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15 Great Cities to Meet In

Choosing the perfect place to meet can be tricky. Planners seeking to stage their event in an urban environment may worry about whether the destination is safe and walkable, how accessible it is…

Citywides Help Atlanta Set Record in April

How important are citywides to a meeting city's economy? In April, Atlanta experienced an amazing 82…

Rich Experience in Costa Rica

Smart Meetings TV interviewed Alejandro Castro, director of marketing for Tourism Board of Costa Rica,…

See Why Hawaii is a Meeting Planner’s Paradise

Adele Tasaka, senior director of accounts for Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, spoke with Smart Meetings TV at Smart Meeting Dallas and highlighted the tropical state’s easy air access, with direct flights into…

Summer Travel Prices Drop to All-Time Low

As Memorial Day kicks off the start of the summer travel season, Americans could see…

Salt Lake City Boasts Exciting New Identity

Traditionally regarded as a quiet, conservative destination, Salt Lake City is undergoing an exciting transformation that…

Finding Yourself in Maui and Kauai

There is something special about the Hawaiian Islands. Some call it aloha spirit. Others point to lush natural surroundings. Whatever it is, visitors agree there's something undoubtedly alluring about experiencing it for yourself. During a week-long,…

14 Food Festivals to Inspire Immersive Meetings

If you have the flexibility to plan your meeting around a pre-existing event taking place…

Orlando, London & Singapore are Cvent’s Top Meeting Cities

Where are the top meeting cities around the world? Cvent, Inc. answers that question with its annual  report…

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 corner. IBTM America will convene in one of the hottest meeting cities on the planet June 15−17, when…

Rave Reviews for Orlando World Center Marriott

In my 10 years as a keynote speaker, I’ve spoken at hundreds of conferences and stayed…

Report Finds Luxury Travel Outpaces Rest of Travel Industry

Global consumers are increasingly spending their disposable income on experiences rather than material goods. Their desire…

Smart Meeting Northeast: Unchartered Waters

Smart Meeting events are designed to connect planners with suppliers in one convenient, efficient setting for maximum ROI. Besides networking, we typically have speakers, awesome F&B and experiences reflective of the destinations where we're…

Study Finds Hotel Guests Prefer Paper Pamphlets over Digital Kiosks

In an ever-expanding digital age where it is believed that most people prefer to consume media…

Women in Meetings Rising Up

Women in meetings are rising up in a big way, and Smart Meetings is actively…

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…

ASAE Announces New Xperience Design Project

During the opening keynote at Springtime Expo, which was held on April 28 at Walter…

Cancel the Keynote, Toss the Agenda: Rise of the Unconference

Attendees at the 2015 GCUC (Photo courtesy Liz Elam/GCUC) Though the theater-style seating concept will…

Citywides Help Atlanta Set Record in April

How important are citywides to a meeting city's economy? In April, Atlanta experienced an amazing 82 percent hotel occupancy rate for the highest total ever recorded in the city during that month, according to research was conducted…

Texas Has the Hottest Summer Attractions

The start of the summer travel season is right around the corner with Memorial Day…

Renaissance Hotels and Andrew Zimmern Join Forces in Cultural Food Series

Some of the wildest food pairings—from sea urchin and deep dish pizza to squirrel and…

7 Super Snacks for Your Next Meeting

Coffee breaks provide an often-needed respite for attendees to absorb and digest presented information. Meeting…

Caesars Entertainment Expands Corporate Social Responsibility

Many meeting professionals agree that it’s easy to plan meetings with the intention of giving back, but it’s often more challenging to implement those corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies. Caesars Entertainment is making…

Kick Off Your Summer with Smart Woman Summit

Does your work or personal life need a jolt of outside-the-box thinking and decadence? Do…

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld to Add Meeting Space

Lobby rendering DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld broke ground May 17 on an expansion…

14 Food Festivals to Inspire Immersive Meetings

If you have the flexibility to plan your meeting around a pre-existing event taking place…

The Latest Buzz on Zika

Mosquito-borne virus is just one of numerous diseases transmitted via insects Everyone is buzzing about the Zika virus and its impact on leisure and business travel. In truth, Zika isn’t the only virus…

10 Smart Moves in Meetings: May 9, 2016

Carmen Cruz Carmen Cruz has been named general manager of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa…

4 Reasons Groups Love Salamander Resort

History, horses, wine country and luxurious relaxation. Middleburg, Virginia, home to Salamander Resort & Spa,…

