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In the February 7, 2012 issue
Incentive Winners at the Super Bowl, VIP Style
"Meetings Matter!" U.S. Travel Tells Select Lawmakers
Welsh to Head Merged Convention Bureau in Chicago
Ballroom With a View Highlights Boston Marriott Makeover
Planners Say the Darnedest Things
Sustainable Meeting Standards: Sorting Through Alphabet Soup
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Incentive Winners at the Super Bowl, VIP Style

By Sue Hatch

While more than 100 million people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night on television, only about 70,000 fans got a seat inside Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. And of those ticketholders, only about 3,000 were part of the National Football League’s NFL On Location experience, the packages that turned the big game into a VIP extravaganza. Here’s what money will buy for your top clients and incentive winners. Sports fans, prepare to be jealous.

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Issues and Trends

"Meetings Matter!" U.S. Travel Tells Select Lawmakers

By Sue Hatch

The U.S. Travel Association has launched a new campaign to raise awareness in Congress about the importance of meetings and incentive travel to the economy. The effort has two unusual elements: First, it’s focusing only on lawmakers from the states that do the most meeting and incentive travel business, and second, each of those lawmakers will be getting quarterly customized reports on the health of the meetings industry in their states and around the country. More on the campaign.

Global Meetings: Risk Management A to Z

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Welsh to Head Merged Convention Bureau in Chicago

By Dave Kovaleski

Changes are afoot in the Windy City, where the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau is merging with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in an effort to streamline marketing operations and free up funds that can be used to promote the city. CCTB President and CEO Don Welsh will head up the new organization. Here’s more.

Sites and Venues

Ballroom With a View Highlights Boston Marriott Makeover

By Betsy Bair

How do you take a hotel that rates among the top 10 Marriotts in the country for guest satisfaction and make it even better? Spend four years and $30 million to renovate it. That’s what Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Sunstone Hotel Investors decided to do with the 30-year-old Boston Marriott Long Wharf. We’ve got the details on the top-to-bottom, just-completed redo.


Planners Say the Darnedest Things

By Sue Pelletier

“Is that negotiable?”
“Where’s my binder?”
“Has anyone seen the tech guy?”
“Trust me. We’ll make it work.”
The folks at Plan Your Meetings nailed it with this fun “Stuff Event Planners Say” video. Brought to you by face2face, the MeetingsNet blog.

Facts and Arguments

Sustainable Meeting Standards: Sorting Through Alphabet Soup

By Mitchell Beer, CMM

APEX/ASTM, EOSS, ISO 20121…The various sustainable meeting standards are supposed to complement one another. But the pockets of confusion that greeted the release of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Event Organizers Sector Supplement (EOSS) last week points to the time and effort that will be needed to put the full menu of standards into practice. More...

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