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 Direct, a weekly e-newsletter, and monthly e-newsletters in each of the market segments, as well as the Beyond Borders e-newsletter. 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.

Go Get getplanning

Getplanning, a tool that helps meeting planners communicate and collaborate with meeting properties, has landed a key hotel client that is moving it into mainstream use.

Brilliant! 10 Favourites Whilst Travelling
IMEX Group execs share their must-have products and experience-born tips to ease the pain of business travel.
Updated Economic Impact Numbers: Good News for Meetings Industry

The Convention Industry Council has released its new "Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy" report, an update to a 2009 study, which had been conducted during the depths of the economic recession. The new figures show significant increases in meeting participants, tax contribution, and job growth from 2009 to 2012.

Orlando Gears Up for AIBTM in June
The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) is heading to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando June 10–12.
Global Events Partners, Krisam Group File for Bankruptcy


Global Events Partners, Inc., a marketing consortium of destination management companies, and The Krisam Group. Inc., a sister company that represented hotels to the meeting planning community, filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 on January 31 in California Northern Bankruptcy Court.

American Dental Association Rolls Out Brave New Brand for Its Meeting

The American Dental Association's annual meeting consistently ranks among the five largest trade shows in the United States, but in 2012, stakeholders realized they needed to shake things up.

American Bill Hanbury Appointed New Director of New Bermuda Tourism Authority
The newly formed Bermuda Tourism Authority has named Bill Hanbury, a longtime U.S. convention and visitor bureau and association exec, as chief executive officer.
GMIC’s Sustainable Meetings Conference to Offer Sustainability in Action, Collaborative Sessions
GMIC's annual conference for professionals focused on making events more sustainable will be held at the San Francisco Hilton from April 15 to 17.
Federal Travel Cuts Part of $1.1 Trillion U.S. Omnibus Bill
The $1.1 trillion bill to finance the U.S. government through September 30 that President Barack Obama signed on January 17 allows lawmakers to focus on the next potential fiscal showdown—to raise the federal debt ceiling—but it also codified the restrictions for federal employee conference travel that have been in effect for some time.
Meetings Mean Business Initiative Launched

A coalition of meeting and travel industry organizations, coalescing under the name of the slogan first created in 2008, Meetings Mean Business, rolled out a new public relations campaign at the Professional Convention Management Association annual meeting in Boston January 14.

A Peek Behind the Curtain at PCMA
The Professional Convention Management Association annual meeting is in full swing in Boston this week. True to their goals, organizers have taken some risks, experimenting with session formats and addressing multiple learning styles
FRESH Conference Encore
For the third year, the FRESH conference, an innovative two-day forum that focuses solely on tools, strategies, and techniques to improve the effectiveness of any conference's content and education, will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from January 26 to 28.
Get Thee to a Tablet!
MeetingsNet will no longer be in the business of printing magazines, but we will still be in the business of publishing them.
Photos Highlights from Site Global's Annual Conference
Site held its annual global conference in Orlando December 7-10, celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Site’s 40th Anniversary Global Conference Draws 400 to Orlando
Site kicked off its 40th anniversary celebration at its annual Site Global Conference on December 7 with an enthusiastic delegate base of more than 400 people from 49 countries.

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