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. 

8 Takeaways for Planners from Omni Hotels
Some 140 planners and representatives from Omni Hotels & Resorts met at the Omni Parker House in Boston last month for the fourth annual Be Collaborative event. In addition to a professional development presentation by Simon T. Bailey, attendees went to Omni Meetings University (online). Here's what they learned.
Corporate Gifts: The On-Site Experience
Incentive conference planners are wowing attendees by combining Instagram-worthy experiences with boast-worthy gifts. And the trend is growing.
The Future of U.S. Airports: “Thanksgiving Every Day”
Unless U.S. airport infrastructure and air traffic control systems are modernized, we’re going to start experiencing Thanksgiving-like congestion more often, according to a report commissioned by U.S. Travel.
The Lifestyle Hotel Brand Quiz 
Hotel companies continue to launch lifestyle brands, many aimed at younger business travelers. Do you know whose is whose? Try our quiz: Match the brand with its hotel company—and its pitch.
Forecasts and Outlooks: Global Growth, More Meetings in 2015
There's some old news: Lead times are STILL too short. But there's new news, too: Hiring is gaining steam, sparking meeting increases, especially in training; and cost-cutting may drive exploration of a broader range of hotels and venues for meetings.
Teneo: From Solid Relationships, a New Beginning
Former Krisam Group executives and sales personnel form Teneo Hospitality Group, now marking its one-year anniversary.
Trend Watch: Eats and Experiences in 2015
Next year it's breakfast for dinner, storytime for Millennials, and tree-free toilet paper. Andrew Freeman spots the trends
LiquidSpace: Fast and Simple Meeting Space Rental 1
Surpassing one million transactions and securing $14 million in funding, LiquidSpace is proving the popularity of its real-time search-and-book Web site for meeting space.
Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi at 3,800 Hotels 1
Conditions: You need to be a Marriott Rewards member, and you need to book your stay through a Marriott channel.
New Software Creates Quick and Easy Manifests for Ground Transfers
Want a clean, accurate, and flight-validated arrival/departure manifest in less than one minute? Tell your DMC about Pow Wow Smart.
Thinkers and Doers: Talking Heads and Wellness Initiatives on Hilton Agenda
Hilton reaches out to thought leaders and fitness experts for new meeting offerings, while targeting smartphone users for new check-in options.
IMEX America Breaks Records, Boosts Confidence
Walking the aisles of the Sands Expo during IMEX America October 14–16, you heard one phrase repeated by exhibitors: "We're busy!" More exhibitors, more buyers, more appointments—it was a story of increases at IMEX America 2014.
Canopy: Hilton’s New Brand to Splash Down in Portland
Built around a different M-word—mindset, not millennial—the new Canopy by Hilton hotel brand was launched by president and CEO Christopher Nassetta at Hilton's Global Partnership Conference in Orlando.
Venues Beyond the Breakout Room
Our photo gallery is a sampling of the thousands of unique venue options listed at the Web site EVENTup. Do some searching yourself and you can find a battleship, an art-glass studio, and something new with every click.
Quick and Easy ROI in New Dashboard from American Express and DoubleDutch
With IMEX America under way in Las Vegas, American Express Meetings & Events released its 2015 Global Meetings & Events Forecast and announced a new ROI measurement tool with DoubleDutch, whose event app is now available directly through American Express.

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