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. 

SEI and the Art of Financial Services Meetings 1
When you’re a meeting planner at a company whose culture is defined by creativity and innovation, you better keep those ideas coming. Here's how Caryn Taylor Lucia, Debbie Lipsky, and the rest of SEI’s meeting team get it done.
Hot Off the IMEX Show Floor: Hotel and Destination News
We're sharing updates from some of the destinations, venues, and companies the MeetingsNet team of editors met while walking the busy aisles of IMEX America 2015. (Click on over to the gallery to find out where you get a bathtub on your guest house veranda.)
The New Way to Attract Meetings Is to Focus on Knowledge
Accessibility, security, history, beauty, infrastructure, culture—they're all wonderful attributes of global cities. But what makes a destination stand out for meeting planners? Is it the local brain trust?
Large, National Meetings: Find Your Space in Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network
By the end of 2018, nearly one-third of hotels in the U.S. with at least 1,000 rooms will be in the Marriott portfolio—specifcally, part of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network. (Pictured, Gaylord Palms)
IMEX America 2015 Draws 10,600 to Las Vegas
New and expanded booths, education, meditation, and 66,000 business appointments were the hallmarks of this year's IMEX America trade show, which brings meeting and incentive buyers together with global suppliers.
Freeman Broadens Mission, Global Reach
Think Freeman and you probably think logistics. But Freeman today presents a fuller value proposition to clients—that of a brand experience company. And at IMEX America this week, Freeman announced its Global Certified Partner Program.
IMEX America 2015: Moving the Meetings Message Beyond Economic Impact
The aisles are buzzing at IMEX America, where the next big message about getting face-to-face is about more than the economic impact of meetings. It's that meetings drive the global knowledge economy.
IMEX America 2015: Leading off With Mindfulness
You don't expect Buddha in the meeting room (pictured), but that's one element of the Meditation Room at this year's IMEX America, where mindfulness and well being are sharing the agenda with education sessions and a record number of business appointments on the show floor.
20 Totally Doable Ideas for Greener, Kinder, Better Events 1
A two-hour, deep-dive session during IMEX America's Smart Monday October 12 yielded lots of ideas for green and inclusive meetings along with resources for measuring your impact and telling your story.
First-Ever International Canyon Ranch Opens July 2016
Wellness pioneer Canyon Ranch will open its first international venture—Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya—on the Turkish Riviera.
Does Coffee Help You Reach Your Meeting Goals?
A recent Hilton survey looked at elements of successful meetings in three major world markets. Surprisingly integral? That cup of joe.
ACCESS Destination Services Named Partner of the Year
ACCESS Destination Services earned HPN Global’s Hospitality Partner of the Year honor—the first destination management company ever to receive the award. (Pictured, an ACCESS-designed event aboard the USS Midway in San Diego)
Highlights of the Other IMEX America
You know that the show floor at IMEX America is wall to wall with every meeting destination you can imagine. But if you haven’t looked into the “other” IMEX agenda—its education offerings—you’re missing out on a lot of targeted content delivered in innovative formats.
What the Seller’s Market Means in 2016
CWT Meetings & Events is out with its 2016 forecast, and the outlook for meeting planners in North America in the next 12 months is tough! Extremely high demand (the highest in more than 30 years) is so far ahead of supply that rates will keep going up. Here’s what to do.
Free Stuff: A Roundup of Awesome Downloadables for Planners
Check out our gallery of free meeting planning e-books, guides, tip sheets, and more you can download for the cost of your e-mail address. (OK, some might consider that a high price, but we think these resources are worth it.)

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