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Conventions & Hospitality: Most Popular Articles

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Planner Review: The Mirage
A comprehensive review of The Mirage resort and casino in Las Vegas with special focus on what planners can find for meetings and events.
Planner Review: Gaylord Opryland
After devastating floods forced its closure, the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville reopens better than ever.
10 Tips for Negotiating Hotel Rates and Contracts
Navigating hotel contract talks can be intimidating. Are you asking for too much? Too little? Did you really get a good deal? How to successfully negotiate a rate that makes sense for your bottom line.
Planner Review: Element New York Times Square...
A look at what the eco-friendly Element New York Times Square West offers to groups as well as business travelers.
The 5 Most Popular Convention Cities in the World
The top five convention cities in the world are truly global destinations from Singapore to Vienna. Discover which other cities made the list.
The Hotel Monaco Bacon Dates That Will Make...
Executive Chef Jason McClure from Hotel Monaco's Sazerac Restaurant shares his recipe for Medjool Dates en Brochette (bacon dates).
6 Essential Articles for Meeting and Convention...
Six essential articles for meeting and convention planners, from insider negotiating tips to how to get the most from your hotel staff.
How to Avoid Greenwashing
Saying you're green is easy, but proving it, well, that's another story. So, how can you market yourself as eco-friendly without stretching the truth and with true meaning? Easy tips on how to avoid greenwashing, in practice and in action.
Famous Hotel Recipes - The Jefferson Hotel's...
Top hospitality chefs from around the country share the secrets of their most in-demand dishes. The Jefferson Hotel provides the recipe for a perfect baked salmon.
FAM Trip
The definition of FAM Trip. Conventions & Hospitality.
Sweet Smell of Success
Just outside of St. Louis lies an unexpected event venue that's a treat for all the senses. A charming lavender farm offers a multitude of event options.
5 Things You Need to Know When Seeking...
As the global marketplace becomes more and more diverse, are potential customers truly understanding what you are saying? Five things you may not know to ask (but need to) about how to hire a translator.
Famous Hotel Recipes - The Nittany Lion Inn's...
Designated as a "Historic Hotel of America" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Nittany
Excellent Advice If You Want a Career in Planning
Getting started in the meeting, convention and event planner industries can be tough. A veteran of the field shares tips on how to get your foot in the door.
Retiring: Bill Shaw, Brad Bryan of Marriott
Two top executives for Marriott brand bid adieu while another prepares to take the helm.
Amway Center
A comprehensive review of the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Must-know information for meeting planners considering this venue for an upcoming meeting, convention or special event.
Hot Tips: Getting Started
If a career in the meetings and events industries is for you, knowing where to get started on your path to a job can be confusing. Three industry pros provide valuable insight into this rewarding field.
Planner Review: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami
A review of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Miami opening fall 2010, with a focus on what it will offer to meeting planners.
IPO
The definition of IPO. Conventions & Hospitality.
Hermann Elger to Lead Montage Beverly Hills
Montage Hotels appoints Hermann Elger as General Manager for Beverly Hills location.
Caesars Entertainment Strengthens Position As...
The hotel sales staff of Caesars Entertainment is changing with a flurry of additions and promotions. Here's a look at the new faces of this executive management team, and the positions they now hold.
Famous Hotel Recipes - Conrad Indianapolis'...
Guests of the Conrad Indianapolis get their just desserts on a daily basis, and love it.
Shhh! The Lure of the Hidden Hotel
Grab your shades. The mystique of the little known secret hotel-within-a-hotel is bigger than ever. And, why not? In an era where pseudo-celeb-reality reigns supreme, everyone wants to feel like a VIP, even if they have to pay for it themselves.
Planner Review: Treasure Island
A comprehensive review of the Treasure Island resort and casino in Las Vegas with special focus on what it offers to the discerning business traveler.
Loyalty Pays (Really!)
Hotel reward programs are changing with the times to capture a new wave of loyal clientele. Learn how three brands are enticing new business in these challenging times.
Confusing Meeting & Convention Terms Explained
Do you need to produce an ROI and RFPs on that big convention in the works? Or, been asked to reach out to the CVB about a possible FAM? Don't panic. Here are ten most common (and most confusing) convention sales, hospitality and vendor terms and what all those letters really mean.
Group Dining Venues within Bellagio Hotel and...
