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.

International Air Traffic Up; Cancun and Mexico City Mark Biggest Increases
Air traffic to and from the U.S. totaled 126.2 million passengers through August 2013, a four percent increase over the August 2012 year-to-date period. Among worlwide airports, Mexico City showed the biggest increase (up 9 percent) and Cancun was next (up 8 percent).
Is This the Turnaround Year for Meeting Budgets?
The vast majority of respondents to a recent survey by Destination Hotels & Resorts reported stable or increasing budgets for meetings in 2014, and 9 out of 10 said the number of meetings their organizations will hold next year will increase or stay the same.
2013 FICP Annual Conference in Pictures
More than 650 planners and hospitality partners gathered for the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference in Boston November 17–20. See who was there.
FICP Announces New Events; Wraps Up Annual Conference
Enjoying a reception during the 2013 FICP Annual Conference in Boston are Courtney Schwitzer (left) and Amy Ingalls, both of Transamerica Life Insurance Co. FICP announced a new roster of events and revealed the site for its 2016 meeting.
Record FICP Membership Growth Continues
More than 650 planners, hoteliers, and other suppliers are in Boston to attend the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners conference, which runs November 17–20. The event included an elegant evening at The State Room (pictured), a venue that offers incredible views of Boston and Boston Harbor. (Photo by Evan Richman)
Financial & Insurance Planners Gather in Boston for FICP 2013
Nancy Farmer (right) and Jennifer Tarka, both from The Hanover Insurance Group, are among hundreds of financial and insurance meeting professionals gathered for the 2013 FICP Annual Conference in Boston November 17–20.
EIBTM Starts a Week Earlier in 2013; Show Focus is Innovation
Some 15,000 meetings industry professionals will attend global meetings and events expo EIBTM November 19–21 in Barcelona. They will be exposed to innovative event ideas. Care to try oxygen therapy for a show-floor energy boost? A bracelet that changes color when you’re near a like-minded peer?
Meet FICP's Chair-Elect, Jana Stern of ING
Longtime Financial & Insurance Conference Planners member Jana Stern of ING takes the helm of the organization after this year's annual conference next month in Boston.
What’s “Ask Ed”? One Element of FICP’s Push for More Online Connection
A Q&A with Nicole Lewis, community manager for Financial & Insurance Conference Planners, about the association's Web site relaunch
How Social Media Transformed One Insurer’s Global Conference 
By the time 1,500 attendees arrived on site (in two waves) for FM Global's Worldwide Company Conference, 99 percent of them had created a profile in a private online social network FM Global set up to boost attendee engagement. Find out how the company swung for the social media fences—and connected.
Global Alliance Appoints First Chair; Launches New Web Site
Julie-May Ellingson, CEO of Durban International Convention Centre, is the first chair of Global Alliance, a group of five convention centers that work with international associations and event organizers.
BestCities Hosts Workshop; Launches Online Toolkit
The BestCities alliance, a group of worldwide destinations that host international congresses, has launched a Web site with information on working with professional congress organizers, convention and visitor bureaus, and other global meeting suppliers, plus tips and articles on many other facets of global event planning.
Pair of Studies: Wi-Fi Critical for Business Travel and Events
Meeting planners want free Wi-Fi, but free Wi-Fi is often inadequate. Resolving the disconnect will require hotels to make major investments in infrastructure and users to share the cost.
Global Association Meetings: A Force for Progress for 50 Years
Tracing the past half-century of international association meetings, a new report from International Congress & Convention Association emphasizes not their economic impact on host cities—which is significant—but rather their roles as drivers of societal change and of progress, particularly in the fields of science, healthcare, and technology.
Membership Society Launches to Focus on Event Technology
If you are involved in decision-making for event technology products and services, you would probably love networking with like-tasked planners. That’s the premise on which TeccSociety, a combo membership organization and tech vendor directory, is based.

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