Alison Hall

Alison
Hall

Editor, MeetingsNet
ahall@meetingsnet.com
Alison Hall has been writing about the meetings industry—with a specialty in the financial and insurance market—since 1992. Her articles have been nominated for, or won, awards from American Business Media, Folio Magazine, and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. She holds a BA in English from Colgate University and an MA in Fiction from Boston University. A reluctant tweeter and a passionate copy editor, she is delighted to be writing and editing content for the MeetingsNet magazine app, launched in January 2014. The interactive tablet platform is a brand-new canvas for the MeetingsNet art and editing staff to play with, offering more interesting and interactive ways to bring readers news, features, photos, videos, and more. 

Articles
Meeting Planners Reach Out to Support Baltimore
The head of Visit Baltimore says the city is suffering economically and in its reputation, but while some have been forced to cancel meetings, others have called to book new ones.
Creativity in Planning Means Finding Time to Think
The majority of event professionals in a recent survey said their ability to be creative on the job is constrained because they are not allowed “free time to think” and/or because tight budgets stunt innovation in event planning.
Big List of Ways to Beat Jet Lag
You know you're supposed to drink a ton of water, but we've got a lot of other tips from your fellow travelers. Maybe it's all about the pre-planning—or that inflight shot of Nyquil.
Ashford Castle Reopens After Renovation
The extensive renovation project under way at Ashford Castle, marrying property-wide Wi-Fi with meticulous historic restoration, has now been completed.
Meeting Negotiation: When to Step Away from the Legalese
Can talking it out can save you time, money, aggravation, and drama? Two lawyers make the case.
Falling Travel Prices: A Plus or a Minus?
Business travel volume is on the rise as the U.S. economy “kicks into a higher gear,” says the latest quarterly business travel index report from the Global Business Travel Association, which predicts more than 492 million individual business trips in 2015. There’s a mixed message about business travel spending, however.
Luxury, Necessity, Security: Today’s Incentive Challenges
A new report from the Incentive Research Foundation reveals trends in merchandise and gift card programs, but has implications for companies’ overall incentive planning.
FICP Becomes CMP Preferred Provider
Attendees at Financial & Insurance Conference Planners events now may have their CE credit automatically registered on their Convention Industry Council profiles.
9 Things that Make a Great Training Environment 2
The value of the great outdoors—and other training tips from a center that's seen thousands of trainees pass through its rooms.
Why Half Your Attendees Never Ask a Question
More than half of meeting attendees probably will never ask a question in the traditional pass-the-microphone setting because they want to remain anonymous. There's a way to hear from them.
San Diego’s Grand Del Mar Joins Fairmont Portfolio
Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is taking over management of San Diego’s now-rebranded Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for the fourth consecutive year.
U.S. Fails to Make Top 10 (or Even Top 29) Best Airports
The Changi Airport in Singapore (pictured) tops the 2015 list of passengers' favorite airports, and is one of six Asian facilities that made the top 10. The highest-ranking airport in the U.S. came in at number 30. Can you guess which city takes the honor?
"Heaven Over Hell": New NYC Event Space
A two-floor penthouse suite at Kimpton's Ink48 hotel in Hell's Kitchen was renovated with an eye toward inspiring corporate groups with views of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan.
The Traveler’s Tipping Guide 2
You might never see your housekeeper, but you should still give her a generous tip.
New Data Will Help Long, Slow Return of Government Meetings
The Meetings Mean Business coalition and the U.S. Travel Association have a new batch of data to bring to Capitol Hill on behalf of government meetings, which remain stuck in a trough.