Alison Hall

Alison
Hall

Senior Writer, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, MeetingsNet

ahall@meetingsnet.com

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.

Articles
Big List of Apps: 62 Apps Planners Love 4
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.
First Asian Partner Joins BestCities
The BestCities Global Alliance of CVBs has 10 members and one affiliate member—its new partner, Tokyo.
LPL Financial Turns a Trade Show into a Community 2
Success hasn't slowed down innovation at LPL Financial's annual conference.
Marriott Marquis opens in D.C.—Marriott’s 4,000th Hotel 1
Celebrating the opening of D.C.’s largest hotel, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, with a symbolic rootbeer toast (from left): Donna Marriott; J.W. Marriott, Jr.; Norm Jenkins, president, Capstone Development LLC; and Mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia
New Twist on the Idea of a DMC Network
In the field of destination management companies, there are independent players, national networks, and global consortia. Now there’s nimble new player on the scene.
Book a Meeting With No RFP, No Contract
Search for and book small meeting spaces (like the MAKERS venue in Seattle, pictured) on the spot with the LiquidSpace Web site and app. And now, for a fee, track those bookings at your own secure Web portal.
Paris Is the Top Spot for Meetings, But Keep Watching Madrid
The International Congress and Convention Association's annual ranking of the top cities for international meetings doesn’t usually see much change, but this year there’s a shakeup at the top.
Awesome Icebreakers: Help Your Attendees Warm Up
What a candy bar says about you, what you have in common with your fellow conference-goers, easy ways for introverts to engage, and much more in our roundup of winning ways to loosen up your crowd and boost their learning and networking.
David Smart: Looking Back on Nearly 40 Years of Meeting Planning
Meeting planners have the best photo albums! That's David Smart, pictured in Sorrento, Italy. He told us about creating his company's first meeting department and his subsequent decades of managing meeting programs around the world.
Inside Story of Lanyon's Passkey Acquisition
In the midst of incorporating event management tools from its merger with Active Network Business Solutions (including the former StarCite), Lanyon adds room-block management leader Passkey to its portfolio.

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