Increase your event’s R.O.E. (Return On Experience)

Creating an engaging “experience” for participants has become a major goal — and challenge — for organizations and meeting planners seeking creative, breakthrough team building and overall event satisfaction. More and more meetings and conferences will be seeking more and more creative means to deliver these captivating and memorable experiences.

FCC Fines Company for Blocked Convention Center WiFi


WASHINGTON D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings, LLC for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the United States.

Smart City, an Internet and telecommunications provider for conventions, meeting centers, and hotels, had been blocking personal mobile “hotspots” …

Going Green: Making Meetings More Eco-Friendly

From local farm to table cuisine and edible table decor, to cutting paper use and waste, “Going Green” will be a growing trend in meeting and conference planning into the future.

The South’s agricultural roots and respect for the environment have long made the region a haven for “green meetings.” …

Gwinnett Center Reaches Naming Rights Deal with Infinite Energy

Submitted by: Laura Craft / Ashley Biondich, The Reynolds Group, Inc.

Premier event and destination center to be officially renamed Infinite Energy Center

DULUTH, Ga. – (Aug. 14, 2015) – Infinite Energy secured the naming rights to Gwinnett Center today after a vote by the …

Ashley Jones joins Visit KC as V.P. of Partnership & Events

Kansas City, Mo.—Visit KC, Kansas City’s hospitality and tourism organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ashley Jones to its management team. Jones assumes the role of Vice President of Partnerships & Events, bringing with her 14 years of experience in destination management and community development organizations.


“Ashley …

Five Tips For Turning “I Can’t” Into “I Can”

By Carrie O’Connor As a meeting planner, you undoubtedly possess a rare blend of creativity, strategic thinking
and persistence. Like Olivia Pope, the fictional crisis manager in the television series Scandal, you are a gladiator who will stop at nothing to produce amazing, memorable events. But in today’s competitive marketplace, there is immense pressure to produce bigger, better, …

New Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center Opens in McKinney Texas

Dallas, Texas  — The new Sheraton McKinney Hotel at the corner of Highway 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway announces its highly anticipated opening in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The $38 million project represents McKinney’s first upscale, full-service hotel and features 187 guest rooms, …


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