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Kingston Resorts: A Top U.S. Beach Destination and a Top On-Site Staff

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Kingston Resorts’ location along the famed Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach and its nationally recognized meeting staff is what we call a win-win destination. Kingston Plantation and the adjacent Kingston…

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Anaheim and Vancouver: Cross-Promotional Cheerleaders

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As architects of meetings and conventions designed to foster creative collaboration, planners undoubtedly will appreciate the cross-promotional partnership between Tourism Vancouver and Visit Anaheim. The pairing originated at Destination Marketing Association International’s annual convention, where teams from the two destination-marketing organizations realized that both cities could benefit from a campaign focused on teamwork rather than…

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U.S. Travel to Cuba Booms, but for How Long?

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Americans are keen on traveling  to Cuba, despite uncertain U.S.-Cuba relations. That’s according to a new  travel trends survey from Travel Leaders Group that expects Cuban travel to increase in 2017. “The momentum of public opinion among the American traveling public for unfettered access to Cuba continues,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group,…

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2017 Oscars Guide for Meeting Planners

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La La Land photo by Lionsgate The 89th Academy Awards air this Sunday from Hollywood. Some people care about the music, while others care about the costumes. As meeting planners, we want to know more about the interesting locations we’re seeing. The filming locations of this year’s best picture nominees were certainly notable. We take…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Event Security

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The world can be a scary, unpredictable place, but you don’t want your meetings to feel that way. Ensuring attendees’ safety should be your top priority for any event. Here are a few do’s and dont’s when it comes to event security. DO get acquainted with your venue long before your event. Security should definitely…

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Smart Women 2017: Industry Leaders

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Cara Banasch Job title: Senior vice president of business development and strategy Company or organization: New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau What I love about my job: New Orleans is a truly unique place that people connect with emotionally, through our culture and with a true spirit of hospitality. Everyone genuinely wants you to love…

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Smart Women 2017: Innovators

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Tracy Blair Job title: Director of sales and marketing Company or organization: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel What I love about my job: I enjoy the art of the sales process and meeting execution. Building award-winning sales teams through coaching and mentoring is so important to me, especially seeing the huge talent and potential my team…

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Smart Women 2017: Entrepreneurs

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Sharon Bonner Job title: CEO and president Company or organization: Bright Ideas Events in Vancouver, British Columbia What I love about my job: There are so many that the list is endless. I love producing a variety of different events with different themes. One of my favorite steps in the event-planning process is the beginning,…

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Smart Women 2017: Rising Stars

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Kalee Barnhardt Job title: National sales manager Company or organization: Experience Columbus in Ohio What I love about my job: I love the travel associated with my job. I am able to travel to Washington, D.C., each month, along with the numerous trade shows Experience Columbus attends throughout the year. This gives me the opportunity…

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Smart Women 2017: Doer

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Kimberly Greene Job title: Lead associate for events and strategic market development Company or organization: Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia What I love about my job: I love thinking about meetings and events as a key strategic offering within our overall marketing and business development plans. It’s not just about logistics anymore, but about…

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Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017

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It’s never an easy task to make our annual selections for Smart Women Leaders, given that we receive hundreds of nominations and nearly all of them deserve serious consideration. But once again, after considerable deliberation, we’ve made our choices—this time 50 of them, doubling the number we had last year! These women not only play…

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