Alison Hall

Alison
Hall

Editor, MeetingsNet
ahall@meetingsnet.com
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. While a reluctant tweeter and Facebook poster, 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. (She even thinks some of the ads are pretty cool.)

Articles
How Meeting Planners Can Rein in Entertainment Riders 2
Headline entertainers take your incentive conference from amazing memory to experience of a lifetime. We've got tips from an expert on handling the unique challenges of celebrity contracts and riders.
Houston Convention Center First to Offer Bitcoin
Bitcoin—the virtual currency that seems to have garnered an equal mix of cheers, criticism, and confusion since its launch—is now available to Houston conventioneers.
Geolocation Comes to Boston Convention Center 1
Attendees at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will soon be able to use Sherpa’s digital, turn-by-turn, wayfinding service to get where they need to go.
Ashford Castle Renovation Nearing Completion
The extensive renovation project under way at Ashford Castle, marrying property-wide Wi-Fi with meticulous historic restoration, is in its final phase.
Kansas City Hotels Boost Internet
The Sheraton Hotel Kansas City and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., boosted its bandwidth from 200MB to 1G.
Can Venues Block Your Wi-Fi? Industry Waiting for FCC
Earlier this week, Marriott said it would no longer block meeting attendees' personal Wi-Fi hotspots at its properties. But a petition filed by Marriott and the AH&LA, asking the FCC to allow Wi-Fi blocking in certain instances, remains open.
Essence of Aloha at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
At a weekend gathering prior to the 2014 Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference, a group of planners and Ritz-Carlton representatives enjoyed the hospitality and highlights of Maui at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
Preferred Hotels Group Hosts Planners in Hawaii
Two groups of financial services company planners, along with representatives from properties in the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, enjoyed Hawaiian beauty and luxury at the Kahala Hotel in Honolulu (pictured) and Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island.
Bogotá Joins BestCities Alliance
Up-and-coming meeting site Bogotá, Colombia, was named a preliminary member of the BestCities Alliance. Full membership for the city will be realized in 2016.
SITE to Relaunch CITE With New Content
A revitalized advanced certification program and a stand against a dark side of global travel—child sex trafficking—are among the priorities for Society for Incentive Travel Excellence 2015 President Rhonda Brewer.
33 Tips for a Productive 2015 2
Quick and easy tips from Audrey Thomas, a.k.a. Organized Audrey, for a more productive and organized life in 2015!
Kimpton and IHG: What Side Are You On?
Loyalists of boutique brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants wonder if changes are in store after the company was purchased by hospitality giant IHG, owner of the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, and Crowne Plaza brands. (Pictured, Kimpton's Eventi hotel in New York City.)
A Look Back: 2014's Most Refreshing Meeting Ideas and Insights
A look back at some of the revealing, refreshing, and just plain interesting items brought to you in 2014 in MeetingsNet's On the Fly report.
Commentary: Year of the Backlash 3
My backlash list includes TEDTalks and Swiss-Army-knife event apps. What's on yours?
9 Ways Meetings Affect Hotels: New Trends Report
To keep meeting customers coming back, hotel companies must focus on cybersecurity, helping planners collect data, creating affordable brands, and, of course, providing reliable Wi-Fi. Read more in the just-released report from Meetings Mean Business and Social Tables.

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