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Best Beaches Roundup

During the summer thoughts turn to sun, sea and sand, and beautiful beaches beckon. Two recent surveys identified the best beaches in America. Grab your flip flops and don’t forget the sunblock! It’s…

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Sheila C. Johnson of Salamander

Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia (Photo by Drew Xeron) CEO Sheila C. Johnson’s latest…

Phoenix Convention Center Gets Final Approval for Attendee Safety System

Smart City Networks has received final approval for a public-safety distributed antenna system (DAS) it…

Iconic SkySpire Tower Coming to Downtown San Diego

Thrills and excitement are on the horizon for San Diego’s skyline. San Diego Port Authority Commission recently approved the addition of a 480-foot-tall observation tower on prime waterfront land in the Port of…

Collaborating for a Cause: 6 Hotels That Give Back

Sheraton Kuaui Resort There is a lot of talk about the changing behavior in today’s…

Updated: Anaheim Luxury Hotel Projects Get Green Light

Although Anaheim, California, is the center of Orange County tourism—with top attractions and a first-class…

Record-Breaking Year for Las Vegas Trade Shows

Las Vegas is not only the entertainment capital of the world; it is also one of the top destinations for trade shows. In 2015, Las Vegas was named the No. 1 trade show…

Your Next Meeting at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

For your next meeting, dare to dream bigger. If you’ve spoken to professionals in the…

Help Us Celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service

Have you ever held an event or arranged group activities at a U.S. national park?…

WordCamp Behind the Scenes: Event Organizer Turns Speaker

Editor’s Note: Mario Peshev is a WordPress developer and architect at DevriX who has worked on the back end of Smart Meetings for several years. As an organizer of WordCamp, Peshev went from…

Chicago Chosen to Host ASAE in 2018

After more than 10 years, Chicago has been chosen to host American Society of Association Executives…

5 Takeaways from Global Business Travel Association Conference

Each year, thousands of meeting and business travel professionals head to the Global Business Travel…

MPI Announces Keynotes for IMEX America

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the strategic partner and key education provider for IMEX America, and it takes those responsibilities quite personally. Besides the expansive Smart Monday program, which helps kick off IMEX with nearly 30…

Viva Miami! Fun in the Sun at Smart Meeting East National

On June 26, Smart Meetings kicked off the first of three fabulous days of one-on-one…

Inaugural Smart Woman Summit Promotes Strong Female Leaders

Friday, June 24, kicked off the inaugural Smart Woman Summit at Trump National Doral Miami,…

Survey Pinpoints Trends Among Modern Meeting Planners

Are you a modern meeting planner? What are the duties and roles required of modern meeting planners? Social Tables, a leading provider of cloud-based hospitality software, decided to dig deeper into these questions by surveying 350…

MPI #WEC16 By the Numbers

Photo credit Orange Photography Meeting Professionals International’s 2016 World Education Congress (#WEC16) took place at…

New Zealand Takes Proactive Team Approach to Meetings Industry

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is referred to…

Business Travel Flexibility Pays Off in Free Gift Cards

A new start-up by Priceline.com founder Jay Walker will reward employees who are flexible about…

Research Confirms Incentive Market on the Rise

The Incentive Federation has released a study which confirms incentive programs among business in the…

Major New Developments for Irving, Texas

Cheryl Hopkins, national sales manager for Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau interviewed with Smart Meetings…

Phoenix Convention Center Gets Final Approval for Attendee Safety System

Smart City Networks has received final approval for a public-safety distributed antenna system (DAS) it installed last year at Phoenix Convention Center. Smart City Networks partnered with system integration firm Connectivity Wireless Solutions…

Updated: Anaheim Luxury Hotel Projects Get Green Light

Although Anaheim, California, is the center of Orange County tourism—with top attractions and a first-class…

A Green Way to Eliminate Food Waste and Save the Planet

Organic food waste is an inevitable byproduct in commercial kitchens. Hotels usually dump this recyclable…

Record-Breaking Year for Las Vegas Trade Shows

Las Vegas is not only the entertainment capital of the world; it is also one of the top destinations for trade shows. In 2015, Las Vegas was named the No. 1 trade show…

The 25 Healthiest American Cities to Meet In

Meeting planners travel to many American cities; some of which are healthier than others. 24/7…

7 Books Every Meeting Planner Should Read

Looking for something good to read this summer? We’ve got you covered. From books that…

Seoul Joins Elite Meeting Cities

There's excitement at the Seoul Tourism Organization this week following the announcement of the annual…

Smart Style: 6 Hot Gift Ideas for Cool Summer Meetings

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…

America’s Best Quirky Themed Bars

Booger Red's Saloon, Fort Worth, Texas (Photo by Leo Wesson) After a long day of…

Power Players: An Industry Legend at The Broadmoor

A Cut Above the Rest Barry Brown knew early on that he was destined for…

Revel in Wellness at Miraval Life in Balance Spa

Like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, the former St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana…

