3 Stunning, All-Inclusive Properties for Island Meetings

Planners seeking an all-inclusive, island paradise for their events can choose from a plethora of attractive properties that function as worlds unto themselves. One option is Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, which…

Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

Don’t be left in the dark when the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99…

Baltimore Bustling With Redevelopment, Luring Business Travelers

Baltimore has reinvented itself several times over the past few decades. Each time, it has…

LA vs. Paris: Which Olympic City Wins for Meetings?

The International Olympic Committee made a historical announcement on July 11 in Lausanne, Switzerland, with…

Show Off Your City in the 2017 CVB Selfie Contest

We want you out of the office and celebrating your city—for our fourth annual selfie contest, which is officially underway! This year, we want you to show us a hidden gem in your…

Traversing Alabama’s Garden Trail

Azalea blossoms tucked beneath majestic oaks and the heavy scent of gardenias can almost be…

Birmingham and Mobile Meeting Venues

Birmingham Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex First-class facility; 220,000-square-foot exhibition hall, 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space,…

Mobile’s Scenery Offers Options for Event Design

Mobile Botanical Gardens In Mobile, Alabama, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, which celebrated its 85th anniversary…

Enjoy Birmingham’s Green Meeting Spaces

Arch at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Home to the Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature and Gardens of Culture, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest organic museum, with miles of tranquil paths and more…

10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas Finding a host city for a key meeting…

Destination Guide: Greater Los Angeles

City of Angels. La La Land. Call it what you will, but because of its…

Marina del Rey Offers Laidback Waterfront Meetings

Claim to Fame: Laid-back waterfront vibe Minutes from LAX yet light years from cubicle world,…

Magical Power of Meeting Up

Smart Meeting East National by the Numbers When does one plus one equal more than two? At a Smart Meeting Conference. Over three days in May, providers gathered for a networking…

MPI Turns to Indy for 2018 WEC

For those already missing the excitement of Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress (or those…

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,…

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 are making San Jose, California, their top pick. What is it about San Jose that is wooing major…

Four Lessons from MPI’s World Education Congress

When 2,500 meeting planners gathered at the MGM Grand in the entertainment capital of the…

MPI Announces New Courses to Address Security, Risk Management

Less than 50 percent of meeting planners have risk management plans in place for their…

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 movies, red carpets, and ballgowns. The experience would not be what it is if not for the exquisite…

Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

Summer is almost here, meaning it’s time to brace yourself for barbecues, beaches and long-awaited…

4 Major Event-Planning Lessons from the Fyre Festival Disaster

Image credit: YouTube/Fyre Festival With organizers and promoters Ja Rule and Billy McFarland currently facing…

Smart Meetings Wins Maggie Award for Best eNewsletter

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

Take A Bite Out of Shark Week At Aquatic Meeting Venues

Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week is upon us. If you want to get in on the action, think outside of the tank and consider these aquatic venues for your next meeting or event.…

5 Benefits of Holding Events at Unique Venues

People most often remember special moments or experiences based on an impression. For planners, leaving…

6 Smart Moves at JW Marriot, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and More

Randi Talmage AHC & Hospitality named Randi Talmage sales manager of JW Marriot Grand Rapids in…

Baltimore Bustling With Redevelopment, Luring Business Travelers

Baltimore has reinvented itself several times over the past few decades. Each time, it has…

Show Off Your City in the 2017 CVB Selfie Contest

We want you out of the office and celebrating your city—for our fourth annual selfie contest, which is officially underway! This year, we want you to show us a hidden gem in your…

5 Unique Team-Building Activities for the Summer

Summer is for getting outdoors, and that goes double for team-building outings. But why stop…

Enjoy Birmingham’s Green Meeting Spaces

Arch at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Home to the Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature and…

10 Smart Moves at Visit Santa Cruz, Benchmark, Turtle Bay Resort, Westgate Park City and More

Laura Manriquez  Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) in California has hired Laura Manriquez as the…

California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations

California’s ban on state-funded travel to states with LGBTQ discriminating laws has set off a range of reactions in the eight affected states, including a full-blown political feud in one of them. Tennessee's state Senate passed a resolution mocking…

