Latest issue: February 2016

In this issue

Anthony Melchiorri is best known for rescuing properties on the brink of disaster, but he is now focusing on hotels and resorts that do it right. Melchiorri is creator, co-producer and host of Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible and is featured on this month’s cover to provide readers with a behind-the-scenes look at what lurks under the covers, why you should handle the hotel remote control with caution and what Melchiorri is taking on next.

Our February issue also features a groundbreaking report on millennials and the way they think and operate. It includes everything from CSR initiatives that engage attendees to a new set of rules for hotels to follow in order to capture the segment that’s taken the hospitality and meetings industries by storm. Also, be sure to check out our exciting report on downtown meetings in hot cities such as Phoenix, Austin, Denver and Washington, DC.

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.

Inside the Millennial Mindset

Generation Y is taking the meetings industry to new heights A new element is taking hold of the meetings industry. Younger faces are appearing more frequently at conferences and events. Different agendas, program formats and technologies are taking shape, and there is a general sense of change in the air. Within the same time frame,…

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Hot Cities for Cool Downtown Meetings

26 slick urban destinations primed for exciting events Petula Clark was right. The lights are much brighter downtown, where you can also forget all your troubles and forget all your cares. The 1965 Grammy Award-winning song, “Downtown,” still resonates loudly today, for good reason. Downtowns are cool again. America’s city centers may have lost some…

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Anthony Melchiorri: Anything’s Possible

Anthony Melchiorri is known for rescuing properties on the brink of disaster. He is now focusing on hotels and resorts that do it right. Trim, clean-shaven and swathed in tailored Italian suits and dark shades, Anthony Melchiorri could be mistaken for an undercover FBI agent. In many ways, Melchiorri is an undercover agent—stealthily prowling hotel…

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Lost in Translation? Communications Expert Explains Why

Miscommunication can lead to embarrassing faux pas, and the risk of a conversational misstep is exponentially greater when those involved are of different cultural backgrounds. But those social blunders can be avoided—that’s the lesson world-renowned keynote speaker Gayle Cotton shares with her audiences. Cotton, who will deliver the keynote presentation at Smart Meetings Northwest, is…

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The Future for New Technologies Is Now

Meetings and tourism industries are proving grounds for new technologies During the 2016 Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders conference last month in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tourism Victoria of Canada introduced its newest staff member, a robot. A leader when it comes to embracing new technology, Tourism Victoria created buzz at the key meetings industry…

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Promotion at Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), one of the top destination management organizations in the United states, is off to a running start in the new year with Julie Coker Graham at the helm. Coker Graham assumed her new position in January, succeeding former President and CEO Jack Ferguson. “Julie Coker Graham is a talented,…

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Event Recap: Everyone Wins at Levi’s® Stadium

Despite the torrential downpours brought about by El Nino this winter, planners and suppliers braved the weather to check out the newest meeting space in Silicon Valley during Smart Meetings’ first event of the year, on Jan. 6 at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Keynote speaker Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales…

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Experience of a Lifetime

MPI explores new territory with mega-events series Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is hosting a series of field trips that escorts members behind the scenes of some of the most prestigious mega-events in the world. Last month, MPI’s Experiential Event Series made a stop in Las Vegas during CES, the largest international consumer technology trade show. Part…

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Smart Style: February 2016

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! Gift Indulgence Nothing…

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Bottom Line: Join the Club

Lots of ways to use golf for special business events Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” He could have easily used the words “golf” and “business golf” instead because using golf for business purposes—especially in a time-restricted setting…

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If You RSVP to Come, Show Up!

Absentees are causing major headaches for the meetings industry While attending a recent, large industry event that lasted for several days, I was astounded by the number of meeting planner no-shows at all the evening “invitation only” parties. It was gut-wrenching that so much money was wasted on food, entertainment and gifts, and I was…

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Ethnic Eats

You don’t have to travel abroad to give attendees a slice of international flavor. Specialty caterers throughout the United States are appeasing adventurous appetites by delivering unexpected dishes that transcend borders. From California-based Yalla Mediterranean to La Teresita Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, creative catering is changing the way meeting professionals deliver F&B. Make it Mediterranean…

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Mingling With the Stars at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Smart Meetings’ editors often are invited to visit popular destinations to meet with clients, check out meeting and event spaces, and experience top F&B and activity options. It helps us with our work, but it’s also a fun part of the job—and it doesn’t get any more enjoyable than my recent trip to Palm Springs.…

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New & Renovated: Urban Luxury

Properties with pizzazz and central locations Hotel Commonwealth, Boston A $50 million expansion completed in December nearly doubled the number of guest rooms and meeting space at the official hotel of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. Hotel Commonwealth (pictured) now boasts 245 guest rooms and suites, and 12,545 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event…

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5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick During Business Travel

In a study of 2,000 travelers, more than 23 percent claimed that they had fallen ill as a result of airplane travel. It’s a common complaint—and a logical one. After all, when you’re crammed into that metal bird, your proximity to the other passengers, as well as the recirculation of air, leaves you at serious risk of…

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AccorHotels Takes Major Leap

Acquisition of FRHI highlights tremendous growth AccorHotels continued its aggressive worldwide expansion in 2015 by opening 228 hotels and 36,000 guest rooms while spreading into new geographical areas. Some 45 percent of the properties unveiled are in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 39 percent are in the Asia-Pacific region and the rest are in Latin…

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