Betsy Bair

Content Director,
MeetingsNet and Association Meetings

(978) 448-0582

Betsy oversees content and editorial for MeetingsNet, including Association Meetings, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Medical Meetings, and Religious Conference Manager magazines,, MeetingsNet Extra, as well as several other e-newsletters. She also oversees MeetingsNet’s popular educational webinar series and speaks on meeting planning trends and topics at industry events and has been a guest lecturer at Boston University School of Hospitality Administration. She co-organizes two annual forums for pharmaceutical meeting managers with partner CBI. Prior to joining MeetingsNet, she served in staff writing positions for Travel Agent magazine and Travel Management Daily.

Dubai Makes it Easy for Associations to Expand Their Global Footprint

Associations that are interested in expanding globally, reaching into the Middle East, Africa, and India markets, can now take advantage of the new Dubai Association Centre, an entity set up by the Dubai government. It is designed to make it easy for international and regional associations to set up chapters or offices in the Middle East.

Gallery: Scenes from ASAE 2014

Close to 6,000 association professionals and industry partners attended the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 9-12, in Nashville. ASAE had the highest number of association executives—3,159—since the 2007 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago.

IMEX America: The Hub of Co-located Education and Networking

IMEX America, to be held October 14–16 in Las Vegas, is known for offering excellent education through its partnerships with a variety of industry associations, which co-locate events on the days leading up to the three-day trade show.

Big Data and Global Association Meetings
A data tool introduced by ICCA for its supplier members has implications for association meeting pros, too.
IMEX Shines a Light on Future Leaders

So much has been written about Millennials in the work place and their personal attributes, we wondered: do those generational generalizations go across cultures?

New Tri-City Alliance Offers Rotating Association Meetings Value Pricing, Added Services

The San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore, and the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau recently announced a joint program called Synchronicities, a three-city marketing partnership.

Risk Management Runs the Gamut for Global Meetings
“The whole area of risk mitigation, keeping up with those geopolitical trends, is the single biggest shift in our jobs over the past 20 years,” said Gregg Talley, president and CEO, Talley Management Group. Read his tips.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: Reflecting on the Tragedy

It was a hot, sunny day and I was delighted that our meeting room had windows, which looked out onto a very green Central Park—the oasis in midtown Manhattan. It was July 14, just three days before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 would explode into millions of pieces in the skies over Ukraine, a target of a missile deployed by a faction in a civil war.

Malaysia Airlines Crash Counts Delegates to AIDS Conference Among its Victims 1

A number of delegates to The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, were among the passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, according to press reports.

Apps I Use—Kelli Kahn 
Planners share their favorite productivity-boosting, hassle-reducing, smile-inducing apps.
Apps I Use—Olga Navarro 
Planners share their favorite productivity-boosting, hassle-reducing, smile-inducing apps.
How Canada’s Tough New Anti-Spam Law Affects Meeting Pros

On July 1, The Canadian Anti-Spam Law took effect, appropriately, on Canada Day. It was passed in 2010 as a “made-in-Canada” solution to “drive spammers out of Canada, but has consequences for U.S. organizations.

CIC Partners With Social Tables on Meeting Planning App, and With Avila on Sustainable Meetings Tool
The Convention Industry Council Partners with Vendors To Offer New Meeting Planner Tools
Warning to Trade Show Producers: Be Kind to Your Exhibitors

What’s the key to trade show success? Recognize your “disrupters” and turn your attendees into fans. Those were the core messages from Greg Topalian, Reed Exhibitions’ senior vice president, who delivered an address at the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, on May 29, in Washington, D.C.

Amy Spatrisano Says Goodbye—For Now

Amy Spatrisano, CMP, has announced that she is leaving her firm, MeetGreen, on June 30. The Portland, Ore.–based conference management company made its mark as one of the early consultancies to specialize in helping meetings and events become more sustainable.

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