Posts by Terri Hardin

Terri Hardin is the Destinations Marketing Editor at Cvent. Terri is a veteran media professional reporting on the meetings and events industry, having held senior positions at Successful Meetings and MeetingNews, and is known as "Meetings Diva" to the social network that has grown around the industry. At Cvent, Terri is charged with producing destination profiles and guides that aid in site selection for meeting and event planners, as well as editing the award-winning Cvent Event blog.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Cvent or any other organization or individual.

Event Themes to Explore: Steampunk

It's not easy to theme. Okay, maybe it is, but coming up with fresh ideas? Not so much.  Which is why steampunk, a fantasy concept composed of 19th-century, steam-powered science and sci-fi, may be the next event theme to catch on.  Steampunk is all about re-creating a fanciful future as more

There's an App for That: William Shatner at Comic Con

Need an incentive to brave the snowy Heartland this winter? Well, do your attendees enjoy sci-fi? The Wizard World franchise roams the U.S., bringing celebrities from mostly sci-fi and fantasy entertainment together with their fans. But when Comic Con lands in the midwest in early 2015, the more

Texas Sets Store on Bitcoin

Call it the future, or maybe the currency version of Esperanto (remember that?), but Bitcoin, the virtual currency, has taken Texas by storm. The first bitcoin ATM (CoinVault) appeared in Austin in February; followed by two CoinVaults in Dallas last August. This month, however, Houston took more

Book Shelf: Advice & Strategy from Cvent

Cvent bloggers have often shared their favorite reference and business books to help planners with their overarching strategies, as well as with everyday dilemmas.  At Cvent, we're alwaying adding to our ebook library; recently, however, we issued several new ebooks across our product lines: more

How MLB's Brass Plays Ball in Phoenix

The Boys of Summer are officially done, following the World Series (congrats San Francisco Giants!). But this month, it was time for the "old boys" of summer - namely, 30 general managers of the MLB - to start playing ball, as the GM Meetings convened at the Biltmore in Phoenix.  RELATED: more

National Chili Month Takes It on the Lamb

October kicks off a month of celebrations, featuring that national treasure, chili. A paradoxical dish at best ('cause, done right, chili is a comfort food that gives you heartburn), chili recipes are many and are as diverse as the people - from First Ladies to firemen - who make them. Here are two more

TSA Offers a Way Out of the Holiday/Back-to-School Rush

September marks the beginning of the busy travel season, when hordes of students and families take to the air. While business travelers are experts at savvy packing and organization, this is the time of year when they find themselves surrounded by people who are not. The latter will be swelling more

Cvent Is on the Move to Greensboro Station

The day has finally come: After making the announcement last October, Cvent confirms that its new world headquarters, 1765 Greensboro Station Place, 7th Floor, Tysons Corner, VA 22102, will be employee-ready by August 4, 2014. The new almost 130,000-square-foot headquarters is located near the more

Atlantic City: New Life for the Boardwalk

That Atlantic City has been struggling in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the rise of gaming elsewhere comes as no surprise. But reports of its demise are premature, especially when it comes to meetings.  In the first half of 2014, for example, 41 events were held at the Atlantic City more

In Defense of Airlines

There has been a lot of talk lately about taking airline complaints to the next level, whether by app or by law. While I like complaining as much as the next person, I think we may be taking airline bashing too far. Here's why: In 2005, I was standing next to Gerard Arpey, then CEO of more
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