One of the most iconic hotels not just in Las Vegas, but in the world, Bellagio offers delectable choices for meeting planners in search of the ideal group dining venue on famed Las Vegas Strip.
Group Dining Venues within MGM Grand Las Vegas
From the private dining spaces of the acclaimed restaurant of a Top Chef Master to one of the most dramatic restaurants in town, explore the many group dining venues located within the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
When Sin City Gets Serious
Known (and promoted) as one of the nation’s top party cities, Las Vegas is surprisingly all business when it comes to meetings and conventions.
Groups Take Center Stage at Historic St. Louis...
A St. Louis historic theatre offers instant drama to groups seeking a unique venue.
ROH
The definition of ROH. Conventions & Hospitality.
Marriott Checks Into India
Marriott International focuses on India as the next big hospitality market. Find out the amazing number of hotels they plan to open by 2015.
Impress Your Friends by Making These Delicious...
The nation's most talented hospitality chefs share recipes for their most-requested dishes. The Park Hyatt Washington provides the recipe for its always requested crab cakes.
Quick Set
The definition of Quick Set. Conventions & Hospitality.
Hotels Get Social
Every day, there's another hot new social media site in the headlines and hotels around the world are making sure they're not missing the chance to market themselves in a whole new way. See how some of the globe's top brands are blazing new trails in social media.
Beall Mansion Charms as St. Louis Area Group...
St. Louis' Beall Mansion provides a charming trip back in time for groups looking for an intimate event venue.
You Have to Try This Famous Guava Margarita...
One of the Grand Velas Riviera Maya's most in-demand catering options isn't served on a plate, but in a glass.
Group Dining Within Monte Carlo
Considered one of Las Vegas' hidden gems, Monte Carlo doesn't have a showy exterior or a breathtaking street-side attraction, but inside there's much for meeting planners to discover, especially when it comes to unique dining venues for groups.
Why You Should Plan a Meeting at Omni Mount...
A review of the newly renovated Omni Mount Washington with a focus on areas of interest to business travelers and event planners.
SMERF
The definition of SMERF. Conventions & Hospitality.
New York-New York Meeting Room
A photo of a meeting room within New York-New York in Las Vegas. Page 10.
BEO
The definition of BEO. Conventions & Hospitality.
CVB
The definition of CVB. Conventions & Hospitality.
CSM
The definition of CSM. Conventions & Hospitality.
CMP
The definition of CMP. Conventions & Hospitality.
Convention & Visitors Bureaus Directory
A directory of top Convention & Visitors Bureau websites nationwide.
In Pictures: Las Vegas Meetings
A photo tour of the meeting and event rooms found just steps beyond the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip.
Catering to the Unique
The hotels of Las Vegas provide lessons on how to make catering to groups more fun and unique. A diversity in cultures and ideas are key ingredients for a recipe for success.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
An exterior photo of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Page 2.
Top Hotel Chefs Add Sizzle to Social Media
Many of the top chefs at hotels nationwide are stepping away from the stove to tweet, post and blog. Discover how the hottest culinary talents around are jumping into social media.
Peabody Orlando - Peabody Ballroom
Info and images of the Peabody Orlando's meeting and event spaces. Page 5.
Central Michel Richard Debuts Group Dining Menus
The first 24-hour cafe by world acclaimed chef Michel Richard features group dining menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Group Dining Within Mandalay Bay
This tropically inspired Las Vegas resort is paradise for meeting planners in search of some of the best dining in town for groups. From Michael Mina to Hubert Keller, top chefs abound at this popular Vegas resort.
Group Dining Within The Mirage
From a private dining room draped in soft white sheers and set adrift on the edge of the hotel's bustling casino floor to intimate dining rooms tucked away from it all, The Mirage in Las Vegas offers a wide range of options for group dining venues.
C&F
The definition of C&F. Conventions & Hospitality.
8 Meeting Hotels For When The Ordinary Just...
Always seem to consider the same hotels when booking your meeting and conventions? Don't be afraid to make a change. One of these eight unique hotels will more than meet your expectations for your next event.
Circus Circus Meeting Room
An image of one of the meeting rooms within Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Page 5.
Planner Review: Vdara Las Vegas
Located in Las Vegas, but almost a destination into itself, this non-gaming, non-smoking hotel casino may be just the change you need for your next Sin City event.
