Houston Convention District Takes Shape

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Earlier this month, Smart Meetings received a hard hat in the shape of a cowboy hat in the mail as a PR tool to call attention to the emerging Houston convention district project. The box also contained press releases from Houston First, announcing the opening of “Texas’ largest convention campus.” The collateral proclaims that “With a $1.5 billion…

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Got Class? Group Learning Through Team Building

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School isn’t just for kids. More and more properties are providing groups with learning opportunities that also incorporate team building. Attendees will harken back to the days where they were excited for that first day of school, where open mindedness was pervasive and possibilities were endless. Here are a few properties that put class into team…

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5 Local Adventures to Engage Groups

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Local adventures are in the eyes of the adventurers. To some, a walk through a stunning garden is an adventure, while others may prefer surfing in the Pacific Ocean. With more and more business travelers arriving a day early or sticking around a little longer to experience a slice of local adventure, meeting hotels and…

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5 New Hotels with Intriguing Former Lives

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Photo from Hotel Emma New hotels are springing up in some unusual places, including the former homes of a brewery, model-T car assembly plant and post office. It’s a trend that is designed to satisfy travelers’ desire to more fully experience the history and culture of destinations. It’s also helping to boost cities’ revitalization efforts…

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Australia Solidifies Reputation as Foodie Destination

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Last week it was announced that Australia will be the host destination for the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2017—solidifying its reputation as an emerging food lovers’ paradise. The announcement was made by William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants alongside Tourism Australia Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Ronson at the…

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Game Time for Pittsburgh: Hosting Fans, Tourists and Massive Celebrations


Citywide company meetings, trade shows and festivals are typically booked a year or more in advance, giving a city due time to accommodate the large influx of visitors coming to the area and complete renovations where they’re needed. A less predictable event that cities often face and must quickly prepare for is sports championships, from…

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IBTM America Heads to Fort Lauderdale in 2017

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Reed Travel Exhibitions knows how important location is to IBTM America and is doing a great job of taking its annual trade show to key destinations to maximize attendance. IBTM America wrapped up its 2016 event last week at Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville and will gather at Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, just outside Fort…

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Smart Meeting Northeast: Unchartered Waters

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Smart Meeting events are designed to connect planners with suppliers in one convenient, efficient setting for maximum ROI. Besides networking, we typically have speakers, awesome F&B and experiences reflective of the destinations where we’re holding our events. For example, our event on May 10 in New York City was staged on a Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht…

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Correspondents’ Dinner Puts Spotlight on Washington Hilton

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Washington Hilton was featured thousands of times over the weekend following the White House Correspondents’ Dinner held on Saturday night. In his final speech at the annual Capitol Hill roast, President Barack Obama landed jab after jab on 2016 presidential candidates, national media members and even himself, joking about how much he’s aged during his…

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U.S. Cruise Ship Reaches Cuba


A cruise ship carrying 704 passengers arrived in Havana Harbor today, marking the first U.S cruise to Cuba in nearly 40 years. The seven-day cruise, offered by Carnival Corps’ Fathom cruise line, reflects the stronger ties that have been established during the past five months between the United States and Cuba. The boat, MV Adonia,…

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