Alison Hall


Senior Writer, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, MeetingsNet

Alison Hall writes and edits articles for MeetingsNet and the MeetingsNet magazines and Web sites, which include Association Meetings, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Financial & Insurance Meetings, Medical Meetings, Religious Conference Manager, and Beyond Borders. She has been covering the meetings industry since 1992, and 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.

What’s New at Sea for Meetings and Incentives
Cruisers of the past could never dream about the things your groups can enjoy on ships today: variety, Internet, open dining, eco-consciousness, modern styling (witness The Hideaway lounge on Celebrity Solstice, pictured) and a whole lot more
VAT Basics: Let’s Run the Numbers! 
Everything you need to know about value-added tax, or VAT, paid on international meetings—plus a case study that walks you through the process of getting a refund.
On Location: Newport and the Hotel Viking
There are few destinations where you can experience such a strong and varied sense of place, from Gilded Age to clambake, throughout your agenda.
The Houses of Congress Agree: Brand USA Should Keep Up the Good Work
Having succeeded in waking up this country to the need for marketing to attract and increase international visitors, Brand USA appears set to win reauthorization for another five years. and Prezi: Easy Meets Simple for Audience Engagement
Cloud-based presentation tool Prezi made presentations a piece of cake. Now lets you easily slip a poll in your slide deck.
Apps Planners Love for Work and Life 2
Planners share their favorite productivity-boosting, hassle-reducing, smile-inducing apps.
Apps I Use: Deborah Brice, CMP 
Capacity calculators at her fingertips help Deborah Brice, CMP, during site inspections.
Apps I Use: Stormi Boyd, CMP, CMM 
Read about the app that lets Stormi Boyd easily make changes to BEOs and export them to her hotel contacts.
Apps I Use: Robin Preston, CEM 
Read how Robin Preston's own template, combined with apps that make working with PDFs a breeze, helps her manage site visits.
Big List of Apps: 62 Apps Planners Love
Here's a collection of apps for work and life that planners are using right now. But apps often change and new apps get launched, so we'd love your help in keeping this a lively list. Add your app faves—or note any changes you know about—in the comments section below the article.
FICP Lets the Education Roll in New Orleans
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners drew a record number of attendees to the 2014 FICP Education Forum for takeaways on a "floatload" of topics, from meeting design, to Wi-Fi, to revenue management, and more. (Photos by Specialty Imaging)
Room Block too Conservative? Don’t Get Stuck Buying Rooms at a Premium
“Everyone is blowing through their room blocks,” said MGM's Mike Dominguez during a talk at the recent Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum. Check your existing contracts: If you were too conservative with your numbers, you may find there's no more room at the inn—or it'll come at a price.
FICP Forum Wraps Up with Homestate Hero Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré so impressed attendees at the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum that one asked if he might run for President of the United States. (Photo by Specialty Imaging)
Cool Agenda Idea from FICP: A Speaker Sampler
Dr. Heidi Hanna (pictured) was one of three mainstage presenters in the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum speaker showcase at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.
FICP Education Forum Breaks Record 1
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum Chair Jeff Leggett, Co-operators Insurance, welcomed 74 planners and more than 200 total attendees to The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, for a record-breaking event.

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