December 2014: Hotel renovations, expansions, destinations

INTERNATIONAL Australia The InterContinental Sydney Double Bay opened with 140 guest rooms and six meeting rooms. The Grand Ballroom can hold 495 visitors. Canada The 567-room/suite Delta Toronto opened in Ontario with 17,000 square feet of meeting/conference space including a 6,000-sq. ft. ballroom and a 4,000-sq. ft. terrace for outdoor events. China The new Diaoyutai Boutique Chengdu opened with 45 guest [...] More

PCMA names 2015 achievement honorees

Three individuals will be honored April 8 at the 2015 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement in Washington, D.C. Here’s a quick look at each: Meeting professional honoree Quigley Kati S. Quigley, CMP, is senior director of partner community marketing at Microsoft Corp. She has worked in both the association and corporate worlds during [...] More

For small meetings: Free community-building technology

Organizing a meeting of fewer than 100 people? You can now use Pathable’s innovative technology for free. Pathable is an online community-based platform that becomes a mobile app for events. Users import a list of attendees from an Excel spreadsheet or Eventbrite (if used for registration), and an automated message walks attendees through the process of setting up [...] More

Free trial starts today for Bing Pulse audience tool

Ask event organizers if they’d prefer attendees to lean in or disengage with conference content and they’ll overwhelmingly choose engagement. But aside from moderating social media streams or pushing a poll through a conference app, there’s little they can do measure audience sentiment in real time. Microsoft’s Bing Pulse hopes to change that with a self-serve model [...] More

Grand-slam events with mobile apps, dashboards and more

This is a great time to talk about the latest must-have tech tools to make your job easier and create a more engaging experience for attendees. More

PCMA names 2015 class of ’20 in their twenties’

The Professional Convention Management Association has named its 2015 “20 in their twenties” class. The program, in its second year, is supported by the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Austin Convention Center. It’s meant to engage the best and brightest young industry professionals by recognizing them as emerging leaders and fostering their talents so [...] More

November 2014: Hotel renovations, expansions, destinations

INTERNATIONAL CANADA The 87-room Ramada Ottawa on the Rideau opened with three meeting rooms that hold a total of 150 people. CHINA The 283-room Rosewood Beijing opened with 36,000 square feet of meeting space including a 7,860-sq. ft. pillar-less ballroom. The 340-room Shangri-La Sanya Resort & Spa opened in Hainan with 16,145 square feet of meeting/event space, including a ballroom [...] More

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