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.)

Quick and Easy ROI in New Dashboard from American Express and DoubleDutch
With IMEX America under way in Las Vegas, American Express Meetings & Events released its 2015 Global Meetings & Events Forecast and announced a new ROI measurement tool with DoubleDutch, whose event app is now available directly through American Express.
Meetings: The Best Decision a CEO Can Make
In a live satellite interview during IMEX America, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, the world's largest business software company, said he believes the meetings industry "is at the forefront of driving growth in the global economy."
Maritz and Experient Launch New Global Network
Maritz Travel Co. has selected and partnered with meeting planning companies and professional congress organizers in 19 countries (soon to be 40) to help its clients hold global events.
Keynoter Steve Gross Gives Playful Start to Booming IMEX America
Steve Gross talks joy and optimism and hoteliers talk shop on Smart Monday, the day of education preceding IMEX America, opening with a record number of exhibitors and buyers October 14 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
ALHI Global Luxury Alliance Unites Venues, DMCs, and DMOs
Associated Luxury Hotels International has announced an alliance with DMC consortium Global DMC Partners and the Bermuda Tourism Authority along with plans to expand its hotel and resort portfolio to include properties outside North America and the Caribbean.
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff: The Secrets Are Out
Now owned by Montage Hotels & Resorts, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is a luxury vacation hideaway that is building a gracious new hotel with spa and meeting space, creating a resort destined to rise to the top of incentive conference site lists.
FICP to Gather in Hawaii Amid Strong Meeting Climate
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners members gather for education, sharing, and hands-on experience with event ideas in one of the top incentive conference sites the industry uses to motivate its reps and brokers. Early bird registration closes October 3!
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Takes Planners on a "Meaningful Journey" to Aruba
"Inspiring life's most meaningful journeys" could well be an insurance conference planner's motto. In fact, it's a vision statement from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., which hosted its ninth annual Insurance Advisory Council meeting recently at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.
Exploring Aruba with The Ritz-Carlton
See who was talking trends at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.'s 2014 Insurance Advisory Council meeting at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, in August.
The Dreamforce App: In Your Corner, Not in Your Face
Maybe the best event app is like the highest-end service—so good it’s nearly invisible
The Traveler’s Tipping Guide
You might never see your housekeeper, but you should still give her a generous tip.
Beyond RevPAR: Here Comes ProPAR! 2
Faced with rapidly rising customer acquisition costs (such as commissions), hotels and brands are rethinking the metrics by which revenue managers measure success. And it's a trend that may help planners who book direct.
Dynamic Pricing: New Negotiation Tactic 1
Can a new pricing scheme get your desired average room rate, help hotels meet their goals, and avoid attendees finding cheaper rates online? Michael Dominguez thinks so.
An Insurance Conference Planner’s Storied Career 
Chuck Lane has a Super Bowl ring, worked 13 seasons for the Green Bay Packers, and drove around the country with Satchel Paige promoting the Harlem Globetrotters. After all that, he spent nearly three decades planning incentive conferences.
The Big List of What Matters to a Revenue Manager 
If you can help a hotel’s RevPAR with date flexibility or the promise of future meetings, you’ve got the revenue manager’s attention.

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