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Hilton’s ‘Meet With Purpose’ Commits to Sustainable Business Practices for Meetings and Events

The rooftop garden at Hilton Chicago where herbs and produce are grown and  promotes sustainability. Courtesy image

Whether your interest is to travel and attend a meeting or to plan one, sustainability is now an expectation for our travel suppliers -- and they're stepping up to our expectations. Hilton Worldwide just launched “Meet With Purpose,” a new program targeted to meeting professionals that builds on the success of “Travel With Purpose,” its approach … [Read more...]

Golf Experiences in Australia

Hamilton Island Golf Club, Whitsundays, QLD. Perfectly located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the Hamilton Island Golf Club has some of the most spectacular views and settings of any golf course in the world. Designed by champion golfer, Peter Thomson of Thomson Perrett, the Hamilton Island Golf Club on neighbouring Dent Island is the only championship island golf course in Australia. Image courtesy of Business Events Australia

It seems that one of the best ways to help clients and industry colleagues maximize their business time is to spend a day on the links for experienced and even inexperienced golfers (see, How to Plan Corporate Golf Events). That's because a round of golf -- one of the world's oldest sports -- can take up to a half a day, allowing plenty of time for … [Read more...]

Downtown Disney Expansion to Include New Shops, Dining and Entertainment

Disney Springs rendering courtesy of Disney Meetings

The vision for Downtown Disney in Orlando is a multi-year initiative that will transform Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat attendees to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment offerings amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm. It's scheduled to be completed in … [Read more...]

Host a Disney Meetings Special Event at the GM Test Track Corporate Lounge at Epcot

Hanging out at the GM Test Track corporate lounge with Disney's Fab 5. Left to right: Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Kristen Rocco (AIBTM), Rob Hard (Business Travel Destinations), Mary Haban (Convention South), Pluto and Donald Duck. June 10, 2014. Image courtesy of Disney Meetings.

Think Disney's just for families? Think again. Disney Meetings offers unique and engaging ways to create formal training and informal networking events to ensure any meeting's success -- with imagination, creative vision and characters that are only part of the Magic Kingdom. During AIBTM 2014 held in Orlando, Anita Goodstory (receptionist) … [Read more...]

Face-to-Face and International Meetings Will Continue to Provide Value

AIBTM 2013 trade show floor. Courtesy image

More than 1,000 convention and meeting planners attended the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) in Chicago last week (June 11-13) at McCormick Place to explore future trends in the industry. "Face-to-face meetings are important for business growth and shortened sales cycles -- despite what technologists and … [Read more...]

ICCA Reports Significant Growth in International Meetings

ICCA 2012 Rankings

It seem the conventions industry turned a corner, according to data from ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association. For the first time ever, more than 11,150 regularly occurring association events which rotate between at least three countries. Which destinations made the top of ICCA's list? The following highlights the top 20 … [Read more...]

What Is the Economic Impact of Tourism?


Those who are part of the international business meetings community already know: Organizations that invest in business travel and participate in meetings have a greater chance of achieving their business goals than those that do not. Imagine the impact when political leaders acknowledge the same from their perspective: Governments that support … [Read more...]

Top Tips for Picking a Conference Venue


London has its own gravity. The best businesses, most highly educated graduates and skilled personnel are sucked into its dizzying spin. Despite the proliferation of the Internet, improvements in mobile communications and video conferencing, the need for face-to-face communication and interaction has actually grown in recent years. People need to … [Read more...]

Events in Spain


What makes Catalonia – and its capital city Barcelona in Spain – unique from other destinations for events? It’s tough to narrow this down to a single concept, but I suspect the international travel industry will continue to find out more in the years ahead. Catalonia has its own language and culture – both contributing to way this province … [Read more...]

How to Hire Catering Companies

Stacy Ziegler

Let’s say you’re charged with planning a corporate meeting, casual reception, formal dinner or maybe a wedding. You want to host the event at a venue that doesn’t have its own catering staff. You have the concept and theme in mind, and you even know that you want to have a plated meal, buffet or passed hors d’oeuvres. Before you hire catering or … [Read more...]