2012 Platinum Choice Award Winners

Meeting Planning

Topping off another year of industry success, Smart Meetings is proud to announce its Platinum Choice Award winners, and for the second year, we are pleased to recognize both hotels and CVBs with this honor. Among a long lineup of contestants, these exemplary properties and organizations have proven to be the best in terms of…


December, 2012

In addition to celebrating the winners of our annual Platinum Choice Awards, the December issue of Smart Meetings takes a look back at the best of 2012, from new venues to tech gizmos to quippy quotes. Our special international section offers insight on planning abroad, from Amsterdam to Auckland. Read stories on the latest industry…


2012 Platiunum Choice Awards

Hotels & Resorts

Honor the service providers and their properties that have gone the extra mile to make your meetings this year a success. Click here to vote today! Type in your top choices for western hotels and resorts below. Enter as many as you feel deserve this special recognition. Last day to vote is September 15st –…

Mega Event Cities

7 Mega Event Cities

Convention CentersMeeting Planning

Innovation and infrastructure spark inspiration There’s always a buzz in the San Francisco Bay Area, but things get even busier in the fall when mega events take center stage. Salesforce’s 13th annual Dreamforce, the biggest tech event in the world, took place Sept. 15–18, drawing an estimated 150,000 delegates from 78 countries. San Francisco also…

medical meetings

Science of Medical Meetings

Convention CentersCVBsMeeting Planning

CVBs, convention centers and hotels formulate strategies to accommodate niche market There are so many considerations that Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau created a division to foster relationships with life science leaders in order to enhance medical meeting opportunities. Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress (PHLLife) connects Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware with medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, higher…



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The Rapid Rise to Wellness

Meeting Planning

Fairmont Singapore Relaxation Lounge Just a decade or so ago, health and wellness options at hotels and resorts generally were limited to just a few things, such as a modest fitness center, a pool, and one or two healthy menu items. Then some hotels and resorts began adding more options, including yoga classes, more elaborate…


A Natural Gem

Hotels & Resorts

Fishing on the Buffalo River, courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism Known for its versatile terrain and outdoor adventures, Arkansas—the Natural State—offers a wealth of beauty and outdoor attractions. From enticing diamond and quartz crystal mines to waterfalls, caverns and hot springs, people the world over come in search of the mystical, healing…


Metro Areas That Buzz

Meeting Planning

It’s tough to top U.S. mega metros if you covet meeting convenience garnished with attendee lures. Aside from generating buzz, gatherings in urban cores allow planners to put event venues, hotels, dining and activities into one tidy package. Here’s a simple formula for sizing up a half-dozen slick cities—Meet + Eat + Play + Stay….


Cities Rising

Meeting Planning

Determining what qualifies a destination as “emerging” requires mastering a science. First, there are the tangibles: economic growth percentages, meeting and tourism infrastructure investments, and the buzz factor—what journalists and the public are raving about in surveys, Top 10 lists and fawning magazine articles. Harder to peg down is the intangible feeling you get when…