Latest issue: August 2017

In this issue

In Smart Meetings' August issue, don't miss our interview with Diana Nelson, board chair of Carlson. She talks about the bright future of Carlson hotels after the company's purchase and how her family upbringing ties into her illustrious career so far.

This issue is also packed with fantastic features covering 10 unique international locales, all-inclusives as an option for your next event, Southern California's retro aesthetic, cities you may not expect to blow away your attendees, and more.

Smart Meetings is an event planning publication covering meetings, industry news, including expert opinions and interviews, topical articles, coverage of destinations and venues in the U.S and worldwide, and features stories on incentive, corporate, government and association meetings.

Partners in the Evolution

Planners of medical and pharmaceutical meetings are getting significant help from hosts There is probably no other niche in the meetings and exhibitions industry as complicated as medical and pharmaceutical. Not only do these meetings have all the challenges of other types of educational and networking programs, but the U.S. Open Payments legislation and the…

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Rapidly Rising Above the Crowd

These 10 unique, international cities have really stepped up their meetings game It’s no secret the world is rapidly changing, and this is clearly reflected not only in the mind-boggling growth of international meetings, but also in the wide variety of places where they are often occurring. The 2016 Statistics Report compiled by the International…

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Responsibly Planned

When we bring people together, we impact lives—the lives of attendees, businesses and, according to a recent Smart Meetings reader survey, the lives of the beneficiaries of a multitude of charities supported by events. Incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)—defined as integrating social and environmental concerns in business operations—in events is now the rule rather than…

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Everybody Wins With All-Inclusives

All-inclusives offer a streamlined option for planners and premium experiences for groups An ideal environment for a corporate retreat, meeting or incentive trip immerses attendees in unforgettable experiences without leaving them mired in logistics. Wish-list qualifications include a perennial favorite destination, luxury amenities, top-tier food and beverage offerings, and standout activities. A planner determined to…

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Diana Nelson: Living Boldly

Carlson’s Diana Nelson has achieved success by embracing changes Position: Board chair at Carlson Born and raised: Minneapolis Family: Husband, John Atwater; five children Education: Harvard University, bachelor’s degree in art history; Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, MBA in marketing Volunteerism: Active supporter of many nonprofit organizations at Harvard and national educational organizations…

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Q&A with Chris Meyer of Las Vegas CVA

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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How to Live and Breathe in Real Time

These 5 tips can help to balance your life In your quest to keep pace with all that’s involved in planning a meeting, do you find yourself frequently preoccupied? It seems as if everyone is in overdrive today. We don’t enjoy the morning because we’re always in a rush, concerned about getting to work on…

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Artificial Intelligence: From Extant to Events

How AI came to life at meetings Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the hospitality and meeting realm is very 2017, but the early seeds were planted decades ago. The imparting of human reasoning to inanimate objects can be traced back to Disney’s 1940s classic, Pinocchio, in which a wooden marionette puppet came to life and became…

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3 Exciting Days in Gorgeous Tahoe

Personal notes from an eye-opening fam trip   Wednesday 4:10 p.m.: Catch flight from Oakland International Airport (OAK)—in California, a quick up and down, not even time to finish a drink. SMART TIP: Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) receives 120 daily flights nonstop from as close as San Francisco International (SFO) and Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), and…

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Gender Neutral Bathrooms: A 'Sign' of the Times

They're also controversial in many places Gender-binary bathrooms are getting flushed down the toilet in increasingly more places. The rights of the transgender community to use restrooms that correspond to the gender they identify with is a controversial issue discussed on the news and in politics. Shows such as Transparent, I Am Cait and I…

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Salt is Healthy for You

Who knew? Only halotherapists, for centuries The scolds of medical science are forever warning us off salt. As in their dire equation, too much salt equals high blood pressure equals heart attack. But did you know salt has been used for millennia to promote health? In fact, there’s even a name for this. It’s called…

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New & Renovated: Big-City Style

Reimagined spaces in some of our favorite places Hyatt Regency Shaumburg, Chicago A $15 million renovation left the sleek, marbled space with a floating cube positioned in the middle of the atrium ceiling, anchored by a large communal table for drinks, bites and conversation. The modern vibe is echoed in Mahogany Ballroom, where 12 new…

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Heighten Success with New Skills

Smart Meeting Northeast presentations are geared to self-awareness Boosting customer service and deciphering body language will be the topics of keynote addresses at Smart Meeting Northeast, slated for Aug. 10 at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. Both keynotes will open new avenues for attendees to be more impactful through greater self-awareness. Dennis Snow…

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7 Gift Ideas You'll Want For Yourself

Win a FREE Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain! In 140 characters or less, share what dish you put Sriracha on (photos are encouraged) with #SmartMeetingsStyle or email us by Tuesday, September 5. Give Your Wrist a Rest This bright accessory offers a little extra comfort to endure the long workday. The handmade product is filled with…

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Smart Space: St. Louis Union Station Hotel

Meet Me in St. Louis! Judy Garland, star of the classic 1944 musical, might feel more like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the sight of this mind-blowing 3-D light show—swooping birds, submarining beasties and much more, set to music and narrated by actor John Goodman. It’s projected nightly on the 65-foot-high Grand Hall…

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5 Power Players Making Moves at NYC & Company, Four Seasons and More

Jerry Cito In the 16 years NYC & Company Senior Vice President of Convention Development Jerry Cito has been promoting this very busy city, he has seen a shift in the way delegates engage and interact. Emerging technology and a shift to more experiential meetings allow attendees to connect with one another in a shared…

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Monterey on the Move

It’s no secret that Monterey, California, is becoming an enhanced meetings destination, with major hotel and conference center renovations popping up to complement an exciting array of attractions. I was able to sample some of the highlights this spring during a four-day media fam trip offered by Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. We stayed…

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Smart Leaders: Help Your Team Get to Why

Our job as event planners is not to book hotels, pick out menus and manage logistics. What we really do is inspire people to grow, connect and learn. We just happen to work with hotels, caterers, speakers and suppliers to create the conditions that bring people together for a common cause. SMART MEETINGS' CORE VALUES…

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Enjoy the Calming Effects of Tea

It’s an ancient Chinese legend. The very first “cuppa” came about in 2737 B.C., when a leaf from an overhanging tea shrub drifted into a Chinese emperor’s pot. The English began sipping in earnest in the 17th century, and by the 1840s, no British afternoon was complete (in society’s upper echelons, especially) without a steaming…

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Hotels Address Higher Labor Costs

Determining what is fair to all parties isn’t an easy task Meeting planners are not the only ones who worry about the rising costs of their events. Hoteliers are contending with factors that have pushed up their labor expenses over the past few years, which has resulted in lower profit margins for them, higher prices…

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