Category Archives: Convention Centers

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Enjoy Birmingham’s Green Meeting Spaces

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Arch at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Home to the Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature and Gardens of Culture, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest organic museum, with miles of tranquil paths and more than 30 creative outdoor sculptures. The gardens were voted the third-best free attraction in America by USA Today in 2016. Birmingham Botanical…

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Pasadena: Where Charm Meets Culture and Innovation

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Claim to Fame: Charm meets culture and innovation It’s got the winning Trifecta of pedestrian-friendly, smalltown charm, and big-city art and culture, and is a serious technology hub. Great restaurants, shopping and nature are all close at hand. And then there’s that Rose Bowl thing. Convene The state-of-the-art Pasadena Convention Center has a 55,000-square-foot exhibit…

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Five Star Spangled Meeting Venues

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Happy Independence Day! If you’re interested in throwing a bash in a patriotic locale, Smart Meetings has hand-picked star spangled venues to consider from “sea to shining sea.” Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island (New York, NY) Ferry your guests across the New York harbor aboard Statue Cruises for a truly memorable occasion with Lady…

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San Jose Lures Major Meetings, Events, Including Apple’s WWDC

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Event professionals have a multitude of host cities to select from, but more and more are making San Jose, California, their top pick. What is it about San Jose that is wooing major companies and associations away from the competition? From June 5 to 9, Apple triumphantly returned its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to…

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Las Vegas Convention Center’s $1.4 Billion Expansion Receives Final Approval

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It’s finally official: the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors has approved the $1.4 billion expansion and renovation of Las Vegas Convention Center. In the works since 2016, the project had previously been approved by other local boards, but had yet to receive final approval from LVCVA. The expansion will add…

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Pittsburgh Forges Ahead as a Meetings Destination

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The City of Bridges is making a big splash. Pittsburgh was once the world capitol of steel. Today, it’s a major destination for international business travelers and environmentally concerned meeting planners. Visit Pittsburgh, the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, touts the area as walkable, affordable and livable. It’s situated amid the Alleghany Mountains and boasts…

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