Meeting News - November 10, 2008 - (Page 1)

Perspectives Let’s Get Together In your professional lives as planners—and suppliers—I’m sure you already have felt the fourth-quarter pinch: Programs being put on hold, layoffs, and lots and lots of belt-tightening. For these reasons and others, we often feel both alone and on our own. But we are not, because we are a community. More specifically, each one of us has a community of communities from which to draw strength, comfort, and knowledge. For the cover stories in this issue, MeetingNews drew upon two resources. First, our colleagues at Incentive magazine, where editor Leo Jakobson, reporting on the notorious AIG incentive that occurred at the time of the company’s federal bailout, shed light on how external forces are putting corporate rewards—both just and unjust—under a magnifying glass. Then, in our Exclusive Research, we tapped reader opinions to determine how deeply the current trends of charitable initiatives, green methods, and co-locating conferences were affecting the industry (not as deeply as we thought). Last month, I went down to Mexico City to give a presentation on the state of our industry (look for more of that in our Jan. 5 issue) and made the acquaintance of Mai Hernandez Castro, the editor-in-chief of MasExpos, a Mexico-based meetings publication. Together, we decided not only to share resources for our respective publications, but to create new, online collaborations Terri Hardin, for Hispanic meeting planners and suppliers. We Editor-In-Chief thus have initiated the “Punto de Encuentro Entre Meeting Planners” Google group for planners, and the “Asesoria Ejecutiva” LinkedIn group for suppliers, and we invite anyone who wishes to do business in Spanish to join these groups. Mentioning Google and LinkedIn reminds me that, even were we not in the meetings industry—for which the entire point is putting bunches of people together—we are now only a click away from meeting another human being and sharing our experiences. Lately, I have noticed more “connecting” occurring online, as professionals reach out to network their way out of the trouble ahead. This is a positive thing, and I encourage you all to reach out to me on LinkedIn. H N o v e m b e r 1 0 , 2 0 0 8 Vo l u m e 3 2 , N u m b e r 1 9 Editorial Editor-In-Chief, Terri Hardin (646) 654-7364; terri.hardin@nielsen.com Executive Editor, Rayna Katz (646) 654-4421; rayna.katz@nielsen.com Managing Editor, 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 Robert Carey, Marshall Krantz, Kinley Levack Gretchen Kelly, Brad Crawford Edward Schmidt, Jr., Leo Jakobson 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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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting News - November 10, 2008

Meeting News - November 10, 2008
MN Exclusive Research
Green & Social Responsibility: The Year that Was in Meetings
Incentive Special: Recovering from AIG
Perspectives
What's Up @ MeetingNews.com
Letters to the Editor
Inside the Meetings Industry
South Africa Supplement
Newsmaker Q&A
People Making News
Hotels & Resorts
Starwood Hopes E-Portal is Small Meeting Utopia
Intercontinental O'Hare Puts Art at Forefront
Convention Centers
Dallas and Philadelphia Move on Their Projects
CVBs
Jacksonville Markets to Medical, Cultural Groups
International
Jamaica's Rose Hall Area Blossoms with Resorts
EIBTM Puts Together an Ambitious Program
Transportation & Services
Meeting News South
Technology
Green Beat
Destination Insider
Fort Lauderdale
Cleveland
Incentive Report
Mexico
MN Webcast Report
Ad Index
Live from the Forum

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