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Columbus, Ohio: A Destination Every Attendee Will Love

At IMEX America 2016, Smart Meetings had the pleasure of exploring Columbus, Ohio, with Kalee Barnhardt, CTA, national sales manager for Experience Columbus. With fantastic airlift, easy accessibility, countless dining options featuring local…

The Biggest-Hearted Little City—Arlington, Texas

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Walkability and friendliness reign supreme, with big development plans…

Las Vegas, Los Angeles Break Tourism Records

Bliss Dance by Barry Toranto, Las Vegas The 2016 numbers are starting to roll in, and…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the…

NYC Invites You to Meet Brooklyn

Move over, Manhattan. It's time to meet Brooklyn. When NYC & Company heads to Austin, Texas, for the annual PCMA Convening Leaders event Jan. 8-11, representatives from the CVB plan to…

CVB Marketing Genius Makes Headlines

Seattle Convention and visitor bureaus throughout the world produce cutting-edge marketing campaigns that are winning awards…

Disturbing Breakdown at Customs Checkpoints

Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, had some harsh words for the…

Bouncing Through Seoul

Thanks largely to the development of social networking services and online video-sharing platforms, a phenomenon…

Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

Houston convention district Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for meetings and events in the new year. From San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney to Aberdeen,…

What’s New in Las Vegas?

There’s so much going on in the trade show capital of the world, meeting planners…

Quintessential to Unexpected: Hawaii Island and Maui

If you haven’t been to the Hawaiian Islands, lots of ideas come to mind when…

Boston: Teeming with Innovation

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Among…

PCMA Convening Leaders in Full Swing in Austin, Texas

PCMA Convening Leaders is the annual convention put on by Professional Convention Management Association. It is taking place this week at Austin Convention Center in Texas Jan. 8−11. Austin is a very popular…

Updates from the Star-Studded Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs is a unique destination, with luxury properties, imaginative meeting spaces, cutting-edge restaurants, fascinating…

IAEE Delivers Big in Anaheim

Annual Expo! Expo! features rousing keynotes and dynamic trade show Inspiring keynotes, a lively trade…

Why Should I Do Business with You?

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Move past company-centric sales tactics in a new era…

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hosts Global Summit

The fifth annual Global Pharmaceutical Medical Meetings Summit will take place at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Jan. 31−Feb. 2. The boutique conference has built quite the following, drawing the most influential managers in the…

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2016 Smart Meeting Events

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on an unforgettable year of fabulous…

ASAE Offers Sneak Peek at Xperience Design Project

This month, ASAE hosted a successful pilot for their newest event, Xperience Design Project (XDP) on Dec.…

Climbing from Mediocrity to Excellence

Who better to preach about excellence in the workplace than three-time Super Bowl champion and…

Small Business Owners Value Meetings

According to a survey conducted by Meetings Mean Business (MMB), 91 percent of small business owners plan to spend as much or more on travel for meetings in 2017 compared to 2016. Speaking…

Destinations Come Alive at IMEX America

IMEX America exhibitors found creative ways to bring their properties to life How often can…

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings After much voting and decision-making,…

Medical Meetings Propel Philadelphia Tourism

Philadelphia’s legacy of innovation is 250 years in the making, especially when it comes to…

5 Trends that Could Drive Successful Events in 2017

A new year brings a fresh start and much to look forward to, an outlook that extends to the meetings and events industry. Here’s what we think will be trending in 2017: Event…

The Biggest-Hearted Little City—Arlington, Texas

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Walkability and friendliness reign supreme, with big development plans…

Boston Marathon First Responder Embraces Chaos to Create Success

Dr. Natalie Stavas, a first responder at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, shares why…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the…

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series of 10Best reports, which is selected by readers. A panel of hospitality experts created the original list of…

Los Angeles Goes Virtual

Thanks to its new Virtual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles Travel & Convention Bureau has made…

CVB Marketing Genius Makes Headlines

Seattle Convention and visitor bureaus throughout the world produce cutting-edge marketing campaigns that are winning awards…

Outstanding Branding: Out-of-the-Box Event Branding Ideas

Getting tired of the usual signage and event branding materials? Need a little inspiration for…

8 Health and Wellness Predictions for 2017

According to the Global Wellness Summit, human health will be addressed from a more holistic perspective in 2017 and beyond. From the reinvention of the sauna to health and wellness in architecture design,…

Power in Numbers: The Mighty SMERFs

There are many acronyms in the world of meetings, but SMERF is one you should…

Nashville Eats

Nashville’s music scene has churned out hit singles and legendary musicians since the early days…

Meet—and Eat—with a Purpose

Hilton’s campaign helps attendees to maintain personal wellness goals As someone who has worked hard…

Meet on Top of the World: Mountain Meeting Destinations

Hold your next meeting at a higher altitude More event planners are finding that meetings held in the mountains are reaping unexpected benefits. For example, many are saying that such meetings generate increased…

