15:45
October 31, 2018
Candid Stories and Strategies on Sexual Harassment From Women in the Meetings Industry
Candid Stories and Strategies on Sexual Harassment From Women in the Meetings Industry
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 we can propel change and make the biggest impact moving forward. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
29:53
October 31, 2018
Cvent Acquires Social Tables: Exclusive Interview With Social Tables' Dan Berger
Cvent Acquires Social Tables: Exclusive Interview With Social Tables' Dan Berger
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Dan Berger about the game-changing sale of his meeting facilitation solution, Social Tables, to industry tech giant Cvent. Short on time? Read our news coverage of the acquisition. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
09:57
October 31, 2018
Trends! Trends! Trends! With SmithBucklin's Carol McGury
Trends! Trends! Trends! With SmithBucklin's Carol McGury
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson runs down the latest meetings trends with Carol McGury, EVP, Events & Education Services for SmithBucklin, including the consumerization and customization of events. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
13:20
October 31, 2018
How Extending a Runway Helped Bring Events to Hilton Head
How Extending a Runway Helped Bring Events to Hilton Head
Christoph Trappe chats with Jack Reed, director of sales with the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau, about the impact of increased regular air travel into town after the Hilton Head Island Airport in South Carolina extended its runway from 4,300 feet to 5,000 feet, encouraging more direct flights. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
06:33
October 31, 2018
F&B Trends With Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci
F&B Trends With Caesars Entertainment's Michele Polci
Tyler Davidson interviews Michele Polci, director of citywide catering sales for Caesars Entertainment, about catering trends at IMEX America. Are you up to speed on the latest in F&B? Listen to find out! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
20:42
October 24, 2018
Planning a Successful Event With Artificial Intelligence
Planning a Successful Event With Artificial Intelligence
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 successful event. Friedman also discusses Aventri's recent acquisition of ITN International, which broadens its current on-site technology and service offerings. The acquisition will allow the company to expand its global reach and the events it supports. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
14:55
October 17, 2018
Need to Know Tips for Booking Your Next Speaker
Need to Know Tips for Booking Your Next Speaker
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 critical issues meeting planners need to know before hiring a speaker. Check out this article Christine wrote for even more speaker selection advice. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
32:06
October 10, 2018
Omni Update: Innovative Design & New Additions
Omni Update: Innovative Design & New Additions
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 of interior design, about the hard-charging brand's newest developments and design concepts. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
36:44
October 03, 2018
Cutting-Edge Meetings Trends From Event Manager Blog’s Julius Solaris
Cutting-Edge Meetings Trends From Event Manager Blog’s Julius Solaris
One of the brightest lights and biggest thinkers in the meetings and events industry, Event Manager Blog editor and author Julius Solaris, joins Meetings Today for this podcast exploring the latest trends and technology developments impacting the meetings industry, the unceasing viability of face-to-face meetings and his IMEX America Smart Monday keynote that is sure to turn heads. Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
28:52
September 12, 2018
Duty of Care – Keeping Safe in Trying Times
Duty of Care – Keeping Safe in Trying Times
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 Brenda Rivers has to say by tuning into this essential episode of the Meetings Today Podcast! Brenda Rivers and Meetings Today also partnered to publish "The Meeting & Event Risk Management Guide: How to Develop a Customized Risk Management Playbook," which is available for purchase at: https://meetingstoday.com/books Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
31:24
September 05, 2018
ASAE’s Secrets to Success – Managing the Annual Logistics
ASAE’s Secrets to Success – Managing the Annual Logistics
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 ASAE manages its big annual meeting and expo and cutting-edge XDP event, including more details on a new risky and revolutionary new pricing model for 2019! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
25:56
August 15, 2018
Geek Out! – Mensa’s Innovative Non-Dues Strategy
Geek Out! – Mensa’s Innovative Non-Dues Strategy
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. From game shows to code-crunching robots, Meetings Today and Association Chat’s KiKi L’Italien sit down with Mensa CEO Trevor S. Mitchell to get the skinny! Enjoying this episode? View more episodes of the Meetings Today Podcast!
32:27
August 08, 2018
Navigating Chaos – Travel Tips for When Your Airport Falters
Navigating Chaos – Travel Tips for When Your Airport Falters
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 down, even for a short time. Read more on the August, 7, 2018, security lapse here. Join Meetings Today and our chief content engagement director—and frequent traveler and speaker—Christoph Trappe as we discuss what your options are as a planner and attendee when your best-laid travel plans go awry. Listen to the full episode of the Meetings Today Podcast in the player below. Low on time? A transcription of the conversation is available here.
14:36
August 01, 2018