Meeting Planners’ Guide to Golden Olympic Venues

Olympic Day is celebrated annually on June 23rd. Meetings professionals can infuse the Olympic spirit into their next event by selecting a venue that has hosted the world’s greatest sporting competition. London, England…

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…

Baja Convention Managers Named

Mexico City and Madrid firms have been awarded a contract as a private joint venture…

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…

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…

Major Meeting Venues: Ohio

Akron Clarion Inn & Conference Center Accessible to Canton and Cleveland; driving access to Pro…

Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

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

MPI Turns to Indy for 2018 WEC

For those already missing the excitement of Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress (or those who are kicking themselves because they wish they had been in Las Vegas last week), organizers left you…

Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens…

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…

Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

When 2,500 meeting planners gathered at the MGM Grand in the entertainment capital of the world to learn and connect, it was inevitable that a party was going to break out. To be…

ASAE Aims to Reinvent Meetings with Xperience Design Project

The Center for Association Leadership, known as ASAE, unveiled Xperience Design Project (XDP) in National…

Event-Planning Inspiration from Cannes Film Festival 2017

This month’s ongoing 2017 Cannes Film Festival in France is so much more than screening…

Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

Summer is almost here, meaning it’s time to brace yourself for barbecues, beaches and long-awaited festivals! Planning an event in a city holding a food, music or cultural festival is a fun way…

Smart Meetings Wins Maggie Award for Best eNewsletter

Smart Meetings magazine won a Maggie Award for Best Web eNewsletter in the trade publications…

Catherine Simmons: Planner Behind Dreamforce is Living a Dream

Catherine Simmons is thriving in her pivotal role with Dreamforce Born and raised: Durham, England…

Behavioral Science, Meeting Design are Important, Says IMEX CEO Carina Bauer

Meetings are changing, and the industry must change along with it. To create an experience, behavioral science and meeting design are just two of the factors corporate meeting planners should consider. While attending…

How to Plan an LGBT-Friendly Meeting or Event

As June wraps up, we can look back at Pride Month and admire all of…

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…

Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

When 2,500 meeting planners gathered at the MGM Grand in the entertainment capital of the world to learn and connect, it was inevitable that a party was going to break out. To be…

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,…

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 events, said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in remarks given at WEC…

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…

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. Orlando will lead the operation of the historic downtown hotel located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her previous roles include director…

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…

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 come up with clever ways to win your loyalty by introducing perks so you won’t mind waiting around…

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…

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 friendly ordinances, and diverse population—is a top destination for business meetings. Travel Portland, the city’s convention and visitors…

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.…

Meetings and Conventions in Indiana

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

What Apple’s New “ARKit” Means for Planners

At its annual WWDC event last week, Apple showcased its brand new augmented reality (AR) development tool called ARKit. For most, this is very big, and unexpected, news. Apple’s ARKit uses cameras, processors…

Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens…

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 have led to bans on devices bigger than a cell phone in the cabins of flights from a…

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…

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 tactics For decades, most people in the meetings and events industry have contended that the face-to-face environment—as opposed…

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…

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. The premade guest rooms can shave as much as six months off a 12- to 14-month schedule. Once…

Airbnb Business Users Top 250,000

More than 250,000 companies—in more than 239 countries and territories – have signed up to…

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 Ventura Entertainment, a privately-owned company that operates amusement parks in Mexico. This marks Topgolf’s first collaborative venture in…

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.…

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 rooms tend to dominate headlines related to the $1.4 billion Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation. But…

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…