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. 

Why Half Your Attendees Never Ask a Question 1
More than half of meeting attendees probably will never ask a question in the traditional pass-the-microphone setting because they want to remain anonymous. There's a way to hear from them.
San Diego’s Grand Del Mar Joins Fairmont Portfolio
Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is taking over management of San Diego’s now-rebranded Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for the fourth consecutive year.
U.S. Fails to Make Top 10 (or Even Top 29) Best Airports
The Changi Airport in Singapore (pictured) tops the 2015 list of passengers' favorite airports, and is one of six Asian facilities that made the top 10. The highest-ranking airport in the U.S. came in at number 30. Can you guess which city takes the honor?
"Heaven Over Hell": New NYC Event Space
A two-floor penthouse suite at Kimpton's Ink48 hotel in Hell's Kitchen was renovated with an eye toward inspiring corporate groups with views of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan.
The Traveler’s Tipping Guide 2
You might never see your housekeeper, but you should still give her a generous tip.
New Data Will Help Long, Slow Return of Government Meetings
The Meetings Mean Business coalition and the U.S. Travel Association have a new batch of data to bring to Capitol Hill on behalf of government meetings, which remain stuck in a trough.
EVENTup Adds Curated Experiences in Select Cities
EVENTup, an online database of more than 10,000 event venues in the U.S., has launched EVENTup Curated Experiences, a collection of packaged corporate events you can book with a click.
Topping Off at "Mad Men"–Inspired, Scandal-Famous Watergate Hotel
The celebration marked a construction milestone—the topping off of the 7,000-square-foot Moretti Ballroom, a completely new build for the hotel, which previously had not offered extensive event space.
Highest Event Space in NYC to Open Soon
Spanning three floors of a tower that rises to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, the One World Observatory is set to open with restaurants, educational features, event space, and views galore.
11 Tips for Staying Safe and Healthy Overseas
Make this checklist part of your pre-meeting mailing to attendees for international trips.
You Won't Believe What Happened on These Site Inspections
The site inspection is a hotel’s chance to show off its service—or shoot itself in the foot. You're not thirsty, are you?
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).

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