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Discover Wild Things in Washington State

From the Cascade Mountains and Olympic National Park to the limitless shores of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Ocean, the state of Washington is about as wild and rugged…

Live Updates: Honkytonks, Country Music and More in Nashville

This week, Smart Meetings heads to Nashville, the country music capital of the world. It’s…

Live Updates: Endless Reasons to Meet in Maui

Hosting a meeting or event in Maui is never a hard sell. The weather is…

Florida Encounter is a Meetings Model

Visit Florida is so pro meetings that it has a hashtag for that very market:…

Southern Hospitality Welcomes Groups to Georgia

The Peach State has long lured groups with its Southern hospitality, and it’s been enhancing its appeal recently by opening and renovating many attractive hotels and other meeting places.

Tucson Meetings Offer Attendees a Desert Feast

The list of accolades heaped on meeting resorts throughout the Tucson region of Southern Arizona…

Chicago: City of Big Shoulders and Big Dreams

City of the Big Shoulders is just one of Chicago’s nicknames. There’s also the Windy…

Star Power in Palm Springs

In the late 1980s, Sonny Bono had a vision for the city of Palm Springs.…

Highbrow Art, Presidential History and Cowboy Hats in Dallas & Fort Worth

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is an intersection of cosmopolitan sophistication and bonafide cowboy culture best experienced in these two metropolitan cities. Millions of visitors pass through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), one of…

Meeting Destinations Make Best of the World List

National Geographic Traveler magazine has revealed its Best of the World list of 21 must-see…

Get Wild This Winter with Six Montana Adventures

Whoever decided winter is the time to batten down the hatches and snuggle up never…

Consider Yourself Invited to Avenida Houston

Even the artwork at Houston’s reimagined convention district is inviting. As Houston prepares to host…

Destinations Come Alive at IMEX America

IMEX America exhibitors found creative ways to bring their properties to life How often can you say you’ve sipped coffee in Columbia, sampled chocolate from Hershey, Pennsylvania, tasted vodka in Singapore, learned to…

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…

2017 Meeting Trends with American Express’s Issa Jouaneh

Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright talks 2017 trends for the meetings and events industry with…

Smart Meetings Celebrates 4 Folio Eddie/Ozzie Wins

November 11, 2016 – Smart Meetings, the leading media company and most trusted resource for meeting professionals, was awarded two Eddie Awards and two Ozzie Awards at the 2016 Eddie & Ozzie Awards…

Party Fouls: Planners Talk Spoilers that Ruin Meetings in a Snap

So much goes into planning a successful meeting, from the transportation to the food and…

Smart Meeting Southern California

Smart Meetings’ one-day L.A. experience will be hosted at The Hyatt Regency at Los Angeles…

IMEX America Shatters Attendance Record

IMEX America was hotter than ever this year, drawing a record 12,227 meetings and events professionals to…

Technology Takeover: Oracle and Salesforce Conventions Saturate San Francisco

On Sept. 18, more than 60,000 people flooded downtown San Francisco for OpenWorld, Oracle software solution’s annual tech conference. For four days, the city was buzzing with dine-arounds, keynotes, parties and events at…

Smart Meeting Northern California

Smart Meetings’ one-day Northern California experience will be hosted at The Four Seasons Hotel San…

Smart Meeting West

Where: Denver, Colorado Why: Attend our exclusive networking event for meeting planners and you will:…

Smart Meeting East National

Where: Florida Why: Attend our exclusive networking event for meeting planners and you will: Meet…

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,…

Time to Rebrand Third-Party Planners

Donna Hunt, CEO and managing director for HMS Meeting Services (left), and Yashema Mack Hotels…

Team Building Gets High Marks in Destination Hotels Survey

According to a new survey of 405 corporate, association, government and independent planners, team building…

Report Shows Convention Centers More Eco-Conscious than Ever

This year, 44 venues from the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Singapore,…

Discover Wild Things in Washington State

From the Cascade Mountains and Olympic National Park to the limitless shores of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the Pacific Ocean, the state of Washington is about as wild and rugged…

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

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

’Tis the Season to Be Clinking

The annual holiday gathering is a chance to get to know colleagues better and celebrate…

Live Updates: Honkytonks, Country Music and More in Nashville

This week, Smart Meetings heads to Nashville, the country music capital of the world. It’s…