L&D
The definition of L&D. Conventions & Hospitality.
Getting the Most from Your Hotel Staff
Meeting planners should remember that sometimes the best services can come with no strings attached. Getting the most out of your hotel staff may not cost anything if you put in a little time and imagination.
Andaz Wall Street - Meeting Room
A photo of a meeting room in the Andaz Wall Street in New York. Page 2.
CVBs Take to the Tweets
Social media is changing the game for Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) everywhere. Once confined to print, television or radio to get the word out, CVBs are now finding a plentiful and voluntary marketing audience on Twitter.
Planner Review: Monte Carlo
A review of what Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino will offer business travelers, including the high-tech perks they'll find in each room.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - New...
A photo of the New Orleans Theater inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Page 5.
Group Dining Within Aria Hotel and Casino
From sushi to classic Italian, some of Las Vegas' most delectable cuisine can be found inside Aria Hotel and Casino. And, it's no surprise to hear that some of the world's most acclaimed chefs are behind all of its fine dining venues. Explore the group dining options available to meeting planners within this acclaimed resort.
Bellagio's Tuscany Kitchen
An image of one of the boardrooms within Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Page 4.
CIC
The definition of CIC. Conventions & Hospitality.
Las Vegas - There's a (Free) App for That
With more than 200,000 apps for iPhone, Las Vegas hotels are making sure they aren't left behind in the
Washington State Convention Center - Meeting Room
A photo of a meeting room within the Washington State Convention Center. Page 3.
Famous Hotel Recipes - Hilton Jackson's Crabby...
Some of the country's hottest hospitality chefs share the secrets of their kitchen. The Hilton Jackson shares the recipe for its tasty Crabby Louie.
Ones To Watch: Chuck Rodriguez, Dan Hepler,...
A series of new hires at InterContinental Tampa strengthens its position as one of the city's top meeting destinations.
Peabody Orlando - Windermere Ballroom
Info and images of the Peabody Orlando's meeting and event spaces. Page 6.
Aloft Brooklyn
The meeting space offered by Aloft Brooklyn in New York.
Planner Review: Excalibur Hotel and Casino
Don't be fooled by this hotel's castle facade, serious business can take place within its walls. A review of the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas with a close look at what it offers to meeting and convention planners.
EPO
The definition of EPO. Conventions & Hospitality.
One To Watch: Simon Barlow
Long-time hotelier Simon Barlow to spearhead growth of Carlson brand in burgeoning new market.
Treasure Island Ballroom
A meeting space within Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Page 11.
Do-It-Yourself Room Service?
The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas dishes up a new culinary experience to guests through do-it-yourself room service program.
Peabody Orlando
Info and images of the Peabody Orlando's meeting and event spaces. Page 4.
MICE
The definition of MICE. Conventions & Hospitality.
OS&D
The definition of OS&D. Conventions & Hospitality.
Planner Review: Circus Circus Las Vegas
Not just fun and games, Circus Circus Hotel and Casino - a popular family friendly destination on the Las Vegas Strip - boasts a serious side, too, when it comes to meetings and conventions.
Golden Nugget To Return to Atlantic City
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MPO
The definition of MPO. Conventions & Hospitality.
200 Peachtree New Address for Unique Atlanta...
A former Macy's department store becomes one of Atlanta's chicest event spaces.
Zero-Based Budget
The definition of Zero-Based Budget.
One to Watch: Todd Williams
Caesars Palace Las Vegas looks within to fill top Food & Beverage role with selection of Todd Williams.
The New Way You Can Make a Reservation at Best...
Best Western is the latest hospitality brand to unveil an application for iPad. Learn how they're targeting tech-savvy travelers who are toting the latest must-have accessory.
IACC
The definition of IACC. Conventions & Hospitality.
Bellagio Boardroom
An image of one of the boardrooms within Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Page 3.
One To Watch: Keith Overton
Hotelier Keith Overton is promoted to top executive leadership position with Tradewinds Island Resorts.
US Chamber of Commerce Website Directory
A directory of top US Chamber of Commerce websites nationwide.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress - Grand Cypress...
A photo of a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Page 7.
Champions Square
A photo of Champions Square in New Orleans. The outdoor venue is available as a meeting and event space.
CIF&C
The definition of CIF&C. Conventions & Hospitality.
