25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

Mid-bloom into the season, TripAdvisor has released its Seasonal Attractions Trend Index for spring. Based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor’s website, the list of top 25 U.S. attractions makes a great starting…

After 12-Year Delay, Baha Mar Finally Opens

Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, brings new meaning to the term deluxe resort. Surrounded by…

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Houston

Monument Au Fantome in Discovery Green Amid all the hype about the Super Bowl, you…

9 Most Zen U.S. Destinations

Everyone could use a little more Zen. The demanding modern workplace frequently imposes a hefty dose of stress. Rather than focusing on life’s strains, plan a meeting or event where free time provides…

South Carolina Culinary Offerings

Eat, Drink and Meet in Grand Style It’s no secret that South Carolina has become…

Houston Keeps on Scoring

  Houston scored. It triumphed in hosting the meeting of the year—Super Bowl LI—when 1.3…

First Person with Elliott Ferguson of Destination DC

Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC What key features does the city offer to meeting planners and attendees? Today’s meeting planners are looking for a value-added approach to the cities they…

Meetings in Colorado Offer Thrills & Chills

Outdoor activities provide a wide range of exciting options Colorado is a stunning ode to…

DMAI to Become Destinations International

Palais des Congress de Montreal Following last year’s major reorganization under new President and CEO…

Event Planning Inspiration from Coachella 2017

Coachella is arguably the queen of music festivals. Each year, around 126,000 people (per weekend) unite in the desert of Indio, California, to enjoy performances by the  trending musicians. Now in its 18th…

#Eventprofs Unveil GMID Music Video

On the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day, Caesars Entertainment is hosting a star-studded celebration…

Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Holds Record-Breaking Event

Recently, Smart Meetings had the pleasure of attending the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado’s…

IACC, MPI Announce Strategic Partnership

The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) are forming a strategic alliance, both parties announced this week. The five-year global partnership enables the two associations to share event-hosting…

Gearing Up for Global Meetings Industry Day

GMID 2016 event in Austin, Texas The second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is…

Smart Woman Summit to Feature Top Speakers

They’ll be providing inspiration and insights at the 2017 Smart Woman gathering Successful events take…

ASAE Announces Keynote, Additional Speakers for Annual Meeting

This week, ASAE built buzz for its upcoming annual meeting and exposition by announcing the event’s keynote and game-changing speakers. The 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will come to Toronto August 12–15.…

Rocky Mountain Highs at MIC Conference & Trade Show

Expects lots of new twists at the 2017 MIC Conference & Trade Show next week. The…

Knowing How to Connect is Essential

It helps to build relationships that drive revenue and results Colette Carlson, CSP, and Bob…

8 Books Every Planner Should Read

No matter where you are this summer, you can get lost in a book and…

Event Planning Inspiration from Coachella 2017

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

5 Green Pointers for Eco-Friendly Meeting Planners

The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, is doing its part to reduce the Beltway’s…

6 Environmentally Friendly Places to Celebrate Earth Day

Call it Earth Stay! In celebration of Earth Day 2017, several national upscale hotels and restaurants are enticing guests to stay and dine with earth-friendly offerings. One Arizona chamber and visitors bureau is…

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Houston

Monument Au Fantome in Discovery Green Amid all the hype about the Super Bowl, you…

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…

The Meeting Planner’s Glossary

This industry runs on jargon, and since meeting planning requires everyone to work at a…

New Hotel and Convention Center in Texas to Target Meetings

A new upscale hotel is being built in Allen, Texas, to accommodate meetings and events. Benchmark, a global hospitality company, announced it will operate the new Delta by Marriott Hotel and Watters Creek…

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…

6 Playful Gifts for Event Attendees

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

How to Plan Your Walking Meeting

Thinking, talking and walking are all naturally linked, so engaging in this trio at work…

4 Major Industry Players and Moves

Lilly Rocha Lilly Rocha has covered a lot of ground during more than 17 years in global and local event management by helping clients reach their marketing goals. “I’ve traveled all over the…

Uncorked Potential: 5 Champagne Selections for Bubbly Events

Driftwood Room, Portland, Oregon Served as an effervescent column in a slender flute or as…

8 Original, Useful and Fun Swag Bag Ideas

Sugarfina candies There is an art to creating the perfect swag bag. While it can…

10 Fun Facts About Incentive Travel

The meetings and events industry isn’t all business. Rewards are part of the trade, too.…

Which Airport Offers the Best Eats?

