New Jersey Meetings + Events Magazine

Top 15 Trends for Meetings in 2017

Meetings and conferences aren't just a part of what IACC members do, it's their raison d’etre. IACC is the only global professional association with venue members who adhere to a strict set of rules and criteria with respect to conferences. There are 385 members in 22 countries in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

Full Circle

Have you read our winter issue yet? In it I wrote an article about top meeting trends. That article was inspired by a session I attended at MPI WEC last year in Atlantic City. It’s funny how things end up coming full circle, because I’ve been asked to serve on a panel in a few weeks about trends in the meetings and events industry.

Jersey City is Hip, Happening & on the Rise

Proximity to Manhattan, picturesque views of the Hudson River, a great dining scene and various entertainment attractions have made Jersey City a great place for meetings, events and tourism. Obviously it’s an ideal place to stay if you’re doing business in Northern New Jersey, but with lots of transportation options, it’s also an affordable option when doing business in Manhattan.

Restoration and Expansion At Historic Natirar On Track

Natirar, a 35,000-square-foot mansion located in New Jersey’s Somerset Hills, is undergoing renovations and expansion. The project is expected to be completed in June 2017 and will feature a complete restoration and a brand-new grand ballroom.

Convention Centers are a Reliable Choice to Get the Job Done

Sometimes in an effort to find something different, corporations forget that holding a meeting or event in a reliable convention center—which has expertise in providing the best in service and the amenities to shine—is really the best option. Luckily, New Jersey has a plethora of great convention centers that can accommodate any size event. 

The Residence Inn by Marriott in West Orange Offers Incentives for Groups

Residence Inn by Marriott, located in West Orange just 20 minutes from Manhattan, is starting off 2017 with new incentives for groups and meetings. The all-suite, pet-friendly Residence Inn by Marriott West Orange is located 9 miles from Newark Liberty Airport. The hotel features 128 suites on three floors; a total of 2,394 square feet of flexible meeting space; complimentary on-site parking and daily breakfast; grocery shopping, dry cleaning and laundry services onsite; and a fully equipped fitness center with indoor pool and whirlpool.

2017 Furniture Trends to Enhance the Design and Theme of Events

AFR Event Furnishings is the second largest furniture rental company in America, with five divisions including Residential, Commercial, Special Events, Trade Show and Clearance Centers with 22 distribution centers across the United States, but this was not always the case.

Founded in 1975 in Philadelphia, American Furniture Rentals is now 90 times its original size. The 22 distribution centers around the country together create more than 1 million square feet of every color and style of furniture.

Wanderland Popup Delivers Glamping for Special Events

For those of us looking for something a little more glamorous than the traditional tentand-sleeping-bag experience, there is Wanderland Popup

Jason Thomson and Sonia Jozajtis founded their Asbury Park-based business with the motto “rest wild” in mind. Wanderland Popup offers three unique spaces: the Lotus Bell, the Sibley and the Mobile Guest Room. Perhaps the most popular tent, the Lotus Bell is handmade in New Zealand and was named after its Lotus-like shape. 

Meet Dean Dennis

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Dean Dennis was recently hired as the general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center?

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