Betsy Bair

Content Director,

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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.

Janet Traphagen Named President of Creative Group 

Janet Traphagen, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Creative Group Inc., has been named the company’s president, effective January 5.

Christine Duffy Takes Over World’s Largest Cruise Line 

Meeting and travel industry veteran Christine Duffy has been named president of Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, just four years after being named president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association.

Johnson Sells Rx Worldwide Meetings 

Judy Johnson, CMP, president, CEO, and co-owner of Plano, Texas–based Rx Worldwide Meetings Inc. since 2000, has sold her medical meeting planning company to Sally and Mike Roberts, both of whom come from the pharmaceutical industry.

MeetingsNet Editors Pick Top 10 Speakers of 2014 1

We MeetingsNet editors do get around—to meetings industry meetings, that is. Herewith is our list of our favorite speakers from the meetings we attended in 2014.

CLIA Hires D’Aoust, Formerly of MPI, as Exec VP; Will Help Consolidate Headquarters 

Cruise Lines International Association has announced that in 2015 it will consolidate its U.S. offices into a single location in Washington, D.C, closing its Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office. Former Meeting Professionals International COO Cindy D’Aoust has been tapped to oversee the move and become executive vice president, membership and operations.

Room Rate Holy Grail For Hoteliers and Meeting Planners 
In a MeetingsNet webinar, called “Room Blocks and Red Flags: How Hoteliers Think, meeting pros spent a productive hour getting inside the heads of hoteliers, who offered tactics for planners negotiating with hotel sales for their events.
Convention Industry Council Names Dubois New Chair 

At the annual meeting of the Convention Industry Council earlier this month, David DuBois, CMP, CAE, CTA, FASAE, of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, was named the new chair.

A Canon PowerShot N100: For that special speaker in your life
Sustainable Swag and Special Gifts for Speakers

Can swag be sustainable? Here is a gallery of favorite eco-friendly picks, along with our choices for memorable speakers gifts.

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).


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