Category Archives: Destinations

top penthouse suites

5 Over-the-Top Penthouse Venues

Destinations

Photo credit: The Peninsula Beverly Hills As summer wraps up, it’s time to make the most of the remaining weeks. Planning a last-minute company getaway is one way to savor the time. And if you’re looking to bid farewell in style, consider getting a little impulsive, and very luxurious, in a sky-high penthouse. We’ve rounded…

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5 New Luxury Hotels in Memorable Places

5 New Luxury Hotels in Memorable Places

DestinationsInternational

These new luxury hotels reflect the essence of their world-class cities: from rock and roll’s roots to Alpine serenity, events in these signature spaces will be infused with the character of place and attention-to-detail only luxury properties offer. The Westin Jackson, Mississippi   Westin Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Mississippi is a celebration of…

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napa valley wine tasting

Nine Hours in Napa

DestinationsSmart Dispatches

It’s always wine o’ clock in Napa Valley! Northern California’s famous Wine Country is the perfect canvas for a picturesque event. Smart Meetings participated in this week’s Wine Country Hospitality and Event Trade Show, hosted by Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS). Here are nine things we did during our nine hours in…

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Dine and Sip on Hawaii Island

Destinations

Where else can you surf, snow ski and marvel at molten lava being spewed into the sky, all in the same day? Extremes are the norm here. Within its boundaries can be found tropical to temperate to subarctic. This is where the original Polynesians first arrived, declaring this spectacular island the home of Pele, the…

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Be Awed and Hold On in Maui

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It’s easy to see why Mauians are so proud of their island home From its glorious, still-unspoiled natural wonders to diverse, sophisticated choices in green lodging and dining, to a bounty of organic farms and earth-friendly activities, Maui rocks. Be Awed BY THE NUMBERS 12,676 hotel rooms 26,700 sq. ft. largest meeting space 154,834 residents…

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Soar and Float in Kauai

Destinations

An uncrowded paradise that brings nature up close and personal Groups can have the oldest, least populated of the major islands their way: the rugged beauty of Napali coastline and Bali Hai beaches in the north, the leeward majesty of Waimea Canyon, or the sun-drenched sands of the south. The Garden Island is as sweet…

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Wakiki Beach, Honolulu

Heavenly Hawaii Forever

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The first Hawaiians arrived some 1,600 years ago, by canoe. This year, in a similar Polynesian canoe named Hokulea, Hawaiians completed a round-the-world journey across 40,000 nautical miles of ocean using the same navigational aids as the…

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Oahu

Learn and Groove in Oahu

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Wakiki Beach and Banzai Pipeline are worlds apart Honolulu may be America’s most chill major metropolis, and one of its most scenic and visitor friendly, but you haven’t really seen how Oahu is maikai loa (awesome) until you venture beyond the city limits to the North Shore and Leeward Coast. Learn BY THE NUMBERS  …

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Connecticut Convention Center

Connecticut: Compact But Diverse

Destinations

Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford Connecticut perfectly encapsulates New England’s environmental diversity. “Our state is compact, yet there are many different types of meeting venues and hotels in picturesque locations,” says H. Scott Phelps, president of Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “The size makes it easy for groups to meet and day-trip to numerous off-site attractions,…

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