It Was Not Interesting
"With content that bordered dangerously on interesting, Boring was certainly different. The online buzz was steered by a whole community of unrepentant bores who yearned for an outlet to meet face-to-face along with a surge of unexpected international news coverage."
Fans, Dry Ice and a $600 Extension Cord
"The CVB office lost power on the second day of floods in the city of Nashville, which meant no phones, no lights and most importantly no servers, without which there could be no meaningful communication to the outside world..."
A Tale of Two Cities
"In the late 1990s, New York and New Jersey waged courtroom war over less than 30 acres of landfill in New York Harbor. At stake: possession of historic Ellis Island, an immigration station that welcomed millions of people into the U.S. until its close in the 1950s. The case ended with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted custody of the original island (less than five acres) to New York and some 20 or more acres of infill (added in the 19th and 20th centuries) to New Jersey..."
A Defining Moment
"Cooling October winds last fall ushered in salacious media stories of corporate travel “atrocities” and meeting cancelations by hundreds of corporations. Apprehensive as news worsened, Christine Duffy of Maritz Travel called Roger Dow, chairman of the U.S. Travel Association, to rally support from one of the industry’s most powerful organizations.
Think Globally, Drink Locally
"It’s known as home brew, as firewater, hooch, moonshine—even rotgut, for obvious reasons. Religious and societal groups have challenged its very morality for centuries. Indeed, alcohol ranks as one of history’s most controversial subjects. But imagine tonight’s networking event without it..."
"The greens of the Amazon are effervescent. Colors skew, eyes smart. What was green just days ago wasn’t green at all, but shadow. Here is Earth’s sweaty womb, such torrid heat acts only as incubation for life. Cylindrical towers climb above the forest, level upon level of natural wood wall and floor. The Ariaú Amazon Towers eco-hotel—some 30 miles outside Manaus, Brazil—makes last stand against the (nearly) impenetrable beyond..."
Siesta y Sol
"I doze in the car during the 45-minute drive to Granada. Thomas says I snore, which I doubt. It is exhausting, though, this trip. A six-day trek across the hills of Andalucía, Spain, and what-seem countless visits to hotels and operators and with CVB staffers, dinners with property and sales managers..."
"The exhibit-hall floor was pristine. No telling stains of conference-gone-by. No scuffs or scratches. Each booth faultlessly aligned. It was very literally perfect. But, the true beauty of this Medco Health Solutions event was not its precision, rather its accessibility..."