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- Spotlight On: Group Meetings: New Trends Affecting Convention Room Blocks
- Feature Focus: Pokémon Go – Meeting Applications?
- Stellar Buzz: News Briefs From Our Members
- Solar eClip: Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown will welcome 2017 fully renovated
- Winner's Circle: Share a Tip & Win

  Spotlight On

Group Meetings: New Trends Affecting Convention Room Blocks Principal & Co-Founder Katherine Markham authored the following article, which originally appeared on

The economy is showing signs of improvement and hotels are reporting record profits. Yet the trends that are affecting convention room blocks today as well as vexing meeting planners are rooted in the past trials of the Great Recession. looked to its own Advisory Council, supplier members and industry leaders for feedback on the factors that are eroding meeting and convention room blocks.

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  Feature Focus

Pokémon Go – Meeting Applications?

By Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM

Pokémon Go - if you haven’t heard of this latest craze, then I’m wondering what rock you’re hiding under.

So, can this craze be applied to meetings or events?
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  Stellar Buzz
 News Briefs From Our Members

newspaperCliff House Maine, which reopened in August following the completion of the first phase of an impressive $40 million transformation, has been accepted as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Continue Cliff House article...

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) has released its Exhibition Guidelines for Priority Points Systems to provide show organizers information on the various considerations taken into account, and methods used, for assigning exhibit space. Continue IAEE article...

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  Solar eClip
Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown will welcome 2017 fully renovated

Located in the West End, adjacent to Georgetown and less than a mile from the National Mall, Fairmont Washington D.C, Georgetown is completing a 27 million dollar renovation.

All guestrooms were completed June 2016, with the lobby, the beautiful central courtyard and lounge to be completed in January 2017. Be one of the first to experience this transformation with our special meetings offer that is valid until March 2017 to include:

• *5% credit back to the master account
• *2 complimentary staff rooms for program
• *1-hour welcome reception

This offer is for new bookings only and is based on a minimum two night stay for 10 guestrooms or more per night. Program needs to be confirmed by December 31, 2016 for dates up to March 31, 2017. To request a quote please follow the link below and note you are interested in the special meetings offer.

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  Winner's Circle
Share a Tip & Win

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Share your best meeting planning tip in the Stellar Tip Contest. Receive the most votes for the month and win an American Express Rewards Card!

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A refreshing take on meetings with Kimpton Florida.

Up to 7% off your master account, Amex gift card up to $750 value, and additional perks when you book your next meeting at one of our participating hotels: EPIC, Surfcomber, The Angler’s, Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, or The Hotel Zamora. 

Learn more about Kimpton Florida.

Situated along the Boston Harbor’s edge and comprised of the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Seaport offers an award-winning combination of distinctive function spaces, many with stunning harbor and city views, exceptional cuisine and award-winning service.

A solutions-oriented partner, Seaport creates meetings and events that are innovative, collaborative and truly memorable.

Learn more about the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.

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Across the Atlantic Ocean is the enchanting island of Ireland that has an outstanding global reputation for hospitality and innovation.

Be inspired by the ancient ruins along the east coast that tell the story of Ireland’s saints, scholars and kings and the beautiful beaches, cities and cuisine along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Learn more about Ireland.

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Make it a truly memorable experience.

The Benjamin is the perfect venue for your upcoming meeting or event, with versatile spaces and custom menus by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s award-winning restaurant, The National Bar & Dining Rooms.

Your guests will leave refreshed, satisfied, and singing your praises.


Learn more about The Benjamin.


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