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5 Reasons to Meet in Carlsbad, California

San Diego County is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware. Combined. As much as we love downtown San Diego and its vast collection of meeting venues and offsite activities, the county has many…

New Theme Park for Universal Orlando

Courtesy Universal Orlando Resort. Artist rendering of Volcano Bay, a new theme park opening at…

Top Views for Meeting Groups in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is world-renowned for its incredible views of intriguing rainforests, gorgeous coastlines and lush…

Dana Point Lures Meeting Groups

Dana Point, California, boasts seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. The city is known worldwide for its beaches and water sports, particularly surfing at Doheny Beach, Dana…

Gaming Casinos Overflowing with Pizzazz

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas Just holding a meeting is no longer enough. These…

Be Surprised by Myrtle Beach─I Sure Was!

Golf Town, USA makes sense. Most people know South Carolina is dotted with golf courses…

Paris is No. 1 for Second Year in ICCA Rankings

Paris is No. 1 for the second consecutive year in rankings compiled by the International Congress and Convention Association based on the number of rotating international…

A Lingering Touch of Royalty in Honolulu

Back in my college days at the University of California, Berkeley, I enrolled in a…

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…

Millennial Meeting Planners Influenced by Cost

Millennials say that a venue’s cost is the most influential factor when deciding where to hold an event, while members of older generations place more value on customer service, according to a new…

Smart Meeting Mountain / Desert

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 ROI. Suppliers at our events book business, receive RFPs, and generate qualified leads. Meet one-on-one with dozens of…

Smart Meeting Bahamas

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Bahamas! When: Sunday-Tuesday, October 4-6, 2015 Where:…

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. 3, 2015 8:00…

Smart Meeting Tysons Corner

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Tysons Corner! When: Thursday, July 23, 2015 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Where: Sheraton Tysons Hotel 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182 Why: Our one-day…

Smart Meeting Mohegan Sun

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Mohegan Sun! When: Wednesday - Thursday, June…

The Smart Event at Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta

The Smart Event at JW Marriott, San Francisco

Ice Cream Tweets: New Trends in Event Sponsorship

Planners are accustomed to scoring free swag from sponsors, but new trends are emerging to…

Millennial Meeting Planners Influenced by Cost

Millennials say that a venue’s cost is the most influential factor when deciding where to…

6 Tips for Last-Minute Events

It happens more often than you'd like: You're tasked with pulling off a conference or…

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 the premier meetings hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues, and convention and conference centers in North America. This…

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…

European Meetings on Sale

Dollar to Euro Conversion If you’ve been dreaming about booking your next meeting in Europe, now might be the perfect time. Meetings and events on the continent and the British Isles are effectively…

Meet is Style – More Meetings Mean Multiple Rewards

Discover the ultimate Southern California oceanfront retreat, located in Orange County, between Los Angeles and…

Paris is No. 1 for Second Year in ICCA Rankings

Paris is No. 1 for the second consecutive…

The Green Advantage at Mandalay Bay and Delano

For meeting planners looking to be at hotels that practice green initiatives, Mandalay Bay and…

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…

Meat of the Matter

After a long day of learning and networking, event attendees are often famished. In such cases, nothing satisfies quite like meat. While burgers and steak are perennial favorites, planners game for new ideas…

Hotels Send Clear Signal that Technology is Important

Hotels are taking the lead in showcasing technology that is available to today’s business travelers.…

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,…

More Multi-language Event Apps

Event apps keep getting easier, a boon for those who are, to put it delicately, tech-averse. Event app-maker Attendify just announced that their apps now support eight languages, including Dutch, English, French, German,…

6 Advanced Mobile Apps for Work

Say goodbye to cumbersome expense reports and inefficient in-boxes. With these six advanced mobile apps,…

Website Builder Perfect for Meeting Professionals

Designing a website specifically for your next major meeting has never been easier following the…

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: they tend to be costly; there is ordinarily a four-to-six week development timeline; and since mobile apps are…

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…

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 successful events is targeted, personal email invitations. Each group should see specific, tailored messages. A group involved in…

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…

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 is a big deal, and there is a lot at stake for our events and our industry. Here’s…

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…

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, writer Jelisa Castrodale reports that Stanford University researchers have created a new aluminum-ion battery that will charge smartphones…

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…

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 tech world never rests and the next new idea is just minutes away. Industry experts predict sensor integration…

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…

4 Things to Consider When Sponsoring an Event

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