.

Anaheim and Vancouver: Cross-Promotional Cheerleaders

As architects of meetings and conventions designed to foster creative collaboration, planners undoubtedly will appreciate the cross-promotional partnership between Tourism Vancouver and Visit Anaheim. The pairing originated at Destination Marketing Association International’s annual…

National Parks: A Natural Choice for Meetings

A national park adventure doesn’t always require an epic trek. There are a number of…

San Diego Offers Fun in the Sun for Groups

San Diego is not only an award-winning destination and famed beach city. It is also…

10 Most Popular Destinations in the United States

Travel search engine KAYAK calculated its 10 most-searched destinations based on more than 1 billion user searches. Although all 10 are located within U.S. borders, results run the gamut from desert to tropics,…

Record-Breaking 23 Million Visit Anaheim in 2016

Record-breaking is becoming routine in Anaheim. For the fourth consecutive year, the city surpassed its…

The Oregon Meeting Trail

Back in the 1800s, Fort Vancouver, Washington, just north of Portland, was the finish line…

Virginia’s Perfect 10

For more than 47 years, Virginia has lured visitors with the promise, “Virginia is for lovers.” Martin & Woltz Inc., the Richmond-based agency that created the campaign, originally considered multiple variations on that…

New Mexico: State of Stunning Contrasts

New Mexico reveals itself dramatically, in layer after layer of history, mystery, spirituality, tradition and…

From Kickoffs to Cookoffs in the Caribbean

In December, the Caribbean went mainstream Americana when Popeyes Bahamas Bowl took place at Thomas…

How the Customization Trend Is Changing Big Business

When it comes to dynamic, engaging keynote speakers, Smart Meetings brings you the best of the best. Our annual Smart Meeting Northern California event—held Feb. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco—featured…

Super Bowl LI Offers Insights on Winning Events

This year’s Super Bowl was one of the most thrilling events in recent years—both on…

10 Food Festivals Bringing Flavor to 2017

Food festivals deliver celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, and virtually unlimited food and beverage options to…

Catering to Changing Demographics

Four tips for working in an increasingly diverse environment Our changing demographics provide some startling findings that have significant implications for business. One in three people living in the United States is not…

The Anatomy of a Smart Event

6 secret pointers to give your meetings a big boost I have been hosting great…

Leading Chefs Gather at Cayman Cookout

In what has become a top annual Caribbean event, several of the world’s leading chefs…

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…

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…

And the Award Goes to … the 2017 It List for New Hotels

Call it the Oscars version of the hotel world (or maybe not, judging from Sunday night's unprecedented…

Will San Diego Keep Comic-Con?

Planners and local governments both know that convention center capacity is a critical determinant of…

Anaheim and Vancouver: Cross-Promotional Cheerleaders

As architects of meetings and conventions designed to foster creative collaboration, planners undoubtedly will appreciate…

U.S. Travel to Cuba Booms, but for How Long?

Americans are keen on traveling  to Cuba, despite uncertain U.S.-Cuba relations. That’s according to a new  travel trends survey from Travel Leaders Group that expects Cuban travel to increase in 2017. “The momentum…

2017 Oscars Guide for Meeting Planners

La La Land photo by Lionsgate The 89th Academy Awards air this Sunday from Hollywood.…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Event Security

The world can be a scary, unpredictable place, but you don’t want your meetings to…

Smart Women 2017: Industry Leaders

Cara Banasch Job title: Senior vice president of business development and strategy Company or organization:…

Smart Women 2017: Innovators

Tracy Blair Job title: Director of sales and marketing Company or organization: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel What I love about my job: I enjoy the art of the sales process and meeting execution.…

Smart Women 2017: Entrepreneurs

Sharon Bonner Job title: CEO and president Company or organization: Bright Ideas Events in Vancouver,…

Smart Women 2017: Rising Stars

Kalee Barnhardt Job title: National sales manager Company or organization: Experience Columbus in Ohio What…