Sports Venues Score as Meeting Sites

NRG Stadium, Houston Stadiums and ballparks move from hot dogs to haute deals It all…

6 Treats to Pamper Attendees and VIPs

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

Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

Houston convention district Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for…

Spotlight on Healthy Meetings in 2016

During 2016, Smart Meetings shared lots of tips for healthy meetings and personal self-growth. Our motto here is healthy meetings equal healthy ROI. Here are 8 strategies for healthy meetings and a healthier you in 2017.…

Quintessential to Unexpected: Hawaii Island and Maui

If you haven’t been to the Hawaiian Islands, lots of ideas come to mind when…

Capturing and Leveraging Meeting Spend

Six tips to help you know where to start The term strategic meetings management (SMM)…

Boston: Teeming with Innovation

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Among…

Hugs and Kissimmee

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Cozy up to another side of Greater Orlando Experience Kissimmee and Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate made Florida Encounter proud during the annual meetings and events trade show…

5 Creative Ideas for Better Team-Building Events

Corporate meeting planners, forget trust falls and tug of war. If you’re looking for better…

Authentic Australia

“Australians are noted world travelers—you can’t go anywhere in the world without hearing an Aussie…

Modern-Day Wild West: Dallas and Fort Worth

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex used to be synonymous with big hats, big boots, big steaks…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the 50th annual CES convention, which took place Jan. 5-8. With an estimated 175,000 attending the largest gathering of innovation and connectivity in…

Los Angeles Goes Virtual

Thanks to its new Virtual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles Travel & Convention Bureau has made…

Social Media #Trends for 2017

Social media has long been trumpeted as a valuable tool for meeting and event planners…

Spotlight on Tech Award Winners

EventMobi The third annual Event Technology Awards was held Nov. 9 at pop-up venue Supernova…

3 Unique Travel Apps Inspired & Designed by Celebs

Once you’ve really made it big, you expand your brand, typically by opening a restaurant or launching a clothing line or self-titled fragrance. Add travel apps to that list. It may seem like…

Most Instagrammed Luxury Hotels of 2016

Instagram recently shared its list of most Instagrammed luxury hotels with Bloomberg. While there was…

Top 7 Event Tech Stories of 2016

2016 was a great year for innovation and advancement in meetings technology. Mobile apps for…

Microsoft’s AI-Powered Assistant Schedules Meetings for You

If you’re one of the many people who don’t have their own personal scheduling assistant,…

Infographic: Everything You Need to Become a Social Media Guru

Social media is a constantly evolving medium that's used all over the world in every market. Every business should be using social media to their advantage, whether to spread news or share products…

Wynn Las Vegas Introduces Voice-Controlled Hotel Rooms with Amazon Echo

The future of hotel rooms is here. Soon, voice-activated rooms may become the norm in…

6 Phases of Social Media Engagement for Events

By this stage of the game, almost all meeting professionals are using social media in…

What Apps Do Planners Use Most at Events?

Apps are a dime a dozen these days, but they’re not all equal. With so…

6 Basic Techno-Etiquette Tips

The proliferation of technological tools such as cellphones, tablets, social media and email have facilitated and expedited business communications, but they also have sometimes isolated meeting professionals from others. In many cases, professionals…

Meetings Outlook: Treading Lightly in 2017

JB Duke Hotel rendering, Durham, North Carolina Uncertainty suggests a conservative year for meetings Predictions…

Clear Solutions to Spotty Wi-Fi

Attendees expect to post, tweet, snap and share, indoors and out Weather is no longer…

Cvent and Lanyon Merger Announced

Cvent Founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal at Cvent Connect 2016 Today, two leaders in event…

Updated: Cvent Acquisition Cleared by Department of Justice

Cvent Connect 2015 This week, the acquisition of Cvent, Inc., a cloud-based enterprise event management company widely used by planners and hoteliers, by Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in technology-enabled…

Prototype for Branson’s Supersonic Jet Unveiled

A prototype for a new jet that aims to transport passengers from New York City…

Airbnb Trips to Become the Next Big Tour Operator

For some time now, Airbnb has been toying with the idea to take over the…

Best Practices of Using Sharing Economy for Business Travel

Sharing economy services such as Airbnb and Uber have recently been making a push to…

Event Technology Awards Recognize Top Innovators

Held in London on Nov. 9, the third Event Technology Awards recognized industry leaders in event tech innovation. The awards dive deep into the world of event technology to cover a wide variety…

Converting Curious Registration Site Visitors into Attendees

Today's analytical tools have incredible ways of monitoring online behavior of individuals, so much so…

Telepresence Enhances Attendee Experiences

Everyone in the meetings and events industry can attest to the unique benefits gained when…

Discrimination in the Sharing Economy

In a different economy, it’s the same story. Startups within the sharing economy continue to…