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Smart Talk: Q&A with Jay Burress

Jay Burress is president & CEO of Visit Anaheim In June, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau in California rebranded itself as Visit Anaheim. Why? We desire to be a destination marketing organization…

All-Inclusive Resorts are Game Changers

All-inclusive resorts raise the bar to attract more group meetings and events It’s easy to…

San Francisco Welcomes MPI Convention

When the 2015 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress runs Aug. 1-4 at Moscone…

Progress Reported in Baha Mar Talks

Major progress was achieved in resolving a dispute over an unfinished luxury resort in the Bahamas, but no deal was reached among the four parties involved, the Bahamian government reported. The negotiations took…

Adventures Await at The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is already a Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond resort…

AMResorts to Open Three New Properties

AMResorts will be opening two new resorts in Mexico and one in Jamaica during the…

Popular Industry Leader Gets Even Hotter

Michael Dominguez, one of the hottest figures in the meetings industry, was sitting on the hot seat on Monday night as he was roasted by colleagues during Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress…

San Francisco and Moscone Center Raise the Green Bar

This week's Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress is a great time to assess what…

MPI Moves Up Convention Dates

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is always looking for ways to improve its annual World Education…

San Francisco Welcomes MPI Convention

When the 2015 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress runs Aug. 1-4 at Moscone…

Live Updates: WEC 2015

San Francisco Travel Association is rolling out the red carpet for the 2015 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress, which runs Aug. 1-4 at Moscone Center. Smart Meetings will help you stay…

Support for Women in the Meetings Industry

The new Association for Women in Events (AWE) launched in March and just had its…

Live Updates: Smart Meetings Touches Down at Tysons Corner

Follow all the networking and special moments during our Smart Meetings Event on Thursday, July…

Smart Meetings at Maggie Mae’s

Maggie Mae's - Austin, Texas Smart Meetings and Maggie Mae’s teamed up for an authentic Austin, Texas,…

Hotels and Properties Win Big in Think Big Meetings Contest

If we think about memorable meetings as works of art where planners are the painters, then suppliers could be considered the canvases on which these wonderful events take form.  As part of our…

Planners Who Think Big Meetings Win Big Prizes!

Like any industry, the meetings and events sector continues to evolve, incorporating new tools and…

Comic-Con and Other Comic Book Conventions

Fan conventions, as any Trekkie can tell you, have grown enormously over the years and…

New MPI Meeting Leaders Include Revetria

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced its 2015-16 board of trustees who will serve from July…

Smart Talk: Q&A with Jay Burress

Jay Burress is president & CEO of Visit Anaheim In June, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau in California rebranded itself as Visit Anaheim. Why? We desire to be a destination marketing organization…

Science of Medical Meetings

CVBs, convention centers and hotels formulate strategies to accommodate niche market There are so many…

I Scream, You Scream…

Summer is synonymous with ice cream. The cool, creamy treat is a favorite of young…

Smart Style August 2015

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful…

Industry Watch: Love Wins Tourism

Marriage equality is a big boost for travel On the heels of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, travel leaders around the nation are forecasting big implications for…

All-Inclusive Resorts are Game Changers

All-inclusive resorts raise the bar to attract more group meetings and events It’s easy to…

Live Human Holograms Have Arrived

As often happens in the 21st century, a tech company ripped a page from science…

Perfect Group Picnics

Great weather in summer and early fall calls for that quintessential celebration of the season—the…

New App Connects Like-Minded Attendees

Ever want to hook up, one-on-one, with like-minded meeting participants so that you can offer or share knowledge? Then Braindater, a new product from E-180, Inc. is for you. The mobile app is similar to…

San Francisco and Moscone Center Raise the Green Bar

This week's Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress is a great time to assess what…

San Francisco Welcomes MPI Convention

When the 2015 Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress runs Aug. 1-4 at Moscone…

San Francisco Travel Partners with Airbnb

With another major convention coming to town this weekend, San Francisco Travel Association is making…

IBTM America 2016: Excitement for Nashville

Nashville’s thriving entertainment scene is drawing one of its biggest acts yet. IBTM America 2016 has chosen Music City as host for its next meetings and events exhibition. It will take place from…

