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San Francisco Sets 2016 Tourism Records

Moscone Center No doubt bolstered by the Super Bowl, which took place in the Bay Area last February, San Francisco achieved 2016 tourism records for the seventh consecutive year, according to San Francisco Travel. San Francisco drew a…

Columbus, Ohio: A Destination Every Attendee Will Love

At IMEX America 2016, Smart Meetings had the pleasure of exploring Columbus, Ohio, with Kalee…

The Biggest-Hearted Little City—Arlington, Texas

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Walkability and friendliness reign supreme, with big development plans…

Las Vegas, Los Angeles Break Tourism Records

Bliss Dance by Barry Toranto, Las Vegas The 2016 numbers are starting to roll in, and…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the 50th annual CES convention, which took place Jan. 5-8. With an estimated 175,000 attending the largest gathering of innovation and connectivity in…

NYC Invites You to Meet Brooklyn

Move over, Manhattan. It's time to meet Brooklyn. When NYC & Company heads…

CVB Marketing Genius Makes Headlines

Seattle Convention and visitor bureaus throughout the world produce cutting-edge marketing campaigns that are winning awards…

Disturbing Breakdown at Customs Checkpoints

Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, had some harsh words for the…

Bouncing Through Seoul

Thanks largely to the development of social networking services and online video-sharing platforms, a phenomenon known as the Korean Wave (Hallyu) has been spreading like wildfire around the world.

Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

Houston convention district Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for…

What’s New in Las Vegas?

There’s so much going on in the trade show capital of the world, meeting planners…

Quintessential to Unexpected: Hawaii Island and Maui

If you haven’t been to the Hawaiian Islands, lots of ideas come to mind when…

PCMA Convening Leaders in Full Swing in Austin, Texas

PCMA Convening Leaders is the annual convention put on by Professional Convention Management Association. It is taking place this week at Austin Convention Center in Texas Jan. 8−11. Austin is a very popular…

Updates from the Star-Studded Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs is a unique destination, with luxury properties, imaginative meeting spaces, cutting-edge restaurants, fascinating…

IAEE Delivers Big in Anaheim

Annual Expo! Expo! features rousing keynotes and dynamic trade show Inspiring keynotes, a lively trade…

Why Should I Do Business with You?

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Move past company-centric sales tactics in a new era…

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hosts Global Summit

The fifth annual Global Pharmaceutical Medical Meetings Summit will take place at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Jan. 31−Feb. 2. The boutique conference has built quite the following, drawing the most influential managers in the…

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2016 Smart Meeting Events

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on an unforgettable year of fabulous…

ASAE Offers Sneak Peek at Xperience Design Project

This month, ASAE hosted a successful pilot for their newest event, Xperience Design Project (XDP) on Dec.…

Climbing from Mediocrity to Excellence

Who better to preach about excellence in the workplace than three-time Super Bowl champion and…

Small Business Owners Value Meetings

According to a survey conducted by Meetings Mean Business (MMB), 91 percent of small business owners plan to spend as much or more on travel for meetings in 2017 compared to 2016. Speaking…

Destinations Come Alive at IMEX America

IMEX America exhibitors found creative ways to bring their properties to life How often can…

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings After much voting and decision-making,…

Medical Meetings Propel Philadelphia Tourism

Philadelphia’s legacy of innovation is 250 years in the making, especially when it comes to…

5 Things Planners Can Learn from the Presidential Inauguration

What could be one of the most controversial presidential inaugurations in U.S history is happening in just a few days. On Jan. 20, president-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office, and nearly…

San Francisco Sets 2016 Tourism Records

Moscone Center No doubt bolstered by the Super Bowl, which took place in the Bay Area last…

Color, Culture and Comfort Food Power F&B Trends for 2017

Each year a new crop of buzzy ingredients and culinary novelties lands on food and…

5 Trends that Could Drive Successful Events in 2017

A new year brings a fresh start and much to look forward to, an outlook…

The Biggest-Hearted Little City—Arlington, Texas

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Walkability and friendliness reign supreme, with big development plans on the horizon. This small city has a big heart. Sandwiched between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington offers…

Boston Marathon First Responder Embraces Chaos to Create Success

Dr. Natalie Stavas, a first responder at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, shares why…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the…

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series…

Los Angeles Goes Virtual

Thanks to its new Virtual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles Travel & Convention Bureau has made it easier than ever for planners to explore this destination. With new hotels and attractions popping up every…

CVB Marketing Genius Makes Headlines

Seattle Convention and visitor bureaus throughout the world produce cutting-edge marketing campaigns that are winning awards…

Outstanding Branding: Out-of-the-Box Event Branding Ideas

Getting tired of the usual signage and event branding materials? Need a little inspiration for…

8 Health and Wellness Predictions for 2017

According to the Global Wellness Summit, human health will be addressed from a more holistic…

Power in Numbers: The Mighty SMERFs

There are many acronyms in the world of meetings, but SMERF is one you should not forget. SMERF stands for social, military, educational, religious and fraternal groups who, while not snagging quite as…

