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Mexico, Canada Top List of Popular Travel Destinations

Mexico and Canada are the most popular international travel destinations among Americans this year, followed by three European countries. Neighboring Mexico has long been a favorite destination partly due to its warm weather…

Meetings at Disneyland®

Dana Point Lures Meeting Groups

Dana Point, California, boasts seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific…

Gaming Casinos Overflowing with Pizzazz

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas Just holding a meeting is no longer enough. These days, they also have to include “experiences” that will energize attendees for the tasks ahead, and that they’ll…

Los Angeles Tourism Sets New Record for 2014

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) reports that the city welcomed 44.2 million…

Paris is No. 1 for Second Year in ICCA Rankings

Paris is No. 1 for the second consecutive…

A Lingering Touch of Royalty in Honolulu

Back in my college days at the University of California, Berkeley, I enrolled in a class on American history, hoping that it would be more interesting and inspiring than many of the other…

10 Reasons to Host Your Event at Business Hotels

Most business meetings and trainings take place in business hotels. There are sound reasons for…

Best American Cities for Sports Travel

Using its own data combined with information from SeatGeek, ratings were based on an algorithm…

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

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…

Account-Based Marketing for Event Success

As marketing and sales strategies merge within event planning, it’s no surprise planners are finding…

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…

Paris is No. 1 for Second Year in ICCA Rankings

Paris is No. 1 for the second consecutive…

Riviera Casino Closes; LVCVA to Expand Convention Center

After six decades on the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera Hotel and Casino has officially…

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, which housed the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for 60 years, still retains much of its 1920s…

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…

Hotels Send Clear Signal that Technology is Important

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

Meat of the Matter

After a long day of learning and networking, event attendees are often famished. In such…

Commune Hotels’ Niki Leondakis’ Secret to Success

Over two decades, Niki Leondakis watched as her two sisters, both mothers to several children, had to lie to their employers about spending time with their kids. “They would take a sick day…

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…

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 hand for a ground-breaking ceremony at the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) on Tuesday. The expansion, which calls for…

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,…

National Parks are Naturally Inspiring

Smart Meetings would like to salute our outdoor treasures to commemorate National Park Week, which…

Hospitality Royalty Makes a Stop in San Francisco

He just might be the most interesting man in the hospitality world. Sir Rocco Forte…

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…