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Digital Security: Five tools to have and use to increase your safety online

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By Ron Engeldinger Over the past couple of years, we have become accustomed to having quick and easy access to the internet wherever we are. WiFi hotspots have proliferated at an amazing speed. Wi-Fi connections can be found in large and small hotels, at airports, in coffee shops and restaurants. Even bed and breakfast inns often have free Wi-Fi. For most meeting venues, WiFi access is a must-have. The ease of digital connection often makes us forget how vulnerable we are to security threats. Internet access has many potential dangers. The recent Meetings Industry Summit, co-sponsored by the Meeting Professionals
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Lessons LearnedMontana

Creative Logistics

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Bus shuttles with prizes and entertainment moved hundreds  between two hotels at a Kalispell conference When the Kalispell, Montana, Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) won the bid to host the annual gathering of Montana’s tourism and recreation industry, they didn’t know it would be the biggest meeting of its kind ever held in Kalispell. The 42nd annual Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in 2016 brought 477 people to Kalispell, a city with a population of just over 20,000. Eight months of planning by an experienced nine-person conference committee made up of hotel and tourism specialists paid off. “It’s
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Lessons LearnedMontana

Get Outside for Fun and Team Building

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Developing the agenda for a conference or retreat is always a challenging undertaking. There is usually a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time and you want to provide a positive experience. Participants are committing time and money so they expect to get a return on that investment. At the same time, the event should be an enjoyable experience. “Planners should consider adding outdoor activities to their meeting,” says Kristy Coffin, West Yellowstone Tourist Business Improvement District administrator. She adds, “There are many benefits to taking the group outdoors for part of the event.” Coffin works
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Lessons LearnedOregon

Team Up: Team Building Insights from a CVB Pro

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Working with the CVB for a successful team building experience Team building activities are an integral part of many retreats and conferences. A terrific way to boost the success of your organization is to choose an activity that takes group members away from the daily routine. “Retreat organizers often tell me that more valuable work gets done during play than at a traditional presentation,” explains Nan Devlin, tourism director for Visit Tillamook Coast. “Participants can relax, open up and see their co-workers in a different light. It can give participants a new perspective and that’s when creativity really starts to
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