Alison Hall


Editor, MeetingsNet
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. 

20 Totally Doable Ideas for Greener, Kinder, Better Events
A two-hour, deep-dive session during IMEX America's Smart Monday October 12 yielded lots of ideas for green and inclusive meetings along with resources for measuring your impact and telling your story.
First-Ever International Canyon Ranch Opens July 2016
Wellness pioneer Canyon Ranch will open its first international venture—Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya—on the Turkish Riviera.
Does Coffee Help You Reach Your Meeting Goals?
A recent Hilton survey looked at elements of successful meetings in three major world markets. Surprisingly integral? That cup of joe.
ACCESS Destination Services Named Partner of the Year
ACCESS Destination Services earned HPN Global’s Hospitality Partner of the Year honor—the first destination management company ever to receive the award. (Pictured, an ACCESS-designed event aboard the USS Midway in San Diego)
Highlights of the Other IMEX America
You know that the show floor at IMEX America is wall to wall with every meeting destination you can imagine. But if you haven’t looked into the “other” IMEX agenda—its education offerings—you’re missing out on a lot of targeted content delivered in innovative formats.
What the Seller’s Market Means in 2016
CWT Meetings & Events is out with its 2016 forecast, and the outlook for meeting planners in North America in the next 12 months is tough! Extremely high demand (the highest in more than 30 years) is so far ahead of supply that rates will keep going up. Here’s what to do.
Free Stuff: A Roundup of Awesome Downloadables for Planners
Check out our gallery of free meeting planning e-books, guides, tip sheets, and more you can download for the cost of your e-mail address. (OK, some might consider that a high price, but we think these resources are worth it.)
Free Touchscreen for Meeting Info, Branded Selfies
Make it easy for your attendees to take selfies branded with your logo or your meeting’s hashtag when you work with digital advertising company Porter24 to install a touchscreen in your meeting hotel lobby or conference space.
Hosts Global Alliance Earns Supplier of the Year Award
HGA took home the Supplier of the Year award in the large destination management company alliance/consortium category at the 2015 Maritz Collaborative in August. The award is based on survey results from a year’s worth of programs on which HGA DMCs partnered with Maritz event planners.
Wish You Could Unsend that E-Mail? You Can!
D'oh! You forgot the attachment, you meant to send the e-mail to the other Karen in your address book, you wish you hadn't replied all... We've got your fix.
New Company Will Protect Planners’ Meeting Deposits
Longtime destination management company owner Grant Snider has launched a new company, Meeting Escrow, designed to help planners navigate the risks of paying deposits to meeting suppliers—while at the same time helping suppliers get paid on schedule.
Resorts Collaborate to Offer Planners a “Mini-Citywide”
Ever seen the word "citywide" next to the word "incentive"? Four luxury resorts in Dana Point, Calif., have joined forces to attract larger incentive programs booked into multiple properties. (Pictured, the St. Regis Monarch Beach)
What’s In and What’s Out for Events: The List
A longtime event marketing strategist shares his take on some of the meeting trends he sees heating up and others that leave him cold. Being homey? In. Breakout rooms? Not so much.
Imagining the Attendee Journey of the Future
In a nutshell, “the attendee experience will be personal, digital, mobile, and hyperconnected.” And there will be napping pods.
Certain and Zentila Pair Meeting Management and Sourcing Tools
Event management software company Certain Inc. and strategic sourcing platform Zentila have joined forces to give planners a complete tech tool for their strategic meetings management process.

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