Meeting Planners’ Guide to Golden Olympic Venues

Olympic Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. Meetings professionals can infuse the Olympic spirit into their next event by selecting a venue that has hosted the world’s greatest sporting competition. London, England…

Travel Industry Reacts to President Trump’s Revised Cuba Policy

In a decision that will have a significant impact on the tourism industry, President Donald…

Baja Convention Managers Named

Mexico City and Madrid firms have been awarded a contract as a private joint venture…

Pittsburgh Forges Ahead as a Meetings Destination

The City of Bridges is making a big splash. Pittsburgh was once the world capitol of steel. Today, it’s a major destination for international business travelers and environmentally concerned meeting planners. Visit Pittsburgh,…

Asheville Emerges as a Cosmopolitan City

Asheville is known for arts and crafts, outdoor adventures and equally adventuresome people. Set among…

Why Meet in Portland?

Portland, Oregon, is all about progress. The forward-thinking city—known for its modern urban planning, environmentally…

Oakland vs. Cleveland: Which NBA Finals City Wins for Meetings?

The Golden State Warriors are rolling, with a 3-0 lead in the NBA championship series. But the Cleveland Cavaliers are comeback kids, so anything’s possible. In fact, Cleveland could be called the “comeback…

Major Meeting Venues: Ohio

Akron Clarion Inn & Conference Center Accessible to Canton and Cleveland; driving access to Pro…

Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

Indiana Pacers Bikeshare The largest cities in Indiana are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South…

MPI Turns to Indy for 2018 WEC

For those already missing the excitement of Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress (or those who are kicking themselves because they wish they had been in Las Vegas last week), organizers left you…

Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens…

San Jose Lures Major Meetings, Events, Including Apple’s WWDC

Event professionals have a multitude of host cities to select from, but more and more…

Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

When 2,500 meeting planners gathered at the MGM Grand in the entertainment capital of the world to learn and connect, it was inevitable that a party was going to break out. To be…

ASAE Aims to Reinvent Meetings with Xperience Design Project

The Center for Association Leadership, known as ASAE, unveiled Xperience Design Project (XDP) in National…

Event-Planning Inspiration from Cannes Film Festival 2017

This month’s ongoing 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France is so much more than screening…

Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

Summer is almost here, meaning it’s time to brace yourself for barbecues, beaches and long-awaited festivals! Planning an event in a city holding a food, music or cultural festival is a fun way…

Smart Meetings Wins Maggie Award for Best eNewsletter

Smart Meetings magazine won a Maggie Award for Best Web eNewsletter in the trade publications…

Catherine Simmons: Planner Behind Dreamforce is Living a Dream

Catherine Simmons is thriving in her pivotal role with Dreamforce Born and raised: Durham, England…

4 Women Making Smart Moves at Palace Resorts, Fairmont San Jose and More

Marie Lanaud General Manager Michael Musarra announced the appointment of Marie Lanaud as director of catering for Fairmont San Jose, a landmark in Silicon Valley, California. Lanaud will be responsible for organizing and promoting…

Deepak Chopra’s Message for Event Planners: Go Outdoors

When health and wellness expert Dr. Deepak Chopra addressed the opening session at Meeting Planners…

Meeting Trends: Millennials Favor In-Person Over Online Meetings

Great news, meeting professional: Your career is safe. That’s a takeaway from a recent poll…

Health-Care Event Planners Adapt to a Shifting Landscape

As she presented a session at the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) most recent World Education…

Five Star Spangled Meeting Venues

Happy Independence Day! If you’re interested in throwing a bash in a patriotic locale, Smart Meetings has hand-picked star spangled venues to consider from “sea to shining sea.” Statue of Liberty & Ellis…

Behavioral Science, Meeting Design are Important, Says IMEX CEO Carina Bauer

Meetings are changing, and the industry must change along with it. To create an experience,…

How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

As June wraps up, we can look back at Pride Month and admire all of…

San Jose Lures Major Meetings, Events, Including Apple’s WWDC

Event professionals have a multitude of host cities to select from, but more and more…

Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down

There were more international association meetings than ever last year, but on average the meetings had fewer participants, reports the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The ICCA did not speculate on the…

Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

When 2,500 meeting planners gathered at the MGM Grand in the entertainment capital of the…

Aria Las Vegas Expands Meeting Space

Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas is in the midst of adding 200,000 sq. ft.…

5 Smart Moves at Visit Albuquerque, LGBT Meeting Professionals Association and More

Tod Chambers  Tod Chambers was appointed managing director of Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Conrad Chicago. Chambers,…

ASL Interpreters Provide Important Service at Meetings

Meeting professionals are tasked with making sure the audio of presentations is clear, that there’s no feedback and that it is at a comfortable volume—but what about the attendees who live in silence?…

MPI Announces New Courses to Address Security, Risk Management

Less than 50 percent of meeting planners have risk management plans in place for their…

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

Call it what you want—weed, grass, dope, bud, Buddha, keef, reefer, pot, ganga, Mary Jane,…

MGM Begins Conference Center Expansion, Adds Stay Well Meeting Spaces

From June 19 to 22, Meeting Professionals International’s annual World Education Congress is being held…

8 Dreamy Summer Venues

June 20 marks the first day of summer. This should be music to planners’ ears, as there are many ways to embrace the seasonal spirit at a meeting or event. Whether you’re drinking…

4 Smart Moves at Hyatt, Hotel Ivy and More

Dana Orlando  Wischermann Partners appointed Dana Orlando as general manager of Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel.…

Las Vegas Convention Center’s $1.4 Billion Expansion Receives Final Approval

It’s finally official: the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has…

Take the Quiz: Which City is Best for Your Next Event?

