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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2015 Smart Stars Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Katharine Fong, 415-339-9355 Sausalito, CA (April 23, 2015) – Smart Meetings magazine has announced the gold, silver and bronze winners of its annual Smart Stars Awards, which celebrate the  premier meetings hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues, and convention and conference centers in North America. “We are very proud of…

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Arizona Biltmore on Full Display During Smart Event

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I will be attending Smart Event West National Sept. 11-13 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Phoenix, and I must admit I’m pretty excited to stay at this property. Our three-day event is expected to draw close to 80 meeting planners and 80 suppliers at this historic resort known for luxurious hospitality. One of the shining stars of…

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Smart Women 2016: Innovators

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Allison Wachter Officially, Allison Wachter, CEM, is certified in exhibition management. But to those who are familiar with her exploits as director of exhibitions and registration for American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), she’s regarded as the fixer. The daughter of an association CEO, Wachter has worked for ASAE for 13 years. One of her…

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Smart Women 2016: Doers

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Tania Armenta After serving the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) for 15 years, Tania Armenta was promoted to president and CEO in January 2016, and as a native New Mexican, she takes special pride in serving. “To a significant degree, my passion for Albuquerque and New Mexico fuels my desire to take action and…

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Mingling With the Stars at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Smart Meetings’ editors often are invited to visit popular destinations to meet with clients, check out meeting and event spaces, and experience top F&B and activity options. It helps us with our work, but it’s also a fun part of the job—and it doesn’t get any more enjoyable than my recent trip to Palm Springs….

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Stars Shine at Palm Springs Film Festival

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Photo Courtesy of Rand Larson A buzz was in the air from the moment I arrived on Jan. 1 for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and it reached a frenzy the following night for the Black Tie Awards Gala. The Southern California festival, held Jan. 1–11, is world renowned for the gala, featuring A-list celebrities…

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2015 Selfie Contest: Best of the West

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One of my favorite things about our destination is the accessible art culture. As the birthplace of artist Dale Chihuly, the Chihuly Bridge of Glass—a pedestrian bridge with glass installations that lead from the Museum of Glass rooftop to downtown—is a must-see! Tacoma was just listed in Forbes magazine as one of the “13 Art…

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June, 2015

Smart Meetings is excited to share the winners of our third annual Smart Stars Awards, a celebration of premier meetings hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues and convention and conference centers in North America. Our June issue feature story focuses on top island resorts raising the bar with inspiring event spaces and amenities stretching from…

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Smart Meetings TV Special Features the Winners of the 2014 Smart Stars Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katharine Fong 415-339-9355; katharine@smartmeetings.com Sausalito, Calif. (December 2, 2014) – Smart Meetings magazine announced its half-hour television special presentation of “Smart Destinations: The Best of 2014.” The show features the winners of the annual Smart Stars Awards celebrating the best premier meetings hotels, resorts, cruise lines, event venues, and convention and…

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