Dave Kovaleski


Senior Writer, MeetingsNet
(978) 874-0804

Since joining the MeetingsNet editorial staff in 2003, Dave has written for Association Meetings, Corporate Meetings & Incentives, Medical Meetings, and Religious Conference Manager. Prior to joining MeetingsNet, Dave was a writer and reporter for Crain Communication's Pensions & Investments, Standard & Poor's Financial Communications group, McGraw-Hill Construction, and the Sag Harbor Express, a newspaper on Long Island. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a degree in writing, literature, and publishing.

Cvent Ranks Top 50 Meeting Cities
Through a calculation involving RFPs sent, events booked, and other criteria, Cvent has determined that Orlando is the most popular meeting destination among its users during the 12 months ended July 2013.
Sorority Nearly Breaks Guinness Record for Largest Sit-Down Meal in D.C. 3
It didn’t quite set a record, but the 16,000-seat banquet for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. biennial convention July 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., came pretty close.
State Department Official Explains How Improved Visa Process Means More Meeting Attendees 
If you’ve seen an uptick in international attendees and exhibitors at your meetings, it’s no coincidence. Thanks to improvements to the visa entry process, the number of visas issued last year jumped 19 percent.
International Congress in Turkey Canceled Due to Travel Advisories 1
Warnings about travel to Turkey caused Montreal-based International Design Alliance to cancel its 2013 congress, which was scheduled to take place November 16–17 in Istanbul.
Exclusive Association Meetings Survey: Numbers Game
Our exclusive survey shows some associations increased the size of contracted room blocks for their 2012 and 2013 conventions, and even more are doing so for 2014. Read on for insights into how hotel rates continue to be critical in site selection, and how factors such as free Wi-Fi are influencing booking choices.
How One Hybrid Meeting Reached 35,000 Remote Attendees  4
The Gospel Coalition’s National Conference drew 5,000-plus people from 41 countries to the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando in April. But, great as they are, those attendance numbers represent just a fraction of The Gospel Coalition’s international audience who attended virtually.
House Passes Bill That Would Restrict Government Meetings
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Government Spending and Accountability Act of 2013, which would limit attendance and expenditures for government meetings.
Brand USA Looking for Board Members
The U.S. Department of Commerce is looking for travel and tourism leaders to serve on Brand USA’s Board of Directors.
McGury to Lead Event Services at SmithBucklin
SmithBucklin promoted Carol McGury to head up convention, trade show, and event management services at the company.
5 AV Trends That Can Wow Attendees 2
If you’re tired of the same old Powerpoints and slides, consider livening up your stages with one of these five hot audiovisual trends.
Study Says Cancelling Government Meetings May Cost More
Meetings have been in the crosshairs of legislators for the past few years for alleged waste, but a new study by the U.S. Travel Association reveals that cancelling government meetings may cost taxpayers more in the long run.
Case Study: How North American Christian Convention Provides Free Wi-Fi to its Attendees

“People want Wi-Fi, especially free Wi-Fi, wherever they can get it,” says Larry Collins, executive director at North American Christian Convention. “It’s just a part of our lives.” That’s why he makes sure that the 8,000 attendees at his annual meeting, Victorious, can access it—for free.

Tech Expert Corbin Ball Weighs in on Wi-Fi for Events
Meetings and events technology guru Corbin Ball says meeting planners can expect Wi-Fi demand to keep growing.
New Bill Calls for Cutting Federal Meeting Costs Through Videoconferencing
U.S. Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) introduced a bill in Congress that would require federal agencies to use videoconferencing in place of face-to-face meetings to reduce federal travel expenditures by up to 50 percent from 2013 levels.
Experient to Use Cvent Hotel Sourcing Platform
Meeting planning company Experient has picked Cvent as its preferred hotel sourcing platform.

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