Q&A with Richard C. Kessler of The Kessler Enterprise

Richard C. Kessler is CEO and Chief Operating Officer of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Hometown: Savannah, Georgia Career: At age 23, Richard Kessler became the right hand to real estate developer Cecil Day…

Hotel Buyouts Demystified: Q&A with Rent-A-Resort

For groups that require privacy, few options offer more appeal to high-profile meetings and events…

Meetings Security: The X Factors

With potential threats constantly evolving, everyone must be informed & cooperative for security to work…

The Evolving Role of Speakers

They face challenges to effectively perform an expanded role for planners A few years ago,…

5 Things to Know about 10 Emerging Meeting Cities

Oakland, California They are the types of cities everyone is talking and writing about. San Francisco Business Times called Oakland, California, “the development story of the year” months before the Golden State Warriors…

Australia Solidifies Reputation as Foodie Destination

Last week it was announced that Australia will be the host destination for the prestigious…

Study: How Age Impacts Wellness Travel Preferences

Part II of Spafinder Wellness 365’s “State of Wellness Travel Report” reveals Millennials & Gen…

Game Time for Pittsburgh: Hosting Fans, Tourists and Massive Celebrations

Citywide company meetings, trade shows and festivals are typically booked a year or more in…

WordCamp Behind the Scenes: Event Organizer Turns Speaker

Editor’s Note: Mario Peshev is a WordPress developer and architect at DevriX who has worked on the back end of Smart Meetings for several years. As an organizer of WordCamp, Peshev went from…

Business Travel Flexibility Pays Off in Free Gift Cards

A new start-up by Priceline.com founder Jay Walker will reward employees who are flexible about…

7 Smart Suitcases that are Actually Worth Your Money

2. Make space for more: Another option for travelers who need a little more space…

Hotel Room of the Future May Be a Flying Pod

HOK, a global design, architecture and engineering firm, envisions the hotel room of the future as…

What Meeting Groups Can Learn From Pokemon Go

Pokemon have comeback in a major way, calling on players everywhere to catch ‘em all. The Japanese franchise reached the height of popularity during the late 90s, and is once again on everyone’s…

MGM Resorts Completes Nation’s Largest Rooftop Solar Panel Array

Nevada’s hospitality industry continues its green streak with MGM Resorts International's newly expanded rooftop solar…

Infographic: How Top Companies Run Meetings

Looking to change up your meeting protocol? Have a look at what the big tech…

Infographic: A Look Inside Mobile Travel Booking

Hotels.com polled 9,200 people from 31 countries for its annual Mobile Travel Tracker report about…

Deciding on Drones

4 things to consider before booking aerial photographers Drones have revolutionized the way moments can be captured and shared. Just a few years ago, the only option for aerial photography was hiring a…

3 Easy-to-Use Video Apps That Put Your Attendees in the Spotlight

Today it seems like everyone with a selfie stick enjoys being in the limelight. At…

5 Cool Tech Tools for Event Check-In and Registration

Cvent OnArrival kiosk mode Managing attendee registration and check-in doesn’t have to be stressful and…

Uber Scheduled Rides Feature Debuts in Seattle

Six years ago Uber revolutionized the world of transportation with the introduction of an elegant…

Google’s Instant Apps is a Game-Changer for Events

Every meeting planner knows that one of the biggest challenges with event apps is getting attendees to download them. Some users are reluctant to download an app that they’ll only use for a…

Etouches Acquires Hospitality Booking Company Zentila

Cloud event management software company Etouches announced today their acquisition of enterprise software company Zentila,…

Tis the Season for Meeting Industry Trade Shows

Memorial Weekend is upon us, which means the major meeting industry trade shows are just around the…

TSA and Airlines Struggle to Expedite Airport Security

In other Transportation Security Administration (TSA) news, airports around the country continue to be plagued…

Periscope Now Lets You Live Stream Events from Drones

Live video streams empower planners to take attendee engagement to the next level. You can boost your conference’s impact and reach by sharing a keynote speech with viewers who are unable to attend…

Event Platform Bizzabo Now Integrates with Salesforce, Mailchimp And Slack

Bizzabo, an award-winning event success platform is launching three new integrations that will empower event…

Get a Glimpse of Google’s Upcoming Travel App

Google is currently working on a revolutionary new mobile travel app that aims to meet…

Survey Finds 9 in 10 Workers Stress Over Meeting Tech Failure

One of the greatest investments a business can make for itself and its employees is…

Infographic: Pros & Cons of Videoconferencing, According to Workers

As satellite offices, work travel, and even employees working from home and from coworking spaces become mainstream in so many businesses, the ability to videoconference has become more sought-after than phone calls as…

Pre-Event Engagement Builds Interest and Momentum

Here’s an interesting paradox: For in-person meetings and events to remain valued by participants and…

A Sketchy Idea for Your Next Event

A New York City-based company is putting a digital twist on what historically has been…

Infographic: How and Why Meeting Planners Use Tech

The people who create the latest and greatest event technology and the people it’s meant…