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Conference and Meeting Travel: How the packing list is different

Conference and Meeting Travel: How the packing list is different May 6th, 2011 at 2:00PM: My bag looks different from usual on this trip. Convention travel, though not usually as productive as other forms of business travel, does bring with it the benefit of a lighter bag. When I go on a regular business jaunt, I usually wind up having to overpack. The problem is that there is just too much happening, and none of it is related. On a normal business trip, usually to visit the IR...

Conference and Meeting Travel: Five ways it differs from other business travel

Conference and Meeting Travel: Five ways it differs from other business travel May 5th, 2011 at 2:00PM: As I write this, I'm en route to Chicago from New York, the first leg of a trip that will bring me to Vancouver where I'll be when this story runs. For the first time in a few years, I'm headed to a professional conference, and the preparation process, it has occurred to me, is different from other forms of business travel. From the packing list to the mindset, it's unlike the other business trips...

Will the iPad kill business travel?

Will the iPad kill business travel? Apr 28th, 2011 at 3:30PM: The business travel market comeback has been going on for quite some time, but it looks like the corporate folks may be losing interest in getting on planes. I can relate to that: back when I lived the road warrior life, there was a certain amount of dread that came to be associated with the alarm clock, the town car and the boarding process. So, it's hardly surprising that online events are...

Photo of the day - Stormtroopers in Las Vegas

Photo of the day - Stormtroopers in Las Vegas Mar 24th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Have you ever walked down the street and seen something amazing and cursed yourself for not having a camera? Lucky for us, Flickr user mciccone640 had his camera and shot today's Photo of the Day of couple of robots stormtroopers* in Las Vegas. I wonder if there was a convention in town or if the guys were just wearing costumes for luck in the casinos. Perhaps a theme wedding? Hope they had a...

Tampa Bay Political Getaway: Visit the Republican National Convention

Tampa Bay Political Getaway: Visit the Republican National Convention May 17th, 2010 at 5:00PM: Looking for a vacation with some meaning? Well, the Republican National Committee just announced that it's selected Tampa Bay for its 2012 presidential convention. So, don an elephant hat and start pushing for access now! More than 40,000 visitors are expected to hit the city the week of the convention (August 27, 2012), more than 15,000 of which will be members of the media. According to Paul...

A gloomy travel market for 2010 will follow an ugly 2009

A gloomy travel market for 2010 will follow an ugly 2009 Dec 29th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Everybody seems to want the travel market to recover next year, but it looks like more time will be spent in yards, instead. According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, only 16 percent of us are going to hit the skies or crash in hotels more than we did in what will go down in history as a dismal 2009. Close to a third said they are going to spend less time in guestrooms and cramped plane seats. The...

Momentum around meeting cancellations

Momentum around meeting cancellations Apr 14th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Meetings and conventions aren't just falling ... they're actively being canceled. While it's easy to write this off as the erosion of a wasteful corporate perk, it translates to genuine financial crisis for the travel industry. Over the past six months, 402 conventions and meetings have been canceled in Las Vegas alone. According to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, this...

Baltimore tourism on the upswing

Baltimore tourism on the upswing Jan 13th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Fellow Gadlinger Grant Martin was right. Or, at least, he's found a lot of people who agree with him. Baltimore's tourism business is on the rise. The city's tourism bureau reported that it's already passed the halfway point to its hotel booking goals for the next fiscal year. The city has a goal of 475,000 future room nights, and the bureau's sales team has already taken care of 301,800 of them....

Tips for Adult Expo: Take a shower

Tips for Adult Expo: Take a shower Dec 28th, 2008 at 9:00AM: Every year, there is a quiet war waged at Adult Entertainment Expo (safe for work, just links to a previous article). On the one side are the throngs that come from across the country, eager to have that one-time meeting with Ava Rose or desperate to inhale Vivian West's cigarette smoke. Opposing are the insiders, the people who work in the porn business. They use the convention as a way to...

Get off to Vegas for the AVN Awards

Get off to Vegas for the AVN Awards Dec 23rd, 2008 at 3:00PM: Don't lie. You've heard of the AVN Awards ... but only from your friends. Er, one friend, really. Nobody watches porn adult movies, but everyone knows someone who does, right?. Well, now that you have an excuse for knowing about the AVN Awards (porn's answer to the Oscars) why not check it out for yourself? Part of the broader Adult Entertainment Expo (January 9 - 11, 2009) experience in Las...

Three Things the Press Coverage of RNC Didn't Show You about the Twin Cities

Three Things the Press Coverage of RNC Didn't Show You about the Twin Cities Sep 5th, 2008 at 1:00PM: I'll admit, I was a bit excited that the Republican National Convention was held in Saint Paul. Not for any political reasons, but because the Twin Cities (where I've lived on and off throughout my life) might get a bit of positive press while in the national spotlight. But it was not to be. Downtown Saint Paul became a "Green Zone" with most residents and visitors forced to remain outside....

What happens in Orlando?

What happens in Orlando? Jun 6th, 2008 at 1:00PM: Orlando and Las Vegas have long been two of our nation's tourism capitals, but for very different reasons. Orlando is the family-friendly destination of Mickey Mouse and Shrek. Las Vegas on the other hand, is Orlando's more hedonistic friend, with a reputation for Blackjack tables, topless revues and 24-hour nightlife. But as Jaunted points out, apparently the good people at the Orlando tourism...

The NY Times Travel Show takes off Feb.29

The NY Times Travel Show takes off Feb.29 Jan 13th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Honestly, I have never been to a travel show before. I have no idea if I should exect just a bunch of travel agencies advertising their services or if you can actually learn something interesting; something you would have a hard time locating online. I think I might try going this year. The New York Times Travel Show takes place from Feb.29 to March 2, 2008 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention...

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