Amanda Lucci


Amanda is a contributor to MeetingsNet and its sister publication, Special Events. She also works closely with MeetingsNet digital products including Amanda is a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and currently resides in New York City.

SEARCH Foundation Ramps Up Awareness Efforts
Helping fellow event professionals who are in need doesn’t always require opening your wallet. That’s the message the SEARCH Foundation, an organization that provides financial resources to event professionals in catastrophic situations, is trying to convey with its latest grassroots awareness efforts.
Texas Voters Reject Plan for New Multi-Purpose Center
On November 5, Texas voters rejected a referendum that would have turned Houston’s famed Astrodome into a multipurpose convention and event center, leaving what was once dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” to most likely face the demolition ball.
The Quad Resort & Casino Makes Progress on Renovations, Rebranding
Las Vegas’ Imperial Palace has officially been dethroned. Recently rebranded as The Quad Resort & Casino, the Caesars Entertainment property at the heart of the Vegas strip has nearly completed a year’s worth of renovations to its exterior and public spaces.
New Funding, Big Plans for DoubleDutch
Mobile event app company DoubleDutch has raised $10 million in funding, positioning it to become a more dominant player in the crowded mobile event app market.
L.A. Hotel Downtown Renovates Meeting Space; Will Become a Hyatt
The L.A. Hotel Downtown is nearly finished with its $20 million renovation, and with it will come a new name: the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Downtown.
8 Great Tech Ideas from PlannerTech 2013 3
More than 240 meeting and event planners gathered in New York City’s Financial District for PlannerTech on August 13 to talk tech with the brains behind some of the industry’s biggest ideas. Read on for eight of the best ideas, pulled from PlannerTech’s sessions, to help make your next meeting as tech-savvy as this one.
On Location: Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach is more than its namesake beaches. The coastal Virginia city is also home to a LEED Gold certified convention center and unique meeting venues with history.
Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel Expands Miami Meeting Spaces 
Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel, Miami, recently expanded its event space to accommodate events of up to 400 attendees.
RCMA Member Undergoes Surgery, Gains Support 
Diagnosed with brain cancer while at Emerge 2013, Jack Allison was surrounded with support from fellow RCMA members.
Cleveland’s Medical Mart to Open In June 
Cleveland's newly renamed Global Center for Health Innovation is opening this summer, coming in early and under budget.
Tourism Conference Uses Social Media to Pick a Meeting Site 
As March Madness peaks in the college basketball world, it’s meetings madness for the 2013 Social Media Tourism Symposium. For the fourth year in a row, the conference is deciding its host city by a public vote on Facebook, held over a period of weeks, tournament-style.
RCMA Board Announces New Member Categories 
The RCMA board of directors announced plans to implement expanded new member categories for the association.
RCMA Board Launches Suppliers Advisory Council 
The RCMA Board of Directors approved the creation of a Suppliers Advisory Council.
RCMA Bestows Award of Excellence 
The Religious Conference Management Association has announced W. “Bill” Williams Jr., CMP, who recently retired from his position as vice president of diversity/sales at Choose Chicago, as the recipient of its 2013 Award of Excellence.
Hard Rock Hotel Opens New Location in Cancun 
The edgy new “Welcome to the Jungle”–themed Hard Rock Hotel Cancun opened recently, becoming Hard Rock International’s third all-inclusive property.

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