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.)

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.
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.
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.
Beyond “Dumb” Internet: Get Ready for the Really Cool Networked Event
"Set it and forget it" doesn't cut it anymore as a high-speed Internet access plan for meetings and events, says Christos Karmis of Mobilitie, the Internet network provider that just hooked up MGM's nine Las Vegas resorts to handle 120,000 concurrent Wi-Fi users. Here are the new questions planners must ask if they want happy logged-in attendees.
DMCs Consolidate in Wake of GEP Bankruptcy
The world of destination management companies was rocked last fall by the bankruptcy of well-established DMC consortium Global Events Partners. Since then, other DMC networks have announced changes and consolidations.
Fitness at Meetings: Make it Fun 2
Fitness bands, the wearable monitors that capture movement, heart rate, sleep data, and more, were among the fastest growing product categories at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. And they are catching on at meetings, too, along with other fitness ideas.
The ROI of Fitness at Meetings  2
Endorphins, engagement, energy—those are some of the returns you and your attendees will get when you book a boot camp or build in other exercise options during a meeting.
Incentive Trips Going to the Highest Bidder
The Site International Foundation is raising money through a silent auction that offers incentive-caliber trips to global destinations (such as London, pictured) with opening bids that are a fraction of the trips’ value.

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