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Rebel Wanderer: San Diego, CA

San Diego is known for having just about the finest climate in the continental United States. But the city is so much more than great weather. With California’s vastly improved train system, it is easy to visit San Diego for a day from all over the southern basin including Disneyland and Los Angeles. Gaslamp Quarter The Pacific Surfliner train gives you a beautiful view of the coastline and drops you off at the Santa Fe depot in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Loaded with dozens or restaurants and nightclubs, the quarter retains many of the elements of older San... Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Create a Custom Social Network for Your Event

Events are communal by nature. In this digital age, attendees value the face to face connections they make once or twice a year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the digital technology that’s available to assist in building your community. Creating an online social network can be mutually beneficial for your organization and your attendees, and pay off big time over the long term. Studies have shown that customers who engage with a brand online report spending 20% to 40% more on that brand, or on that company’s products. The most successful events are strategic in nature and focus on... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Destinations, Free Wi-Fi, and Employee Experiences

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about social media engagement, CES, wi-fi on planes, the future of event design, attendee subscriptions, and Cvent!  Enjoy! Meeting Destinations: Expect The Unexpected – Associations Now (@AssociationsNow) DMAI announces their selections for its fifth annual “30 Under 30” list – DMAI (@meetDMAI) 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tier Cities: What do the Designations Really Mean? – empowerMINT.com (@empowermintcom) The True Cost of Free Wi-Fi -Yahoo Travel (@YahooTravel) Americas 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities – Thrillist (@thrillist) Why The Future Of Work Is All About The Employee Experience – Forbes (@forbes) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us... Read more »

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Design Rebel: Marquee Lights are HOT for Your Event

Nothing says excitement like Broadway and nothing say Broadway like Marquee Lights. The opening shot of the film classic All That Jazz sets the stage for what follows with a dazzling marquee light up. The eye cannot help but be drawn to the raw, pulsating and vibrant lighting that are typical of these displays. Marquee lights have an interesting history. Their appearance is very closely tied to the rise of the automobile. Before these fast moving vehicles arrived, pedestrians had plenty of time to look at signs as they strolled across. However, those signs were generally unable to draw the... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City has had quite an impressive campaign to rally tourism to this beautiful boardwalk town. Check out some of these cool venues worth visiting. One Atlantic One Atlantic has opened its doors as the premier social event and wedding space in Atlantic City . Located on the top floor of The Pier Shops at Caesars, extending 100 yards out over the Atlantic Ocean, One Atlantic produces extraordinary events with unparalleled views of the sea, sand, and boardwalk through floor-to-ceiling windows. Offering world class gourmet catering, an in-house staff of expert event planners, and the highest quality partners, One Atlantic delivers... Read more »

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Tech Tuesday: Put Your Contracts in the Cloud!

Nobody writes contracts like meeting planners. For any given conference, there can be dozen of contracts. These contracts are usually lengthy and quite detailed. Often these contracts are emailed or even faxed(!) to the signing party. This party then signs, copies and then scans or faxes back to the other party for countersigning – and the process repeats. This simple signing process consumes many hours for any given show. Given that meeting planners are usually strapped for time, doesn’t this seem like an easy area to improve? Fortunately, there is great software in the marketplace for making the contracts process... Read more »

Design Rebel: Summer Is Here, Winter Is Yumming

The weather is beginning to warm up, which is why catering is just beginning to cool down. Check out some of these sweet treats that you might see at your next event. Frozen Macaroons No doubt, you’ve seen the non-frozen counterparts, but don’t be surprised the next time you bite into one with a little surprise. If the Cronut taught us anything, it’s that classic desserts can sometimes work even better when matched up with another equally classic dessert. Such is the case with these jewel-like macarons filled with semifreddo instead of buttercream in flavors like strawberry-chamomile, Mexican chocolate and juniper-lime.... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Richmond, VA

This past weekend we had the pleasure of visiting Richmond, VA. We got amazing hospitality and we can’t wait to return. Here are a few highlights from our trip. Omni Richmond Hotel Ideally located in the heart of everything that makes Richmond the truly special destination city that it is, Omni Richmond Hotel allowed us to experience refined Southern hospitality in an elegant contemporary yet refined and relaxing setting. We were traveling for business, but it was nothing but pleasure. Nestled within the historic and vibrant Shockoe Slip district, we enjoyed the timeless architecture and gas lamp-lined brick streets beckoning from... Read more »

Please Disrupt: Part 1

The events and meeting industry is begging to be disrupted. There are too many antiquated processes and too little tech solutions out there. Sure we’ve got event apps to replace paper programs, but the skeleton of a conference remains the same. Attendees register. Attendees book travel arrangements. Attendees arrive. Attendees attend education sessions. Attendees attend receptions. Attendees go home. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Although attendance appears to be on the rise as companies begin to understand the benefits of face to face meetings, the experience is stale. With that in mind, here’s a list of tech and processes that could use... Read more »

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Outdoor Event Risks

As summer approaches, we are all getting ready to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. If you live on the East Coast (as EventRebels does!) or cooler regions of the country, you know that we need to take in all the fresh air we can! So we look forward to the time of parks, hiking trails, ball games and outdoor weddings and events. For the planner, staging an outdoor event is a thrilling experience, but can also be one that can be fraught with peril. Here are some potential problems that can turn your dream outdoor event... Read more »