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…

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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…

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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 –…

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New Frontiers in Sustainability

Green Meetings

Hotels and convention centers are pushing green meetings standards ever higher Gone are the days when a collection of recycling bins could pass for a sustainability program. Having long passed the buzzword phase, environmental responsibility concerns now permeate the business landscape, including the meetings and events industry. In the current climate, wastewater reuse and compost…

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Discover Your Ideal Convention Center Personality Type

Convention CentersMeeting PlanningVenues

Convention centers are like people—they each have their own personality and they all look a little different. But just like humans, they share similarities, as well. Convention centers all have welcoming conference rooms, well-tailored food service, changeable spaces to cater to all kinds of group needs, and capable, friendly staff who assist with planners’ needs….

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Convention Centers: Finding a Perfect Fit

Convention CentersMeeting Planning

Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, California Whether you require an intimate or immense space, there is a convention or conference center to fit your needs Remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Once upon a time, a young girl wandered into Mama, Papa and Baby Bear’s home. She noticed three bowls of porridge….

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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…

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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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Press

2017 Press Releases SAUSALITO, Calif., June 28, 2017 – Smart Meetings Founder Marin Bright Featured in USA Today Marin Bright, founder, CEO and editorial director of Smart Meetings, the foremost media brand and No. 1 choice for meeting professionals, shared her insights on the travel industry with millions of readers June 26 as a featured…

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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…

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