Betsy Bair

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.com, 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.

Articles
Global Events Partners Announces Immediate Closing of 7 DMCs 2
Global Events Partners, a leading partnership of destination management companies worldwide, has announced that it is closing its seven company-owned DMCs, which are GEP Washington (D.C.), GEP Philly, GEP Baltimore, GEP Bahamas, GEP South Florida, GEP Utah, and GEP Atlanta.
Mentoring at the Heart of Success
Drawing on careers that have spanned more than three decades, three of this year’s Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders inductees offer advice to those just entering the meetings and hospitality industry. The inductees will be honored on October 13 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, two days before the start of IMEX America.
Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale: Panoramic Views, Steps to the Beach, and Meeting Space Galore
Fort Lauderdale offers its own international airport and a plethora of low-cost carriers from which to choose, plus some of the best beaches in the country—fully seven miles of sandy shores.
Icons and Pacesetters to Be Recognized at Hall of Leaders Gala at IMEX America
For the first time, the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders Gala will be held in conjunction with IMEX America, on Sunday, October 13, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Commentary: Race Relations and Your Meeting

Shortly before I began writing this column in late July, the jury in the George Zimmerman trial acquitted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.

RevPAR and Your Meeting: How Important Group Biz Is to Hotels
Savvy meeting professionals take note: a new infographic details how hotels can use group business to improve their bottom lines.
Sheraton Macao Expansion Creates Starwood's Biggest Property
The Earth Tower at the Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, brings the property’s total to 3,896 rooms
Seven Secrets for Growing Conference Sponsorship Revenue 2

Two experts in association consulting give top tips for growing sponsorship at your conference

Pharma Meeting Planners Tune in to Virtual Meetings
What to consider now that pharma companies are increasingly supplementing their meetings with virtual and hybrid options
The Meeting Pool Online Portal Launches
Three event technology veterans have a launched a new Web site, The Meeting Pool, which allows users to view technology vendors by category, post reviews, and compare and contrast details of different products.
Industry Advocacy Campaigns Launching on Several Fronts 1
Meetings industry associations, including the Professional Convention Management Association, continue to fight to raise awareness of the benefits of meetings and conventions on business and the economy.
Photo Highlights from the 2013 Cvent Corporate Meetings Summit
Cvent, the McLean, Va.-based enterprise event management technology company, welcomed 500 meeting professionals to its Corporate Meetings Summit in June at the Peabody Orlando. Check out who won its first annual Cvent Planner Awards.
AIBTM Debuts in Chicago, Planner Attendance Up 
Education, dialogue, pre-scheduled appointments highlight the third AIBTM.
Cvent Attracts 500 Corporate Planners to the Peabody Orlando 
More than 500 buyers, 70 Cvent employees, and 30 hoteliers converged on the Peabody Orlando June 5–7 for the second Cvent Corporate Meetings Summit in June.
Shelter in Place: A Boston Perspective 
How conferences carried on despite a "shelter in place" advisory after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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