Record-Breaking 145 Million Travelers to Fly This Spring


Apparently, now is the time to fly. Airlines for America has released impressive new predictions for the spring season—and they are breaking records. U.S. airlines expect 145 million passengers to fly around the world during the months of March and April. That number represents an increase of 4 percent from last year, which saw 140…

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Sheraton Miami Completes $10 Million Renovation

Hotels & ResortsNews

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Meeting Center has just completed a $10 million renovation that includes refreshed guest rooms, a redesigned lobby, a transformed pool area and custom-built meeting space. The hotel, the closest one to Miami International Airport (MIA), has transformed its 405 guest rooms by featuring a primarily neutral palette, eclectic furniture, a Herman…

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Which Hotels Rank on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’?

Hotels & ResortsNews

Four hotel companies grabbed spots on Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for 2017.” The leader of the pack: Kimpton Hotels & Resorts. For meeting planners, Fortune’s annual ranking could point the way to the best places for booking a block of rooms and holding a meeting. Everybody likes to be around happy employees. Planners…

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Smart Meeting Northern California 2017 Highlights

EventsSmart Events

At Smart Meeting Northern California, meeting planners and hotel and destination representatives took over Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco. Entertaining and educational keynote speakers, fabulous food and beverage and stellar networking opportunities had everyone singing the praises…

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Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

DestinationsHealth & Wellness

As mental and physical fitness become more important to Americans, those preferences are seen in the meetings industry, as well. Incorporating health and wellness into the agenda has never been more important for meeting planners. So if you want happy, healthy attendees, it may help to choose a destination known for those qualities. The Gallup-Healthways…

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travel tech

10 Futuristic Travel Tech Products


Meeting and event planners are all too familiar with travel. They know each step in the process and have memorized every airport hack out there. Aware of how unpleasant long hours of travel can be, tech companies are working to alleviate the discomfort, inconvenience and general frustration. Perhaps these products will even revolutionize our expectations…

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Attuned to the Master’s Spirit: An Inside Look at Disney’s 21 Royal

Food & BeverageVenues

Special Disneyland residence offers extraordinary luxury experience The grand mastermind wasn’t physically present, but his spirit was felt throughout the evening during an extraordinary experience for media at the 21 Royal at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, earlier this year. Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, envisioned offering such a place in which they would…

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Smart Women in Meetings

Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017

Meeting Planning

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 considerable deliberation, we’ve made our choices—this time 50 of them, doubling the number we had last year! These women not only play…

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March 2017

In this issue, Smart Meetings honors some of the most inspiring women in the meetings industry. From hundreds of nominations, we carefully deliberated and came up with a 50 of the top Smart Women in Meetings. Also, don’t miss our fabulous feature on unique, creative and fun team-building activities. From acrobatics to food-inspired fun, we’ve…

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Meeting in a Far Away Land: Top 10 International Meeting Cities


International travel is exhilarating and provides groups with new cultural experiences, as well as lasting memories that carry over into their work environment. With a growing number of travelers flying around the globe, event planners are also…

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