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In 1989 Steve Wynn opened The Mirage, a $750 million, 30-story Las Vegas casino and hotel tower, the first new gaming hotel to be constructed on the Las Vegas Strip since 1974. With its 3,044 guest rooms and 100 acres on the still-burgeoning Las Vegas Strip, The Mirage ushered in the birth of the integrated […]

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Organizing an event, convention, retreat or offsite meeting? From musical venues to appealing hideaways to ultra-hip destinations, there are a variety of meeting locales and destinations for attendees who want a memorable experience. These destination gems offer unique accommodations and amenities aplenty — all while providing ideal locations for associations to work and play. Miami […]

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In a Race for Business, Many Venues are Refreshing and Refurbishing By

Cities across the country are expanding and updating their convention facilities with a goal of increasing convention and meeting business and staying competitive in this ever-evolving industry. Here are highlights of what planners can expect now and in the future. Kentucky International Convention Center Linda Edwards executive director, sales/marketing and business development, at Kentucky International […]

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Today’s young convention delegate may well become tomorrow’s highly involved senior member, but only if that young professional sees value in attendance today.

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The Proper Presentation Can Make a Meeting ... the Wrong One Can Break It By

One thing Keegan Hooks has learned during her many years in the event industry is that food and beverage can be the hidden variable that makes an event highly memorable or criticized.

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If an Incident Occurs, Know Who To Call and What to Do By

When a large group of people gather for a convention, the odds of some sort of mishap, illness, or injury — from scratches to serious injuries or sickness — go way up.

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Onsite Visits Sponsored by Local CVBs or DMOs Are a Win-Win For Planners and Venues Alike By

Familiarization or FAM trips allow meeting planners to visit a destination and determine if it’s a good fit for future conferences or other events.

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Tech the Halls!January 30, 2019
The Right Technology Tools for End-to-End Event Engagement By

As planners face increasing pressure from association stakeholders and attendees to provide memorable experiences on limited budgets, they’re turning to engagement technology to achieve those goals.

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Ways to Increase Revenue, Attendance and Exhibitors By

When it comes to growing a trade show, planners have critical questions to ask. We asked several high-level industry experts to weigh in on how best to drive trade show growth.

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Contract NegotiationsNovember 27, 2018
Planners Can Bargain if They Know the Value of Their Business and Show Flexibility By

To get the best deals, planners must raise their negotiating game by thinking like sales managers, knowing the value of their business and being more flexible with dates, rates, meeting space and other logistics.

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