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Meena Ramakrishnan

F&B Goes GlobalFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

Ethnic food is making a comeback in the United States. Cuisine of the world was once relegated to greasy takeout and hole-in-the-wall joints, unable to break through barriers to culinary refinement. That’s all in the past, as today’s melange of chef-driven restaurants redefine intimidating dishes and make foreign cuisine approachable, modern and fun. And it’s…

7 Sharing Economy Apps for Event VenuesAppsTechnology

Peerspace Sharing economy apps simplify the planning process For smaller meetings and company offsites, it is no longer necessary to enter the same process of booking a hotel or venue for larger conferences and events. Meeting planners can avoid the hassle and cost of contracting months in advance for smaller groups, which require minimal space…

Meet MindfullyFood & BeverageHealth & WellnessMeeting Planning

Meetings industry takes a look within and discovers a centered place One breath in and one breath out—it’s a simple concept. But if we take a moment to think about it, at least a thousand different thoughts come between our awareness of the constant flow of breathing that our bodies naturally carry out. No matter…

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Power Players: Hospitality Industry Movers and ShakersHotels & ResortsNews

One of the Nation’s Finest Few people in the hospitality industry have had such colorful careers as that of David Feder. The veteran hotel executive recalls humble beginnings as a young bellman, as he enjoys a prominent leadership role alongside the most powerful family in America. Feder is the vice president and managing director of…

Health and Wellness Predictions

8 Health and Wellness Predictions for 2017Health & WellnessNewsTrends

According to the Global Wellness Summit, human health will be addressed from a more holistic perspective in 2017 and beyond. From the reinvention of the sauna to health and wellness in architecture design, more than 500 wellness experts from 46 countries discussed future trends affecting the $3.7 trillion global wellness economy during the international gathering,…

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Nashville EatsFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

Nashville’s music scene has churned out hit singles and legendary musicians since the early days of the Grand Ole Opry and Music Row. But in recent years, Music City has become the hot new place to open a restaurant. Talented chefs are descending on the Buckle of the Bible Belt, bringing with them new renditions…

meeting planner tips

Best Meeting Planner Tips, Tricks and Trends of 2016PlannerTips & ToolsTrends

There’s no question that the meetings industry is constantly changing. In recent years, business travel has been impacted by everything from the sharing economy and lifestyle hotels to rising security concerns and the evolving needs of attendees in the digital age. Smart Meetings has identified some of the most important tips, tricks and trends from this year, in order to help meeting…

Power Players: Hospitality Industry Promotions and AppointmentsAppointments & PromotionsMeeting Planning

Smart Moves Cheryl Little Team San Jose promoted industry veteran Cheryl Little to director of sales and destination services for the destination management organization in California’s Bay Area. Little will lead group sales efforts by driving room night production and facility revenue. She will also lead and promote destination management company services offered by Team…