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…

Travel Industry Protests Trump Budget’s Plan to Cut Brand USA

Under President Trump’s proposed budget, Brand USA, the federally funded tourism marketing organization that promotes…

5 Tips for Organizing Better International Meetings

In our global world, international meetings have become a necessity for businesses of all sizes.…

Cvent’s Top 10 U.S. Meeting Destinations

Not long after announcing its top 100 U.S. meeting hotels, leading event management software provider Cvent has released its annual list of top meeting destinations. To create it, Cvent analyzed 5,000 U.S. cities…

Sea Island Resort Goes Beyond Service with a Smile

Black Banks terrace at The Cloister Sea Island Resort’s exceptional customer service stands out Sea…

San Diego Meeting Venues Answer the Call of the Wild

San Diego beckons with endless outdoor activities San Diego’s great outdoors attract sports enthusiasts year-round.…

Houston is Foodie Heaven

Barbacoa de Res de Zaachila, Xochi As a first-timer to Texas, I didn’t know what to expect upon touching down in Houston for a fam trip this spring. For the uninitiated like me,…

Utah: Where the Old West Lives on

A small group of cowboys and cowgirls stands around a chuck wagon fire, stomping at…

Eastern Canada’s Cultural and Historical Cachet

A milestone year inspires appreciation for a rich heritage All of Canada is in a…

ASAE Aims to Reinvent Meetings with Xperience Design Project

The Center for Association Leadership, known as ASAE, unveiled Xperience Design Project (XDP) in National Harbor, Maryland, this week at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The two-day event brought together 1,816 association…

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 division at the 66th Annual Maggie Awards in Los Angeles on April 28. This marks the second consecutive…

Meetings Industry Collaborates in a Highly Competitive Field

Left to right: Roger Dow, Michael Massari and Michael Dominguez at Global Meetings Industry Day…

Event Planning Inspiration from Coachella 2017

Coachella is arguably the queen of music festivals. Each year, around 126,000 people (per weekend)…

The World Celebrates Second Annual GMID!

Happy Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)! Today, April 6, marks the second annual GMID, led by the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business. From Asia to Africa to North America and Europe, more than…

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…

Answers to Your Burning Security Questions

11 questions from Alan Kleinfeld’s Smart Meetings financial and insurance webinar In a world of…

7 Coolest Wine Bars for Your Next Event

May 25 marks National Wine Day! It’s time to take those red, white and pinks…

Serve Brain Food at Your Next Event

When the afternoon hits and we reach for that third, nay fourth cup of coffee,…

5 Things Keeping Meetingprofs up at Night

If you ask someone what keeps them up at night, you’re sure to get a telling response. It’s a great question to ask. It quickly gets to the root of a person’s deepest…

Cvent’s Top 10 U.S. Meeting Destinations

Not long after announcing its top 100 U.S. meeting hotels, leading event management software provider…

Creating Onsite Video Content

The medium extends the message: Use strategic planning when selecting digital content capture and distribution…

Report: Conventions Offer Many Long-Term Benefits

Conventions customarily are viewed as opportunities for people to share and enrich their knowledge about…

Guns and Meetings: What You Need to Know Now

Hands up! How many are packin’ today? In today’s America, some of you undoubtedly are (and feel strongly it’s your right to do so). The rest of you are sharing a shudder. Without…

ICCA Names Top 20 Association Meeting Cities

ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, has released its annual rankings of top meeting…

7 Great Perks of Being an Eventprof

Too often we fail to acknowledge all of the blessings in our lives. Whether it’s…

8 Cinco de Mayo-Inspired Cocktail Recipes for Events

Cinco de Mayo has arrived—it’s time to pull out those sombreros and infuse your event…

Interactive Food is the Hottest New Event F&B Trend

Corporate meeting planners are always looking for ways to serve delicious f&b in eye-catching and innovative ways. Fun dinner setups and interesting break-time snacks are always the most Instagrammable aspects of any event.…

2017 Meetings Industry Trends Reveal Sunny Outlook

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released its quarterly Meetings Outlook report. The report presents trends…

Caesars Palace to Unveil Gordon Ramsay’s First “Hell’s Kitchen”

After 17 seasons of fierce competition, viewers of the hit television series “Hell’s Kitchen” will…

Houston is Foodie Heaven

Barbacoa de Res de Zaachila, Xochi As a first-timer to Texas, I didn’t know what…

Utah: Where the Old West Lives on

A small group of cowboys and cowgirls stands around a chuck wagon fire, stomping at the ground against the chill of an October morning.

6 Creative Gift Ideas that Attendees Will Treasure

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

5 Fresh F&B Ideas for Summer Events

Cafe du Parc photo by Janet Scanlon Fortified by creativity, powerhouse ingredients and global influences,…

Meetings Diversity Undergoes a Renovation

New trends and challenges are emerging in the meetings industry Minority groups naturally come together…

Gaming Properties: One-Stop Shops for Meetings

Gaming properties offer attractive options for groups all under one roof Only a special destination could make a Silicon Valley-based organization spurn the sleek, tech-savvy meeting venues of San Francisco and San Jose…

Catherine Simmons: Planner Behind Dreamforce is Living a Dream

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

Event Decor that Transforms Attendee Experiences

Smart Meeting events don’t just provide great networking opportunities and career-accelerating keynote speeches. One planner…

8 Books Every Planner Should Read

No matter where you are this summer, you can get lost in a book and…

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…

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…