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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

It’s Time to Check-In to the Future


As you walk up to the hotel your mobile device welcomes you, automatically checks you in, and shares with you your room number. Once you get to your room, simply wave your magical mobile phone over the lock and the door opens. Your room is quite comfy, but you may need to make some adjustments.[...]

Awesome Hotels for Your Wish List

Most hotels look pretty much the same.  Not that there is anything wrong with that!  There is a certain comfort in staying in a place that is familiar and that you can count on for certain comforts. But sometimes you need more; here are some hotels that are AMAZING! Ladera Resort promises luxury in St.[...]

Left Behind

left behind

What happens behind hotel doors can leave us wondering? What is left behind hotel doors can leave us scratching our heads. We expect the lone sock, phone charger, book or tube of toothpaste, but the Telegraph shares some of the weirder items! 1)   Ode to Salad: Who doesn’t enjoy a good salad?  But apparently someone[...]

No Oops For You

When it comes to meeting planning, there are way too many places where mistakes can be made. With the myriad of details involved, mistakes are bound to happen at times. Even though, and this is fact, meeting planners are closer to super heroes than human. Let’s look at some common mistakes, place them in that[...]

More Haunted Hotels

Last year we peeked in on hotels that have been deemed haunted! This year I thought I’d scare up a few more to share with you – will you book with any of them? I dare you ; ) The Hotel Alex Johnson is located in Rapid City, South Dakota and has a legendary history[...]

500 Million

A surprising article from USA Today Travel revealed that more hotel rooms than ever were sold between January through June 2012. Over 500 million room nights – a new record has been set! If you have been traveling as of late, you are also aware that room rates have gone up.  During 2008 – 2009,[...]

Are You Too Popular?

A block of rooms is a necessity in the meeting planning world and the whole thought of attrition can cause hives. But what about the opposite “problem?” Not having enough rooms. While this is a good problem to have, it is an issue none-the-less. So what’s the popular meeting planner to do? Here are some[...]

Why You May Not Need Me

As much as I would love for each of you to call me TODAY and engage me to assist you in finding the perfect place for you meeting, you may simply not need my help. And, here is why: You have tons of time on your hands: Perhaps you are one of the few meeting[...]

Celebrate at the Red, White and Blue

Happy 4th of July! If you want to see a bit more red, white and blue,check out these cool hotels! You’ll be seeing red (but in a good way!) when you head over to Red South Beach, a boutique hotel located in Miami Beach, Florida.  Here you are but a few steps away from world[...]

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite (no, really, don’t)

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite (no, really, don’t) Recently Successful Meetings Magazine posted an article about the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. Happy to note that Roger Helms was amongst the distinguished line up! But I must admit I was a bit taken aback that one of the 25 was not[...]