Posts Categorized: Travel

Rebel Roundup: Millenial Travel, Government Conferences, CIC Hall of Leaders

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Millenial travelers, Government conferences, James Beard winner,and CIC Hall of Leaders Inductees!  Enjoy! The Rise of the Millennial All-Inclusive Traveler – Greg Oates for Skift (@GregOates) Feds Ease Up on Conference Restrictions for Government Employees – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 2015 James Beard Award Winners: New York’s Bâtard Named Best New Restaurant – Forbes Life (@ForbesLife) Convention Industry Council Names 2015 Hall of Leaders Inductees, Pacesetter Award Winners – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) How to Track the Mood of Your Meeting – PCMA (@pcmahq) Study says event planners downplay the destination – Travel Weekly (@TravelWeekly) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

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Rebel Wanderer: San Antonio, Texas

Texas is an amazing state with many great cities. Certainly one of the finest towns is San Antonio, located in the heart of the south-central region of the state, also known as Texas Hill Country. Besides being home to the Spurs, one of the NBA’s finest franchises, the city hosts many memorable venues along or near the beautiful San Antonio River. The Alamo Originally a mission established by Franciscan priests in the 18th Century, the Alamo is best known for the last stand of 200 Texas defenders against the army General Santa Anna. Although the Alamo is surprisingly small, it... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD, also known as Charm City really lives up to the name. Your attendees will find exactly what they are looking for in this city by the bay. Let’s look at some of the wonderful venues in the city EventRebels calls home. The National Aquarium The National Aquarium, with its breathtaking views of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and five levels of award-winning exhibits, provides a magical and memorable backdrop for your special occasion. Whether outside or in, spacious locations are available for as few as five guests to as many as 3,000, making the Aquarium the ideal place for... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hotel Brand Boom, Skype for Business, Cyber Security Threats

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about CEIR and SISO research, new hotel brand boom, Skype for business, and cyber security threats!  Enjoy! Behind the Boom of New Hotel Brands From Major Chains -Scott Mayerowitz for Skift (@Skift) Skype For Business Begins Rolling Out Publicly – Sarah Perez for TechCrunch (@sarahintampa) Travel gadgets of the past that could have revolutionized travel, but didn’t – Mashable (@Mashable) CEIR, SISO Unveil 2015 Young Professional Exhibitor Needs and Preferences Study – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) Finally, the business meeting gets some respect – Bill McDermott for CNBC (@BillRMcDermott) The Serious Cyber Security Threat That Could Hurt Hotels – PCMA (@pcmahq) See you next week with more interesting articles for... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN was just named the host city for PCMA Convening Leaders 2018, following Vancouver in 2016 and Austin 2017. Let’s take a look at some of the great venues in the Music City! Let’s hope we get to see some in person in 2018. Acme Feed & Seed The Hatchery on the 3rd Floor of the Acme is the largest one-level event and music venue on Lower Broadway, with a capacity of 250 seated and 350 for a standing reception. Inspired by the long held moniker of the building, Acme Feed & Hatchery, the 7,000 square foot venue provides unparalleled character,... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: DMAI DestinationNEXT, TSA Pre-Check, RNC

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about DMAI’s DestinationNEXT research, customizing the event experience, TSA Pre-Check, Delta Airlines, RNC, and F&B Trends!  Enjoy! The Impact of DMAI’s DestinationNEXT Research on the Meetings Industry – Greg Oates (@GregOates) 4 Ways to Customize the Event Experience – BizBash (@BizBash) TSA tightens Pre-Check rules. Here’s how to stay on the list – Road Warrior Voices (@USATODAYtravel) Delta Makes Its ‘20 Minutes or Less’ Luggage Guarantee Permanent – Yahoo Travel (@YahooTravel) RNC to leave Cleveland better Internet and wi-fi links – Tom Beres for WKYC-TV (@TomBeres) Will These F&B Trends Take Over Conferences In 2015? – PCMA (@pcmahq) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Event App Trends, Trade Show Big Data, Event Tech Evolution

