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Wednesday, February 20 2013

Face-to-Face Meetings Generate Most Ideas, Scientific Study Finds

The best brainstorming sessions take place in person during face-to-face meetings, according to a new scientific study.

Conducted by the IMEX Group in partnership with the Meetology Group, the study involved an experiment that was designed to test the question, “Does meeting face-to-face improve creativity compared to virtual meetings?” As part of the experiment, pairs of participants engaged in brainstorming sessions face-to-face, over the phone and via video chat. The results showed that face-to-face sessions generate more ideas, a “marginally” higher quality of ideas and a greater variety of ideas than either phone or video chat.

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Wednesday, February 20 2013

American Airlines, US Airways Announce Merger

After months of speculation, airline rumors became airline reality today when AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, announced a merger with US Airways Group. The deal, worth approximately $11 billion, was approved separately by the boards of both companies and will create the world’s largest airline, based on passengers and revenue.

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Thursday, January 31 2013

Kick Starting Segmentation

Now more than ever, associations are challenged not only with getting their messages heard, but also with crafting messages that resonate with extraordinarily diverse audiences. Most memberships today are comprised of groups that have entirely different needs, characteristics and communication styles.

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Wednesday, January 23 2013

All the Buzz: Planners Weigh in on Industry Trends

Readers offer their thoughts on what to expect

For our January issue, we talked to leading experts about the top trends to watch in 2013, but we wanted to get input from planners themselves, who are experts in their own right.

Their main concerns should come as no surprise. F&B is a big interest, with an emphasis on healthy, fresh and tasty food. The planners continue to note the growing influence of social media. And there is some indication that, with budgets still tight, groups are being restrictive about who attends meetings.

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Thursday, January 17 2013

Meeting Planners Give Back During Convening Leaders

During its annual meeting, Convening Leaders — concluding today in Orlando — meeting planners gave back to their host community in spades, according to the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), which offered attendees at this year's meeting a choice of three different charitable opportunities: Party with a Purpose, Hospitality Helping Hands and the Network for the Needy Donation Drive.

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