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.

The Blue Man Group moves to Luxor Las Vegas in the fall.
MGM Resorts Builds New Theater, Blue Man Group to Return to its Roots 
MGM Resorts announces plans for a new 5,000-seat theater in Las Vegas, which will be available for meeting groups when it opens in 2016. The Blue Man Group will move from the Monte Carlo to Luxor this fall.
Korea MERS Scare Over, Travel Expected to Rebound 

The Korean outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been officially declared over, according to South Korean prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who made the announcement on July 28.

5 Global Trends To Apply at Your Next Meeting 
MeetingsNet asked Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, to identify five major global meeting trends and discuss how they played into the design of the education and activities at IMEX Frankfurt 2015, and how they will be integrated at IMEX America. Here are her thoughts.
San Fran Has Most Expensive Hotels—But There’s Hope for Planners 

San Francisco has a new distinction, according to a recent index compiled by Bloomberg of the world’s top 100 financial centers: It has the world’s most expensive hotels.

Planners Can Gather Destination News Via Live Pilot Webcast 

Destination Marketing Association International’s empowerMINT program will pilot a live webcast for meeting planners at its annual convention July 16–17 in Austin, Texas.

Lanyon Sets Out to Educate the World on Smarter Ways to Manage Meetings 

Lanyon, the technology solutions company that added three meeting planning platforms to its existing transient travel products within the past 18 months, is now committed to educating Corporate America on how to save time and money on their events while growing revenue.

Monterey’s Portola Hotel & Spa Boosts Internet Capabilities, Recertifies as Green 

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay in Monterey, Calif., has activated a 1 gigabit-per-second Internet connection to support meetings, events, and guests, increasing the hotel’s Internet capacity by tenfold.

Book Review: 167 Easy Inspirations for Greener Meetings 
This checklist-rich book will get you greener meetings in no time.
Five Simple Rules for Event Marketing 

He’s all about trade show marketing and getting more attendees at your conferences and events. Sam Lippman, shares five easy tips for acquiring attendees.

GMIC Spreads Love and Peanut Butter
The community service event at the Green Meeting Industry Council’s 2015 Sustainable Meetings Conference was a sandwich-making marathon.
GES Earns Environmental Sustainability Certification for General Contracting 
General services contractor GES celebrates its certification to the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards at this week's Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Conference, taking place in Atlanta.
Nashville to Host ibtm America in 2016 

Taking place this week in Chicago in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place West, ibtm america, part of Reed Exhibitions’ ibtm event portfolio, will move next year to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, June 15–17, 2016.

Changemaker 2015: Dahlia El Gazzar  1
Dahlia El Gazzar is on a mission to educate the masses about apps and mobile technology on site at conferences
Changemakers 2015: Kimberly Meyer and Peter Matthews 
Kimberly Meyer and Peter Matthews, Co-founders, Meetings Analytics, help companies turn “fairy tale” reporting into trustworthy analysis of hard data
Changemaker 2015: Mariela McIlwraith 
Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, president of Meeting Change, brings her passion for sustainability and fundamental human issues to her writing and volunteer efforts.