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Flight-Booking Hacks, Event Tech Evolution, Killer Presentations, Event Mobile App Trends, and Big Data for Trade Shows!  Enjoy! 12 Flight-Booking Hacks to Save You a Ton of Money On Airfare – Thrillist via Sophie-Claire Hoeller (@SoHoStyle) The Evolution of Event Technology: What Has Changed Since 2000? – BizBash (@BizBash) How To Give a Killer Presentation Your Audience Won’t Forget – Sli.do via Juraj Holub (@Juraj_Holub) Society of Government Meeting Professionals Moves to Virtual HQ – Successful Meetings (@SuccessfulMtgs) 5 Trends in Event Mobile Apps [Infographic] – Event Manager Blog (@EventMB) 3 Facts About Big Data That Every Trade Show Organizer Should Know – PCMA (@pcmahq) See... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: The High Seas

In honor of the announcement that Dreamforce 2015 has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to provide hotel accommodations on a luxury cruise ship, the Dream Boat, as well as a little April Fool’s mischief, the Rebel Wanderer is presenting some aquatic venues to you today. The Dream Boat Of course we’ll start off with the Dream Boat itself. This year, Dreamforce has partnered with Celebrity Cruises to add accommodations right on the San Francisco Bay with a stunning cruise ship that will be docked at Pier 27 throughout the conference. Many of the spacious rooms feature views of the bay or the... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Amazon, Airbnb, AIPAC, American/US Airways Merger

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Amazon, AIPAC, Productivity Hacks, American/US Airways Merger, Airbnb, and Waste Audits!  Enjoy! Is Amazon About To Disrupt The Hotel Industry? – PCMA (@PCMAhq) How a Conference Used Innovative Design to Serve Delegates – BizBash (@BizBash) 7 Productivity Hacks for Event Planners – Event Manager Blog (@EventMB) 9 things frequent fliers need to know about upcoming American/US Airways merger – Road Warrior Voices (@USATODAYtravel) 8 Steps to Improve Your Event With a Waste Audit – Event Manager Blog (@EventMB) Airbnb’s Revenues Will Cross Half Billion Mark in 2015, Analysts Estimate – Skift via Rafat Ali (@rafat) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: DMAI Destinations Showcase

This week we’re doing something a little bit different with the Rebel Wanderer, because today is DMAI’s Destinations Showcase. Instead of getting to experience one city, the Rebel Wanderer is going to experience them all. For those of you unaware, DMAI’s Destinations Showcase Washington, DC is North America’s largest one-day event exclusively bringing conference, convention, and trade show professionals together with exhibiting meeting destinations from the United States and beyond. In addition to the expo, there are education breakout sessions in the morning and a keynote luncheon. This year’s keynote address is being delivered by Marshawn Evans Daniels. Marshawn is a... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Apple, TED, Wi-Fi, Disney Magic Bands, and Marriott

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Apple, TED, Wi-Fi, Disney Magic Bands, and Marriott’s new digital travel magazine!  Enjoy! How Apple Is Changing The Attendee Hotel Experience – PCMA (@PCMAhq) TED Conference Photos: 18 Steal-Worthy Ideas to Inspire Attendees – BizBash (@BizBash) New Attendee Acquisition Benchmarks and Practices Study Released – TSNN (@TSNN_com_US) We can finally figure out real Wi-Fi speeds of hotels before we decide where to stay – Road Warrior Voices (@USATODAYtravel) Disney’s $1 Billion Bet On A Magical Wristband – Wired (@Wired) Behind Today’s Launch of Marriott’s New Digital Travel Magazine – Skift via Greg Oates (@gregoates) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event... Read more »

Wanderer Wednesday: Austin, TX

This week we’re taking you to the home of SXSW, Austin, Texas! Austin has become a must-visit destination, in no small part to the yearly SXSW festival. The destination has become synonymous with music, film, and interactive innovation. Which is why it’s no surprise that conferences are coming to Austin. Let’s take a look at 3 of the unique venues Austin has to offer. Austin Music Hall The Austin Music Hall is Austin’s premier concert and special event facility. The building’s art-deco interior creates a first class atmosphere for 3000 people. In addition to the venues regular concerts, the Austin Music... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Great Ideas, Event Design, Hotel Perks & Fees

