Latest issue: September 2016

In this issue

In our September issue, we're taking you on an adventure with tireless explorer and innovator John Hendricks. Hendricks is the founder of Discovery Communications—home to Discovery Channel and Animal Planet—as well as the mastermind behind ultra-luxurious Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Colorado.

Also, don't miss our feature on the bright future of sustainable meetings. We profile 10 pioneering hotels that have discovered creative new ways to be green.

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.

IMEX America 2016

The meetings and events industry's biggest trade show, IMEX America 2016, runs Oct. 18-20 at Las Vegas' Sands Expo and Convention Center. Stay tuned for Smart Meetings’ coverage of the event live from Las Vegas.

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John Hendricks: An Exceptionally Curious Man

John Hendricks’ inquisitiveness has generated staggering accomplishments John Samuel Hendricks Birthplace: Matewan, West Virginia Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in history from University of Maryland; honorary doctorate from University of Alabama in Huntsville Occupation: Business leader Career Highlights: Founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications, and creator of Discovery Channel; creator of Gateway Canyons Resort…

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A Deeper Shade of Green: 10 Hotels Enhancing Sustainability in Creative Ways

Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah Sustainability has been spreading at such a rapid rate that it has become an inherent part of the fabric of the meetings and events industry. Not that it’s a completely new development: Sustainable efforts have been part of the industry for decades, and environmental concerns have been front and…

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Taking a Stand: Sitting Too Much May Sabotage Your Health

While all meetings are different, one trait they share in common is that attendees often spend a lot of time seated. Dr. James Levine, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist who has done extensive research on the dangers of inactivity, believes sitting is the new smoking. After three decades of work funded by the National Institutes of…

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Smart Style: 6 Inventive Gift Ideas Every Attendee Will Love

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! Olive Tree-o Choose…

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The Rise of CRM Integration

Every behind-the-scenes operation should flow as smoothly as your event Have you ever noticed how every technology platform is either integrated with or working to become integrated with Salesforce or a similar customer relationship management (CRM) provider? It’s not a coincidence. Professionals in every customer-facing field recognize the value of a full-circle solution—that is, one…

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Luxury & Location: Thriving Destinations are Served by Chic Hotels

ME Miami Melia Hotels International unveiled its first ME by Melia property in the United States in July when ME Miami opened downtown. The 129-room luxury hotel offers more than 1,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and features a 14th-floor sundeck and pool area with a bar and lounge. The property includes steakhouse STK Miami.…

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Security, Destination Influencers and the Sharing Economy Ruled the DMAI Stage

The destination world gave an emotional goodbye to outgoing chair Bob Lander, who performed his last official duties at Destination Management Association International (DMAI) before bidding adieu to the industry. He left on a note of utmost confidence in the association’s new president and CEO, Don Welsh. The former CEO of Choose Chicago has a…

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Wyndham Elevates Travel Experiences for All

Wyndham Grand Clear Water Beach, Florida, rendering Wyndham is enhancing the identities of all its brands In an ambitious move that will create more and improved options for meeting planners, Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) has embarked on a global effort to elevate travel experiences at all price points for individuals and groups—including millennials and the…

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Gourmet Airport Grub: Top Airport Restaurants

People don’t ordinarily associate airports with fine dining, but that is changing as celebrity chefs unveil restaurants in terminals across the country. Today, on-the-go foodies can sample specialties from Martin Yan at San Diego International Airport (SAN), Masaharu Morimoto at Los Angeles International (LAX) and Todd English at Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS). Meeting planners…

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Stay Smart: Continuing-Education Opportunities for Planners are Everywhere

These days, continuing education isn’t optional for meeting and event organizers. It’s a necessity to keep up with changes in almost every area of planning. Despite being in the meetings and events industry more than 20 years and holding the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation, Paula Rigling and Tonya Almond routinely seek out new knowledge…

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Living in the Age of Disruption: How Businesses Can Survive, and Even Thrive, Amid Economic Turbulence

Kate Sweetman and Shane Cragun believe we are living in the age of disruption—a time where the status quo is mercilessly challenged and the world is accelerating. As founding partners of SweetmanCragun, a Boston-based global management consulting, training and coaching firm, the couple has helped multinational corporations and Fortune 500 executives around the world manage…

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Wag Brigade Makes Travel Less Stressful

Fear of flying, long security lines and flight delays are a few of the many stressors found at airports. But travelers passing through San Francisco International Airport (SFO) might get a lick from Prancer, a personable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, or can watch Chedda Cheese, a 4-year-old Fox Red Labrador, perform tricks. What better way…

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Not Your Grandfather’s Scavenger Hunt

What better way to break the ice than an impromptu dance party? Better yet, how about an activity that keeps participants active and communicating, and provides them with a property tour? SmartHunts has been delivering corporate team-building events since 2010 and has been running the scavenger hunt game even longer. In fact, the company has…

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