Alison Hall

Alison
Hall

Editor, MeetingsNet
ahall@meetingsnet.com
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.)

Articles
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.
Don’t Let Attendees Listen and Leave 
Four tips from FreemanXP President Chris Cavanaugh for harnessing the power of your community at events
3 Planners and 8 Suppliers Join MPI Executive Committee and Board of Directors
Fiona Pelham, managing director, Sustainable Events Ltd and Positive Impact, Manchester, U.K. (pictured), is Meeting Professionals International's chairwoman-elect.
Are the Techies Out to Take Your Job? 3
The pace of change in technology is lightning fast. Meeting professionals need to find ways to keep up.
Global Meeting Leaders Join Maritz Travel
To help Maritz Travel Co. expand its work around the world, three well-known industry figures have signed on as global general managers. Pictured, from left, are Maritz Travel President David Peckinpaugh, Ping He, Ben Goedegebuure, and Eduardo Chaillo.
Options Away: Insurance Against Airfare Hikes
For a price, you can sit on that nice airfare for up to 21 days with no risk of paying a higher fare.
Whole Earth Calculator App Tells Your CSR Story
Get ready for a new type of stat on the NFL twitter feed after the Super Bowl next weekend, courtesy of the Whole Earth Calculator, an app that's tracking the amount of leftover food donated from NFL-sanctioned events leading up to and including the big game.
Delaney and Gilligan’s Next Chapter Is Called SoolElla
Industry veterans launch consultancy for destinations targeting meetings and events.
International Air Traffic Up; Cancun and Mexico City Mark Biggest Increases
Air traffic to and from the U.S. totaled 126.2 million passengers through August 2013, a four percent increase over the August 2012 year-to-date period. Among worlwide airports, Mexico City showed the biggest increase (up 9 percent) and Cancun was next (up 8 percent).
Is This the Turnaround Year for Meeting Budgets?
The vast majority of respondents to a recent survey by Destination Hotels & Resorts reported stable or increasing budgets for meetings in 2014, and 9 out of 10 said the number of meetings their organizations will hold next year will increase or stay the same.
2013 FICP Annual Conference in Pictures
More than 650 planners and hospitality partners gathered for the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference in Boston November 17–20. See who was there.

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