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January 7, 2014
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- Spotlight On: 2014 Meeting Trends
- Feature Focus: Meet Kasey McNeil, Advisory Council Member
- Stellar Buzz: News Briefs From Our Members
- Solar e-Clip: VIP Holiday Event
- Winner's Circle: Win a Trip to Reno

  Spotlight On
2014 Meeting Trends
2014 trends

The 2014 American Express Global Meetings & Events Forecast has some noteworthy prediction for meeting planning in the coming year.

The forecast touches on a number of key trends and identified expectations across all regions, including mobile apps, budgets, and unique venues. Read on to find out more!

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  Feature Focus
Meet Kasey McNeil, Advisory Council Member

kasey mcneilAdvisory Council Member Kasey McNeil is starting 2014 off in a new role with the American Academy of Physicians Assistants as the Exhibits Manager. She brings her over 17 years in meeting planning to this new role. Congratulations and best of luck, Kasey!

Read on to learn more about Kasey and to find out what her favorite features of are.

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  Stellar Buzz
News Briefs From Our Members

stellar buzzThe Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. recently joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Continue Omni Shoreham article...

International tourism bodies – the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) – are helping the Philippines in its tourism-related program in areas affected by the recent earthquake and super-typhoon. Continue Philippines Tourism article...

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  Solar e-Clip
VIP (Very Important Planner) Holiday Event
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ConventionPlanit Advisory Board member Carrie Abernathy CMP, CEM, CSEP, director of education, training, and events at Practice Greenhealth and Principal at CAbernathy Consulting, hosted a VIP (Very Important Planner) Holiday event at the newly opened Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia.

Over 20 senior-level event planners from the DC area attended the event, sponsored by, Associated Luxury Hotels, Visit Loudoun CVB, and the Salamander Resort & Spa. Co-Founders Katherine Markham, CHME, and David Markham were also in attendance. (psst - check the blog later this week for more pictures from the event)

Carrie Abernathy hosts quarterly events for senior-level event professionals. Please email for sponsorship opportunities or to be added to the planner invite list.

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  Winner's Circle
Win a Trip to Reno
refer a meeting professionalEnter the Refer a Meeting Professional Contest for a chance to win a four day/three night stay for two plus travel accommodations to the AAA Four Diamond Peppermill Resort Spa Casino!
Enter to Win a Trip to the Peppermill Reno...
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-Complimentary wireless for staff/board offices during your conference at the LA Convention Center
-20 VIP Round Trip airport transfers
-Complimentary Welcome Reception or Dinner (up to 25 people)
-Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for 10 staff people up to 5 days

Additional details apply. Submit your RFP to learn more. 



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