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Mexico, Canada Top List of Popular Travel Destinations

Mexico and Canada are the most popular international travel destinations among Americans this year, followed by three European countries. Neighboring Mexico has long been a favorite destination partly due to its warm weather…

Meetings at Disneyland®

Dana Point Lures Meeting Groups

Dana Point, California, boasts seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific…

Gaming Casinos Overflowing with Pizzazz

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas Just holding a meeting is no longer enough. These days, they also have to include “experiences” that will energize attendees for the tasks ahead, and that they’ll…

Los Angeles Tourism Sets New Record for 2014

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) reports that the city welcomed 44.2 million…

Paris is No. 1 for Second Year in ICCA Rankings

Paris is No. 1 for the second consecutive…

A Lingering Touch of Royalty in Honolulu

Back in my college days at the University of California, Berkeley, I enrolled in a class on American history, hoping that it would be more interesting and inspiring than many of the other…

10 Reasons to Host Your Event at Business Hotels

Most business meetings and trainings take place in business hotels. There are sound reasons for…

Best American Cities for Sports Travel

Using its own data combined with information from SeatGeek, ratings were based on an algorithm…

Smart Meeting Mountain Desert

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Mountain Desert! When: Sunday-Wednesday August 16-19, 2015 Where: Atlantis Casino…

IMEX Frankfurt Reflects Growth of Meetings Industry

When IMEX Frankfurt 2015 opens on…

All That Jazz: Smart Meeting New Orleans

We got our mojo on in a major way at the Smart Meeting New Orleans.…

Thinking about ROI? Think Smart Meetings.

Smart Meetings New Orleans 2015  Need a reason to attend a Smart Meeting? How about…

Smart Meeting Bahamas

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Bahamas! When: Sunday-Tuesday, October 4-6, 2015 Where: Baha Mar Casino & Hotel West Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas Why: Attend our exclusive networking event for meeting…

Smart Meeting Colorado Springs

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Colorado Springs! When: Sunday-Tuesday, November 8-10, 2015…

Smart Meeting Dallas

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Dallas! When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2015 8:00…

Smart Meeting Tysons Corner

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Tysons Corner! When: Thursday, July 23, 2015…

Smart Meeting Mohegan Sun

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Mohegan Sun! When: Wednesday - Thursday, June 10-11, 2015 *Complimentary accommodations are provided to qualified meeting planenrs Wednesday, June 10th Where: Mohegan Sun 1 Mohegan…

Account-Based Marketing for Event Success

As marketing and sales strategies merge within event planning, it’s no surprise planners are finding…

Reach for the Stars! The 2015 Smart Star Awards

We are thrilled to present the winners of this year’s Smart Stars Awards, which celebrate…

San Francisco Convention Center Expansion Underway

Moscone Center, conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, is undergoing a $500…

#ThinkBigMeetings Contest

Our meeting professionals have spoken and sent some fascinating images of their "Best" Meetings and Events.     Sponsored by   Here's a look at some of our favorites. There's still a chance…

Tourism Victoria Kicks Off a Clever Promotion

When launching its new campaign, Beyond Words, Tourism Victoria decided to kick it up a…

European Meetings on Sale

Dollar to Euro Conversion If you’ve been dreaming about booking your next meeting in Europe,…

Riviera Casino Closes; LVCVA to Expand Convention Center

After six decades on the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera Hotel and Casino has officially closed. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which in February bought the 2,075-room property and the…

Quirky Restaurants to Sink Your Teeth Into

  TripAdvisor has compiled a list of the world’s quirkiest restaurants. Meeting planners seeking unique dining experiences for…

Bently Reserve Offers Classy Meeting Space in SF

Planners seeking a sophisticated venue in San Francisco can bank on Bently Reserve. The building,…

Terri Woodin Webinar: The Three R’s of Meetings

If Terri Woodin wasn’t a hospitality veteran and walking resource for everything from the latest…

Hotels Send Clear Signal that Technology is Important

Hotels are taking the lead in showcasing technology that is available to today’s business travelers. In our tech-centric world, upgrading technology is just as important to hotels as renovating guest rooms and meeting…

Meat of the Matter

After a long day of learning and networking, event attendees are often famished. In such…

Commune Hotels’ Niki Leondakis’ Secret to Success

Over two decades, Niki Leondakis watched as her two sisters, both mothers to several children,…

New & Renovated: Urban Classics

Martha Washington Hotel, New York City Martha Washington Hotel opened in 1903 in Manhattan as a…

