After 12-Year Delay, Baha Mar Finally Opens

Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, brings new meaning to the term deluxe resort. Surrounded by pristine beaches and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, the $4.2 billion integrated development includes three hotel…

6 Environmentally Friendly Places to Celebrate Earth Day

Call it Earth Stay! In celebration of Earth Day 2017, several national upscale hotels and…

9 Most Zen U.S. Destinations

Everyone could use a little more Zen. The demanding modern workplace frequently imposes a hefty…

South Carolina Culinary Offerings

Eat, Drink and Meet in Grand Style It’s no secret that South Carolina has become a foodies’ paradise, known for enhancing simple fare such as shrimp and grits, Frogmore stew, roasted oysters and…

Arizona Golf Meetings: Par Excellence

Few can resist Arizona when it comes to meetings, with its sun, warmth, spectacular surroundings…

First Person with Elliott Ferguson of Destination DC

Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC What key features does the city offer…

Meetings in Colorado Offer Thrills & Chills

Outdoor activities provide a wide range of exciting options Colorado is a stunning ode to the glory of nature. It boasts some of the highest mountain ranges in the country—with 53 peaks higher…

San Francisco: Groovy Place to Meet

Ingrained in Bay Area iconography to the point of cliche, the San Francisco hippie is…

New San Francisco Hotels Arriving to Meet Demand

Hotel Via rendering courtesy of Hotel Via New hotel construction is closely linked to a…

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…

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…

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 discern details about a drink’s particular origins simply by tasting it. Now, virtual reality technology is taking whiskey…

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.…

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 gifts they will definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of items that can…

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…

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 be a fantastic opportunity to impress and enthrall attendees, it can also be a colossal waste of money.…

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…

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 cruise ship, now is the time to start. Hotel demand is growing, causing nightly rates to rise. Why…

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…

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. But when the time comes to follow through, it can be tough to swap Sunday morning waffles for…

4 Impressive Industry Appointments and Promotions

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

First Person with Elliott Ferguson of Destination DC

Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC What key features does the city offer…

Navigating an Unsettled Landscape: Financial and Insurance Meetings

Regulations and attitudes are changing within the financial and insurance industry As followers of the…

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…

A Tech Revolution for Meeting Planners?

Editor’s note: This is a sneak peek from the upcoming May issue. You can expect the entire issue online next month. New technology always aims to improve experiences and add convenience. This is…

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…

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 as Dropbox, American Express and Yahoo. Then there was the presidential race. Remember the impact it had on…

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…

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 communication tool. The debut of Google’s new programs, Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, confirms this undertaking. The programs…

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…

4 Key Facts on the Mobile Booking Boom

The process of booking a trip has evolved tremendously in the last few decades. From face-to-face meetings with travel agents to phone calls to online booking—the process is nearly unrecognizable. The next step…

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…

7 Apps for Next-Level Organization

Organization can be hard to maintain when planning a big event. With so many contacts,…