10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas Finding a host city for a key meeting…

9 Strange F&B Trends Explained

Chefs are becoming more and more inventive with food presentations, making for some pretty outrageous…

Host a Fashionable Event at Infamous Versace Mansion

It has been two decades since the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. July 15…

Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Scheduling Another Keynote Speaker

Not every meeting has to revolve around words of wisdom delivered from a keynote speaker behind a podium at the front of a room. Sue Wigston, chief operating officer of Eagle's Flight, an…

Working with a Seasoned Professional Speaker

How do you know that you're bringing in somebody to speak to your audience who's…

The Right Loyalty Brand for Every Traveler

Every frequent traveler should be enrolled in a loyalty plan. Whether you’re traveling for business,…

Meet L.A., Virtually (There’s an App for That)

L.A. is so big and soooooo spread out, it can be daunting to get your…

Marina del Rey Offers Laidback Waterfront Meetings

Claim to Fame: Laid-back waterfront vibe Minutes from LAX yet light years from cubicle world, Marina del Rey specializes in unique meeting venues—private yachts, dockside event space, private waterside terraces— for on-the-water team-building…

Pasadena: Where Charm Meets Culture and Innovation

Claim to Fame: Charm meets culture and innovation It’s got the winning Trifecta of pedestrian-friendly,…

Fun and Meetings in Los Angeles’ Beach Cities and LAX Regions

Claim to Fame: Convenient, endless play, surprising sophistication The LAX Corridor is a breeze to…

Planning Meetings; We Love It

Why do meeting professionals love their job? We asked attendees at Smart Meeting East National…

7 Smart Moves at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, ART Hotel, and More

Marian Wilson The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe announced the appointment of Marion Wilson as director of sales and marketing of the 170-room resort. In her role, Wilson will oversee revenue management; group, catering and transient sales;…

Downtown Los Angeles: The Hottest Place to Meet

Walt Disney Concert Hall Claim to Fame: It’s hot, and getting hotter The city’s central…

Alaska Airlines Cultivates a Pioneering Spirit

Alaska-Virgin merger expands options for connecting worldwide Alaska Airlines started in 1932, when Linious “Mac”…

7 Trendy Gift Ideas that will Make your Event Unforgettable

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful…

United Innovates a Win-Win for Over-Sold Flights

Problem: Air traveler anger and airline embarrassment over mishandled bumps on overbooked flights. Solution: Technology that manages buyouts on flights nearing sell-out up to five days in advance. United Airlines, which has taken…

Holograms Put Keynote Speakers in Two Places at Once

Flying cars aren’t on the consumer market just yet, but the futuristic age of The…

Futuristic Event Tech to Expect at Comic-Con 2017

Dust off your cape and pull that colorful spandex out of storage—San Diego’s world-famous comic…

New Audiovisual Tech Boosts Meetings

Cruise passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship participate in a viewing (Photo…

New Tech Tools for Event Registration

New tech tools can optimize the process Besides being financially lucrative, registration has become a make-or-break-it component of the meetings industry. In fact, registration yields 48 percent of total event revenue, according to…

New Petya Ransomware Attack Reminds Event Professionals to be Careful Out There

A new computer virus threat is sending event professionals scrambling to secure documents as breaches…

5 Reasons for Planners to Celebrate Facebook’s 2 Billion User Milestone

Facebook’s popularity has officially exploded. Well it’s been exploding year-over-year since its launch in 2004,…

What Apple’s New “ARKit” Means for Planners

At its annual WWDC event last week, Apple showcased its brand new augmented reality (AR)…

Glastonbury Music Festival Display Screens Powered by Pee

This year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England, is using urine to power display screens throughout the event. Yes, you heard that right—power from pee. Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC) at University of West…

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…

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 media feed. Want to quickly produce compelling infographics and post photos that look like they were shot by…

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…

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 speedy check-in kiosk. Then…argh! Time slows to a glacial pace as you stand in that long, snaking line…

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.…

Airbnb Business Users Top 250,000

More than 250,000 companies—in more than 239 countries and territories – have signed up to use Airbnb for work, the San Francisco-based website says. The number of business trips it booked last year…

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…