Category Archives: Q&As

Obscurity

Have You Tried Injecting a Little Obscurity in Your Meeting?

Meeting PlanningQ&As

Atlas Obscura takes over Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Steven Acres. When was the last time you staged a meeting for 1,600 people in a cemetery at night? That is exactly what Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras did at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Participants, wielding maps of the 478-acre space, happened upon musical performances, readings,…

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Las Vegas

Q&A with Chris Meyer of Las Vegas CVA

Meeting PlanningQ&As

Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Hometown: Parents were in the U.S. Navy, so bounced around a lot Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas business degree (met his wife, a planner, there) Career: 17 years with LVCVA; previously director of sales and marketing at The Venetian…

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Meet L.A., Virtually (There’s an App for That)

Meeting PlanningQ&As

L.A. is so big and soooooo spread out, it can be daunting to get your arms around, let alone do site inspections. Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) knows this. That’s why it recently launched Virtual Discovery L.A., a virtual reality travel platform that provides meeting professionals with immersive 360-degree viewing experiences of…

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Cultivates a Pioneering Spirit

AirlinesNewsQ&As

Alaska-Virgin merger expands options for connecting worldwide Alaska Airlines started in 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee began flying a three-passenger Stinson out of Anchorage. A lot has changed since then. It now serves more than 40 million customers to 119 destinations and five countries. Smart Meetings checked in with Alaska Air Group to find out…

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Four Seasons Founder Isadore Sharp on the Power of Simplicity

Hotels & ResortsNewsQ&As

Isadore Sharp in 1982, when Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts managed 12 properties Isadore Sharp has built Four Seasons based on one basic principle—the Golden Rule Position: Four Seasons founder and chairman of the board Birthplace: Toronto Education: Bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto Family: Wife, Rosalie; three sons;…

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Answers to Your Burning Security Questions

Meeting PlanningQ&As

11 questions from Alan Kleinfeld’s Smart Meetings financial and insurance webinar In a world of heightened security awareness, Arrive Management Group’s Alan Kleinfeld found himself answering a lot of event planner questions during the Smart Meetings webinar on Security May 25. While he is not a lawyer or a doctor, he was happy to provide…

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Catherine Simmons: Planner Behind Dreamforce is Living a Dream

EventsPeople in the NewsQ&As

Catherine Simmons is thriving in her pivotal role with Dreamforce Born and raised: Durham, England Occupation: Vice President of Strategic Events (Dreamforce) for Salesforce Education: Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Hull in England Family: Ian Cohen, husband; one step-son Quote: “Every Dreamforce event is very different, but everything is always true to the…

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Q&A with Peggy Benua of Miami Beach VCA

Meeting PlanningQ&As

Peggy Benua, board chair of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) Peggy Benua is the board chair of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, and general manager of South Beach Marriott in Miami Beach. She served as resident manager of Eden Roc Renaissance Resort and Spa in Miami Beach. What about Miami Beach appeals…

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Salt Palace

3 Questions for 2 Industry Leaders

Meeting PlanningQ&As

Bob Lander Destination Marketing Association International Outgoing Chair Former president and CEO of Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau What’s been the biggest change among destination marketing organizations during the past 20 years? What hasn’t changed? That’s probably the shorter list. I have seen so many things change. Everything we do has become more professional. The…

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