Lisa Hurley

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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.

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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:

Pastry chef Frania Mendivil
Rustic Romance: 2016 Emmy Balls to Feature 'Nature's Elegance' Theme

The team behind the 2016 Emmy Awards Governors Ball and Creative Arts Balls gave the media a sneak peek yesterday at what nearly 8,000 guests will experience when they enter "Nature's Elegance."

What's Next for Event Rental? Insights from the 19th Annual Special Events "30 Top Rental Companies"

For nearly 20 years, Special Events has tapped the biggest event rental companies in the business to see what is trending in inventory and the business as a whole. The full story will run in our Fall 2016 issue, but here are some quick takes:


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Esprits with Alice: ILEA Presents 2016 Esprit Awards at Alice-Theme Gala
The J.W. Marriott in Austin, Texas, turned into Wonderland on Aug. 13 as ILEA presented the 2016 Esprit Awards
Cannabis bar from Cannabis Concierge Events
Q&A with Cannabis Concierge Bec Koop
Bec Koop shares her insights into the world of weed at special events
A cannabis chocolate cookie from KarmaTreats for sale at an Oregon dispensary.
5 Ways Legal Recreational Cannabis Impacts Special Events 
With states lining up to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, its impact on special events will continue to grow
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