Betsy Bair

Content Director,

(978) 448-0582

Betsy oversees content and editorial for 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.

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.

The Value of Face-to-Face Meetings, in Good Times and Bad 

In a recent global survey Hilton Worldwide found that more than two-thirds of business professionals, ranging from Millennials to those over the age of 65, prefer meeting in person to any other collaboration method.

DoubleDutch Introduces Real-Time Messaging and New Channel Capabilities  3

DoubleDutch, a global provider of mobile event apps and event performance analytics, today announced new messaging and channel features in its app aimed at connecting people onsite in real time, as well as enhancing collaboration by topic or area of interest among event attendees.

London’s Olympic Legacy Is, Fittingly, Teamwork 

Joined at the hip to bring the Olympics to London in 2012, event powerhouses London & Partners and the ExCeL convention center are still working as teammates to draw record numbers of attendees to the city.

Trump Bashes Atlantic City, But Can Meetings Biz Save It? 
Atlantic City has seen some tough times, but it’s particularly painful when it gets bashed by presidential candidate Donald Trump, who said at a debate last week, “Atlantic City has gone bad.”
ASAE’s 2015 Technology Conference & Expo Features 42 Education Sessions, 150 Booths 

ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Technology Conference & Expo, which is scheduled for December 15–16 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

ICCA Ups its Game, Turns Focus Beyond Venues to Associations, Too 

ICCA, the International Congress & Convention Association, launched a new strategic plan at its Congress taking place in Buenos Aires this week. It's on the way to becoming the “global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings sector.

2015 Green Venue Report Released 

It’s hard to be green when your meeting venue isn’t. That's why the recently published Second Annual Green Venue Report, a study of the sustainability practices among 30 convention centers around the world, is important for meeting and convention planners.

VISIT DENVER First Convention Bureau In U.S. To Earn Level 2 Green Meeting Certification 

VISIT DENVER has become the first destination marketing organization in the country to achieve a Level 2 certification in the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards.

Dezika Launches to Support Independent Meeting Pros 

Two veteran hospitality executives have formed a new global alliance aimed at supporting independent meeting professionals to streamline their operations.

QuickMobile Launches a New User Interface for its Mobile Event App 

QuickMobile, a global leader in enterprise mobile meeting and event apps, released a new user interface for its mobile app and analytics platform, replicating the experience users have in most mainstream consumer apps. QuickMobile plans to erase one of the biggest barriers to enterprise mobile app adoption by redefining the user experience.

Paris Makes Best—and Worst—International Meeting Location in A Recent Study 

A new study of North American meeting planners identifies their site selection process, both for destinations outside the U.S. and within, measuring influences on decision-making through multiple marketing channels.

Industry Icons Sparkle at Hall of Leaders Gala
The Convention Industry Council honored outstanding pioneers and emerging leaders at the annual Hall of Leaders gala during IMEX America in Las Vegas. Here are some highlights.
New Research: Benchmark Your Green Meeting Practices 
With sustainability a strong focus among corporate brands and their customers, a new research project seeks to measure the green practices of Fortune 500 companies now as compared to five years ago—particularly in the realm of meetings and events.
ICCA Announces Destinations Worthy of Best PR Award 

ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, has announced the finalists for this year’s ICCA Best PR Award. These are cities and countries, members of ICCA, who exemplified exceptional public relations performance during the last year.

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