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Breaks Records with 15.5 Million Visitors

This week, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announced record-breaking travel and tourism numbers,…

Smart Meetings Takes Home 2 Maggie Awards

Smart Meetings, the leading media company and most trusted resource for meeting professionals, is the proud recipient of two Western Publishing Association (WPA) Maggie Awards for their print and digital accomplishments in 2015. The…

4 Refreshing Summer Team-Building Activities

With summer fast approaching, meeting planners have many exciting options to change things up. Many…

4 Travel Essentials to Tuck Into Your Purse

Meeting planners spend a lot of time flying from place to place, often on dry,…

Orlando Doubles Visitation in Past 20 Years

Orlando is red-hot when it comes to tourism, both for leisure and business travel. This…

Smart Stylist Episode 1

The right accessory can change up your look completely. That’s why on-trend accessories are an essential for meeting planners, who are often on the road living out of a suitcase. Mixing and matching…

6 Doctor-Approved Strategies to Avoid Burnout

Make Self-Care a Priority How often do you put your needs first? No matter how…

Crowne Plaza Enhances the Meeting Experience

Boardroom at Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City New initiatives are geared toward planners Crowne…

Power Players in the Meetings Industry: May 2016

Going the Extra Mile in Style Taking the extra step for clients can amount to many…

Correspondents’ Dinner Puts Spotlight on Washington Hilton

Washington Hilton was featured thousands of times over the weekend following the White House Correspondents' Dinner held on Saturday night. In his final speech at the annual Capitol Hill roast, President Barack Obama…

Pre-Event Engagement Builds Interest and Momentum

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

Pala to Coronado: A Road Trip through Seductive San Diego

With a wide range of hotels and resorts, our award-winning bayside convention center, iconic venues…

Smart Style May 2016: Gift Ideas for Planners

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

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 corner. IBTM America will convene in one of the hottest meeting cities on the planet June 15−17, when…

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…

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 all your travel needs. Although the app is not yet available to the public, Dutch website AndroidWorld acquired…

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…

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 a crowd-pleaser at gatherings—live caricatures. Instead of drawing portraits on paper using charcoal, the artists at NY Drawing…

Infographic: How and Why Meeting Planners Use Tech

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

Q&A with Lawrence Coburn, DoubleDutch CEO

Lawrence Coburn is CEO of DoubleDutch, one of the leading event apps currently on the…

Tech Behind the Scenes: How Technology Enhances Events

How tomorrow’s events are being planned today In the not-too-distant future, attendees of large conferences…

Press Play: 6 Ways Video is Integral to Meetings and Events

Millennials have been raised on videos. The largest age group of U.S. workers, most millennials weren’t even born yet when MTV ushered in a new era of video in 1981, changing the way…

DoubleDutch CEO Lawrence Coburn’s Take on Vista and Cvent

DoubleDutch CEO Lawrence Coburn shares his thoughts about Cvent's acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in…

Disney Adds Budget-Friendly Meetings Wi-Fi

In a move designed to entice meeting planners, in June all Walt Disney convention resorts…

Supersonic Jet is Making a Comeback

Many bemoaned the demise of the Concorde, which whisked passengers, at twice the speed of…

5 Awesome, Innovative Kickstarter Travel Products

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is known for being the birthplace of groundbreaking products. From virtual reality headsets to smartwatches and mobile gaming consoles, Kickstarter gives inventors the opportunity to bring their ideas to life.…

Japan Institutes New Fingerprint System for Visitors

Japan has always been at the forefront of new technology. Carrying on in that tradition,…

Cvent to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners

Cvent Connect 2015 Cvent, Inc., a cloud-based enterprise event management company widely used by planners…

4 Reasons to Use Facebook Live Video Streaming for Events

Live streaming is quickly becoming the next big thing in meetings and events, with planners…

Millennials in Industry Feel Unheard

Only 15 percent of millennials in the hospitality industry feel that their employers welcome their feedback on technology and other subjects, according to a recent survey. The survey, Millennials and Hospitality: The Redefinition of Service,…

Marriott Heads List of Digital-Savvy Brands

Marriott Hotels was ranked as the best digital brand among upper-upscale and luxury global brands,…

New iPhone that Wirelessly Recharges May Debut Next Year

Apple is developing an iPhone that can be wirelessly recharged. According to Bloomberg Business, this…

3 Smart Suitcases Revolutionize Travel

From weighing too much to getting lost in transit, standard bulky luggage has plagued travelers…