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. 

Event Idea: A Dive Bar for VIPs
Previous events for a high-level group had gotten raves, so the host company (Cambria hotels & suites) and its destination management company partner (Hosts Las Vegas), had to figure out how to match those levels of excitement and engagement. Would a dive bar do the trick?
MPI Did the Math, and Your Buying Power Is Going Down
Spending on meetings is up somewhat, but pricing is up more, according to respondents in the latest Meeting Professionals International Meetings Outlook.
WINiT Career Connection: Rosie Bailey Stevens
It’s our weekly quick Q&A with a member of the nonprofit organization Women In Travel. This week, Rosie Bailey Stevens shares how an app gave her five hours of her workweek back.
Supplier Partnerships Rule When it Comes to Managing Your Incentive Travel Budget
You could lop a day off your incentive travel program to save some money. Or you could reach out to your supplier partners, share your priorities, and see what they can offer to add value to your program.
E-RFPs: What Needs Fixing, the Tool or the Users? 1
Planners often want a quick look at availability, so they don’t want to offer up every meeting detail when submitting an e-RFP. But hotels want all the details, so they can put their best foot forward to book the business.
Still Taking it on Faith that Incentive Travel Works? Industry Needs a Come-to-Data Moment
Incentive travel programs boost revenue, foster employee engagement, and improve morale. Or do they? The new SITE Index reveals just how much the incentive travel industry runs on faith rather than measurement.
AlliedPRA Partners with
After announcing a shift to a strategic partnership model for working with clients traveling to Europe, AlliedPRA finds its partner in, which covers 25 locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
WINiT Career Connection: Annette Doherty
It’s our weekly quick Q&A with a member of the nonprofit organization Women In Travel. This week Annette Doherty shares two must-have apps.
Love Data? Now You Can Follow a New Travel Index
The U.S. Travel Association will release a monthly index to measure domestic business and leisure travel and to keep travel's economic might in the public eye on a regular basis.
Julie Coker Graham Is New Leader of Philly CVB
Pope Francis last September, the Democrats in July—the new leader of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau looks forward to continuing to share Philly's story with the world.
Omni Louisville to Anchor a Lively New Complex
The 30-story property will have 612 guest rooms and 225 luxury apartments. Scheduled to open in early 2018, the hotel will be part of a development one block from the Kentucky International Convention Center.
New Ideas for Meetings in 2016: Flatbread, FOMO, Fresh Air
Meeting trends that are totally mainstream at this point: healthy food, community service, Twitter walls. Read the twists a panel at the recent Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Winter Symposium in Boston put on these and other ideas.
On Site With Financial Services Meeting Planners
See who was learning and networking at the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners 2016 Winter Symposium at the Omni Parker House in Boston. (Pictured, Deborah Costa, Costa Event Management, left, and Natasha Shah, Rocco Forte Hotels)
Financial Services Meetings: What to Watch in 2016
The financial services industry—and its meetings—will be affected by changing demographics, impending regulation, and new technology. (Robo-adviser, anyone?)
WINiT Career Connection: Karen deKanter
It’s our weekly quick Q&A with a member of the nonprofit organization Women In Travel. This week Karen deKanter tells you to stretch out of your comfort zone—but have fun along the way!