Meetings Outlook: Treading Lightly in 2017

JB Duke Hotel rendering, Durham, North Carolina Uncertainty suggests a conservative year for meetings Predictions are a matter of cause and effect. Sure, there’s some guessing, some hunches. But most of the trends…

Live Updates: Endless Reasons to Meet in Maui

Hosting a meeting or event in Maui is never a hard sell. The weather is…

Power Players: Meeting Professionals Making Strides

The lure of British Columbia is hard to resist. Vancouver, Canada’s West Coast hub, draws…

7 Holiday Gifts to Dazzle Attendees

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

Southern Hospitality Welcomes Groups to Georgia

The Peach State has long lured groups with its Southern hospitality, and it’s been enhancing its appeal recently by opening and renovating many attractive hotels and other meeting places.

Hotel X Factors That Win Over Meeting Planners

What amenities, services and extras can hotels offer to catch a meeting planner’s eye? In…

Tucson Meetings Offer Attendees a Desert Feast

The list of accolades heaped on meeting resorts throughout the Tucson region of Southern Arizona…

Chicago: City of Big Shoulders and Big Dreams

City of the Big Shoulders is just one of Chicago’s nicknames. There’s also the Windy…

Star Power in Palm Springs

In the late 1980s, Sonny Bono had a vision for the city of Palm Springs. As mayor of the desert getaway, the former musician and entertainer implemented big plans to broaden Palm Springs’…

9 Things Every Meeting Planner Should Carry in Their Toolkit

It’s event day, and you’re ready to tackle every problem that comes your way! You’re…

Hilton Shines Spotlight on Wow-Worthy Planners

Meeting planners are often the unsung heroes of the fabulous events and meetings they pull…

Updated: Cvent Acquisition Cleared by Department of Justice

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

Medical Meetings Propel Philadelphia Tourism

Philadelphia’s legacy of innovation is 250 years in the making, especially when it comes to the life sciences. We are home to America’s first hospital and its oldest and largest urban research park.…

Columbus is Convention Friendly

Greater Columbus Convention Center rendering Columbus, Ohio, goes deep with major expansion and artistic flair…

Bigger and Better: Associations and Citywides

As trends evolve for associations and citywides, convention venues are keeping pace As certain elements…

How Planners Work Health into Itineraries

It’s almost that time of year again when everyone rushes to renew their gym memberships!…

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…

Discrimination in the Sharing Economy

In a different economy, it’s the same story. Startups within the sharing economy continue to be plagued with reports of racial discrimination. As Airbnb prepares to enact a new Nondiscrimination Policy on Nov.…

Smart Talk: Eric Ly, Co-Founder of LinkedIn

Eric Ly is CEO of Presdo Match and Co-Founder of LinkedIn Hometown: Sunnyvale, California Education:…

Virtual Conferencing Perfect for Global Training

Global training is one meeting niche that already benefits from virtual conferencing. International Institute for Learning (IIL)…

7 Tips for a Seamless, Fun Road Trip

Going on a road trip has its pros and cons. Pros, you’re going on an…

Track Checked Bags in Real Time with Delta Air Lines Mobile App

Maps are an integral part of travel, but for those flying with checked bags, being able to see a piece of luggage and its journey through the airport and from one plane to the…

4 Ways to Get Your Attendees Actively Promoting Your Event

Your attendees have a blast at your events—don’t you wish there was a way to…

Defining Moments from IMEX America 2016

There were more reasons than ever to attend IMEX America 2016, the biggest three-day exposition…

IMEX America Proves VR is More Than a Trend

It's hard to choose one overarching theme at IMEX America 2016. Destination representatives from all…

U.S. Department of Transportation Bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 from Airplanes

Amid a firestorm of reports about overheated and exploding devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been prohibited from being brought onboard all domestic-bound aircraft. As of Oct. 15, the U.S. Department of Transportation…

3 Reasons Planners Will Love Facebook’s New Events App

According to Facebook, every day more than 100 million people use the social media platform…

10 Privacy & Security Apps for iPhone 7 to Prevent Identity Theft

The new iPhone 7 comes with exciting new features: it's now waterproof, has a longer…

7 Tips for Social Media Takeovers at Live Events

If you haven’t already heard, live streaming at events has become all the rage. But…