Nashville Eats

Nashville’s music scene has churned out hit singles and legendary musicians since the early days…

Meet—and Eat—with a Purpose

Hilton’s campaign helps attendees to maintain personal wellness goals As someone who has worked hard…

Meet on Top of the World: Mountain Meeting Destinations

Hold your next meeting at a higher altitude More event planners are finding that meetings…

Sports Venues Score as Meeting Sites

NRG Stadium, Houston Stadiums and ballparks move from hot dogs to haute deals It all started when the Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in the 1960s: a sports venue used for nonsporting events.…

6 Treats to Pamper Attendees and VIPs

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

Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

Houston convention district Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for…

Spotlight on Healthy Meetings in 2016

During 2016, Smart Meetings shared lots of tips for healthy meetings and personal self-growth. Our…

Quintessential to Unexpected: Hawaii Island and Maui

If you haven’t been to the Hawaiian Islands, lots of ideas come to mind when dreaming up what the paradise may offer, thanks in part to pop culture’s depiction of Hawaii in movies…

Capturing and Leveraging Meeting Spend

Six tips to help you know where to start The term strategic meetings management (SMM)…

Boston: Teeming with Innovation

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Among…

Hugs and Kissimmee

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Cozy up to another side of Greater Orlando Experience Kissimmee…

Top 10 High Tech Hotels Around the World

Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel, Shenzhen, China Holographic meetings, robot concierges and underwater music systems are no longer items of science fiction—they’re current hotel amenities. These are 10 of the most high-tech hotels in…

Las Vegas Monorail Showcases Technology During CES 2017

The Las Vegas Monorail was one of many vehicles that helped display innovative technology during the…

Los Angeles Goes Virtual

Thanks to its new Virtual Discovery Tour, Los Angeles Travel & Convention Bureau has made…

Social Media #Trends for 2017

Social media has long been trumpeted as a valuable tool for meeting and event planners…

Spotlight on Tech Award Winners

EventMobi The third annual Event Technology Awards was held Nov. 9 at pop-up venue Supernova in Embankment Gardens in London. The awards recognized event technology companies pushing the boundaries of innovation around the…

3 Unique Travel Apps Inspired & Designed by Celebs

Once you’ve really made it big, you expand your brand, typically by opening a restaurant…

Most Instagrammed Luxury Hotels of 2016

Instagram recently shared its list of most Instagrammed luxury hotels with Bloomberg. While there was…

Top 7 Event Tech Stories of 2016

2016 was a great year for innovation and advancement in meetings technology. Mobile apps for…

Microsoft’s AI-Powered Assistant Schedules Meetings for You

If you’re one of the many people who don’t have their own personal scheduling assistant, you know that setting up meetings can be time-consuming and tedious. Sending emails back and forth, trying to…

Infographic: Everything You Need to Become a Social Media Guru

Social media is a constantly evolving medium that's used all over the world in every…

Wynn Las Vegas Introduces Voice-Controlled Hotel Rooms with Amazon Echo

The future of hotel rooms is here. Soon, voice-activated rooms may become the norm in…

6 Phases of Social Media Engagement for Events

By this stage of the game, almost all meeting professionals are using social media in…

What Apps Do Planners Use Most at Events?

Apps are a dime a dozen these days, but they’re not all equal. With so many of them fighting for planners’ attention, it’s hard to decide which ones are worth using. And no,…

6 Basic Techno-Etiquette Tips

The proliferation of technological tools such as cellphones, tablets, social media and email have facilitated…

Meetings Outlook: Treading Lightly in 2017

JB Duke Hotel rendering, Durham, North Carolina Uncertainty suggests a conservative year for meetings Predictions…

Clear Solutions to Spotty Wi-Fi

Attendees expect to post, tweet, snap and share, indoors and out Weather is no longer…

Cvent and Lanyon Merger Announced

Cvent Founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal at Cvent Connect 2016 Today, two leaders in event technology have become one. Cvent and Lanyon, two of the most trusted and widely used providers of cloud-based…

Updated: Cvent Acquisition Cleared by Department of Justice

Cvent Connect 2015 This week, the acquisition of Cvent, Inc., a cloud-based enterprise event management…

Prototype for Branson’s Supersonic Jet Unveiled

A prototype for a new jet that aims to transport passengers from New York City…

Airbnb Trips to Become the Next Big Tour Operator

For some time now, Airbnb has been toying with the idea to take over the…

Best Practices of Using Sharing Economy for Business Travel

Sharing economy services such as Airbnb and Uber have recently been making a push to attract more business travelers. According to a new study from International SOS, a leading medical and travel security…

Event Technology Awards Recognize Top Innovators

Held in London on Nov. 9, the third Event Technology Awards recognized industry leaders in…

Converting Curious Registration Site Visitors into Attendees

Today's analytical tools have incredible ways of monitoring online behavior of individuals, so much so…

Telepresence Enhances Attendee Experiences

Everyone in the meetings and events industry can attest to the unique benefits gained when…