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Geraldine Gatehouse Receives 2015 Kevin Forde Spirit Award

Congratulations to our 2015 President

The 2015 Kevin Forde Spirit Award was presented to Geraldine Gatehouse, Western Region Marketing Consultant, IMEX America. The award is given each year to a SITE member who exemplifies the traits that Kevin Forde was known and respected for: generosity of time and energy to those in the industry who needed help or advice; representation of the motivational experiences industry within a professional endorsing one’s destination; volunteering with SITE and giving back to the SITE global community.

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Holiday Traditions around the World

Holiday Traditions around the World

Best wishes from Platinum DMC Collection and all of our DMCs for a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year.

italyThe most traditional Christmas sweet in Italy is Panettone. It originated when a lowly kitchen servant named Toni burned his masters Christmas cake. He hurriedly mixed up some yeast with flour, eggs, sugar, raisins and candied fruit. The result was a great success and the family named it “Pan de Toni”, to honor its creator.

In Argentina homes are decorated and the Christmas tree put up on December 8th, the Maria Virgin Day. Decorations remain until January 6th, the Three Kings Day, when the children put their shoes outside to receive presents from the Three Kings.

In Australia, Christmas falls in the middle of summer. The traditional Christmas meal is typically followed by a family cricket match, either in the backyard or at the beach.

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New Member Spotlight – R. Michael Anderson

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In Loving Memory - Jon Michaels

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Jon Michaels of Extraordinary Events. Jon was a wonderful person; our industry has lost a great friend and event professional; and he will be sadly missed by all of us. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, his friends and his colleagues at EE.

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Event Planning Technology: Past to Present

Event Planning Technology: Past to Present

The team at Fourth Wall Events loves technology and its use in event planning. While we normally cover current trends and look to the future, we’d like to take a moment to examine the history of event planning technology and how it’s changed over the years.

BizBash recently outlined some key technological features, showing where industry technology was, where it went, and where it is today:

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