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Great Ideas, Event Design, Hotel Perks, and Hotel Fees!  Enjoy! 4 Great Meeting Ideas From Great Ideas – Associations Now (@AssociationsNow) What Event Pros Don’t Know About Event Design – BizBash (@BizBash) Catersource and Event Solutions Announces Winners of Prestigious Industry Awards – Event Solutions (@EventSolutions) The best new hotel perks for 2015 – Road Warrior Voices (@USATODAYtravel) Marketers’ Tastes In Social Media Are Changing – Forbes (@Forbes) Top Hotel CEOs Say the Industry Won’t Copy Airlines With Fee Frenzy – Skift via Samantha Shankman (@samshankman) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and meeting industry! Follow us on twitter for more... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: New Orleans

Although we missed Mardi Gras this year, the party is always on in New Orleans! Nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, the city is thriving like never before. This week, a 2014 New Orleans Area Visitor Profile study revealed that the city welcomed 9.52 million visitors in 2014, nearly triple the amount of visitors recorded the year after Katrina struck. In addition, the study shows record visitor spending at $6.81 billion in 2014, more than double what the city brought in during 2006. So, in the spirit in celebration, we’d like to highlight some incredible venues in the heart of New Orleans! Bourbon... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Location Tech, CMPs, Content Marketing, Exhibition Industry Growth

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Location Tech, New CMPs, Exhibition Industry Growth, and Content Marketing!  Enjoy! This Year’s SXSW Will Be A Staging Ground For Location Technology – BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) CIC Announces First Quarter 2015 CMP Class – Convention Industry Council (@convindustry) Overall Exhibition Industry Grew 1.7% Marking the 18th Quarter of Consecutive Growth – Center for Exhibition Industry Research The incredible consolidating travel industry – USA Today (@USATODAY) Is Your Event Data Secure? – Trade Show News Network (@TSNN_com_US) The Meetings Industry Turns to Content Marketing to Get Ahead – Skift via Greg Oates (@gregoates) See you next week with more interesting articles for the event and... Read more »

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Rebel Review: What’s New? – Hearing Alexander Graham Bell

If you’re in town next month for Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival after enjoying the sight of those beautiful, delicate blooms at the peak of their beauty give your sense of sound an equally amazing treat. Make your way to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s new exhibit where you can hear for the first time the voice of one of the world’s greatest inventors. Alexander Graham Bell is universally known for inventing the telephone, a device that’s morphed into today’s smart phones. While his transformative invention has allowed people to hear each other’s voice for more than 130... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Detroit

We read an interesting article this week on the surging comeback of the Detroit meetings market and we became very intrigued. So, we did what we always do as wanderers and explored. Here’s some awesome entertainment and venues that we found in Motor City. The Detroit Beer Co. Opened in September 2003, the Detroit Beer Co. occupies the first two floors of the recently restored Hartz Building on Broadway in Downtown Detroit just steps from Comerica Park and Ford field making it the best spot for pre & post event. Detroit Beer Co. is a brewpub located on Broadway Street in downtown... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: AV Trends, Biz Traveler Apps, Beacons, and Fingerprinting

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about AV trends, Business Traveler Apps, Beacons, and Fingerprinting!  Enjoy! Audio Visual Trends to Watch in 2015 – Global Experience Specialists (@GESGlobal) 5 Mobile Spas to Book For Meetings and Events – BizBash (@bizbash) 5 Amazing Apps for Business Travelers – Fox News (@kimkomando) Beacons Guide the Way for Event Organizers and Attendees – Trade Show News Network (@TSNN_com_US) Is Fingerprinting The Next Step In Travel Security? – Travel Pulse (@travelpulse) Behind the Surging Comeback of the Detroit Meetings Market – Greg Oates (@gregoates) 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: Hollywood, CA

