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8 Reasons to Retreat to Jackson, Wyoming

Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, Wyoming Companies looking to take their top earners on a memorable executive retreat are looking for a place that offers myriad luxury experiences and leaves their guests feeling pampered…

Adventures Abound Year-Round in Jackson Hole

Like many ski destinations, Jackson Hole has lots of activities that appeal to summer and…

Houston Convention District Takes Shape

Earlier this month, Smart Meetings received a hard hat in the shape of a cowboy…

Las Vegas No. 1 Among Most Fun Cities

Honolulu, Hawaii It's no surprise that the most fun cities in the United States, according to a new report released by WalletHub, are also key meeting destinations. Las Vegas ranked No. 1 in…

7 Thrilling Team-Building Adventures

Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona Clutching a rockface while navigating a 300-foot walkway, leaning over the…

Camera-Ready Colorado is Picture Perfect for Events

If you want to put on an event that’s truly going to take your guests’…

Colorful, Cosmopolitan Central Mexico is Intriguing for Meetings

Although Central Mexico is devoid of the azure beaches that make Riviera Maya appealing to meeting planners, it has other outstanding attributes. Colorful and cosmopolitan, the region pulsates with energy. A plethora of…

U.S. Resumes Flights to Cuba After 50-Year Absence  

The first U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in more than 50 years landed in Santa…

Parks & Recreation: Revel in Northern California’s Great Outdoors

John Muir was a lifelong observer of the natural world. His love of science and…

Smart Meetings Wins Big at 2016 Digital Nichee Awards

We’ve done it again! Coming off of two wins for Best eNewsletter and Best Trade Publication (for our October 2015 issue) at the Western Publishers Association’s 2016 Maggie Awards in June, Smart Meetings…

It’s Citywide Convention Season in San Francisco

On the evening of Sept. 21, Sting and Gwen Stefani performed at AT&T Park as…

IMEX America by the Numbers

Following a record-breaking year in 2015, the sixth annual IMEX America Oct. 18−20 at Sands…

IMEX America is a Buyers Marketplace

Meeting and event planners are foundation of trade show IMEX America exhibitors are encouraged to bring a date or two to the event, the largest meetings and events trade show in the United…

San Francisco Nob Hill Connection Hits a Home Run

As 2016 Major League Baseball draws to a close and convention season gears up in San…

Trade-Show Expert Freeman Raises the Green Bar

Freeman, the trade-show expert when it comes to integrated digital- and live-brand experiences, has received…

Big News Revealed During Smart Meeting Event

There seems to be a direct correlation between awesome suppliers and top-notch meeting planners when it comes to amazing events. It's kind of like the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or…

You’re Invited to Be at IMEX America

This is the largest meetings industry trade show in the U.S.—and your destination to meet…

Q&A with Ray Bloom, Chairman and Founder of IMEX Group

Ray Bloom and Carina Bauer Hometown: Brighton and Hove, England Career: Built European Incentive, Business…

6 Brain Food Snacks That Are Office-Friendly

What is an office-friendly snack, you ask? One that requires little to no preparation, carries little to no odor, and ideally can be tucked into a desk drawer for the moments throughout the…

MPI Announces Major Reorganization and New Appointments

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) began implementing an organization realignment this week to better position the…

MPI and IMEX Make Education a Priority

Smart Monday is a brilliant way to kick off annual trade show Meeting Professionals International…

It’s Citywide Convention Season in San Francisco

On the evening of Sept. 21, Sting and Gwen Stefani performed at AT&T Park as…

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Recognized for Major Strides in Community Outreach

Upon recently unveiling expanded community partnerships and sustainability programs, Las Vegas Sands Corp. has been recognized for the second year in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for its industry-leading…

IMEX America is a Buyers Marketplace

Meeting and event planners are foundation of trade show IMEX America exhibitors are encouraged to…

Sands Las Vegas and IMEX America on the Same Green Page

Sustainability a core value of host properties and trade show Timing is everything. The same…

7 Meeting Don’ts that Are Disengaging Your Team

Love them or hate them, any business professional understands that a good meeting can be…

Etouches Releases Integrated Event ROI Solution

Etouches, a global provider of cloud event management software, recently announced the launch of its newest product, event ROI. For the first time, event professionals using Etouches software are able to gain a…

Houston Convention District Takes Shape

Earlier this month, Smart Meetings received a hard hat in the shape of a cowboy…

Trade-Show Expert Freeman Raises the Green Bar

Freeman, the trade-show expert when it comes to integrated digital- and live-brand experiences, has received…

NCAA Pulls 7 Championships from North Carolina Over HB2

Victory parade for Villanova Wildcats, 2016 NCAA men's basketball champions For months, North Carolina’s controversial…

5 Ways to Stay Energized While Traveling

As every meeting planner knows, business trips are usually jam-packed with important schedules. Planners are often rushing from one appointment, lunch meeting or site inspection to another. Add jetlag and travel fatigue to…

Big News Revealed During Smart Meeting Event

There seems to be a direct correlation between awesome suppliers and top-notch meeting planners when…

Buzz and Business on the IMEX America Trade Show Floor

Exhibitors get the party started with pizzazz… and an occasional cocktail Even for the most…

