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. 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.)

FICP Lets the Education Roll in New Orleans
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners drew a record number of attendees to the 2014 FICP Education Forum for takeaways on a "floatload" of topics, from meeting design, to Wi-Fi, to revenue management, and more. (Photos by Specialty Imaging)
Room Block too Conservative? Don’t Get Stuck Buying Rooms at a Premium
“Everyone is blowing through their room blocks,” said MGM's Mike Dominguez during a talk at the recent Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum. Check your existing contracts: If you were too conservative with your numbers, you may find there's no more room at the inn—or it'll come at a price.
FICP Forum Wraps Up with Homestate Hero Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré so impressed attendees at the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum that one asked if he might run for President of the United States. (Photo by Specialty Imaging)
Cool Agenda Idea from FICP: A Speaker Sampler 
Dr. Heidi Hanna (pictured) was one of three mainstage presenters in the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum speaker showcase at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.
FICP Education Forum Breaks Record  1
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum Chair Jeff Leggett, Co-operators Insurance, welcomed 74 planners and more than 200 total attendees to The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, for a record-breaking event.
First Asian Partner Joins BestCities
The BestCities Global Alliance of CVBs has 10 members and one affiliate member—its new partner, Tokyo.
LPL Financial Turns a Trade Show into a Community 2
Success hasn't slowed down innovation at LPL Financial's annual conference.
Marriott Marquis opens in D.C.—Marriott’s 4,000th Hotel 1
Celebrating the opening of D.C.’s largest hotel, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, with a symbolic rootbeer toast (from left): Donna Marriott; J.W. Marriott, Jr.; Norm Jenkins, president, Capstone Development LLC; and Mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia
New Twist on the Idea of a DMC Network
In the field of destination management companies, there are independent players, national networks, and global consortia. Now there’s nimble new player on the scene.
Book a Meeting With No RFP, No Contract
Search for and book small meeting spaces (like the MAKERS venue in Seattle, pictured) on the spot with the LiquidSpace Web site and app. And now, for a fee, track those bookings at your own secure Web portal.
Paris Is the Top Spot for Meetings, But Keep Watching Madrid
The International Congress and Convention Association's annual ranking of the top cities for international meetings doesn’t usually see much change, but this year there’s a shakeup at the top.
David Smart: Looking Back on Nearly 40 Years of Meeting Planning
Meeting planners have the best photo albums! That's David Smart, pictured in Sorrento, Italy. He told us about creating his company's first meeting department and his subsequent decades of managing meeting programs around the world.
Inside Story of Lanyon's Passkey Acquisition
In the midst of incorporating event management tools from its merger with Active Network Business Solutions (including the former StarCite), Lanyon adds room-block management leader Passkey to its portfolio.
Why the Meetings Industry Should Care About Airbnb
Is Airbnb like a hotel chain? As it moves toward its goals of a consistent experience for guests across hundreds of thousands of accommodations worldwide, the startup will affect the way we think about and plan meetings and business travel.
The Brain Science Behind Meeting Breaks
We all know we need breaks at meetings. Health and stress expert Heidi Hanna, PhD, explains how to make those breaks work with brain rhythms to help attendees assimilate new information, gain insight, and stretch their creativity.

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