New Froyo (err, For Your) Group
Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt is dishing up a new offering to taste-struck fans, large-party catering.
The Mirage Boardroom
A photo of a meeting boardroom at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Page 9.
HVAC
The definition of HVAC. Conventions & Hospitality.
Planner Review: Bellagio
An comprehensive overview of what the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas offers to meeting and event planners, from renovated accommodations to convention spaces.
B/P
The definition of B/P. Conventions & Hospitality.
Bally's Event Center
A photo of the event center within Bally's in Las Vegas. Page 12.
Come On and Get (App) Happy
Hotels around the world hope the app craze will market their brand to a new generation. Find out which luxury hotel brands are making an app for that.
IACVB
The definition of IACVB. Conventions & Hospitality.
Prince William County/Manassas CVB Gears Up For...
The Washington D.C. area's best-kept secret doesn't want to live up to its slogan anymore. How the Prince William County/Manassas CVB is trying to make themselves known.
A Group Venue That’s For The Birds
St. Louis-area World Bird Sanctuary helps group events soar while educating attendees about the endangered habitants of the world around them.
RevPAR
The definition of RevPAR. Conventions & Hospitality.
VAT
The definition of VAT. Conventions & Hospitality.
GST
The definition of GST. Conventions & Hospitality.
Casa Fuente Adds Spark To Vegas Special Events
Special events in Las Vegas don't need to be held in staid convention halls. Casa Fuente Cigar Bar at Forum Shops could be just the spark your special event needs, from high-level executive power sessions to intimate team-building meet-ups.
Showboat Atlantic City Shows Off Pet-Friendliness
A new hotel is jumping on the rise in pet travel by offering pet-friendly amenities. Find out which East Coast resort now welcomes Fido.
CIF&E
The definition of CIF&E. Conventions & Hospitality.
Spa-taneous Growth
The economy is stressing out the spa industry, but hotel spas connected to some of the most recognizable names in hospitality (as well as one prestigious day spa chain) are providing some much-needed rejuvenation.
Site Inspection
The definition of Site Inspection.
What's in a Name for CVBs? Everything.
More and more of the nation's CVBs are changing their names in hopes of changing perceptions about just what they do.
The Next Green Thing
With more than 90 percent of travelers saying its anything but easy to be green, more and more hotels are touting their eco-friendly standards. Check out how hotel brands are making it easier to check into green standards.
Hyatt Regency Buffalo - Ballroom
New York Meeting Room Photos - Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Page 4.
Planner Review: MGM Grand Las Vegas
One of the biggest hotels in the world, MGM Grand offers a wealth of venues, amenities and accommodations to even the most discerning of meeting and convention planners.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - Meeting Room
A photo of a meeting room within Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Page 3.
Bellagio's Tower Ballroom
An image of one of the ballrooms within Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Page 2.
Famous Hotel Recipes - Hyatt Regency Waikiki...
The top chefs of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa share the recipe for their refreshing Spinach Mahi Salad.
NACE
The definition of NACE. Conventions & Hospitality.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - Exhibit...
A photo of the exhibit floor of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Page 4.
Famous Hotel Recipes - Alexis Hotel's S'mores
Learn how to make delectable s'mores at home with the help of Seattle's Alexis Hotel.
Uniserve Property
The definition of Uniserve Property.
EBITDA
The definition of EBITDA. Conventions & Hospitality.
T&T
The definition of T&T. Conventions & Hospitality.
Mandalay Bay Ballroom
A photo of the ballroom within Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Page 7.
Orange County Convention Center - Trade Floor
Info and images for the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Page 2.
Caesars Entertainment Cooks Up A Winner With...
A world-renowned hotel brand gains rave reviews for a cookbook filled with recipes from its highly acclaimed celebrity chefs.
Washington State Convention Center - Exterior
A photo of the exterior of the Washington State Convention Center.
Planner Review: La Costa Resort and Spa
A review of La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. with special attention on improved meeting and convention amenities.
M Resort
A photo of the ballroom of M Resort in Las Vegas.
Vegas Raises the Stakes, Gets Down To Business...
Las Vegas is offering a whole other kind of green to eco-conscious event planners. Discover how major hotels are greening the meeting industry in Sin City.
Speaking Their Language
Across the globe, more and more hotels are recognizing the importance of providing multicultural experiences to their guests.

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