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. Prior to joining MeetingsNet, she served in staff writing positions for Travel Agent magazine and Travel Management Daily.

Articles
ICCA Elects its First African, and Third Woman, President 
Members of the International Congress and Convention Association are convening in Antalya, Turkey, for their 53rd annual congress.
Editors Nominate World’s Best PR Campaigns 

As editors in the meetings media, we get press releases every day from destinations and hotels all over the world. Those press releases often turn into news pieces or stories that we deliver to you.

Some stories and PR campaigns resonate more than others; they might deal with a crisis, give attention to something other than a new convention center addition, or shine the spotlight on a new—and fun—initiative.

Gallery: Scenes from the 2014 CIC Hall of Leaders Gala
Photos from the 2014 Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders gala, which was held October 12 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
IMEX CSR Event Brings Healing Power to a Las Vegas Shelter 
Just prior to IMEX America, planning and hospitality professionals worked to update the Healing Garden at The Shade Tree Shelter, a homeless shelter for women, their children, and their pets.
ICCA Loves a Good Contest 

Nearly one-quarter of the members of the International Congress and Convention Association are in meetings management. Many of them attend, with their supplier colleagues, ICCA’s four-day congress each year.

Can the Meetings Biz Save Atlantic City?  1

In mid-July, within days of the news that Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza and Showboat casino hotels would be closing by Labor Day, I was touring the ballroom of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.

Gallery: 8 Best Practices To Avoid Piracy at Your Next Meeting

Here are eight top tips for combatting pirates, poachers, or interceptors (or any company that has not been invited by you as the organizer to assist with your event).

 

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.