Best Family Friendly Hotel/Resort: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

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Fresh off of a $30 million complete renovation, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa leads the renaissance of Hilton Head Island. Situated along 12 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, this iconic resort offers 416 guest rooms and suites, 37,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space, and six dining venues. Our Conference…

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Family Friendly Meetings

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Back in the 1980s, when two-income families surged onto the economic landscape and became the rule rather than the exception, they were faced with a relatively new struggle: both parents in one household trying to balance work and childrearing. One solution to ease the conflict for parents was to tack family time onto business trips…

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Family Friendly

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Starbucks district manager Karen Mahoney brewed up a pretty cool idea when she organized a store managers camping trip with their families at El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, Calif. While some balked at the thought of getting their caramel macchiatos cold, they shared so many laughs that the campout has become an annual tradition….

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Keeping the Friendly Skies Friendly

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In late November, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began exploring the idea of allowing airline passengers to use their cellphones during flights. While many initially cheered at the prospect of increased connectivity, they soon realized that being stuck in a confined space for hours listening to strangers’ trivial conversations and annoying ringtones might be a…

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Eco-Friendly Features Are Gaining Ground In Meetings Industry

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…and trade-show providers for eco-friendly practices within the meetings and conventions industry. Meeting planners are increasingly going green, and it has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day. An increased awareness of the need to protect the earth’s environment has turned into a groundswell of support from planners, hotels, convention centers and trade-show providers for eco-friendly practices within the…

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AMResorts Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Sunscape Dominican Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Expanded portfolio and new features highlight 15th anniversary AMResorts is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year while opening 11 properties and enhancing its focus on the ever-changing needs of groups. The company is continuing the momentum it gained in 2015, when it generated an unprecedented 17 new resort…

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Buzz and Business on the IMEX America Trade Show Floor

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Exhibitors get the party started with pizzazz… and an occasional cocktail Even for the most seasoned meeting planners and journalists, the trade show floor at IMEX America is something to behold. Set in the very welcoming Sands Expo Center exhibition hall in Las Vegas, the floor is eye candy for business travelers. From airlines showing…

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Smart Stars 2015

Reach for the Stars! The 2015 Smart Star Awards

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We are thrilled to present the winners of this year’s Smart Stars Awards, which celebrate the premier meetings hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues, and convention and conference centers in North America. This is the third year of the Smart Stars contest. Nominated and voted on by you—our Smart Meetings readers—the awards have become an…

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Smart Meetings Announces 2014 Smart Stars Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katharine Fong 415-339-9355; katharine@smartmeetings.com Sausalito, CA (May 28, 2014) – Smart Meetings magazine has revealed the gold, silver and bronze winners of its annual Smart Stars Awards, which celebrate the best premier meetings hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues, convention and conference centers in North America. “We are excited to congratulate…

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Don’t Miss the Boat

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Lance Wieland, then an independent meeting planner, had long resisted the idea of a cruise. Then he needed a fresh, unique idea for a high-end incentive program for a group of 200 top insurance sales executives from around the world. Working with Landry & Kling, a well-regarded cruise specialist, he chartered the Seabourn Spirit for…

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