In honor of this past weekend’s Academy Awards, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the amazing landmarks and venues that make up the home of glitz and glamour, Hollywood, California. The Dolby Theatre It’s only right that we start this off with the one and only Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards itself. While the Dolby Theatre has most often hosted public cultural events, such as concerts and other performances, it has also occasionally served private purposes, such as weddings and corporate events. The 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre is located within... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Hilton, Travel Safety, Medical Meetings, and Meeting Attendance

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Hilton, Travel Safety, Medical Meetings, and Meeting Attendance!  Enjoy! How Hilton Is Attempting to Redefine the Airport Hotel – Skift (@skift) 11 Ways to Engage a Literary Crowd – BizBash (@bizbash) 5 Principles to Make Every Minute of Your Meeting Count – EventManagerBlog (@EventMB) 10 important safety tips for travelers – Smarter Travel (@SmarterTravel) How Medical Meetings Are Solving Big Issues With Hybrid Technology – PCMA (@pcmahq) 5 Creative Ways to Increase Meeting Attendance – Smart Meetings (@SmartMeetings) 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 »

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Rebel Wanderer: Long Beach, California

As an old family home, I have many fond memories of Long Beach, California. I can’t think of any city with more beautiful street names – Bellflower, Cherry, Ximeno, Alamitos – it seems like every one is a gem. Having recently seen both “Gone in 60 Seconds” movies, I realized that the films were homages to this wonderful ocean-side city with one of the most bustling ports in the world. Downtown Long Beach Even when downtown Long Beach was considered an eyesore, the area had a certain special quality. It’s now defunct “Acres of Books” store was a popular haunt... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Tech Giveaways, Philly DNC ’16, Social Media Event Amplification, and Customer Complaints

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Tech Giveaways, DNC 2016 in Philadelphia, Social Media Amplification of Events, and Handling Customer Complaints!  Enjoy! Loews’ New OE Collection Aspires To Be the Thinking Man’s Lifestyle Hotel – Skift (@skift) 14 Gifts for Tech-Savvy Guests – BizBash (@bizbash) Philadelphia’s Bid For 2016 Convention “Unmatched” – PoliticsPA (@PoliticsPA) FreemanXP and Event Marketing Institute Study Highlights Social Media Amplification of Events – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) 5 Key Factors That Fuel PCMA’s Hybrid Success – PCMA (@pcmahq) 11 Steps for How to Handle a Customer Complaint at Your Event – Smart Meetings (@SmartMeetings) See you next week with more interesting articles for the... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Charlotte’s Got A Lot

If you’ve never been to Charlotte before you don’t even know what you’re missing. I had the pleasure of learning more about this incredible destination from our friends at Visit Charlotte. I had no idea there was so much to do there. When they say “Charlotte’s Got A Lot” they aren’t kidding. This week we’re highlighting three unique venues we think you need to know about! NASCAR Hall of Fame The NASCAR Hall of Fame provides you with a venue where you can experience it all. Have a reception encircled by NASCAR memorabilia in the Great Hall, eat dinner beside a NASCAR Hall... Read more »

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend, Catering, and Robot Hotel

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about Meeting Bans, Decision to Attend Study, Catering, and Robot hotels!  Enjoy! Indonesia’s Hotel Industry Worries as the Government Bans Meetings – Skift (@skift) IAEE, PCMA and The Experience Institute Team Up on Comprehensive Study of the Behaviors Behind the Decision to Attend – PCMA (@pcmahq) 2015 International CES: An insider’s look with FreemanXP – FreemanXP (@freemanxp) Baltimore tourism officials say number of city conventions may have peaked – Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) Do-It-Yourself: A New Food and Beverage Offering for Groups – Travel Pulse (@travelpulse) New Japanese hotel to be staffed by robots – CNN (@CNN) See you next week with... Read more »

Rebel Wanderer: Washington, DC

Today we’re in Washington, DC at the PMPI MACE conference. We wanted to talk about a few of our favorite venues and activities in the Capital. Omni Shoreham Hotel Today’s conference is hosted, for the second year, by the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Built in 1930 by local construction company owner Harry Bralove, the building was designed by Waddy Butler Wood. The hotel has also been an entertainment venue, having been the home of Mark Russell and The Capitol Steps. Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.... Read more »