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Magnificent Malbec

by Barbara Peterson | November 30,2015
Serve this organic Argentinean wine with grilled meats and more.

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

No More Suitcase Schlepping

This service frees you from security headaches at the airport.

A Sunscreen for All Seasons

This non-greasy sun protection doesn’t smell like the beach.

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.

Gifting Dollars

This philanthropic gift spreads the wealth.

Gift of Giving

This five-minute CSR program makes attendee participation convenient.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Gift of Giving

This five-minute CSR program makes attendee participation convenient.

VIDEO: Take Paws

This creative meeting break will have attendees barking for more.

Champagne Tower

Dress up an event with this sparkling centerpiece.

Living Lightbulbs

Set a verdant table with "enlightening" decorations.

Be a Postcard Picasso

Delegates get in touch with their inner artist with this fun activity.

VIDEO: Chalk It Up

Give your attendees a different perspective with this décor concept.
Food and Beverage

Magnificent Malbec

Serve this organic Argentinean wine with grilled meats and more.

A Garden of Earthy Delights

These colorful chips have been updated for the season.

What’s Better Than Brownies?

Last-minute gifts (1 of 4): These decadent treats make a memorable gift.

Steep in Style

This gift for tea lovers comes packed in a gorgeous tin.
Green Meetings

Name Tags Made From Trees

These badges give events an earthy aura.

Calculate Your Carbon Emission

Use this free tool to estimate an event’s carbon impact.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.

Cycle Camp

Consider this sporty gift for your organization's top "climbers."

Chatty Caddies

Here's a new way to motivate or reward your golf-loving group.

How Convenient: Half-Day Room Rates

Book a hotel room for just a morning or afternoon.

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.

Selfie Helper

Users can capture the perfect photo with this new tool.

I See Pampered Toes in Your Future

Spa psychics offer palm readings along with mani-pedis.
Social Networking

Brighter Snaps

This app makes dim, blurry low-light photos a thing of the past.

Silent Disco

Keep the volume low but the energy high with this hot party trend.

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Farm and Fork

Bring the outside in with this green event theme.

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Pie Party

Spice up group activities with this made-to-order team-building idea.

VIDEO: This Contest Runs Hot and Cold

Attendees vie to make s'mores in a fire pit.

Even Electronics Love Leather

These handcrafted phone case/wallets are great gifts for the holidays or anytime.

No Strings Attached

This tiny wireless gadget lets you charge your phone anywhere.

Video: Clowning Around

Create a festive atmosphere by transforming an empty warehouse into a three-ring circus.

Hunger Games for Groups

This popular movie theme elevates the traditional obstacle-course experience.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

Attendees will enjoy wearing these funky washable ink "photos."
Trade Shows

Fancy Booth Seating

Entice attendees to your trade-show booth with this home-inspired touch.

Payment App

App Happy (1 of 3): Use this app to collect payments anytime, anywhere. 

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Pool Pitch

Meet Green (Part 4 of 5): Cut down on transportation with carpooling.

Child-Friendly State Guides

Bringing the family to your meeting? These books will spark kids' excitement.

Smart Toothbrush

This gift will help recipients keep those pearly whites gleaming.


Meetings Industry Forecast 2016

Our annual look at what the coming year holds for hotels, airlines, trade shows and incentives.

The Future of Meetings

This special report makes the case for boldly reimagined convention centers, surprising evolutions in hotel design, newly emerging destinations and more.

Brand Meetings Events

How some major trade shows re-created their image to up their offerings and attract new attendees.

25 Hottest Ideas, Gifts and Gizmos of the Year

The best of our daily Hot Ideas emails, covering décor, technology, food and beverage, luggage, travel fashions and more.


MPI Research

Latest findings on planner optimism and trends in live vs. virtual attendance.

Job Satisfaction Is a Mixed Bag

A majority of planners expect to earn more money next year, but others want to change jobs.

Your Job in the New Year

Anticipated changes and wish lists for 2016

30 Seconds to Smart: Do Attendees Care About Green Meetings? (Video)

We asked planners how important on-site conservation efforts are to their meeting attendees.

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White House Bolsters Security Measures for Visa Waiver Program

U.S. Travel Association’s Roger Dow issues statement of support.

Amex Global Business Travel Partners with iJET International

Customers of Amex Expert Care can use iJET's risk management and response services.

IBTM World Sees Record Number of Appointments

The former EIBTM will remain in Barcelona at least through 2020.

Albuquerque CVB Appoints New President/CEO

Tania Armenta, a 17-year veteran, will take over the post in January.
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