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. While a reluctant tweeter and Facebook poster, 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. (She even thinks some of the ads are pretty cool.)

Articles
Kimpton and IHG: What Side Are You On?
Loyalists of boutique brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants wonder if changes are in store after the company was purchased by hospitality giant IHG, owner of the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, and Crowne Plaza brands. (Pictured, Kimpton's Eventi hotel in New York City.)
A Look Back: 2014's Most Refreshing Meeting Ideas and Insights
A look back at some of the revealing, refreshing, and just plain interesting items brought to you in 2014 in MeetingsNet's On the Fly report.
Commentary: Year of the Backlash 3
My backlash list includes TEDTalks and Swiss-Army-knife event apps. What's on yours?
9 Ways Meetings Affect Hotels: New Trends Report
To keep meeting customers coming back, hotel companies must focus on cybersecurity, helping planners collect data, creating affordable brands, and, of course, providing reliable Wi-Fi. Read more in the just-released report from Meetings Mean Business and Social Tables.
10 Incentive Travel Trends: IRF Calls it the Recession Rebound 
Incentive planners: Use programs to attract and retain high-performing employees in preparation for the coming talent shortage. Venues: Scrap your wellness window dressing and invest in real programs that improve how customers meet and travel.
What Should an Event App Cost? How About Free?
Here's how to get an event app with basic features and on-site tech support, free.
8 Takeaways for Planners from Omni Hotels
Some 140 planners and representatives from Omni Hotels & Resorts met at the Omni Parker House in Boston last month for the fourth annual Be Collaborative event. In addition to a professional development presentation by Simon T. Bailey, attendees went to Omni Meetings University (online). Here's what they learned.
Corporate Gifts: The On-Site Experience
Incentive conference planners are wowing attendees by combining Instagram-worthy experiences with boast-worthy gifts. And the trend is growing.
The Future of U.S. Airports: “Thanksgiving Every Day”
Unless U.S. airport infrastructure and air traffic control systems are modernized, we’re going to start experiencing Thanksgiving-like congestion more often, according to a report commissioned by U.S. Travel.
The Lifestyle Hotel Brand Quiz 
Hotel companies continue to launch lifestyle brands, many aimed at younger business travelers. Do you know whose is whose? Try our quiz: Match the brand with its hotel company—and its pitch.
Forecasts and Outlooks: Global Growth, More Meetings in 2015
There's some old news: Lead times are STILL too short. But there's new news, too: Hiring is gaining steam, sparking meeting increases, especially in training; and cost-cutting may drive exploration of a broader range of hotels and venues for meetings.
Teneo: From Solid Relationships, a New Beginning
Former Krisam Group executives and sales personnel form Teneo Hospitality Group, now marking its one-year anniversary.
Trend Watch: Eats and Experiences in 2015
Next year it's breakfast for dinner, storytime for Millennials, and tree-free toilet paper. Andrew Freeman spots the trends
LiquidSpace: Fast and Simple Meeting Space Rental 1
Surpassing one million transactions and securing $14 million in funding, LiquidSpace is proving the popularity of its real-time search-and-book Web site for meeting space.
Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi at 3,800 Hotels 1
Conditions: You need to be a Marriott Rewards member, and you need to book your stay through a Marriott channel.

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