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Will San Diego Keep Comic-Con?

Planners and local governments both know that convention center capacity is a critical determinant of site selection. Cities that devote funds and square footage to building, maintaining and expanding state-of-the-art meeting facilities reap rewards…

Anaheim and Vancouver: Cross-Promotional Cheerleaders

As architects of meetings and conventions designed to foster creative collaboration, planners undoubtedly will appreciate…

4 Grammy Nominee-Inspired Destinations

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, superstars including Adele, Beyonce,…

San Diego Offers Fun in the Sun for Groups

San Diego is not only an award-winning destination and famed beach city. It is also a fabulous destination for groups. Smart Meetings TV spoke with Margie Sitton, Senior VP, Sales & Services, San…

10 Most Popular Destinations in the United States

Travel search engine KAYAK calculated its 10 most-searched destinations based on more than 1 billion…

Meet Like a Star in Carlsbad

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad has been rolling out the red carpet since…

The Oregon Meeting Trail

Back in the 1800s, Fort Vancouver, Washington, just north of Portland, was the finish line for The Oregon Trail. Thousands of fur trappers, pioneers, business owners and missionaries traveled 2,170 miles across seven…

Virginia’s Perfect 10

For more than 47 years, Virginia has lured visitors with the promise, “Virginia is for…

Atlantic City Meetings Reap Dividends

“The Atlantic City hotels and casino resorts have made a collective effort to grow their…

How the Customization Trend Is Changing Big Business

When it comes to dynamic, engaging keynote speakers, Smart Meetings brings you the best of the best. Our annual Smart Meeting Northern California event—held Feb. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco—featured…

Super Bowl LI Offers Insights on Winning Events

This year’s Super Bowl was one of the most thrilling events in recent years—both on…

10 Food Festivals Bringing Flavor to 2017

Food festivals deliver celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, and virtually unlimited food and beverage options to…

Catering to Changing Demographics

Four tips for working in an increasingly diverse environment Our changing demographics provide some startling findings that have significant implications for business. One in three people living in the United States is not…

The Anatomy of a Smart Event

6 secret pointers to give your meetings a big boost I have been hosting great…

Leading Chefs Gather at Cayman Cookout

In what has become a top annual Caribbean event, several of the world’s leading chefs…

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…

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…

U.S. Travel to Cuba Booms, but for How Long?

Americans are keen on traveling  to Cuba, despite uncertain U.S.-Cuba relations. That’s according to a…

2017 Oscars Guide for Meeting Planners

La La Land photo by Lionsgate The 89th Academy Awards air this Sunday from Hollywood.…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Event Security

The world can be a scary, unpredictable place, but you don’t want your meetings to…

Smart Women 2017: Industry Leaders

Cara Banasch Job title: Senior vice president of business development and strategy Company or organization: New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau What I love about my job: New Orleans is a truly unique…

Smart Women 2017: Innovators

Tracy Blair Job title: Director of sales and marketing Company or organization: Sheraton Denver Downtown…

Smart Women 2017: Entrepreneurs

Sharon Bonner Job title: CEO and president Company or organization: Bright Ideas Events in Vancouver,…

Smart Women 2017: Rising Stars

Kalee Barnhardt Job title: National sales manager Company or organization: Experience Columbus in Ohio What…

Smart Women 2017: Doer

Kimberly Greene Job title: Lead associate for events and strategic market development Company or organization: Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia What I love about my job: I love thinking about meetings and…

Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017

It’s never an easy task to make our annual selections for Smart Women Leaders, given…

Tailor-Made Team Building

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the…

8 Hot Event-Planning Buzzwords of 2017

Each year brings a new collection of buzzwords. These words usually indicate bigger trends and…

The 7 Commandments of Event Wi-Fi

Fact: Anyone attending a business or trade conference is going to expect to have instant, reliable Wi-Fi. Fact: Providing flawless Wi-Fi to hundreds of users is actually quite difficult. Fear not, we at…

