Alison Hall

Alison
Hall

Editor, MeetingsNet
ahall@meetingsnet.com
Alison Hall has been writing about the meetings industry—with a specialty in the financial and insurance market—since 1992. Her articles have been nominated for, or won, awards from American Business Media, Folio Magazine, and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. She holds a BA in English from Colgate University and an MA in Fiction from Boston University. A reluctant tweeter and a passionate copy editor, she is delighted to be writing and editing content for the MeetingsNet magazine app, launched in January 2014. The interactive tablet platform is a brand-new canvas for the MeetingsNet art and editing staff to play with, offering more interesting and interactive ways to bring readers news, features, photos, videos, and more. 

Articles
Hilton Invites Business Travelers to Stop Hunger
Business travelers staying in select Hilton hotels this fall can spend a couple of hours meeting fellow travelers and doing their part to stop world hunger. Stop Hunger Now's Karen Sanders Noe and Hilton Worldwide's Rob Scypinski (pictured) spread the word about their partnership at the 2015 GBTA Convention.
2015 GBTA Convention News Gallery
Dreamy first-class seats (or suites, like the one on Air France, pictured), opening your hotel room with a wave of your smartphone, tracking travelers in hot spots, and more news from the expo floor at the 6,389-attendee 2015 Global Business Travel Association Convention.
GBTA Panel Calls for Level Playing Field for Ground Transportation
But traditional chauffeured-car companies are also ready to compete in the mobile space. The National Limousine Association just launched a ride-hailing app that will be available to its member ground transportation companies.
“Sharing Economy” as Oxymoron—and More from the 2015 GBTA Convention
What is the place of Airbnb and other companies like it in the business travel ecosystem?
Radisson Blu Expands to Latin America
Two brand-new Colombian resorts—including one on San Andres island in the Caribbean, pictured—highlight the move of upper-upscale Radisson Blu into Latin America.
Women in the Biz: Huge Growth for WINiT in its Second Year
“You learn from the things you do, not from the things you don’t.” That was one piece of advice among hundreds flying off the stage from women (and a few men!) sharing their stories and experience during the day-long Women in Travel Summit.
More Companies Merging Meeting and Travel Management
Half of travel managers say they have or are in the process of creating a consolidated meetings and travel program to improve transparency and save money.
NYC: A Travel Steal in 2016?
OK, maybe not a steal! But the Big Apple, surprisingly, has the lowest projected increase in hotel rates next year of all the U.S. metro areas covered by the newly released GBTA Foundation/Carlson Wagonlit Travel Global Travel Price Outlook.
Checking In? How to Protect Yourself from Hotel Data Breaches
One tip: Try to have a separate card just for travel, that way if a big breach happens, your main card will be insulated.
Justifying Jets in the Midst of Climate Change
“How do we reconcile the need to serve all corners of the globe, to help boost development, and to support sustainable tourism, whilst also taking care to reduce CO2 emissions?” The airline industry hopes its sustainability goals answer that question.
New Consortium Will Aid Travel, Tourism, and Related Sectors
Primapact’s goal is to help clients tackle the complex economic issues and hurdles facing tourism today, such as taxation, healthcare policy, and global competition. Roger Rickard, pictured, is a principal.
Financial and Insurance Planners Get Schooled on the Regulatory Environment
There's still a lot of hostility toward Wall Street on Capitol Hill—and "Wall Street" includes everyone from the big banks in New York to a small insurance company in the Midwest. Here's how a former Senate Banking Committee member suggests companies can rebuild trust.
What Procurement Thinks: A Planner’s Guide 2
While planners and suppliers may not always agree during a negotiation, they are at least coming from the same place: a place of experience with events. Insert a procurement specialist into the mix, and that assumption flies out the window.
2015 FICP Education Forum in the New Washington, D.C.
Attendees at the 2015 Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Education Forum got a taste of the capital's newer side—including dinner at the hippest venue this side of Portland, a converted loading dock.
Sneak Peek at FICP Incentive Benchmarks Survey
See what respondents to a just-completed Financial & Insurance Conference Planners survey about incentive practices said about international destinations, education, and DMCs. We're on the scene at the 2015 FICP Education Forum (with FICP Chair Shelia Cleary, pictured).

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