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20 Top Meeting Innovations

Here are the most important cutting-edge products and services that are transforming the meeting experience for planners and attendees.

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Features
Two independent planning professionals from big and small companies discuss the benefits -- and dispel the misconceptions -- about working with them.
From Austin to Amsterdam and lots of points in between, here's a preview of some of the world's mot notable hotels poised to debut this year.
A revealing look that breed of attendees who crash a trade show to do business "out of a suitcase," and how the industry is fighting back.
Short Cuts
Here's a child care service planners can offer attendees, a Malaysian hotel's unique safari offering, toasty warm Bluetooth earmuffs and more.
News Analysis
A new Carson Wagonlit Survey offers surprising findings on the factors that influence return on investment for working travelers.
Yes, planning meetings is a crazy profession -- and planers love it, per M&C's latest exclusive survey.
Updates on the Fairmont Hamilton, Elbow Beach Bermuda and other landmark properties on this storied island destination.
The group will close all satellite U.S. offices this year and has hired Cindy D'Aoust as its executive vice president.
Data gleaned from a study by Center for Exhibition Industry Research offers a detailed breakdown of expenses, from exhibit space to staff training.
Boutique properties such as the 169-room Hotel 1898 exemplify what this magical city has to offer.
Planner Basics
Points to address in contracts abroad
A sommelier's expert advice for wine-tasting experiences
Destination Guides
San Francisco's Moscone Center has begun a $500 million expansion that will create 500,000 square feet of new contiguous exhibition space.
Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel, with more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space, has completed a renovation of its 307 guest rooms.
The 484-room Renaissance Dallas Hotel has opened 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom.
The former Radisson Fort McDowell has reopened as the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center with more than 25,000 square feet of function space.

Lisa A. Grimaldi Local Update • The Margaritaville Resort  is scheduled to debut this summer. The Jimmy Buffet-themed property will have 349 guest rooms, seven restaurants, multiple pools and a full-service spa, along with 11 meeting and event spaces. • The 219-room Fort Lauderdale

Grand Openings
The 380-room Thomson Miami Beach opens this month within a 1940s art deco tower.
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