Websites of the Month: Meetings Industry Blogs

Originally published in Successful Meetings magazine, March 2007

Wait in the Lobby from Starwood Hotels and Resorts uses three writers and a publisher to provide "travel tips, reviews, gadgets, and more," according to the homepage. Focused on destinations that are home to Starwood properties, TheLobby also looks at activities, restaurants, museums, and stores in those markets, as well as products that Starwood clientele may be interested in. The overall tone of the site is upbeat and involved—it may not be the best place for unbiased critiques, but it's a great way to learn something new about destinations around the world.

Bill Gets the Word Out

As Marriott hits its 80th birthday in 2007 and chairman John Willard (Bill) Marriott Jr. celebrates his 75th this month, the company has started a blog—a decidedly modern strategy for industry veteran Marriott. The blog is ostensibly written by Bill Marriott himself, and thus far offers a glimpse into Mr. Marriott's feelings about the business, a bit of history, and a taste of what is to come. The comments section indicates that readers are willing to embrace this strategy, and that they are not shy about offering a bit of constructive criticism.

And Now for Something Completely Different

SNC Destinations, a national sales and marketing rep firm for a group of DMCs, runs a blog called Something Extra, written by Managing Director Simone Champagnie. The commentary is first-person, and very much about Champagnie's travels and experiences. Something Extra offers an appealing look at some fantastic destinations (St. Kitts, anyone? She offers a virtual site inspection) as well as remarks about industry moves, such as a recent Ritz-Carlton initiative that trains employees to read guests' body language. SNC Destinations focuses on the Caribbean, so expect Something Extra content to also be skewed toward Caribbean locations and activities.

Last But Not Least

Don't forget about MiGurus at, where industry experts weigh in on meetings-related issues. A new soothsayer is featured every week.

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