10 lessons Taylor Swift can teach presenters

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London’s Burleigh Court goes gold with green

London’s 185-suite Burleigh Court hotel and conference center is the first British property to achieve a Gold standard through the Green Tourism Business Scheme’s new assessment criteria. It earned Gold standard status the two previous calendar years as well. The property has meeting space for up to 200 attendees, can accommodate 240 for dinner and, [...] More

January 2015: Hotel renovations, expansions, destinations

INTERNATIONAL Canada The 122-room Hilton Llyodminster opened in Alberta. Its largest meeting room measures 312 square feet. Le Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant completed property-wide renovations, adding a restaurant and redesigning all 122 guest rooms and 4,090 square feet of meeting space. China The 272-room Aloft Guangzhou University Park opened with more than 1,200 square feet of meeting and [...] More

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

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