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
The Dreamforce App: In Your Corner, Not in Your Face
Maybe the best event app is like the highest-end service—so good it’s nearly invisible
The Traveler’s Tipping Guide
You might never see your housekeeper, but you should still give her a generous tip.
Beyond RevPAR: Here Comes ProPAR! 2
Faced with rapidly rising customer acquisition costs (such as commissions), hotels and brands are rethinking the metrics by which revenue managers measure success. And it's a trend that may help planners who book direct.
Dynamic Pricing: New Negotiation Tactic 1
Can a new pricing scheme get your desired average room rate, help hotels meet their goals, and avoid attendees finding cheaper rates online? Michael Dominguez thinks so.
An Insurance Conference Planner’s Storied Career
Chuck Lane has a Super Bowl ring, worked 13 seasons for the Green Bay Packers, and drove around the country with Satchel Paige promoting the Harlem Globetrotters. After all that, he spent nearly three decades planning incentive conferences.
The Big List of What Matters to a Revenue Manager
If you can help a hotel’s RevPAR with date flexibility or the promise of future meetings, you’ve got the revenue manager’s attention.
Cost of Meetings: Big Hikes Ahead in the U.S. and Latin America 1
Planners who booked Europe for 2015 are looking pretty smart, budget-wise.
What’s New at Sea for Meetings and Incentives 
Cruisers of the past could never dream about the things your groups can enjoy on ships today: variety, Internet, open dining, eco-consciousness, modern styling (witness The Hideaway lounge on Celebrity Solstice, pictured) and a whole lot more
VAT Basics: Let’s Run the Numbers! 
Everything you need to know about value-added tax, or VAT, paid on international meetings—plus a case study that walks you through the process of getting a refund.
On Location: Newport and the Hotel Viking 
There are few destinations where you can experience such a strong and varied sense of place, from Gilded Age to clambake, throughout your agenda.
The Houses of Congress Agree: Brand USA Should Keep Up the Good Work 
Having succeeded in waking up this country to the need for marketing to attract and increase international visitors, Brand USA appears set to win reauthorization for another five years.
Sli.do and Prezi: Easy Meets Simple for Audience Engagement 
Cloud-based presentation tool Prezi made presentations a piece of cake. Now sli.do lets you easily slip a poll in your slide deck.
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.
Apps Planners Love for Work and Life  2
Planners share their favorite productivity-boosting, hassle-reducing, smile-inducing apps.
Apps I Use: Deborah Brice, CMP 
Capacity calculators at her fingertips help Deborah Brice, CMP, during site inspections.

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