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.

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.
Why the Meetings Industry Should Care About Airbnb
Is Airbnb like a hotel chain? As it moves toward its goals of a consistent experience for guests across hundreds of thousands of accommodations worldwide, the startup will affect the way we think about and plan meetings and business travel.
The Brain Science Behind Meeting Breaks
We all know we need breaks at meetings. Health and stress expert Heidi Hanna, PhD, explains how to make those breaks work with brain rhythms to help attendees assimilate new information, gain insight, and stretch their creativity.
Beyond “Dumb” Internet: Get Ready for the Really Cool Networked Event
"Set it and forget it" doesn't cut it anymore as a high-speed Internet access plan for meetings and events, says Christos Karmis of Mobilitie, the Internet network provider that just hooked up MGM's nine Las Vegas resorts to handle 120,000 concurrent Wi-Fi users. Here are the new questions planners must ask if they want happy logged-in attendees.

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