Latest issue: September 2015

In this issue

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather―Jacques-Yves Cousteau, legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker―Alexandra Cousteau, world-renowned environmentalist, speaks out on key green initiatives and continuing the legacy of her family’s environmental work in this month’s cover. Our issue also includes our annual Green Meetings feature, a look at the many new sustainability choices for meetings and events.

Health and wellness continue to trend in our industry and we provide key strategies to understand the causes of stress and tips for identifying and relieving this heavy topic. Our issue also highlights destinations that combine brain power and adventure to create dynamic events as well as 10 reasons Orange County is different from L.A. and San Diego.

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.

Alexandra Cousteau: Setting Her Own Sail

Alexandra Cousteau builds on her famous family's environmental work in her own unique ways While growing up in France and the United States, Alexandra Cousteau spent a good deal of time with her grandfather—legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau—and discovered that they shared a deep passion. “We would talk about the stars, the seas…

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Green Matters

Eco-friendly practices are priorities for many meeting and event venues “It’s not easy being green,” a famous frog once sang, but these days it seems not just easy, but expected for hotels, conference centers and meeting facilities. Of course, sustainability that feels seamless is actually a lot of hard work and takes intricate planning, investment…

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Smart Dispatch: Detroit Gets Back into Gear

Everyone loves a success story, which is why the 5,401 attendees at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual meeting and exposition Aug. 8–11 applauded the choice of Detroit as host city. Fifteen years ago Michigan’s largest city was plagued by a crumbling infrastructure, and planners shied away from what was once a premier…

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Smart Talk: Q&A with Gregor Resch

 Gregor Resch is general manager of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and The Fairmont Banff Springs are located in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What are the benefits of meeting at a luxury property in a national park? National park lodges have a stigma of…

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Smart Moves: September 2015

Christie Evans Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort in Oxnard, California, promoted Christie Evans as director of sales and marketing. Evans became a manager of the property in 2007 and received Hilton’s “Circle of Excellence for Business Travel Sales” in 2011. She has more than 15 years of hospitality experience.     Dan Determan…

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Industry Watch: Muslim Travelers are a Rapidly Growing Market

Muslim travelers top global tourism spending Travel industry leaders and hotel operators are keeping their fingers on the pulse of an unexpected yet rapidly growing market that is at the forefront of global tourism spending. Muslim travelers are the biggest spenders when it comes to international travel, according to a study from MasterCard and Crescent…

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Bottom Line: Guide to Gratuities

Plan to reward service that goes above and beyond If all the things that planners must address before, during and after a meeting or event, there’s one seemingly small element that often causes uncertainty: gratuities for frontline service staff. For instance, some planners might simply look at the service charge that’s added to a food…

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Techno Files: Take Event Management Online

7 ways technology streamlines events for planners and attendees There’s no denying it: Events are among the top ways to engage customers and prospects. In their annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America report, Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs rank in-person events as the most effective B2B marketing tactic for the fifth consecutive…

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New & Renovated: Location, Location, Location

Renovated hotels thrive amid city hot spots Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico -The AAA Four Diamond property completed a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation in June. Located two blocks from historic Santa Fe Plaza and Santa Fe Community Convention Center, the 219-room hotel boasts a new 7,000-square-foot ballroom, which is the largest in…

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Smart Style September 2015

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts they will definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of items that can make work and travel more enjoyable, and contribute to good health and well-being. Bonus: Everyone will remember your event! Night Watch Squint…

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Smart Leaders: The Circle of Leadership

Cultivating eight leadership qualities that can lead to success I love to learn! Some believe many good leaders are born not made, yet not many can remain strong leaders unless they constantly sharpen their skills and look for ways to grow. Any chance I get, I listen to TED Talks to watch great speakers share their…

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Health & Wellness: Stress is a Heavy Topic

Strategies to understand the causes and our reactions Stress can contribute to aging, weight gain, illness and disease. In other words, stress makes us sick, fat, old and exhausted. Have you noticed that whenever you stress about the venue where you’re hosting that all-important fundraising gala or whether you picked the right caterer, you’re prone…

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Wolfgang Puck Catering...Your Event

Photo by Amanda Marsalis Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck offers catering services in 26 locations, across 10 U.S. cities. Meeting planners looking to bring a bit of panache to events can feature chef stations with Puck-trained culinary artists dishing up memorable gastronomic experiences. In addition to signature Wolfgang Puck dishes such as tuna tartare in sesame…

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Online Booking Scams on the Rise

You spent hours scouring websites, hunting for the best hotel deal. Although you thought you booked it, the front desk agent says there is no record of your reservation. You’re not even in the system. This occurrence is becoming increasingly common. American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) reports a disturbing spike in online booking scams.…

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The Integrated Resort Experience

Meeting professionals have yet another good reason to head to Las Vegas on business. Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is introducing the Integrated Resort Experience (IRE) at this year’s event, which takes place Sept. 29–Oct. 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Integrated Resort Experience puts the spotlight on new concepts and technologies for nongaming…

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The Unclaimed Baggage Center: Where to Find Unusual Missing Items

A shrunken head, a camera from a space shuttle and a 4,000-year-old Egyptian burial mask with a mummified hawk are among the items that have turned up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in the small city of Scottsboro, Alabama. The center, which covers more than a city block, purchases bags left on airline carousels that…

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Event Recap: Essential Expertise in Tysons Corner

Meeting planners were educated on industry topics and trends at Smart Meetings’ event in July at Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Virginia. At the one-day experience, planners put what they learned into action during business appointments with suppliers. Attendees also toured the hotel, which has 449 guest rooms and 45,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. After…

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Sun Valley Resort is a Celebrity Magnet

As America’s first destination ski resort, Sun Valley Resort in Idaho has been a hot spot for celebrities, jet-setters and global leaders throughout its nearly 80-year history. Upon completion of a major renovation in June, Sun Valley now pays tribute to the stars with five luxury celebrity suites. Boasting 950 sq. ft. of space, each…

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