Healthy Fast Food Drive Thru Opens

Amy’s Drive Thru is taking on McDonalds, one veggie burger at a time. The new…

U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders Adds Leven, Maritz

The U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders announced its latest class of inductees on Thursday, adding…

5 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: July 23, 2015

Troy Mathews Benchmark Hospitality International named Troy Mathews as general manager for Hotel Contessa, an…

Orange County Welcomes Middle Eastern Tourists for Eid al-Fitr

Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) is going the extra mile for Middle Eastern tourists looking to travel during the end of the Ramadan holiday. This month, the tourism association released a free online…

6 Secrets to a Relaxing Summer Vacation

The season for summertime vacation and relaxation is finally here. But let’s face it. Not…

Downtown Detroit is Booming

Event planners who are attending the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual meeting in…

Philadelphia Hotel Market is Red Hot

The Philadelphia hotel market is red hot, thanks in part to its booming convention business.…

InterContinental Hotels Group Ups the Ante

Guest-facing initiatives take a load off planners’ shoulders InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has a grand vision when it comes to integrating the latest technologies into its hotels, and the company recently unveiled a…

Live Human Holograms Have Arrived

As often happens in the 21st century, a tech company ripped a page from science…

New App Connects Like-Minded Attendees

Ever want to hook up, one-on-one, with like-minded meeting participants so that you can offer or share…

5 Essential Mobile Apps for Business Travel

It’s no secret that technology—especially apps for our precious mobile devices—have changed the way we…

Mobile Tech Changes the Face of Business Travel

Mobile tech has a profound impact on business travel, according a recent study by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). While nobody really finds this surprising, the study goes in-depth in its analysis—and…

Event Apps Made Easy With Guidebook Builder

Don't have enough time, money or technical expertise to build out an app for your upcoming event?…

Top 10 Trends Impacting the Hospitality Industry

The Hotel Show, which stages business to business events for the hospitality industry, has identified…

Boost Your Fourth of July Celebration With These 5 Apps

It’s time again to celebrate the birth of America with barbecues, road trips, and colorful…

Virtual Reality Experiences are Trending

In the past few years, virtual reality (VR) has gone from a niche topic to a staple of mainstream media. Whether businesses are ready or not, virtual reality is set to be one…

Minibars are Going High-Tech

One of the most practical new products on display at HD Expo in Las Vegas…

Disney and Others Say No to Selfie Sticks

The happiest place on earth is not extending its welcome to selfie sticks. The monopod…

Facebook Beacons are Set to Go Nationwide

One of Facebook’s attempts at integrating itself in the physical world is coming to fruition,…

IHG Hotels Testing New Tech for Guests

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is taking guests deep into the 21st century. The company, which operates InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and five other hotel brands, announced that they are testing…

AirHelp Aids Inconvenienced Travelers

Travelers inconvenienced by airline delays, cancellations or overbooked flights can turn to AirHelp for assistance.…

6 Tech Tips for That Long-Haul Flight

With the trend for airlines reducing amenities while charging us more for less, it’s becoming…

5 Gadgets for Event Planners On-the-Go

From meetings with clients to property site inspections, busy event planners are constantly on-the-go, rushing…

Green Meeting Industry Council Gets New App

It’s about to get easier to make your meetings greener. The Green Meeting Industry Council announced today that they are partnering with QuickMobile, the global leader in mobile enterprise meeting and event apps,…

Tips to Maximize Meeting Technology

The rate of change in meeting technology accelerates at an unprecedented pace these days. Thousands…

Lanyon Influences Meeting Technology

This week during IBTM America at Chicago’s McCormick Place, buyers and exhibitors used the mobile…

Wow! 7 Uber Tricks to Get the Most Out of the Service

Use Uber to get to the airport a few times a week? Did you know…

ICCA Identifies Top 10 Tech Trends

Technology and its impact on meetings and events is ever changing, which is why results from a recent survey conducted by the International Association of Conference Centres (ICCA) are so valuable for meeting professionals.  Based on input…

Limefy Introduces LiGo Wearable Technology

What can wearable technology do for your event? So far our notion of wearable event…

Techno Files: Meeting Resources

Technology helps planners run events (and their lives) efficiently Smart Meetings loves technology, especially if…

More Multi-language Event Apps

Event apps keep getting easier, a boon for those who are, to put it delicately,…