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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…

Top Views for Meeting Groups in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is world-renowned for its incredible views of intriguing rainforests, gorgeous coastlines and lush…

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…

IMEX Frankfurt Reflects Growth of Meetings Industry

When IMEX Frankfurt 2015 opens on Tuesday, the international exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events will be the biggest ever since launching in…

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…

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 Where: The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 1 Lake Avenue Colrado Springs, CO 80906 Why: Attend our exclusive networking event…

Smart Meeting Dallas

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Dallas! When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2015 8:00…

Smart Meeting Tysons Corner

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Tysons Corner! When: Thursday, July 23, 2015…

Smart Meeting Mohegan Sun

Click here for more details for Smart Meeting Mohegan Sun! When: Wednesday - Thursday, June…

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…

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…

Tourism Victoria Kicks Off a Clever Promotion

When launching its new campaign, Beyond Words, Tourism Victoria decided to kick it up a notch. The CVB partnered with Baggins Shoes, a local company in Victoria, Canada, that customizes Converse sneakers. Guests…

European Meetings on Sale

Dollar to Euro Conversion If you’ve been dreaming about booking your next meeting in Europe,…

Paris is No. 1 for Second Year in ICCA Rankings

Paris is No. 1 for the second consecutive…

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 their guests may want to chew on some of these ideas. Diners entering the irreverent Heart Attack Grill…

Bently Reserve Offers Classy Meeting Space in SF

Planners seeking a sophisticated venue in San Francisco can bank on Bently Reserve. The building,…

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 cases, nothing satisfies quite like meat. While burgers and steak are perennial favorites, planners game for new ideas…

Commune Hotels’ Niki Leondakis’ Secret to Success

Over two decades, Niki Leondakis watched as her two sisters, both mothers to several children,…

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 very few venues in the world that have the flexibility to service a 20-person executive meeting, 100-person incentive…

Anaheim Convention Center to Add 200K Square Feet

Representatives from the city of Anaheim and Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) were…

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 reminds me of the guy in the Dos Equis beer commercials, with a commanding presence balanced by an…

Planners: Come Join Us in the Land of the Mohegan Sun

Pop quiz: What do The Tower of London and the Mohegan Sun casino and resort…

Boost for Mind and Body

Conference fatigue is a common problem for attendees who sit for a long time at…

Kicking Some Serious Butt at Westin Wellness Escape

I must admit that I felt a little trepidation when my editor chose me to…

Cyber Security Critical on Vacation and Trips

With Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer, we’d like to remind you that hackers and scammers don’t take vacation. Whether you’re vacationing or taking a business trip, traveling by car or…

Target Mobile Apps for Big and Small Events

Although mobile event apps can save planners big money on printing costs, there are drawbacks:…

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 meeting space has changed very little over the past few decades.  Most meeting rooms still consist of the…

6 Tips to Boost Email Marketing Results

Email marketing can be complicated, but also wildly successful and economical. Cvent.com says one key to…

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 - An innovative customer-service robot answers passengers’ questions. Touch-screen kiosks can connect them to local hotels and attractions.…

Net Neutrality: The Battle’s Just Begun

What’s the big deal with net neutrality, and why should planners and suppliers care? It…

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 travel service, Amazon Destinations, which is aimed at finding getaway destinations within driving distance.  The Internet retail giant…

Take Charge of Your Battery Life

Today’s nonstop texting and tweeting takes its toll on cellphone batteries. On Road Warrior Voices,…

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 Travel Solutions is putting the hotel web search back into the property’s hands. The patent-pending search engine claims…

Navigating 2015 Tech Tools

What new technology will make events run better, smoother and easier this year? Plenty. The…

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 goals with organizers is crucial to getting your message to attendees. Carefully selecting an event you participate in…

3 Tools to Simplify Your Event Check-In Process

One big hurdle that can dictate the success of your event early on is the…

Efficient Virtual Collaboration

The meetings industry continues to adopt new technologies and use online virtual spaces to reach…

Digital Tools to Collect Post-Event Media

Getting digital feedback from event attendees provides a great way to evaluate success by seeing…