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1111 Lincoln Road – Miami’s New Hip Event Venue

By Kevin Woo Our culture is filled with mononyms. Elvis is the king of rock and roll, and Bono is the face of fusion philanthropy. With a little thought we can come up with others such as Cher, Madonna, Twiggy, Penn and Teller. You get the idea. If we take liberties with the exact definition …

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Planning for Passionate Attendees

Organizers increased attendance and media coverage at an annual Arabian Horse Show by adding unique entertainment that would excite the audience. By Kevin Woo  September 2013 VIPs can be a pretty finicky bunch. Some demand nice comfy beds. Some want their quarters away from others, so as not to be disturbed, while others want to …

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In Baltimore You Can Be Anything

  The National Middle School Association held its 37th annual meeting in Baltimore in 2011 By Kevin Woo  June 2, 2011 AMERICANS ARE TOLD AS CHILDREN THAT WITH SOME EFFORT WE CAN GROW UP TO BE POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS, LAWYERS, DOCTORS OR EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. But if you’re born to …

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International Police Mountain Bike Association

  Ride Free – Superior biking infrastructure, historical sites and eclectic neighborhoods led the International Police Mountain Bike Association to hold their annual convention in Richmond, Virginia By Kevin Woo  One+ May 9, 2011 SEVEN SCORE AND SIX YEARS AGO, General Ulysses S. Grant and thousands of Union Army soldiers marched to Richmond, Virginia, on …

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Salt Lake City – A City’s Evolution

By Kevin Woo One+ September 2, 2011 NOT LONG AGO, JAN SNEEGAS BEGAN PLANNING HER ORGANIZATION’S 2009 ANNUAL EVENT. As she ran through the list of requirements she concluded that nothing was overly onerous. The host city (preferably a West Coast destination) needed enough meeting space to accommodate 3,500 attendees during plenary sessions. The host …

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Business, Just Not As Usual

The ins and outs of doing business in China are what APEX learned on a recent overseas trip By Kevin Woo, One+ | April 2013 IMAGINE YOURSELF AS AN EXECUTIVE IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY. As such, you probably spend most of your time and effort looking for ways to maximize your company’s profitability. This could …

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Finding Yourself In Fort Wayne, Indiana

Hundreds of thousands of people interested in unearthing their personal histories are drawn to the library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. By Kevin Woo One+| February 2013 SHORTLY AFTER THEY RETIED IN 1997, ALFREDA AND JIM BATDORFF DECIDED THEY NEEDED A HOBBY TO FILL THEIR NEWLY DISCOVERED FREE TIME. Ideally, the couple from Coos Bay, Oregon, …

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Think Inside the Rocks in Denver

Islandic wanted to rise above the noise at the annual SnowSports Industries of America conference to created a one-of-a-kind event at which attendees could experience Denver. By Kevin Woo One+| January 25, 2013 YOU’RE ALWAYS IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT VENUE. You know, the one that has the perfect atmosphere, sends the perfect message to …

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The Learning Lab at the Springhill Suites

  A new SpringHill Suites hotel in Denver is one of only 10 teaching hotels built on a U.S. college campus—80 percent of its workforce is made up of students from Metro State’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events. By Kevin Woo One+| January 25, 2013 MARRIOTT OPENED A NEW SPRINGHILL SUITES hotel in downtown …

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Trophy Tour To Switzerland

The annual Switzerland Meeting Trophy, designed for prospective meeting planners, is a week-long journey through Swiss cities of Bern, Gstaad, Montreux and Grandvaux     By Kevin Woo One+ | November 05, 2012 BY THE TIME A MEETING PLANNER’S PLANE IS ON FINAL APPROACH AND THE WHEELS TOUCH DOWN, chances are they’ve already begun to put …

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Sojourn to the Past: An Interview with Kevin Woo

  Kevin Woo is one of our longtime writers, and he’s always finding great stories to share with readers. His latest, Stepping Forward is one of the best articles he’s written for us. It tells the story of Sojourn to the Past, a 10-day field trip across several states that educates today’s youth about the U.S. …

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Sojourn to the past

Sojourn to the Past is more than an extended field trip or 10-day conference. It’s a journey of shared history. By Kevin Woo  September 04, 2012 To read part two of Sojourn to the Past go here. HE HAD A DREAM THAT ONE DAY HE WOULD LEAD A GROUP OF high school students, from different …

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Wipe Off The Rust In Pittsburgh

Last June, more than 80 members of the Society of American Travel Writers visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to see the city’s unbelievable transformation first-hand. By Kevin Woo  | One+ May 2012 WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? AN AFRICAN SAFARI? SKYDIVING? Climbing Mount Everest? Taking part in a religious retreat in Nepal? How about a visit to Pittsburgh …

