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Attend Launches the Next Version of its Event Management Platform

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Attend, which started as an app designed to check in attendees, has expanded to help planners foster engagement and track everything during the planning stages. The company is offering a solution for users who want more connection between planners and their attendees.

“Attend is the only app designed to empower internal members of the event team or sales organization at a company to better engage with event attendees,” says Eric Bisceglia, vice president of product and engineering.

Signature Drink: The Virtue and Truth

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940 Kitchen and Cocktails in Denton offers top-of-the-line food and excellent cocktails for an affordable price.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. 86 Co. Fords Gin
—.75 oz. sherry
—.75 oz. orgeat
—1 oz. lime juice
—2 slices cucumber

DIRECTIONS:
Add all ingredients into a shaker with cucumber. Then muddle the cucumber, add ice to the shaker tin, shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.

The San Luis Resort, Spa, and Conference Center Mixes Business, Pleasure, and Meetings

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The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center on Galveston Island ranges across a scenic 32-acre campus and features guest rooms that overlook the Gulf Coast and offer views of a sprawling heated swimming pool with a full-service swim-up bar.

Wolfgang Puck Catering Erases Boring Buffet Lines

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Are you beginning to suspect guests are tired of standing in a boring buffet line that presents the usual suspects in the same way every time? Check out Wolfgang Puck Catering’s fun twist on a traditional buffet. The company’s new vertical buffet adds an interactive element to event catering that revitalizes serving lines.

Toss out traditional agendas and room setups to reach meeting goals faster

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If your're trying to foster creative problem-solving and discussion during your next event, consider planning an “unmeeting.”

“Unmeetings,” or participant-driven events that reject strict agendas and lecture-style sessions in favor of group collaboration and problem-solving, are gaining steam as companies and planners realize their potential.

Event Snapshots: TACVB's 38th Annual Conference

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The Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus hosted its 38th Annual Conference from Aug. 3 to 6, 2015, in The Woodlands. There were 276 industry professionals who attended the conference, which included 25 vendors. The TACVB will hold its next event, Midwinter Conference, in Beaumont on January 19 to 21.

The Rise of Craft Cocktails

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Texas liquor laws relaxed for the first time since Prohibition in 2013 when Texas legislators passed significant changes to the alcoholic beverage laws that allowed Texas distillers to sell their products directly to consumers in limited quantities. This opened the door for craft-style distilleries to take root and flourish. From El Paso’s recently launched coffee and cocktail bars to Houston’s nitro-muddled mint and hand-chiseled ice, Texans are making their mark with homegrown liquors and crafty cocktail combos.

30 Ways to Up Your Planning Game in 2016

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It's time to tackle 2016, with a little help from planners and vendors from around Texas. The following pages feature tips, tricks and hot trends that should be on your radar for the coming year. From catering tips and the latest trends in floral design to new tools you can start using today, you’ll find plenty of wisdom, inspiration and useful advice to take your events to the next level.

Georgetown Has Become an Artsy, Urban Draw for Meetings and Events

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Texas' capital city may have emerged as a tourism darling in recent years, but a city just 25 miles north of Austin offers similar Hill Country charm while forgoing the crowds and traffic of the big city. Georgetown, founded in 1848, is home to Southwestern University and 50,000 residents. For visitors looking to experience the heart of Georgetown’s appeal, a trip to the historic downtown square should be the first order of business. Victorian-era buildings line what’s been called the most beautiful downtown square in Texas.

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