Meeting News - September 22, 2008 - (Page 3)

Perspectives Here’s To Celebrating Life On the morning of Sept. 11 this year, I was sitting with Waynette HoKwon, Lori Sablas, and Christina Yumul of the Maui Visitors Bureau, who were visiting New York City on a media mission. The day before, they had been to Ground Zero and were struck by how nice New Yorkers they’d met had been—unlike our reputation. It wasn’t the first time I’ve heard that backhanded compliment. I know how New Yorkers are known for their single-minded pursuit of career, which can make us seem uncaring compared to other parts of the country. I shared with them a story from the first Thanksgiving after 9/11, which I experienced through the eyes of planners and suppliers from Europe, who were trying to get me on the phone around the time of the holiday. “What’s going on in New York?” they asked. “We can’t reach anybody.” What was going on? A major shift in perspective. Following the World Trade Center tragedy, New Yorkers discovered something more important than their careers—namely, their families and friends. They were single-mindedly celebrating Thanksgiving (cutting out on Wednesday, etc), and they were not taking calls. This is how all holidays should be celebrated; life is too short. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, which is what our Exclusive Research explores in this issue. While 67 percent of all meeting planners who responded said they would never schedTerri Hardin, ule a meeting over a significant religious or secular Editor-In-Chief holiday, we all know it happens. Later in the evening, I worked late and walked to Penn Station as the sun was going down. I walked down 31st Street, past the Engine Co. 1/ Ladder Co. 24 firehouse, just as I did seven years ago after waiting in line for six hours to donate blood for the Trade Center victims. This year, all was dark; but on that day, a filthy, ash-streaked fire truck sat in the street, and all the firefighters stood dazed. They lost many of their colleagues—including Father Mychal Judge, the Franciscan priest who was a Fire Department chaplain and a frequent presence in the house. He went to the Trade Center on 9/11 to administer last rites. New Yorkers uncaring? I don’t think so. r S e p t e m b e r 2 2 , 2 0 0 8 Vo l u m e 3 2 , N u m b e r 1 6 Editorial Editor-In-Chief, Terri Hardin (646) 654-7364; terri.hardin@nielsen.com Executive Editor/Hotels, Rayna Katz (646) 654-4421; rayna.katz@nielsen.com Managing Editor/International, William Ng (646) 654-4451; william.ng@nielsen.com Research Director, Nancy Lazarus (646) 654-7272; nancy.lazarus@nielsen.com Editorial Fax: (646) 654-4428 Editorial Address: 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9595 Corporate/Sales Nella Veldran, Vice President Travel Group Phone: (646) 654-7325 Southeast/Mid-Atlantic/Ohio Larry Mischik, Ad Director/Account Manager 3054 Four Oaks Drive, Atlanta, GA 30360 Phone: (770) 604-9641 NY/NJ/New England/Bermuda/Caribbean Diane DiMaggio, International Advertising Director 770 Broadway, NY, NY 10003; Phone: (646) 654-7332 Contributing Editors Corrie Dosh, Kinley Levack, Robert Carey Gretchen Kelly, Bob Curley, Heidi Waldrop Bay Fred Gebhart, Marshall Krantz Florida/Cruise Arthur Hyman, Associate Publisher/Account Manager 1267 Via Fiume, Boynton Beach, FL 33436 Phone: (561) 736-5374 Art Art Director, Richard Prestia (646) 654-4424; 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Meeting News - September 22, 2008
Contents
What’s Up @ MeetingNews.com
Inside the Meetings Industry
People Making News
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International
Green Beat
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MN Webcast Report
Ad Index
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