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 Trump spoke in front of a room full of supporters in the Little Havana community of Miami, Florida,…

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…

Pittsburgh Forges Ahead as a Meetings Destination

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

Asheville Emerges as a Cosmopolitan City

Asheville is known for arts and crafts, outdoor adventures and equally adventuresome people. Set among breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has thrived as a destination for trailblazers since at least…

Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities to Host a Meeting

Get your passport ready! Conde Nast Traveler has released a list of the 50 Most…

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.…

Major Meeting Venues: Ohio

Akron Clarion Inn & Conference Center Accessible to Canton and Cleveland; driving access to Pro Football Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum; indoor pool; fitness center; restaurant; 239…

Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana

Ohio and Indiana are hopping in the Midwest.

Major Meeting Venues: Indiana

Evansville DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville In the heart of downtown; sky bridge connects the Old…

Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens throughout the event. Yes, you heard that right—power from pee. Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC) at University of West…

Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

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

MPI Announces New Courses to Address Security, Risk Management

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

ASAE Aims to Reinvent Meetings with Xperience Design Project

The Center for Association Leadership, known as ASAE, unveiled Xperience Design Project (XDP) in National Harbor, Maryland, this week at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The two-day event brought together 1,816 association…

Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

Summer is almost here, meaning it’s time to brace yourself for barbecues, beaches and long-awaited…

4 Major Event-Planning Lessons from the Fyre Festival Disaster

Image credit: YouTube/Fyre Festival With organizers and promoters Ja Rule and Billy McFarland currently facing…

Smart Meetings Wins Maggie Award for Best eNewsletter

Smart Meetings magazine won a Maggie Award for Best Web eNewsletter in the trade publications division at the 66th Annual Maggie Awards in Los Angeles on April 28. This marks the second consecutive…

Meetings Industry Collaborates in a Highly Competitive Field

Left to right: Roger Dow, Michael Massari and Michael Dominguez at Global Meetings Industry Day…

Event Planning Inspiration from Coachella 2017

Coachella is arguably the queen of music festivals. Each year, around 126,000 people (per weekend)…

How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

As June wraps up, we can look back at Pride Month and admire all of the incredible events, demonstrations and strides that helped support the LGBT community. But before we pat ourselves on…

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…

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, who has 25 years of experience with the Hilton brand, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of…

ASL Interpreters Provide Important Service at Meetings

Meeting professionals are tasked with making sure the audio of presentations is clear, that there’s…

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 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In an event held today, host MGM had some big news to…

8 Dreamy Summer Venues

June 20 marks the first day of summer. This should be music to planners’ ears,…

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 culminate into just one, final opportunity to showcase the fruits of your labor. A key element is choosing…

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…

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 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…

5 Wonder Woman Strengths Hidden in Every Meeting Planner

Photo credit: Warner Brothers As you probably know, the new Wonder Woman movie just hit…

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…

Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

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

Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Ohio is making a comeback as a meetings…

South Bend Invests in Meetings

Hilton Garden Inn South Bend South Bend, Indiana, is not the first city that comes…

Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens throughout the event. Yes, you heard that right—power from pee. Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC) at University of West…

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…

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 media feed. Want to quickly produce compelling infographics and post photos that look like they were shot by…

JetBlue Tests Facial Recognition for Paperless Boarding

Boarding a jetliner is now as easy as stepping in front of a camera. Paperless…

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 speedy check-in kiosk. Then…argh! Time slows to a glacial pace as you stand in that long, snaking line…

Google Adds Event Search Tool

Between juggling open tabs on Eventbrite and endlessly scrolling through Yelp events, many have come…

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 use Airbnb for work, the San Francisco-based website says. The number of business trips it booked last year…

6 Tips to Relieve Aches Caused by Electronic Devices

6 Tips to relieve aches caused by electronic devices The technological revolution has given us…

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 discern details about a drink’s particular origins simply by tasting it. Now, virtual reality technology is taking whiskey…

Brighten Events with Snapchat’s New World Lens

Snapchat introduced its original lens feature in September 2015. This gave people the ability to…

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 will play out. Instead of gambling with a significant investment when organizing a meeting or event, imagine selecting…

Hyatt Offers TV Streaming Service with Staycast App

Guests who stay at participating Hyatt hotels will soon be able to access their favorite…

2017 Airline Wi-Fi Report: Key Takeaways

In his standup, comedian Louis CK reminisces on his first experience with in-flight Wi-Fi. “It's…

A Tech Revolution for Meeting Planners?

Editor’s note: This is a sneak peek from the upcoming May issue. You can expect…