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The ASAE Foundation wants your ideas on how to promote the profession and skills of meeting planners. To encourage you, the foundation is accepting applications for its second annual Innovation Grants Program. The process is also open to travel agents. Four grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded in three categories: travel, exploration […]
With the third IMEX America only three months away, organizers are spilling more and more details about the trade show’s specifics. One of these is “Association Focus,” a pre-show conference-within-a-conference dedicated to professional development and “hot-topic” education for association meeting planners and executives. The free educational event is being organized in partnership with ASAE, PCMA […]
The U.S. General Services Administration has backed off its controversial plan to change federal per diem rates in FY2013, a big victory for hoteliers and the meeting and events industry. The GSA had planned to change how it calculates per diems for government travel, in effect limiting where federal employees could meet, how often and […]
As IMEX looks toward its second American event — in October in Las Vegas — organizers are strategizing ways to improve the experience. At last year’s inaugural event, buyers and buyer-attendees praised the online scheduling system, which let them make their own appointments with exhibitors. This year IMEX America is introducing a personalized inbox that […]
The fallout of the U.S. General Services Administration’s mismanaged 2010 Western Region Conference continues to impact the meetings industry. Last week, the Global Business Travel Association postponed its National Travel Forum, a meeting for government travel planners, because GSA employees are now restricted from attending. And ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership, is part of […]
Oct. 10 will be known as “Smart Monday” in Las Vegas, thanks to IMEX America, which is partnering with Meetings Professional International (MPI) to offer a bonus day of education for senior-level meeting planners and suppliers. On the day before IMEX America officially opens, the MPI-sponsored MeetDifferent Day of Education & Innovation will feature educational […]
Michael J. Dimond, one of the nation’s top hotel marketing executives, died of a heart attack on June 23. He was 67. During Dimond’s 40+-years in the hospitality industry, he served in management and marketing positions with properties such as Colorado Springs’ The Broadmoor, Nashville’s Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, and Caesar’s Palace in Las […]