Latest issue: January 2017

In this issue

In our January issue, we sit down with Pete Sears, group president of the Americas for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He shares the unique story of how he became a Hyatt man and reveals the exciting developments Hyatt has in store for 2017.

You won't want to miss this month's features on the natural allure of mountain meetings and the evolution of sports venues from serving hot dogs to serving up great meetings.

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Pete Sears: Destined for Greatness

It started with a fluke, but Pete Sears and Hyatt have been purposeful ever since Hometown: Carmel, Indiana Occupation: Group president of the Americas for Hyatt Hotels Corporation Family: Wife, Leigh; sons Charlie, 8, and Dylan, 6 Education: Bachelor of Science, Purdue University It’s funny how things come to fruition. If a certain hotel employee…

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Meet on Top of the World: Mountain Meeting Destinations

Hold your next meeting at a higher altitude More event planners are finding that meetings held in the mountains are reaping unexpected benefits. For example, many are saying that such meetings generate increased camaraderie among attendees, along with additional opportunities for networking and impactful shared experiences. Fresh air and memorable natural surroundings often lead to…

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Sports Venues Score as Meeting Sites

NRG Stadium, Houston Stadiums and ballparks move from hot dogs to haute deals It all started when the Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in the 1960s: a sports venue used for nonsporting events. Today, stadiums and arenas nationwide regularly open their doors to conventions, trade shows and conferences, offering all the essential ingredients for a…

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Nashville Eats

Nashville’s music scene has churned out hit singles and legendary musicians since the early days of the Grand Ole Opry and Music Row. But in recent years, Music City has become the hot new place to open a restaurant. Talented chefs are descending on the Buckle of the Bible Belt, bringing with them new renditions…

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Meet—and Eat—with a Purpose

Hilton’s campaign helps attendees to maintain personal wellness goals As someone who has worked hard to lose 40 pounds over the last two years, I know it’s a struggle to eat well at work. Fast Company offers advice for handling the “cake culture” at work, where seemingly every day birthdays or work anniversaries are celebrated…

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IAEE Delivers Big in Anaheim

Annual Expo! Expo! features rousing keynotes and dynamic trade show Inspiring keynotes, a lively trade show, buoyant entertainment and informative education sessions highlighted the International Association of Exhibitions and Events annual gathering in Anaheim last month. The 2016 IAEE Expo! Expo!, which took place Dec. 6–8 at Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), attracted more than 2,300…

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6 Treats to Pamper Attendees and VIPs

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! Breaking the Shell…

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Capturing and Leveraging Meeting Spend

Six tips to help you know where to start The term strategic meetings management (SMM) has been around for well over a decade, referring to how an organization implements certain practices in negotiating, coordinating and documenting events to maximize annual spending. Even after this many years, however, the adoption of SMM across organizations isn’t nearly…

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Hugs and Kissimmee

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Cozy up to another side of Greater Orlando Experience Kissimmee and Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate made Florida Encounter proud during the annual meetings and events trade show Nov. 30−Dec. 2. Often overshadowed by Orlando, one of the top meeting destinations in the world, next-door Kissimmee in Osceola County has…

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New and Renovated Hotels: New Resorts for the New Year

MGM National Harbor, Maryland 2017 is off to an awesome start thanks to these properties The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor in Maryland was christened in December on the banks of the Potomac River. The meeting center and entertainment resort features 53,000 sq. ft. of event space, including a 16,137-square-foot ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows that…

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Why Should I Do Business with You?

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Move past company-centric sales tactics in a new era of selling Consumers’ primary complaint today about sales and marketing strategies and tactics is that nearly all forms of marketing—from marketing materials to sales presentations—are all about the sales person, the product or the provider. This constant focus on merchandising…

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Spotlight on Tech Award Winners

EventMobi The third annual Event Technology Awards was held Nov. 9 at pop-up venue Supernova in Embankment Gardens in London. The awards recognized event technology companies pushing the boundaries of innovation around the world, and ran in congruence with partner Event Tech Live, a trade show that brings event professionals from around the world together…

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Power Players: Hospitality Industry Promotions and Appointments

Smart Moves Cheryl Little Team San Jose promoted industry veteran Cheryl Little to director of sales and destination services for the destination management organization in California’s Bay Area. Little will lead group sales efforts by driving room night production and facility revenue. She will also lead and promote destination management company services offered by Team…

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Is it Helpful to Label Employees?

It can be, but it often causes a host of problems In virtually every workplace, certain traits are used to describe employees: Mary is a hard-worker, Jerry is lethargic, Tom is brilliant and Jen is chatty. Such descriptions often become labels that at best help to generally convey employees’ qualities, but at worst put them…

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Sustainability a Growing Effort Among Convention Centers

In a report compiled by Greenview and Twirl Management, data was collected from 44 venues around the world to provide a comprehensive analysis on food waste, energy efficiency, sustainability and data collection for 2015. Countries with venues that participated in the study included United States, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, China…

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