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The Last Word: Doron Gazit is Flying High

Doron GazitSometimes your parents tell you what to do with your life. Sometimes your teachers tell you what to do with your life. And sometimes, your heart tells you what to do with your life. Doron Gazit has always listened to his heart, and it's led him to a wonderful life.

Joann Roth-Oseary wins Steve Kemble Leadership Award
Roth-Oseary Honored at TSE 2017 Leadership Luncheon

Guests at the Leadership Luncheon at The Special Event 2017 in Long Beach, Calif., were treated to inspiring presentations and the naming of Joann Roth-Oseary for the Steve Kemble Leadership Award.

Gala Winners Named at The Special Event 2017
Winners of the Special Events magazine 32nd annual Gala Awards were honored last night at the final-night celebration of The Special Event 2017
Special Events Names LoGuercio, Conway for Special 2017 Gala Awards

Special Events magazine has revealed the names of its 2017 honorees for two significant awards. Richard LoGuercio (at left) will receive the 2017 Gala Award for Lifetime Achievement, while Tony Conway, CMP, will receive the Richard Carbotti Gala Award, which honors the spirit of volunteerism for special events. 

Editor's Page: 2017--Here We Come!

Do you like surprises? If the answer is yes, then you just might love the new year!

2017 Special Events forecast
Special Events Releases 2017 Event Planner Forecast
The majority of both in-house and independent event planners expect to produce the same number or more special events in 2017 than they have this year.
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Same-Sex Weddings Unchanged Despite Trump Win, Planners Say
Some 80 percent of U.S. wedding planners polled this week by Special Events in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise presidential win say they have seen no change in bookings for same-sex weddings.
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More Big Markets OK Recreational Cannabis; Is the Event Industry Ready? 
Two huge event markets—California and Nevada—approved measures on Election Day to permit recreational marijuana use.
Cynthia Lopell (left) and Kerrie Underhill
Making Music: The Team Behind the Wedding Event at The Special Event 2017

This issue of Eventline continues our new feature, showcasing the talented event professionals who share their skills with attendees at The Special Event. We're proud to share the smarts of the two talents in charge of the Wedding Event—a seated dinner plus presentation on Jan.

London Events Business Thrives Despite Brexit, IMEX Speakers Say

Although the decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union sent shock waves through the events industry in London, the city remains a bustling destination, with inquiries about bringing conferences to London up 41 percent since the "Brexit" vote in June.

IACC CEO Mark Cooper previews the 'meeting room of the future' at IMEX America.
IACC Describes the 'Meeting Room of the Future' at IMEX

Home-style settings, networking spaces and a peek at the great outdoors—all are features that will mark the meeting room of the future, according to a recent study by the International Association of Conference Centers.

IMEX run photo opp
IMEX America 2016: Our Recap of Education, Exhibits and Events

Meeting pros and the venues that want to serve them came together at IMEX America 2016, which ran from Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas.

Here, some highlights .... 

Conference Industry Promotes Security Initiative at IMEX America

A panel of heavy-hitting conference, expositions and venue-management associations took the stage at IMEX America in Las Vegas Tuesday to urge the industries to throw their support behind the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative.

Site Nite 2016
IMEX America 2016 Kicks off in Las Vegas

IMEX America 2016 kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday with a salute to the CMI 25 and Site Nite.

Big Event Companies Share Trends in Latest Special Events "50 Top Event Companies"

New technologies--such as virtual and augmented reality—and the continued role of social media are two of the major trends shaping special events this year and going forward. These insights appear in the 15th annual "50 Top Event Companies" article, featured in the latest issue of Special Events. Here are highlights:

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