Who Works Out in the Hotel Gym, and Who Doesn’t

Most business travelers think about hitting the hotel gym, but a new American Express-GBTA Business…

Planners Dish Out F&B Deciding Factors

Meeting planners, what are your priorities when choosing food and beverage for your event? Smart…

2017 Association Trends that Impact Travel, Trade Shows & Hotels

For professional associations and meeting planners, membership does have its privileges As 2017 gets underway,…

Third-Party and In-House Planners Make a Perfect Match

Third-party planners and in-house planners have often been thought of as being on opposite ends of the meeting planner spectrum. Some people incorrectly assume that an independent planner or planning company is not…

How to Negotiate: Room Blocks

Booking a block at a hotel is one of the biggest expenses on your budget—and…

4 Tricks to Eating Healthy on Business Trips

Planners know well how difficult adhering to a healthy diet can be on the road.…

Planners Share 2017 Meetings Industry Trends

At the first Smart Meeting event of the year at Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International…

Record-Breaking 23 Million Visit Anaheim in 2016

Record-breaking is becoming routine in Anaheim. For the fourth consecutive year, the city surpassed its previous high mark for visitor volume. Last year, 23 million visitors streamed into the Orange County metropolis to…

10 Food Festivals Bringing Flavor to 2017

Food festivals deliver celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, and virtually unlimited food and beverage options to…

Conference Hotel Brings Local Producers to the Conference Table

Farm-to-table and local sourcing can be both sustainable and delicious This summer, Director of Food…

The Oregon Meeting Trail

Back in the 1800s, Fort Vancouver, Washington, just north of Portland, was the finish line…

The 7 Commandments of Event Wi-Fi

Fact: Anyone attending a business or trade conference is going to expect to have instant, reliable Wi-Fi. Fact: Providing flawless Wi-Fi to hundreds of users is actually quite difficult. Fear not, we at…

5 Dos and 5 Don’ts of Event Social Media Use

Daily and event social media strategies are two different breeds. Accordingly, they should be treated…

Apple’s Tim Cook Thinks Augmented Reality is the Next Big Thing

While big-name forays into virtual reality make headlines, such as Steven Spielberg’s plan to build…

Amazon Debuts Video Conferencing Tool for Virtual Meetings

Online retail giant Amazon is now making a foray into the world of virtual meetings…

5 Steps for Solid Cybersecurity

At this point in the digital age, it’s not if you’re going to get hacked, it’s when. Still, you should be doing all that you can to make your meeting a little less…

5 Tech-Focused Hotel Trends

There’s no denying that millennials have a remarkable influence on modern society. For that reason,…

7 Sharing Economy Apps for Event Venues

Peerspace Sharing economy apps simplify the planning process For smaller meetings and company offsites, it…

Top 4 Stories in Social Media

1. Twitter Adds Explore The Scoop Twitter’s “Moments” tab has been replaced with an “Explore”…

Australia Airports Plan to Eliminate Passports

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recently announced a plan to revolutionize airport security by 2020. It’s the latest and most extensive part of the government’s five-year Seamless Traveler initiative. Facial,…

Uber Suggests Destinations Based on Calendar Appointments

When you’re rushing to make it to an event, every moment is critical. Uber has…

Top 10 High Tech Hotels Around the World

Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel, Shenzhen, China Holographic meetings, robot concierges and underwater music systems are…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

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

Los Angeles Goes Virtual

Thanks to its new Virtual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles Travel & Convention Bureau has made it easier than ever for planners to explore this destination. With new hotels and attractions popping up every…

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…

Most Instagrammed Luxury Hotels of 2016

Instagram recently shared its list of most Instagrammed luxury hotels with Bloomberg. While there was no criteria for making the list other than the volume of tagged posts, every property on the list…

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…

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 hotels and resorts around the world. In August, Aloft Hotels introduced its first-ever voice activated hotel rooms, powered…

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…