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. 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. 

Articles
Site Inspections So Great They Won the Business
Yes, there are champagne toasts, massages, and literal red carpets among our site inspection stories. But what planners really want to see is attention to the needs of their group, proof that a hotel can address a company’s hot buttons, and a staff truly committed to service.
Government Meetings Still in Freefall 1
Three years after harsh restrictions were imposed on government meetings and meeting attendance following outrage over a mismanaged conference, the segment continues to lose ground, even as other meeting segments are flush with activity.
Fully Packaged Corporate Events, Ready to Book Online
Kapow Events creates unique, off-the-shelf corporate events with per-person pricing that can be booked with a click. See if you think the new Web site is “a true digital solution to a cumbersome, archaic process.”
Top Destinations for High-End Programs
Pacific World’s first Annual Destination Index Special Report gives meeting planners the view from the ground in some worldwide hotspots, including South Korea (pictured).
Content Worth Sharing—and Other Reasons Events Go Viral
Harness attendees’ natural drive to share what they learn and experience at meetings and turn it into more reach and visibility for your events. FreemanXP’s new report shows how it’s done.
Stats to Justify Your Mobile App
An infographic from CrowdCompass shares ROI stats for planners considering mobile apps. How about saving your marketing programs manager a month of work?
Chefs' Surprising Secrets for Saving Money on F&B 2
Secondary cuts with first-rate taste: That's just one idea for reducing spending on the center of the banquet plate.
Big Changes Ahead for Incentive Research Foundation
Aiming to be the go-to resource for incentive industry research globally, IRF hires a management company and makes plans for growth.
Cruise Math: 1,000 Ports, 22 New Ships, 23 Million Passengers
With unique designs, new amenities, and seemingly limitless ports, cruise ships will attract a record number of passengers in 2015.
A Gallery of Great Event Ideas
It's a meeting planner's biggest challenge: finding new and engaging designs for events, activities for meetings, and ways to wow a jaded audience. How about Oz in the ballroom (pictured, by Destination Concepts at the Hotel Del Coronado)?
Just the Thing for Incentive Qualifiers: an Aura Manager
Four new ME by Meliá hotels, the contemporary luxury brand in the Meliá Hotels International portfolio, will open during the next two years in global capitals. (Pictured, the ME Cabo)
Wyndham Takes Over Dolce Hotels and Resorts Portfolio 1
Wyndham Hotel Group has acquired Dolce Hotels and Resorts, which manages group accommodations in a portfolio of 24 properties across seven countries in Europe and North America.
Mindful Meeting, Mindful Eating: Hilton Helps You Get There 1
Hilton's Meet with Purpose program focuses on healthy choices not just for meeting planners and their attendess, but for the environment as well.
Only You Can Protect Meetings
Like Smokey the Bear imploring each of us to take care of the forests, advocate Roger Rickard recently implored a group of meeting professionals to protect the future of the meetings industry.
FCC Advisory: Venues Can’t Block Wi-Fi
The FCC today released a warning to would-be Wi-Fi blockers: Don't do it.