Posts Categorized: Travel

Rebel Wanderer: Boston

Boston may be covered in snow right now, but after being named the US Olympic Committee’s 2024 Summer Olympic Bid choice nobody can deny that Boston is a hot destination. I had the pleasure of visiting Boston for the first time a year ago for PCMA’s 2014 Convening Leaders and discovered that this historic city has a lot to offer. Boston Common The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Fittingly, many historic memorials fill the park including the Plaque to the Great Elm... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Airbnb, Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, Meetings Mean Business

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Airbnb, Hotel Wi-Fi, Sponsorship Value, and Meetings Mean Business!  Enjoy! Airbnb will soon be booking more rooms than the world’s largest hotel chains – Quartz by Zainab Mudallal (@Zainab_Mudallal) New app creates pop-up social networks at hotels – USA Today (@USATodayNews) The 10 Worst US Cities For Hotel Wi-Fi – Thrillist (@Thrillist) 5 Hotel Scams That Could Ruin Your Next Trip – Yahoo! Travel (@YahooTravel) Optimizing the Value of your Sponsorship – GES (@GESGlobal) Meetings Mean Business Coalition Co-Chairs Provide Industry Update for 2015 – Meetings Mean Business (@MeetingsMeanBiz) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

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Rebel Wanderer: Louisville

I recently worked a conference in Louisville and I have to say – I love this town! I stayed in a hotel near the convention center and I found that everything from business to eating to entertainment to beautiful vistas were in walking range. The streets were kept clean and the beautiful architecture made me feel like I was in a turn off the nineteenth century movie. Hence my conclusion that Louisville is one of the finest walking towns in the country. Here are some of the great spots that were on my walking trail. Galt House Hotel and Rivue... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Hotels, Travel Megatrends, Non-profits

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about travel, non-profits, meeting hotels, and innovation!  Enjoy! CES 2015: Has the tech show lost its focus? – BBC News (@BBCTech) Cvent’s Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States – Cvent (@Cvent) Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015 – Skift Magazine by Rafat Ali (@rafat) The Serious Problem That’s Getting In The Way Of Non-Profits – PCMA via Dan Pallotta (@danpallotta) 6 Principles of “Frugal Innovation” – BizBash (@bizbash) Heightened security checks coming to U.S. airports – CNN.com (@CNN) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Chicago Part 2

We’ve had the pleasure of spending the last few days at PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Last week we gave you a sneak peek at the venues that were hosting us in the windy city. This week we’re sharing our experiences. Museum of Science and Industry The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere played host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. The event was split up into different areas showcasing Chicago neighborhoods with entertainment and food. There were stilt walkers, bands, Chinese dragon dancers, latin dancers, and more! The venue was simply transformed by the decor and lighting. What made this... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Airline Fees, Better Travel Tech, Embracing Second Screen

This week’s Rebel Round-Up comes straight to you from the convention floor of PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Enjoy! 16 Fees We’d Like To Charge The Airlines – Thrillist (@thrillist) Why Chef’s Tables Are Growing In Popularity – BizBash (@bizbash) 11 Cool Things From the Consumer Electronics Show That Will Make Travel Better – Yahoo  by Chris Morris (@MorrisatLarge) The Most Stressful Jobs of 2015 – CareerCast (@careercast) Three Reasons Smart Event Marketers are Embracing Second Screen – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more articles like this posted... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Chicago Part 1

In honor of our upcoming trip to PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago, we thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight some of awesome things we’re looking forward to experiencing in the windy city. Museum of Science and Industry The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is playing host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. Housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition, the museum opened its doors in 1933. The museum is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. I’m particularly... Read more »

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Is Keyless Entry “Key” for the Hotel Industry?

Go directly to your hotel room. Do not stop at the front desk, do not collect your key card. This Monopoly-inspired scenario isn’t too far off for many hotel guests. Several major hotel brands have announced plans to install keyless entry systems that can be unlocked directly from a guest’s mobile phone. With keyless entry and mobile check-in, hotel guests will have no need to wait in line at the front desk upon arrival. Many in the hotel industry are hoping that this streamlined process will appeal to increasingly tech-savvy travelers. In January, Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced they would... Read more »

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25 Hotels Opening in 2014

With a new year comes many new hotel and convention spaces. According to STR Global, there are over 1800 hotels scheduled to open in 2014[1]. While this large number of new spaces is exciting, it can also be daunting to search through. We’ve compiled a quick reference list of 25 hotels with meeting and event space set to open in the United States this year. Opening January 2014 Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard 1001 Intrepid Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19112 Courtyard New York Manhattan/Central Park 1717 Broadway New York, NY 10019 Four Points By Sheraton Charleston 600 Kanawha Boulevard... Read more »

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Top-rated Travel Apps to Use This Holiday Season

According to AAA, a record number of 94.5 million people are expected to travel this holiday season. About 6% of those travelers (5.53 million) will be flying. Don’t let the high number of seasonal passengers keep you away from the airport in the coming weeks. Pack your phone with these top-rated travel apps—they are sure to eliminate stress and help you navigate your trip with ease. TripIt TripIt for iPhone | TripIt for Android TripIt is the ultimate organization app for frequent travelers. TripIt takes your confirmation emails and turns them into a detailed itinerary. Use TripIt one of two... Read more »