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Skittles Explosion at Cobo Center

In mid-July, about 30,000 young people descended on Detroit for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering at Cobo Center. For those of us who work downtown, the visitors were impossible to miss in their brightly colored t-shirts. (In fact, the shirts led to a popular hashtag that week, #skittlesexplosion, after a metro Detroiter commented on Facebook about downtown, “It looks like a Skittles factory exploded.”)

Meet Outdoors at the Detroit Riverfront

It’s summer in Detroit City, and that means a rollicking riverfront. The list of festivals and activities available along the river gets longer and more varied each year. Want to incorporate a movement break into your downtown meeting? Try tai chi on Mondays, yoga on Thursdays and Fridays, or BCBSM Walk the Riverwalk Wednesdays (May through August).

Plan Your Next Event at a Top 10 Luxury Suite in the Country

Showing clients and attendees a good time while they visit your city isn’t always easy. Standard tourist attractions can get stale and group happy hours and dinners are sometimes just not enough to ‘wow’ the group. SuiteHop, an online platform that allows users to directly book entire suites or individual seats in suites that would have otherwise gone unused, has unique access to ultra-exclusive suites at hard to get into events.

Get Up Close with 16 Small Spaces that Pay off Big

When it comes to built-in ambiance and engaged attendees, intimate spaces can trump traditional meeting spots. Small venues often offer a cooler vibe, says Angela Butorac, founder of Butorac Events and co-founder of EventTrender.com. Attendees are more focused, and the spaces’ relaxed atmosphere can help people open up. “You’ll get some of those people who you never hear from who will probably get more engaged in the conversation,” she says.

It’s Zoo Time

We all have venues that we admire for their professionalism, creativity and commitment to staying relevant. High on my Venues that Never Fail to Impress Me list is the Detroit Zoo.

11 Best New M+E Venues of 2015

There is nothing better than discovering a new venue that will really wow the guests of your next event, especially when those venues are located in some of the most popular places around the country. Here at M+E, we’ve searched to find the hottest and most modern venues of the 2015 season. Let’s take a look at these new, state of the art spaces that are perfect for conducting business, throwing a party or socializing with friends or colleagues.

1). First off, we start in the city of fame, entertainment and stars: Los Angeles, California.

Top 25 Convention Centers in the Nation

WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF FLOOR AREA, plenty of separate meeting rooms and hotels rooms, convention centers are ideal for large groups in need of space to sprawl. There are many standouts across the nation, but this list from meetingsource.com takes a look at the best in the business. These 25 convention centers have the most convention visits, according to a report from the Travel Industry Association of America, the National Business Travel Association and the Institute of Business Travel Management. Looking for an exciting venue in a busy city?

Seven Springs Mountain Resort Offers Adventurous Teambuilding

Soon the scenery around Seven Springs Mountain Resort will be ablaze with fall foliage providing the perfect backdrop for a teambuilding event at the resort. Seven Springs is about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh and offers a peaceful mountain setting for meetings and teambuilding opportunities, which are great for staff, classmates or friends of all courage levels.

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