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5 Cool Ice Bars to Beat the Heat

Temperatures have been climbing in Toronto where I am based so this motivated me to bring you ice bars we haven't discussed before. Some of them are brand new. Icebar (London) With a temperature of -5°C, Icebar is the only permanent ice bar in the UK. The venue has been fashioned from crystal more

Asia Boutique Hotels to Keep Your Cool in Summer

Southeast Asia summers are very hot. Even Tokyo, which is much further north experiences very high summer temperatures. Yet, there are still boutique hotels where corporate groups can keep their cool. The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia For small groups seeking a place to cool off in more

3 Family-Friendly French Hotels

France's family-friendly hotels are some of its best kept secrets. Groups can enjoy the cultural attractions, historical sites, and cuisine that France offers and also welcome children. L'Hotel du Collectionneur (Paris) Located near Champs Elysees and Place de l'Etoile in Paris, this 5 Star, more

Where to Stay to See Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games

Yesterday, I confirmed that tickets for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, beginning July 10th, are still available. With the strong value of the US$ against the Canadian $, it's the perfect time to surprise corporate groups with impromptu meetings or executive retreats in or near Toronto. I did more

Cvent CONNECT Dine Around Venues in Las Vegas

Dine-arounds. It's a concept that significantly boosts interaction between participants. Dine-arounds can take a variety of formats: small group dining for where groups of 6 - 8 attendees can bond over a full course meal progressive dinners at which attendees switch venues with each course pick more

Destination Marketing Strategies for Event Planners and DMOs #cventconnect

Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), like tourist boards and convention bureaus (CVBs), aren't the only organizations involved in destination marketing. Securing business in any destination requires a collaborative effort between event planners, DMOs, and hotels. On Monday >at Cvent CONNECT, more

Nice for MICE: Meeting in Sumptuous Syon Park

One of the joys of English stately homes is that while set on vast landscaped estates, there are often smaller or “secret” garden areas or temporary shelters near the main house where guests can access the outdoors during summery intervals, then beat a quick retreat inside when the weather more

Hot Shows in London’s West End: See Hits Here Before Broadway

Brits just swept the Tony Awards in New York, with English producers and performers nabbing trophies for Best Play, The Curious Incident in the Dog at Nighttime, and best actress to Helen Mirren and best featured actor to Richard McCabe for The Audience. Those award-winning shows ran in London’ more

Cvent CONNECT: The Future of Group Business Technology & the Cvent Hospitality Cloud

Cvent CONNECT day two began with an exciting look at the present state of the industry, or what is being called the “golden era” of group business. Technology has empowered customers, and the hospitality industry must react in kind.  To do this, it takes the ability and tools to handle demand, more

Takeaways from Cvent Connect Group Business Forum

The Group Business Forum at Cvent Connect 2015 just started yesterday and already attendees are walking away with solid strategies to grow group business. At Group Marketing Solutions, Bharet Malhotra, Senior Vice President, Sales, Cvent, explored how buyers and the buying process have changed more
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