Immerse Yourself in New Hampshire with 360-Degree Video Technology

Want to experience the thrill and excitement of visiting a new destination without leaving your…

10 Tips to Improve Panel Discussions

Although panel discussions are ubiquitous at meetings, Kristin Arnold, MBA, CPF, CSP thinks they could be more inspired. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based consultant, facilitator, public speaker and founder of Quality Process Consultants, Inc. published…

Ground Zero: Sands Expo, The Venetian & The Palazzo Form a Stellar Meeting Campus

The Palazzo Theatre Luxurious, fully integrated and totally meeting friendly, Sands Expo Center, The Venetian…

Top 5 Outcomes of Philanthropic Team Building

So, you and your colleagues are going to get together in a ballroom or meeting…

Hotel and Travel Groups Urge Congress to Act on Zika

Amid news of Congress’ failure to pass sorely needed Zika legislation this week, the travel…

Trade Show Capital Brings Out Best in IMEX

Premier global meetings and events convention at home in Las Vegas It’s a match made in meetings heaven. As Las Vegas, the trade show capital of the world, continues to produce record-breaking numbers,…

Healthy Ways to Wake Up Sleepy Attendees

With one in three attendees falling asleep or feeling drowsy during a meeting, and productivity…

10 Peaceful Properties to Celebrate Yoga Month

Le Soleil d’Or, Cayman Islands Happy Yoga Month! September has been anointed as National Yoga…

Got Class? Group Learning Through Team Building

School isn't just for kids. More and more properties are providing groups with learning opportunities…

Four Seasons Streams Private-Jet Experience

In a move that reflects the increasing use of live-stream advertising, consumers were able to virtually board the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts private jet recently to tour the aircraft and discover its…

Etouches Releases Integrated Event ROI Solution

Etouches, a global provider of cloud event management software, recently announced the launch of its…

The Ultimate Guide to Using Crowd-Streaming to Generate Event Buzz

Live-streaming apps like Periscope are taking over the social media landscape. Here’s how to leverage…

Anxious Flyer? There’s an App for That

SkyGuru provides real-time explanation and what to expect during your flight Meet Alex Gervash: an…

IMEX America Trade Show Floor Showcases Event Technology

Dedicated space helps attendees learn about latest tools and tips Technology has become so important to meetings and events that IMEX America has set aside a specific section of the trade show floor…

Twitter Reinvests in Live Event Streaming

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has a massive goal in his sights, and he hopes live…

Immerse Yourself in New Hampshire with 360-Degree Video Technology

Want to experience the thrill and excitement of visiting a new destination without leaving your…

The Rise of CRM Integration

Every behind-the-scenes operation should flow as smoothly as your event Have you ever noticed how…

Not Your Grandfather’s Scavenger Hunt

What better way to break the ice than an impromptu dance party? Better yet, how about an activity that keeps participants active and communicating, and provides them with a property tour? SmartHunts has…

Visit Orlando App Features Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence

Destination marketing organization Visit Orlando has partnered with WayBlazer artificial intelligence and IBM Watson technology…

5 Great Reasons to Use Event Check-In Apps

Event check-in apps are disrupting the events industry in a great way, and truly transforming…

Infographic: Hotel Innovations of the Future

The hospitality industry is constantly talking about future innovation. The next big thing in hotels…

Startup Uses Data to Transform Meetings Management

To boost ROI, corporate meeting planners search for ways to make meetings more engaging, effective, concise and relevant. Now, as technology becomes an increasingly important part of the meeting planning process, tools are…

The Disappearing Act: Using Snapchat and Instagram to Promote Events

By now it is obvious that the quickest way to tap into a younger audience…

5 Digital Event Planning Problem Solvers

As meeting planners increasingly rely on technology to coordinate conferences and events, new solutions and…

Google Wants to Bring Drones to Your Next Meeting

Groundbreaking, new technology is constantly making headlines for its game-changing possibilities. With the 2016 Rio…

2016 Olympics, Up Close and Personal

People watching at home now can feel as if they’re on the track at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt dashes past and American Ashton Eaton…

6 Clever Ways the Travel Industry is Making the Most of Pokemon Go

Poke Stop at Watertown Hotel, Seattle (Photo from MeetMeinSeattle) Less than one month after its…

Best Practices for Showcasing Destinations Through Video

Matador CEO Ross Borden moderated a panel of DMOs at the 2016 DMAI conference that…

Case Study: 2 Winning Social Travel Campaigns

Spokespeople for Tourism Australia, Meet South Africa and Ritz-Carlton spoke to attendees at the DMAI…

WordCamp Behind the Scenes: Event Organizer Turns Speaker

Editor’s Note: Mario Peshev is a WordPress developer and architect at DevriX who has worked on the back end of Smart Meetings for several years. As an organizer of WordCamp, Peshev went from…

Business Travel Flexibility Pays Off in Free Gift Cards

A new start-up by Priceline.com founder Jay Walker will reward employees who are flexible about…

7 Smart Suitcases that are Actually Worth Your Money

2. Make space for more: Another option for travelers who need a little more space…

Hotel Room of the Future May Be a Flying Pod

HOK, a global design, architecture and engineering firm, envisions the hotel room of the future as…