Booking an event or meeting venue can be a tricky business, and it’s hard to know whether or not you got a fair deal. The New Jersey Chapter of Meeting Professionals International has stepped in to alleviate this problem by hosting an educational meeting dedicated to the subject.

On June 9, Calvin Anderson, director of Revenue Management, New York Hilton Midtown—the largest hotel in New York—will shed light on this process and give tips on how to ensure you’re receiving a fair deal.

As part of the event, there will also be an industry panel sharing their own experience and a Q&A with a supplier, corporate partner and an independent meeting planner.

The meeting will be held at The Kenilworth hotel from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Lunch will be served.

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October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place. 

 

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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