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.

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.

Who's Who in the Exhibition Industry
The Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum 2014, held in late May at the JW Marriott, Washington, D.C., drew its largest crowd yet. Now in its 13th year, ECEF attracted 206 top executives from associations and independent event companies.
IMEX Frankfurt 2014 in Photos
Good energy flowed among the 9,000 attendees at IMEX Frankfurt, May 20-22
IMEX Opens with Record Exhibitor Numbers and 200 Education Events
IMEX Frankfurt 2014 has opened with its largest number of exhibitors ever.
The Debut of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard—One of Many New London Venues
The sweeping views from Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, provide an entirely new perspective on London.