Latest issue: October 2016

In this issue

In this month's issue, we're delighted to bring you the third edition of our annual CVB selfie contest! This year's contest is bigger and better than ever, thanks to Super Bowl excitement, imploding buildings, race track thrills, breathtaking views from around the world and other amazing hidden gems.

Also, don't miss our feature on the hottest trend in incentive travel. Find out how authentic local experiences are transforming the world of incentives.

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.

2016 CVB Selfie Contest: Hidden Gems that Illuminate Cities

Every destination has an attraction waiting to wow guests We have to give a huge round of applause to the CVBs that entered our third annual selfie contest this year. Just when we thought the submissions couldn’t get any better, you all outdid yourselves, and the results are fantastic. This year, Smart Meetings asked CVB…

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The Key Ingredient for Incentives: Local Flavors

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Koloa, Hawaii More frequently than ever, incentive programs incorporate authentic experiences These days, planning incentive-travel that hits the mark for both the participants and the host organization is a complex undertaking. Given the younger generation of incentive winners (which tends to be adventurous and socially conscious) and the older…

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Funky Fresh in Fisherman’s Wharf

To some San Francisco residents, Fisherman’s Wharf is considered more of a blight than a boon. Souvenir and T-shirt shops between kitschy attractions on Jefferson Street, such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Madame Tussauds and the San Francisco Dungeon, are often over-crowded with tourists during the gloomy summer months. It was an entirely different…

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AMResorts Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Sunscape Dominican Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Expanded portfolio and new features highlight 15th anniversary AMResorts is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year while opening 11 properties and enhancing its focus on the ever-changing needs of groups. The company is continuing the momentum it gained in 2015, when it generated an unprecedented 17 new resort…

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Flex Your Mindfulness Muscles

A practice to help planners cope, focus and stay calm In the whirlwind of modern life, it’s not unusual to feel like you’re operating in an anxiety-ridden fog: multitasking, haphazardly knocking items off your to-do list and fretting about the past and what’s to come. That’s why we can all use a little mindfulness in…

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Meet Florida's Paradise Coast

Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples Grande Beach Resort exemplifies the best of Collier County Collier County, dubbed Florida’s Paradise Coast by the local convention and visitors bureau, is part meeting destination and part winter refuge. The annual Midwest migration has definitely helped create a getaway on the state’s southwest Gulf Coast with all the amenities…

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Taking Flight: The Changing Faces of Airport Hotels

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport The top-to-bottom, multimillion-dollar transformation of the Hyatt Regency will be completed later this month. San Francisco’s thriving F&B scene will be evident at 3Sixty, an all-in-one dining experience that features a bar, lounge, restaurant and market. Menus will change seasonally, ensuring sustainable purchases and practices that support Northern California farmers…

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Women's Leadership Events: Do More Than Meet—Move

Join a women’s leadership group, get inspired, then what? Women’s leadership seminars and conferences have popped up all over the place within most major industries over the last few years. The meeting industry in particular is heavily represented by women, but the highest level of management roles in meetings and hospitality—general managers, vice presidents and…

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7 Out-of-the-Box Gift Ideas to Impress Attendees

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! Blooming Ball-Points Replace…

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Waste Not, Want Not: Leverage Technology to Shrink Your Event’s Footprint

The event planning industry has been grappling with how best to reduce its carbon footprint for some time. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study titled The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy estimated that there are 1.8 million meetings, trade shows and conventions held annually in the United States. Repurpose America compiled data on how much…

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ASAE is Moving with the Times

2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Salt Lake City ASAE takes new stand on discriminatory practices, adds tools and services The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City in August reinforced that the organization is in a period of enhanced activism that includes actively discouraging discriminatory practices. Triggered…

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Bring on Brunch: 5 Brunch Places to Wow Attendees

Crown Room, San Diego Brunch has come a long way in America, thanks to its versatility. In fact, it has arguably knocked breakfast out of its spot as the most important meal of the day. Brunch can be as sweet as silver dollar pancakes and as savory as a rack of ribs—and many restaurants are…

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Cancellation Clauses & Remedies

Knowing hotel’s perspective enables planners to mitigate financial damages Since 2011, the meetings and events industry has seen a strong and steady run, which mirrors the economy as a whole. But many veteran planners and hoteliers vividly remember the difficulties they faced in 2009 and 2010, when a sudden hit to the economy brought about…

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Show Your True Color

True Colors International is a simple model of personality identification for people of all ages. It improves communication through the recognition of a person’s true character. Utilizing the colors orange, green, blue and gold to differentiate four basic personality types, True Colors is an uncomplicated language for every individual to convey complex ideas very simply.…

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