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Preservation is Everything in Buffalo

Last October, the National Trust for Historic Preservation held its annual convention in Buffalo, where attendees had a chance to make up their own minds about the city. By Kevin Woo  One+ | April 2012 BUFFALO, N.Y., HAS SUFFERED FROM AN IDENTITY CRISIS FOR MANY YEARS. AND WHO COULD BLAME IT? In the past four years, Forbes has named it …

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Budapest is Central and Ideal

Since 1989, Budapest has been attracting meeting professionals outside of Central Europe by investing resources to improve its infrastructure. By Kevin Woo  One+ | December 8, 2011 IF RODNEY DANGERFIELD WERE ASKED TO DESCRIBE BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, HE MIGHT PARAPHRASE HIS SIGNATURE LINE AND JOKE THAT THE CITY DOESN’T GET ANY RESPECT. It might be more …

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Houston Hosts Munch Madness

  Houston’s Local Organizing Committee and 32 area restaurants competed for the opportunity to cater at the Big Dance Concert Series during the 2011 college basketball Final Four By Kevin Woo  | February 2012  THIS PAST SPRING, HOUSTON HOSTED THE NCAA FINAL FOUR where the best U.S. college basketball teams played for the national championship. …

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Houston’s Southern Culture on the Rise

 The American Association of Museums conference in Houston last year was the most welcoming event the organization has ever experienced. By Kevin Woo  One+ | March 5, 2012 WHEN YOU THINK OF THE WORLD’S GREAT CULTURAL CENTERS, CITIES SUCH AS CAIRO, LONDON, PARIS, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C., ARE LIKELY TO IMMEDIATELY COME TO MIND. …

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Seoul Searching

  Delegates of the International Korean Adoptee Associations conference experienced Seoul and its diverse heritage and left with a greater understanding of themselves. By Kevin Woo One+ | December 10, 2010 A TRIP TO SEOUL CHANGED LIBBY AND DAVID GLUCK FOREVER. The couple had planned the visit for years. They studied  pictures, day­ dreamed and …

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Youth For Change

The 2008 National Service-Learning Conference in Minneapolis shows how service-learning can build academic skills and citizenship among young adults, as well as communicating the need for involvement within local and global communities. By Kevin Woo One + | October 2009 “THE WORLD IS PASSING THROUGH TROUBLOUS TIMES,” an Amiens priest once said. “The young people …

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Insider Knowledge in Beijing

  To tackle a challenge of finding things do in Beijing, a planner reverse engineered the process of identifying the cool and hip places for a GLBT group to visit. By Kevin Woo  | May/June 2010  CHINA’S HISTORY CAN BE TRACED AS FAR BACK AS 2100 B.C., but documenting the major events that defined the …

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Abu Dhabi – Middle East Central

By Kevin Woo  One+ | January 3, 2011 OIL AND WATER DON’T MIX, SAYS THE CLICHE. BUT THAT WASN’T THE CASE for the organizers of the recent Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC). Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s largest emirate, is a T-shaped island city that sits a quarter-mile off the mainland. Oil and …

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Breaking Bread in Portland

The International Association of Culinary Professionals’ 2010 conference shows that food can be the first step in bridging a divide between different countries, religions and generations. By Kevin Woo  September 2010 KAMAL MOUZAWAK WANTS TO BRING PEACE TO THE MIDDLE EAST, and his weapons  of choice include flatbread,  baked  goods and chickpeas.  Strange ammunition you …

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Giving Voice to the Homeless

Student journalists take part in a convention’s intense community service project in Hollywood, Fla. By Kevin Woo  One+ | November 2, 2009 WHEN CRYSTAL VOGELSANG MET SHAWN ANDERSON, SHE KNEW HE WAS THE ONE. “I waited my whole life for him, and he’s the one who God chose,” she said. “I want to be with …

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Anything is Possible in Snowmass

By Kevin Woo  July 5, 2011 ALAN BABIN WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH AND HIT BY SHRAPNEL from a rocket-propelled grenade during a fierce firefight less than two months into his tour of duty in Iraq. He spent the next seven months in intensive care at Walter Reed Hospital and underwent more than 70 surgeries, …

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An Educational Journey

Feria Para Aprender (The Learning Fair) is the largest Hispanic education and college-readiness event in the country, and it hopes to help stem the tide of high school dropout rates in Dallas. By Kevin Woo August 10, 2011 THE DROPOUT RATE AMONG HIGH SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS IN THE DALLAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (DISD) HOVERS AROUND …