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. 

Ready to Hire a Content DJ?
Among the recommendations in a new insights paper from brand experience agency FreemanXP is to hire a content DJ (headphones optional) to field questions and comments and monitor engagement during keynotes and panel presentations.
2016 F&B Trends: Get Your Crazy On 
Hospitality consultancy Andrew Freeman & Co. has released its 2016 trends report on the theme of "multiple personalities." Chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers—and, by extension, event planners—need to somehow engage guests who can't be categorized and whose preferences may change day to day. It's crazy out there!
What a Massive User Conference Can Teach Any Meeting
The organizers of Dreamforce are always alert for inspiration, willing to change, and above all, strive to make it as easy as possible for attendees to achieve their personal goals at the annual event.
The Best Events Engage All the Senses
A new conference looks at the power of “sensory marketing.” We ask organizer Dianne Devitt how event planners can use all the senses to attract and engage attendees.
Incentive Travel: Where it’s Headed in 2016
The incentive travel industry continues to regain strength. More than one-third of respondents to a recent survey will spend at least $4,000 per person on such programs in 2016.
FCC Targets Wi-Fi Blocking at Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Hotels 1
The Federal Communications Commission signals its determination to go after meeting venues that block any guest or attendee hotspots.
Meetings Mean Business names Richard Harper as Co-Chair, Lanyon as Board Member 1
Meetings create personal connections, drive positive business outcomes, and build strong communities. The Meetings Mean Business coalition and its new leadership are committed to telling that story.
SEI and the Art of Financial Services Meetings 1
When you’re a meeting planner at a company whose culture is defined by creativity and innovation, you better keep those ideas coming. Here's how Caryn Taylor Lucia, Debbie Lipsky, and the rest of SEI’s meeting team get it done.
Hot Off the IMEX Show Floor: Hotel and Destination News
We're sharing updates from some of the destinations, venues, and companies the MeetingsNet team of editors met while walking the busy aisles of IMEX America 2015. (Click on over to the gallery to find out where you get a bathtub on your guest house veranda.)
The New Way to Attract Meetings Is to Focus on Knowledge
Accessibility, security, history, beauty, infrastructure, culture—they're all wonderful attributes of global cities. But what makes a destination stand out for meeting planners? Is it the local brain trust?
Large, National Meetings: Find Your Space in Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network
By the end of 2018, nearly one-third of hotels in the U.S. with at least 1,000 rooms will be in the Marriott portfolio—specifcally, part of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network. (Pictured, Gaylord Palms)
IMEX America 2015 Draws 10,600 to Las Vegas
New and expanded booths, education, meditation, and 66,000 business appointments were the hallmarks of this year's IMEX America trade show, which brings meeting and incentive buyers together with global suppliers.
Freeman Broadens Mission, Global Reach
Think Freeman and you probably think logistics. But Freeman today presents a fuller value proposition to clients—that of a brand experience company. And at IMEX America this week, Freeman announced its Global Certified Partner Program.
IMEX America 2015: Moving the Meetings Message Beyond Economic Impact
The aisles are buzzing at IMEX America, where the next big message about getting face-to-face is about more than the economic impact of meetings. It's that meetings drive the global knowledge economy.
IMEX America 2015: Leading off With Mindfulness
You don't expect Buddha in the meeting room (pictured), but that's one element of the Meditation Room at this year's IMEX America, where mindfulness and well being are sharing the agenda with education sessions and a record number of business appointments on the show floor.