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

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.
GenieConnect Helps You Take Over Attendees’ Screens
GenieConnect, an event technology company, has introduced an iBeacon-enabled audience response system for the meetings and events industry.
Hotel e-RFPs: Both Planners and Suppliers Feel the Pain 

Being able to send a request for proposal to multiple hotels in multiple cities with the touch of a button—something planners have been able to do for years now, thanks to the influx of third-party sourcing Web sites—is a wonderful thing. Or is it?

Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum Finalizes Program

The Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum is well on its way to reaching its maximum of 200 top executives for the annual one-day event, being held this year on May 28 in Washington, D.C.

Sustainable Meetings Conference: Making Little Ideas Big

The recent Sustainable Meetings Conference held at the San Francisco Hilton April 15–17 took its theme—Building Bridges—quite literally, as in-person participants built physical bridges throughout the meeting space.

IMEX in Frankfurt: What’s New for 2014
Creative, bite-sized education events await IMEX's visitors.
Passkey Launches New Single-Hotel Housing Portal for Meeting Planners

Passkey, a hotel booking technology for meetings and events, offers new accommodation management tools.