There’s a fine art to planning an event. Each little decision in the process will…

11 Up-and-Coming Meeting Cities that Sizzle and Satisfy

Bird’s-eye view of Columbus, Ohio Emerging destinations for event planners to explore This year’s selection of 11 emerging U.S. cities consists of premium destinations for hosting business meetings, corporate events and association gatherings.…

Airlines & Airports Say Yes Way to Rosé and Other Perks

Travelers are often a bit antsy to reach their destination. Some airlines and airports have…

What Are You Doing on Global Wellness Day?

This year’s Global Wellness Day is June 10, and its organizers suggest we should all…

Pittsburgh Forges Ahead as a Meetings Destination

The City of Bridges is making a big splash. Pittsburgh was once the world capitol…

New Petya Ransomware Attack Reminds Event Professionals to be Careful Out There

A new computer virus threat is sending event professions scrambling to secure documents as breaches are being reported by organizations large and small across the world. The ransomware, being called NotPetya because of…

5 Reasons for Planners to Celebrate Facebook’s 2 Billion User Milestone

Facebook’s popularity has officially exploded. Well it’s been exploding year-over-year since its launch in 2004,…

What Apple’s New “ARKit” Means for Planners

At its annual WWDC event last week, Apple showcased its brand new augmented reality (AR)…

Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens…

5 Vital Security Questions to Ask Your Event App Vendor

Event app data security is vital because you have to protect your own information and the personal information of your attendees. Be sure your event app vendor meets the most stringent security requirements…

W Hotels Debuts Video Game to Celebrate W Bellevue Opening

Maybe the hospitality industry is about fun and games after all. Marriott International created what…

5 Strategies to Handle the Laptop Ban without Surrendering Your Productivity

Fears that computers bigger than a smartphone could conceal a bomb in their battery compartments…

6 Free Apps to Easily Enhance your Social Media Feeds

When you’re on the go, it can be difficult to keep up an eye-catching social…

JetBlue Tests Facial Recognition for Paperless Boarding

Boarding a jetliner is now as easy as stepping in front of a camera. Paperless and deviceless self-boarding is what Jet Blue calls it in announcing that the airline will be the first…

Thanks to This Tool, Presentations Just Got Very Interesting

FXP Touch offers a new way to deliver them Raise your hand if you’ve ever…

Creating Onsite Video Content

The medium extends the message: Use strategic planning when selecting digital content capture and distribution…

Delta to Test Self-Service Bag Drop Machines in US

To save precious time at the airport, you’ve already checked in online or used a…

Google Adds Event Search Tool

Between juggling open tabs on Eventbrite and endlessly scrolling through Yelp events, many have come to view searching for an event as a cumbersome time drain. On the other side of the coin,…

Etouches Acquired by Equity Firm

Cloud event management software provider Etouches has been acquired by HGGC, a private equity firm.…

Marriott Pioneers Building Blocks to Fast Growth

Marriott Development’s secret for scaling hotel development fast? Preassembled modular construction at a grand scale.…

Airbnb Business Users Top 250,000

More than 250,000 companies—in more than 239 countries and territories – have signed up to…

6 Tips to Relieve Aches Caused by Electronic Devices

6 Tips to relieve aches caused by electronic devices The technological revolution has given us some wonderful tools to work with in our jobs. We use them. We love them. We rely on…

Best Practices of Leveraging Video Content Online

Know your audience. That’s the most important element of posting online videos from live business…

Topgolf Partners for 10 New Openings in Mexico

On April 24, Topgolf announced that it will exclusively license its concept in Mexico to…

Virtual Reality Cocktail Brings High-Tech Twist to Hotel Bar

Many whiskey enthusiasts are extremely knowledgeable about their liquor of choice. Perhaps some can even…

Brighten Events with Snapchat’s New World Lens

Snapchat introduced its original lens feature in September 2015. This gave people the ability to model flower crowns and transpose puppy features on their faces. This was a groundbreaking development for both the…

3 Musts for Attracting Your Millennial Niche on Social Media

Millennials have outnumbered baby boomers since 2015, creating significant buzz around targeting the younger demographic.…

Tech Upgrades Coming to Las Vegas Convention Center

Features such as a new 600,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 150,000 sq. ft. of new meeting…

The Next Level of Travel Customization

Part of both the fun and fear of planning a trip is questioning how it…