A night away? We sure did pay.

Aaron Wolowiec

The next three top-dollar locations: Oahu Island in Hawaii ($221 a night), San Francisco ($207) and Miami ($185). And Nashville, Denver and Atlanta were the hotspots for revenue growth in 2014. Not surprisingly, higher-than-history hotel rates translate into unprecedented revenue for hotels. Filed under: Associations , Meetings Tagged: Atlanta , Denver , event , hospitality , Hotel News Now , hotels , Miami , Nashville , revenue , ROI , San Francisco , STR Inc.

What the Sharing Economy Means for Association Meetings

Associations Now

Late last month the San Francisco Travel Association (SFTA) made headlines when it became the first destination marketing organization to partner with Airbnb. As the destination marketing organization for San Francisco, we’ll continue our strong relationship with the hotel community as we leverage this new way of doing business. One CVB recently became the first to partner with Airbnb. If more destinations decide to do the same, how will it affect association meetings?


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Associations Make Their Winning Predictions For Super Bowl Sunday

Associations Now

As the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos prepare for kickoff on February 7, several associations are forecasting increases in betting, chicken wing consumption, and tax revenue. Before the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos hit the gridiron, here’s a look at some of the effects the big game will have on betting, snacks, and tax revenue, according to associations: $4.2 Millions of Dollars in Tax Revenue.

Thursday Buzz: Event Planning for a Million People

Associations Now

Also: A state chamber goes from money troubles to tripling its revenue. Event-planning pro Jarno Stegeman, also known professionally as The Event Tutor, spoke with George Ridgely , the executive director of San Francisco Pride, about how he and his team prepare for the world-renowned San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. Take a look at the tremendous effort it takes to produce a world-famous event.

Preparing for an Association Event’s Security Means Going Off Auto-Pilot and Taking Control for Yourselves

Association Adviser

Lori Kinsey, CMP, Executive Director of Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC) and associate with Meeting Possibilities, LLC , spoke with Association Adviser about the challenges meeting planners face when preparing for a safe, successful event and the steps MPINCC took with their recent Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to bolster security on several levels.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.17.20

Reid All About it

This pasta al limone from Bon Appetit reminds me of a dish I had for lunch one day in a restaurant in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Joe Buehrle, vice president of organizational planning for Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego.

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As One Internet Tax Battle Ends, Talk of Another Heats Up

Associations Now

Alabama Deputy Revenue Commissioner Joe Garrett said that the plan was purposely intended to set up a legal battle in an effort to overturn Quill. “We’re NetChoice Executive Director Steve DelBianco asked CBS San Francisco. As part of a deal that led to the passage of the Internet Tax Freedom Act last month, Congress will take a fresh look at online sales-tax legislation.

New Association to Oversee Professional Esports

Associations Now

The group—a coalition of teams, players, and event sponsors—aims to coordinate tournament scheduling and player contracts, prevent use of performance-enhancing drugs and gambling, introduce revenue sharing for teams, and implement standardized regulations. We have to professionalize everything,” Interim WESA Commissioner Pietro Fringuelli told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

Beth Kanter

There arealso two Lean Impact Summits taking place, one in December in NYC and one in January in San Francisco (I’m a judge for the San Francisco event). In 2011, Eric Ries published The Lean Startup , which challenges startup and business founders to build and run their companies in a new way – maximizing customer value and revenue while minimizing wasted effort.

Social Media Roundup: Small Plates, Big Lessons

Associations Now

That’s a lesson Conferences That Work author Adrian Segar picked up on a recent trip to San Francisco, and he enjoyed (almost) every bite. “As media and the hardware people use to access it change, the revenue options available to publishers continue to grow,” Hroncich writes. What tiny portions can teach education pros about savoring big ideas. Also: how to price your online advertising.

As “Religious Freedom” Law Passes, Controversy Heats Up in Indiana

Associations Now

We’re a major source of income and revenue to the state of Indiana, but we simply cannot support this kind of legislation,” Benioff told Re/Code on Thursday. The city of San Francisco similarly threatened a boycott of Indiana over the law, as has the local business social network Yelp.

Better Connected: Engaging Virtual Meeting Attendees

Associations Now

Among them: allowing members to attend who would have otherwise been unable to due to travel costs or other factors, boosting nondues revenue, and broadening an association’s global reach. At Google’s I/O developer conference , which took place in May in San Francisco, the organizers boosted their efforts to engage the event’s global audience, known as Google I/O Extended. Groups that host hybrid conferences don’t want their virtual attendees to feel left out.

JetBlue to Upgrade Business-Class Seats to Attract Travelers

Associations Now

JetBlue is revamping premium service on its cross-country flights with lie-flat seats to attract more business travelers and, it hopes, to get its revenue stream going in the right direction. The service will be available on new Airbus A321 aircraft on two JetBlue routes: flights between New York City and Los Angeles or San Francisco. JetBlue is also trying to solve its revenue problems and catch up to the other airlines. “Is

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NYC Bans Foam Packaging, But Industry Group Wins Concession

Associations Now

The ban is not unique: Other cities, including San Francisco and Portland, already have them, the Bloomberg wire service reports. The company, which makes half of its revenue from polystyrene sales, will get a year to prove that the material can be recycled and resold in a commercially viable way.

Game Theory: How the NBA Decided to Move the 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte

Associations Now

” The decision is expected to cost the city more than $100 million in revenue, and the NBA did not arrive at it lightly. The ACA chose San Francisco as an alternate venue. After careful consideration, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the call to move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of North Carolina, in protest of the state’s controversial HB2 law. Here’s what you can learn from the league’s methodical approach.

How For-Profit Membership Models Are Evolving

Associations Now

And, not to be outdone, at least one startup in the food-delivery space is eyeing a membership model to drive revenue. The company—operating in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle—aims to use the strategy to expand its popularity with frequent takeout consumers. It helps drive consistent revenue and ensures that people who are already hooked are staying on board. What’s up with Costco and Amazon Prime these days?

Keeping the American Dream Alive, One Hotel at a Time

Association Adviser

Members also have to deal with local governments who look at hotels as an easy source of revenues by raising the occupancy tax. In large cities like New York and San Francisco, you have [large scale] Airbnb operators buying entire apartment condominiums and renting out the room on a daily basis. Chip Rogers, AAHOA.

Nonprofits Who are Making A Difference Through Play

Beth Kanter

Video games are big — bigger than Hollywood in terms of revenue, as a $66 billion global industry. The neuroscientists at the Gazzaley Lab at University of California, San Francisco, have shown that games can improve our cognitive function. Note from Beth: I’ve been a fan of the Games for Change Festival since I first attended in 2006.

My Conversation With Eric Ries on the benefits of Lean Start Up Principles for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Lean Start Up is is taking hold in huge corporations like GE and into the nonprofit sector, in hospitals, schools, and social good entrepreneurs. The latter is exemplified by the work of “ Lean Impact ” which is hosting a conference in San Francisco in 2014. Even if it we are talking about for-profits, I think revenue alone is not a sufficient goal. A few months ago, Eric Ries and his team invited me to cover the The Lean Start Up Conference this week.

Coronavirus Updates for Association and Events Professionals – What You Need to Know


The monthlong shutdown will cause lost revenues conservatively estimated at $100 million. About this list. I started this listing on February 20th, when there was still a question of whether or not conferences could still be held with the impending threat of the novel coronavirus.

Daily #COVID19 Updates for Association and Events Professionals – What You Need to Know


The monthlong shutdown will cause lost revenues conservatively estimated at $100 million.