June/July 2014
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Cover Story It’s About the Experience, Not Just the Room Rate By

A destination’s true value is proven only after attendees experience the city and planners experience the group service.

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Features

But has event technology really made planners’ lives easier?

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The Perks and Pitfalls of Booking Properties in Transition By

Booking a convention hotel under construction or renovation can require somewhat of a leap of faith. But in the end, it can all work out to your advantage.

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Site Selection That Is Anything but Pedestrian By

Walkable downtowns not only lower transportation costs, they hike attendee engagement with the conference.

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Perspective

Incorporating mobile apps and gamification into an association’s event strategy can greatly enhance the attendee experience.

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June/July 2014
issue
Cover Story It’s About the Experience, Not Just the Room Rate By

A destination’s true value is proven only after attendees experience the city and planners experience the group service.

Full Story
Features

But has event technology really made planners’ lives easier?

Full Story
The Perks and Pitfalls of Booking Properties in Transition By

Booking a convention hotel under construction or renovation can require somewhat of a leap of faith. But in the end, it can all work out to your advantage.

Full Story
Site Selection That Is Anything but Pedestrian By

Walkable downtowns not only lower transportation costs, they hike attendee engagement with the conference.

Full Story
Perspective

Incorporating mobile apps and gamification into an association’s event strategy can greatly enhance the attendee experience.

Full Story
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Association Conventions & Facilities Publisher Harvey Grotsky meets a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer on the show floor at the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition at Music City Center in Nashville.
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Stopping by the Reno booth is David Wise, the first-ever Olympic gold medalist in men’s ski halfpipe. Pictured at right is Chris Baum, president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition The 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, held August 9–12, in Nashville, boasted the highest executive attendance since the 2007 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago. Out of a grand total of 5,975 association professionals and industry partners, the final breakdown included 3,159 executives, 1,897 exhibitors and 919 others such as guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors and staff. Also, a total of 441 companies representing 707 booths exhibited in the expo hall this year, which resulted in a strong ratio of 63 percent buyers (association staff) to 37 percent sellers (industry partners).
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Attendees on the show floor in Nashville's Music City Center. Next year's annual meeting and exposition will be held in Detroit August 8-11.
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    PCMA 2014 Education Conference Attendees network at the PCMA 2014 Education Conference, which was held in June in Toronto. Next year’s event is set for Fort Lauderdale, June 14-17.
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    Credit: Jacob Slaton Photography
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    Hartford Dine-Around Members of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau visited downtown Hartford to sample the city's new and established restaurants and nightspots, helping them to market the region to meeting groups.
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    DSA Conference Gala at WDW Resort Members of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) ended their annual meeting with an event at Walt Disney World Resort on June 3. The special evening took place at Epcot and included a gala dinner, character meet-and-greet and private dessert party with a fireworks backdrop. Pictured, from left to right, are Adolfo Franco, EVP and COO, DSA; Christie Post, national assistant sales director, Disney Destinations; Patti Long, senior sales manager, Disney Destinations; Lori Bush, president and CEO, Rodan & Fields; Mickey Mouse; Joe Mariano, president, DSA; Marjorie Fine, director, Shaklee Corporation; Amy Pfeiffer, director, Resort Sales, Walt Disney World Resort.
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    PCMA Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement Awardees at the 2014 PCMA Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement, Washington, DC, in June. Pictured left to right: Susan Mennenga, MPA, CFRE, executive director, PCMA Education Foundation; Meeting Professional: Sue Dykema, CAE, executive director, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; Supplier Honoree: Carol C. Wallace, president & CEO, San Diego Convention Center Corporation; Educator Honoree: Janet Sperstad, CMP, program director, Madison Area Technical College; Sherrif Karamat, CAE, COO, PCMA.Next year’s event will be held April 8.
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    ASAE Gold Circle Awards Winners of ASAE’s Gold Circle Awards at the 2014 Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference in June.
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    Countdown to IMEX Challenge CSR Program Staff from IMEX America, Sands Expo, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas gathered at The Shade Tree shelter in Las Vegas to mark the official countdown to the IMEX Challenge 2014 CSR program in October — marking a call to action for meetings and events industry members to get involved. The IMEX Challenge is a biennial humanitarian event designed to make a positive and lasting impact on the local communities where IMEX trade shows take place. The beneficiary for the 2014 program is Las Vegas’s Shade Tree Shelter for homeless and abused women, their children and pets — an organization IMEX has actively supported since the inaugural IMEX America in 2011.
    www.imexamerica.com/about-us/imex-challenge/
industry
events

September 3-4, 2014
HSMAI MEET National
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC
914-421-3270
www.MEETConference.com

September 6-8, 2014
2014 CMP Conclave
New Orleans, LA
571-527-3116
www.conventionindustry.org

September 17-18, 2014
SGTP Fall Education Forum EdCon ’14
The Hilton Mark Center
Alexandria, VA
202-241-7487
www.sgtp.org

October 14-16, 2014
IMEX America
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
Sands Expo & Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
+44 1273 227311
www.imexamerica.com

November 1–5, 2014
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress
Antalya, Turkey
+31203981902
www.iccaworld.com

November 3-6, 2014
World Travel Market London
ExCel London
London, U.K.
www.wtmlondon.com

For the full Industry Events Calendar, click here.

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