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.

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.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota: A City Resort
Technically a city hotel, the 266-room Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, has the feel of a resort.
Ritz-Carlton Insurance Advisory Council Attendees Network in Florida
See who was enjoying innovative event ideas while sharing news and trends with peers during the 2013 Ritz-Carlton Insurance Advisory Council meeting in August.
Ritz-Carlton Gathers Insurance and Financial Meeting Planners to Share News, Get Creative
Creativity and partnership were the hallmarks of this year's Ritz-Carlton Insurance Advisory Council meeting, held at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, in August. Tracey Anderson and Pam Ferguson (pictured), both representing global sales for Ritz-Carlton, were among the hosts of the event.
IMEX America: More than a Trade Show
You can meet the world at IMEX America in Las Vegas. Here's what else you can do on the show floor to boost your ROI from attending this year's event.
Cvent Goes Public, Aims Future Products at Entire Meeting Lifecycle
Cvent is set to raise more than $115 million from its IPO, money that will be spent on app development, international expansion, and new technology to touch all phases of the "meeting lifecycle."
Alison Smith Jenks on Shareability: Going Beyond Engagement at Meetings
Event planners need to think about the third audience. Didn’t know you had one of those? It’s your viral audience—people who will be touched by your conference content when members of your live and virtual audiences share it. FreemanXP's Alison Smith Jenks tells you how to spread your word.

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