Smart Women 2017: Doer

Kimberly Greene Job title: Lead associate for events and strategic market development Company or organization:…

Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017

It’s never an easy task to make our annual selections for Smart Women Leaders, given that we receive hundreds of nominations and nearly all of them deserve serious consideration. But once again, after…

Tailor-Made Team Building

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the…

8 Hot Event-Planning Buzzwords of 2017

Each year brings a new collection of buzzwords. These words usually indicate bigger trends and…

The 7 Commandments of Event Wi-Fi

Fact: Anyone attending a business or trade conference is going to expect to have instant,…

Who Works Out in the Hotel Gym, and Who Doesn’t

Most business travelers think about hitting the hotel gym, but a new American Express-GBTA Business Travel Sentiment report shows which travelers actually do. The winning group? Millennials. Among business travelers who work out…

Planners Dish Out F&B Deciding Factors

Meeting planners, what are your priorities when choosing food and beverage for your event? Smart…

2017 Association Trends that Impact Travel, Trade Shows & Hotels

For professional associations and meeting planners, membership does have its privileges As 2017 gets underway,…

Third-Party and In-House Planners Make a Perfect Match

Third-party planners and in-house planners have often been thought of as being on opposite ends…

How to Negotiate: Room Blocks

Booking a block at a hotel is one of the biggest expenses on your budget—and one of the most important for your attendees. Here are a few tips on how to make the…

4 Tricks to Eating Healthy on Business Trips

Planners know well how difficult adhering to a healthy diet can be on the road.…

Planners Share 2017 Meetings Industry Trends

At the first Smart Meeting event of the year at Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International…

Record-Breaking 23 Million Visit Anaheim in 2016

Record-breaking is becoming routine in Anaheim. For the fourth consecutive year, the city surpassed its…

Unique Travel Apps Inspired and Designed by Celebs

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the March issue and decided to give you a sneak peek. You can expect the entire issue online the…

The 7 Commandments of Event Wi-Fi

Fact: Anyone attending a business or trade conference is going to expect to have instant,…

5 Dos and 5 Don’ts of Event Social Media Use

Daily and event social media strategies are two different breeds. Accordingly, they should be treated…

Apple’s Tim Cook Thinks Augmented Reality is the Next Big Thing

While big-name forays into virtual reality make headlines, such as Steven Spielberg’s plan to build…

Amazon Debuts Video Conferencing Tool for Virtual Meetings

Online retail giant Amazon is now making a foray into the world of virtual meetings and video conferencing. It’s a realm with major players such as GoToMeeting and Skype for Business, but Amazon…

5 Steps for Solid Cybersecurity

At this point in the digital age, it’s not if you’re going to get hacked,…

5 Tech-Focused Hotel Trends

There’s no denying that millennials have a remarkable influence on modern society. For that reason,…

7 Sharing Economy Apps for Event Venues

Peerspace Sharing economy apps simplify the planning process For smaller meetings and company offsites, it…

Top 4 Stories in Social Media

1. Twitter Adds Explore The Scoop Twitter’s “Moments” tab has been replaced with an “Explore” tab in the app. The section still remains, just under the Explore tab now. Explore contains trending topics,…

Australia Airports Plan to Eliminate Passports

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recently announced a plan to revolutionize airport…

Uber Suggests Destinations Based on Calendar Appointments

When you’re rushing to make it to an event, every moment is critical. Uber has…

Top 10 High Tech Hotels Around the World

Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel, Shenzhen, China Holographic meetings, robot concierges and underwater music systems are…

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…

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…

3 Unique Travel Apps Inspired & Designed by Celebs

Once you’ve really made it big, you expand your brand, typically by opening a restaurant or launching a clothing line or self-titled fragrance. Add travel apps to that list. It may seem like…

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,…

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 market. Every business should be using social media to their advantage, whether to spread news or share products…

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…