Editor’s note: This is a sneak peek from the upcoming May issue. You can expect the entire issue online next month. Regardless of the circumstance, airport dining often isn’t very appealing. Much of…

How Business Travelers Can Go Beyond Green

Environmentally concerned business-travel planners are often challenged by conflicting goals within their organizations, the Global…

Looking for Green Meeting Venues? Take to the Seas

Forget offsites. Take your meeting offshore! If you’ve never considered holding a meeting aboard a…

IACC, MPI Announce Strategic Partnership

The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) are forming a…

How Meetings Help Create a Sustainable World

The travel and meetings industries are playing a key role Significant progress has been made in ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns in the travel industry, but many challenges remain, says the research…

7 Tips for Taking Time Away from Busyness

Why you need to consistently reboot, unplug and regenerate Boy, have we gotten busy. Our…

Wellness in Meetings: Interest Outpaces Implementation

Incorporating wellness practices into our dietary, professional and recreational routines sounds like a great idea.…

4 Impressive Industry Appointments and Promotions

Allison Young-Chambers Allison Young-Chambers feels fortunate to work on events for National Aeronautics and Space…

Best Practices of Leveraging Video Content Online

Know your audience. That’s the most important element of posting online videos from live business meetings and corporate events. Ultimately, there is no technology that can replace being at the event. The key…

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…

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. Regardless of the industry, attracting millennials is a hot topic of modern marketing. And the focus is entirely…

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…

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 fast, and I'm watching YouTube clips. It's amazing—I'm on an airplane! And then it breaks down. And they…

A Tech Revolution for Meeting Planners?

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

Kimpton Keeps Planners in Mind with Alexa-Equipped Guest Rooms

Photo by Jackie Donnelly Over the past year or two, digital assistance has been popping up…

Feeling Moody? Now You Can Book a Hotel to Match Your Mood

Mood rings were a major trend in the late 1970s. The accessory would change colors…

Introducing Marriott’s New Snapisode Series

Marriott is ahead of the curve. Rather than trying to outdo Airbnb, the world’s largest hotel chain has discovered a more effective solution to vie for the attention of millennials. Marriott is boosting…

Don’t Wait for the Bait: What You Can Do to Prevent Phishing

In 2016, phishing earned a spot in the public eye by victimizing big brands such…

New Meeting Venue Takes Flight Near Dallas Love Field

Aloft lounge Doing the robot in the summer of LUV A new double-hotel is doing…

GES Adds Event-Tech Value with Poken Acquisition

Last week, GES, a full-service event provider, announced its acquisition of Poken, a leading engagement…

7 Trendsetting Travel Apps

It can be difficult to decide which apps are worth downloading. There are simply too many available options and more are being released each month. These seven new travel apps stand out because…

Google’s Chat & Meet: The Next Step in Virtual Meetings?

Over the past year, many have speculated on Google’s possible plans to build a business…

Top 7 Event Management Software Companies

If you plan events, the Technavio 2017-2021 market research report on global event management software will…

What is a Hotelfie, and What Can it Do for You?

A new breed of selfie has arisen: The hotelfie. If you’re wondering just what a…

10 Futuristic Travel Tech Products

Meeting and event planners are all too familiar with travel. They know each step in the process and have memorized every airport hack out there. Aware of how unpleasant long hours of travel…

4 Key Facts on the Mobile Booking Boom

The process of booking a trip has evolved tremendously in the last few decades. From…

Go Live or Go Home

How brands can take advantage of live-stream platforms The explosive popularity of live streaming can…

A Name Badge That’s a Real-Time CRM Event Bridge

If you don't know what bi-directional real-time CRM solutions are, you soon will. As a…