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Top 25 Convention Centers in the Nation

WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF FLOOR AREA, plenty of separate meeting rooms and hotels rooms, convention centers are ideal for large groups in need of space to sprawl. There are many standouts across the nation, but this list from meetingsource.com takes a look at the best in the business. These 25 convention centers have the most convention visits, according to a report from the Travel Industry Association of America, the National Business Travel Association and the Institute of Business Travel Management. Looking for an exciting venue in a busy city?

Seven Springs Mountain Resort Offers Adventurous Teambuilding

Soon the scenery around Seven Springs Mountain Resort will be ablaze with fall foliage providing the perfect backdrop for a teambuilding event at the resort. Seven Springs is about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh and offers a peaceful mountain setting for meetings and teambuilding opportunities, which are great for staff, classmates or friends of all courage levels.

Firefly: A Celestial Dining Experience in LA

“Join us for dinner under the stars,” the invitation had read. It’s the kind of enticement that often turns out to be an exaggeration in Los Angeles, where outdoor dining can mean a few tables wedged into a corner of a parking lot or spilling out into a busy thoroughfare with cars whizzing by so closely, you could almost reach in and adjust their air conditioning. But this time, the setting was truly magical.

Natural Light Focus of Renaissance Dallas Hotel’s Meeting Space

Ah, natural light. It does a person good, and it can boost morale and productivity at meetings, too.

Turns out, meeting spaces flooded by artificial light can raise cortisol among attendees. This stress hormone can, in turn, have some negative health effects. Exposure to natural light, on the other hand, increases vitamin D levels, promotes the immune system and prevents the loss of serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that help people feel happy.

From Down Under: More than a Trifle of Truffles

Tuber melanosporum is quite a mouthful. It’s also incredibly delicious. More widely known as the black truffle, the precious and pricey mushroom--$800 a pound for "extra class"-- is in season now. When I received an invitation to celebrate "Black Truffle Friday" at Republique-one of my favorite new restaurants in LA-I marked the occasion on my calendar in big black Sharpie letters.

Science and History Museums Offer Knowledge and Thrills

I WANT TO WOW MY GUESTS. This is often one of the first things clients tell an event planner, so it’s always a great idea to have an arsenal of options already on hand.

Selecting a venue that is unique and nontraditional is key to fulfilling a client’s needs, and the right space will get guests excited and engaged. Science and history museums offer a score of benefits in one breathtaking package. From towering replicas to interactive exhibits, science and history museums lend a one-of-a-kind backdrop to practically any type of event.

Three Local Hotels are Trending With Unique and Thrilling Styles

INTERIOR DESIGN has always been integral to hospitality and the hotel industry. There’s a magazine solely dedicated to it, Hospitality Design, and now, more than ever, experience is a key differentiator when selecting a hotel venue.

Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin

Philadelphia Visitor’s Center – Not Just for Tourists

It seems that I keep bumping up against things I don’t know. Whether it’s a fact I didn’t know or a place I wasn’t aware of before, it seems that at least several times a week I discover something new.It used to bother me and make me feel less "in the know," but now I put my ego aside and just enjoy the moment of basking in something new.

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