Betsy Bair

Betsy
Bair
Content Director,
MeetingsNet

(978) 448-0582

Betsy oversees content and editorial for MeetingsNet.com and the MeetingsNet interactive magazine tablet app, specializing in content on association meetings, corporate meetings and incentives, medical meetings, and SMERF (social, military, education, religious, and fraternal) market segments. The group also publishes MeetingsNet Today, a daily e-newsletter, and monthly e-newsletters in each of the market segments. She oversees MeetingsNet’s popular educational webinar series and speaks on meeting planning trends and topics at industry events. She co-organizes the annual Pharma Forum for pharmaceutical meeting managers with partner CBI; and oversees programming for the group's annual Las Vegas Invitational and the Beyond Borders Summit. She serves on the global board of directors of the Green Meeting Industry Council. Prior to joining MeetingsNet, she served in staff writing positions for Travel Agent magazine and Travel Management Daily.

Articles
Paris Proves Secure for Meetings Post Terrorist Attacks

As host for the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which took place over a span of nearly two weeks, from November 30 to December 12, Paris Le Bourget proved a safe and productive venue for the 40,000 people who attended.

Events Industry Mourns the Passing of Jon Michaels

Jonathan Brian Michaels, 45, vice president and partner of Extraordinary Events, died unexpectedly from intestinal complications on December 14, the birthday of his mother, business partner, and industry icon Andrea Michaels.

What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Meetings?

If you and your organization aren’t talking about the Internet of Things yet, you will soon enough.

Think Green: IMEX-GMIC Calls for Session Ideas, Award Nominations

The Green Meeting Industry Council and IMEX are seeking speaker submission proposals for a sustainability track to take place during IMEX Frankfurt April 19–21.

Sustainability is one of 10 education tracks that will be featured around the 2016 show theme: “You + Me = More Than We.”

Association for Women in Events in Growth Mode 2

The Association for Women in Events, which was founded in March by volunteers to focus on professional development, personal brand development, and assisting young professionals to attain career goals, is moving into a growth mode.

Commentary: The Secret to Successful Meetings? It’s All in the Sauce 1

We regularly write about and advocate for the importance of face-to-face meetings. I may be a little biased since I make my living off of them, but here’s yet one more example of why they work so well.

MeetingsNet Editors Pick Top 12 Speakers of 2015

Here is our third annual list of our favorite speakers from the meetings we attended in the previous 12 months.

AccorHotels to Acquire Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel

Paris-based AccorHotels, a global hotel company and Europe’s largest hotel group, representing brands such as Sofitel and Novotel, has signed an agreement to acquire FRHI Holdings Ltd., parent of Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel.

QuickMobile Predicts the Future

QuickMobile has published its third annual white paper highlighting what the mobile event app company—and some of the industry’s thought leaders—predict will happen with mobile apps and event technology in 2016.

DoubleDutch Launches Lead Tool for Exhibitors, Teams With Freeman

DoubleDutch, a provider of mobile event apps, announced a new solution called DoubleDutch for Exhibitors. It gives exhibitors onsite at a trade show the power to better target leads with promotional efforts, gain more visibility into the lead history and analytics, and maximize the ROI they get from events.

Jerusalem Hosts INCON, Offers Convention Incentives

INCON, a partnership of leading global conference and event companies, joined with the newly launched Jerusalem Convention and Visitors Bureau for a board meeting and meetings industry conference November 7–9 in Jerusalem. The forum tackled Israel’s challenges in attracting meetings.

Lippman Connects Announces 2016 Calendar of Events

Lippman Connects, an organizer of live meetings for exhibition and convention industry professionals, has announced its calendar of events for 2016.

Hollywood, Fla., Announced as Site for 2017 IBTM AMERICA

After meeting at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville in June 2016, ibtm America, Reed Travel Exhibitions’ U.S. hosted-buyer event for meeting planners, will take place at the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla. in June 2017.

Las Vegas CVA Chief Appointed to Brand USA Board

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has appointed Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, to the Brand USA board of directors. Brand USA is the destination marketing organization for the U.S., with a mission to increase the incremental visitation, spending, and market share of international travelers.

IACC Reinvents its Meeting: A Grand Experiment

The International Association of Conference Centres is reinventing its annual meeting, to be held in New York City April 19–20. Instead of the traditional three-plus-day meeting, the conference will take place over two days incorporating different locations in Manhattan. A number of new learning formats will be offered.