Get Smarter: Introducing the NEW SmartMeetings.com

As a reader, subscriber or website visitor, you already know that Smart Meetings provides you with timely, practical and exclusive information that you need to help you in your job−whether you’re planning your…

Q&A with Stephanie Glanzer, CMP

What sets Mandalay Bay and Delano apart from other convention and event venues? There are…

Anaheim Convention Center to Add 200K Square Feet

Representatives from the city of Anaheim and Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) were…

Happy Earth Day! Green Hotels and Convention Centers are Trending

Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C. The hospitality industry is helping raise the bar for green buildings,…

National Parks are Naturally Inspiring

Smart Meetings would like to salute our outdoor treasures to commemorate National Park Week, which is taking place April 18-26 and coincides with Earth Day on April 22. National parks naturally create inspiring…

Hospitality Royalty Makes a Stop in San Francisco

He just might be the most interesting man in the hospitality world. Sir Rocco Forte…

Planners: Come Join Us in the Land of the Mohegan Sun

Pop quiz: What do The Tower of London and the Mohegan Sun casino and resort…

Boost for Mind and Body

Conference fatigue is a common problem for attendees who sit for a long time at…

Website Builder Perfect for Meeting Professionals

Designing a website specifically for your next major meeting has never been easier following the launch of an event website builder by Bizzabo this week. The recent addition to Bizzabo's event management platform…

Cyber Security Critical on Vacation and Trips

With Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer, we’d like to remind you that…

Target Mobile Apps for Big and Small Events

Although mobile event apps can save planners big money on printing costs, there are drawbacks:…

S.F. Marriott Marquis Well Connected for Meetings

It’s apropos that the newly renovated San Francisco Marriott Marquis is well connected, both technologically…

New Robot May Revolutionize Hotels

An R2D2-sized robot named Relay has been riding elevators and scooting down hotel hallways, delivering extra towels and soft drinks to guests.  Created by Santa Clara, California-based Savioke, the 10-lb. machine was designed…

7 Ways Tech will Shape Meeting Rooms of the Future

Despite advances in technology and increasing demands for collaboration in today’s global business environment, typical…

6 Tips to Boost Email Marketing Results

Email marketing can be complicated, but also wildly successful and economical. Cvent.com says one key to…

Tech Gadgets and Gift Ideas

With a nod to the technology features in this issue, we showcase a few fun…

Dress for Success: Wearable Tech Suits Meetings

Jawbone You’ve been there before: Your panel is running late with one speaker to go—and she’s really the one you came to see. But you have a must-attend meeting right after—somewhere in the…

Six Super Tech-Friendly Airports

Airports are becoming increasingly tech-friendly. Here are six that are highly recommended: Indianapolis International Airport…

Net Neutrality: The Battle’s Just Begun

What’s the big deal with net neutrality, and why should planners and suppliers care? It…

Tech for Every Body

Jewelry Look stylish while keeping on top of business: -Cuff (starting at $49) is a…

Robotic Bartenders Mix Drinks on Cruise Ship

Cruise passengers who sidle up to the Bionic Bar on the new Anthem of the Seas ship can get a drink—but not a lot of sympathy—from the bartenders. This is because the barkeeps…

Amazon Brings Competition to Online Travel Bookings

Online travel agencies may have another competitor to contend with. Yesterday, Amazon launched its own…

Take Charge of Your Battery Life

Today’s nonstop texting and tweeting takes its toll on cellphone batteries. On Road Warrior Voices,…

Putting a Lock on Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity should be a top priority for meeting professionals, who often work out of hotels,…

Standing Out From the Crowd

  Event app maker QuickMobile has been sitting pretty since its founding in 2006. It built the first-ever mobile event app in 2008, and has created more than 3,000 since. Its content management system…

Regatta Search Engine Brings Bookings Back to Hotels

Online travel agencies may have to loosen their hold on hotel reservations. Booking engine Regatta…

Navigating 2015 Tech Tools

What new technology will make events run better, smoother and easier this year? Plenty. The…

Expedia Buys Travelocity for $280 Million in Cash

Expedia added to its portfolio of websites on Friday with the purchase of Travelocity for…

Data Overload: A Problem in the Event Industry

Like all big data, availability is not the problem; it’s consolidating, qualifying and understanding it that can lead to opportunity and innovation. The event industry is in the early stages of understanding data…

4 Things to Consider When Sponsoring an Event

Understanding who attends the event you are sponsoring and aligning your overall business strategy and…

3 Tools to Simplify Your Event Check-In Process

One big hurdle that can dictate the success of your event early on is the…

Efficient Virtual Collaboration

The meetings industry continues to adopt new technologies and use online virtual spaces to reach…