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. 

Freeman’s New Design-Led Culture
With the appointment of a chief design officer, Freeman creates an internal culture shift that it hopes to spread industrywide as well.
L.A. Creates Meeting Planner Web Site
Mobile-friendly and designed to provide comprehensive information while also being visually clean and compelling, the new Web site officially launched November 19.
Paris, We’re Coming! 1
That’s the message from many meeting and incentive planners to their supplier partners still reeling from the terrorist attacks in Paris. Here’s one company’s story.
2015 FICP Annual Conference in Photos
The planners and hospitality partners who gathered for the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners event at Atlantis, Paradise Island, declared their resolve to keep meeting and traveling despite the terrorist attacks in Paris that happened just before they’d all arrived on site.
Financial Rule Could Threaten Incentive Travel
A proposed Department of Labor rule could prompt the change or elimination of commissions and incentives, or require their disclosure to clients as potential conflicts of interest. This could have “a real chilling effect on this entire industry” says one expert.
A First for FICP: The Cruise Ship Meeting
“Can you believe we are at FICP and we’re on a ship?” asked Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Executive Director Steve Bova, welcoming annual conference participants to their second day of sessions, taking place on the largest cruise ship in the world, Allure of the Seas. (Photo by Specialty Imaging)
FICP Pledges Support for Industry at 2015 Annual Conference
As the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners event got under way at Atlantis, Paradise Island, FICP Chair Shelia Cleary took a moment to acknowledge the terrorist attacks in Paris, and the need for the industry to keep meeting, traveling, and supporting each other. (Photo by Specialty Imaging)
Creative Secrets from Ritz-Carlton Event Pros
Build trust, share your vision, don't assume your hotel partners’ creativity is limited to ideas that require a big budget—and since you’re a walking camera, shoot some photos!
Ready to Hire a Content DJ?
Among the recommendations in a new insights paper from brand experience agency FreemanXP is to hire a content DJ (headphones optional) to field questions and comments and monitor engagement during keynotes and panel presentations.
2016 F&B Trends: Get Your Crazy On
Hospitality consultancy Andrew Freeman & Co. has released its 2016 trends report on the theme of "multiple personalities." Chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers—and, by extension, event planners—need to somehow engage guests who can't be categorized and whose preferences may change day to day. It's crazy out there!
What a Massive User Conference Can Teach Any Meeting
The organizers of Dreamforce are always alert for inspiration, willing to change, and above all, strive to make it as easy as possible for attendees to achieve their personal goals at the annual event.
The Best Events Engage All the Senses
A new conference looks at the power of “sensory marketing.” We ask organizer Dianne Devitt how event planners can use all the senses to attract and engage attendees.
Incentive Travel: Where it’s Headed in 2016
The incentive travel industry continues to regain strength. More than one-third of respondents to a recent survey will spend at least $4,000 per person on such programs in 2016.
FCC Targets Wi-Fi Blocking at Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Hotels 1
The Federal Communications Commission signals its determination to go after meeting venues that block any guest or attendee hotspots.
Meetings Mean Business names Richard Harper as Co-Chair, Lanyon as Board Member 1
Meetings create personal connections, drive positive business outcomes, and build strong communities. The Meetings Mean Business coalition and its new leadership are committed to telling that story.

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