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Study examines convention centers' Wi-Fi offerings
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Currently, 23 percent of convention centers offer free Wi-Fi in all areas of the building, finds a new wireless Internet study from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). More

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Preliminary program for HSMAI's MEET National released
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Moving away from the traditional classroom setting, planners from across the meeting and event industry can learn from and interact with industry experts and each other while getting hands-on experience with some of the new educational formats offering great takeaways at HSMAI's MEET National, Sept. 7-8, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The preliminary program for a full view of the education and events taking place at HSMAI's MEET National. More

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Smartphones at meetings: The way to engage attendees now
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Interactive technology at events is changing by the minute, so writing an article about the latest and greatest is risky at best. But we’ll give it a go, with the help of André Mika, senior vice president, digital creative, at event marketing agency TBA Global. Hot at the moment? Location-based services and QR codes. More

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Travelport defends GDS ability to sell ancillaries
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"Absolute posturing" is how Gordon Wilson, chief executive officer of Travelport, characterized the charge that GDS companies cannot accommodate "personalization" of airline offers. The new Travelport chief was responding to suggestions from American Airlines and Open AXIS Group that GDSs do not have the wherewithal to tailor product offerings to travelers based on their status and history with the airline. More

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Pennsylvania Convention Center achieves Gold LEED certification; Ocean City, Md. Convention Center starts expansion
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Two convention centers recently had good news to share about their expansion efforts. The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia finished up a long-awaited expansion and renovation earlier this year and snagged the U.S. Green Building Council's Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. More

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Study cites environmental benefits of smaller, lighter flat-screen TVs
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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) issued a report detailing the dramatic reduction of TV and computer monitor sizes and weights since the advent of flat-panel monitors and TVs. The report, Materials Footprint Reduction of Televisions and Computer Monitors: 2004-2010, found flat-panel TVs are 82 percent lighter and 75 percent smaller than their cathode ray tube (CRT) TV predecessors of a similar screen size. The report also found today's 40- to 70-inch flat-panel TVs weigh 34 percent less than 13- to 36-inch CRT TVs. More

Q and A with green meeting guru, Bridget Chisholm
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Following five years of planning meetings and conventions worldwide for the North American Association for Environmental Education, Bridget Chisholm now operates her own company in Washington, DC specializing in Green Meetings: BBC Planning Inc. Prevue talked with her to learn more about her vision of the future for sustainable events, both large and small. More

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Congress reaches deal, ends FAA shutdown
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The U.S. Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement that will end a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced. The FAA partially shut down on July 23 when Congress failed to renew legislation to reauthorize FAA operations. The stalemate - the result of disagreements between Democrats and Republicans about funding levels, unions and rural air service subsidies - put 74,000 federal and private-sector employees out of work and cost the federal government approximately $30 million a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes, or a total of about $400 million.

Commentary: Co-creation has its limits
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A co-creation session during Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress last month generated some useful feedback on the association's research agenda, but pointed to the perils of relying too heavily on any community or customer group to come up with all its own answers. More

Planner-geek's multiple talents fuel success as an independent
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Being able to "do it all" as a meetings professional is an excellent way to maintain an independent planning business - especially during tough economic times. Just ask Euclid Strayhorn, CMP, a true jack of all trades in the meetings world.  More
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