In this issue

In our April issue, Smart Meetings tackles one of the hottest topics in the industry: Meetings security. We go in-depth on safety vs. security, terrorism, medical emergencies and more.

Also, you won't want to miss this month's feature on financial and insurance meetings. Lead times are shorter than ever, regulatory changes have left things up in the air, and other trends are causing uncertainty in the market.

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.

Zeroing in on Meeting Security

Security screening at Denver International Airport Are you covering all your bases? At an employee-training event held inside a San Bernardino, California, government building on Dec. 2, 2015, employees were in the midst of the typical office-worker talk that swills around water coolers. Everything seemed to be moving along smoothly. It appeared to be a…

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Navigating an Unsettled Landscape: Financial and Insurance Meetings

Regulations and attitudes are changing within the financial and insurance industry As followers of the stock market can attest, business optimism has rocketed in the six months since the U.S. presidential election. Fueling the rise, the Trump administration wants to enact changes in corporate regulation, taxes and tariffs. Those changes would have a major impact…

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6 Playful Gifts for Event 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! Veiled Appeal Dress…

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Uncorked Potential: 5 Champagne Selections for Bubbly Events

Driftwood Room, Portland, Oregon Served as an effervescent column in a slender flute or as a golden pool in a retro coupe, Champagne is a star soloist. But this diva plays well with others, too, even beyond classic duet partners such as strawberries, caviar and oysters. As part of an ensemble, the golden elixir contributes…

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Don’t Wait for the Bait: What You Can Do to Prevent Phishing

In 2016, phishing earned a spot in the public eye by victimizing big brands such as Dropbox, American Express and Yahoo. Then there was the presidential race. Remember the impact it had on the election? Hillary Clinton sure does. After a whirlwind year of hacks, people began connecting the glaring dots and realized that if…

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How Meetings Help Create a Sustainable World

The travel and meetings industries are playing a key role Significant progress has been made in ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns in the travel industry, but many challenges remain, says the research director of a leading international tourism organization. “There is a growing trend of people wanting to give back when they are traveling,…

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What Do Your Attendees Really Want?

Emotions analytics can provide some answers Surveys, questionnaires and diagnostic tests all have their place, but it often isn’t easy to get to the bottom of what people really mean, feel and want. During the past few years, however, several companies have developed products that aim to do just that. Many of these products employ…

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7 Tips for Taking Time Away from Busyness

Why you need to consistently reboot, unplug and regenerate Boy, have we gotten busy. Our reasons for being “on” most of the time might include economic pressure, a need to stay connected socially, or even having a creative idea that just has to be shared with as many people as possible. Fair enough. These are…

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4 Impressive Industry Appointments and Promotions

Allison Young-Chambers Allison Young-Chambers feels fortunate to work on events for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)—one of the most innovative U.S. government organizations. She grew up in Luka, Mississippi, a small town with a population of 3,000. Young-Chambers recalls figuring out two main priorities for her career at a young age: thinking outside the…

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First Person with Elliott Ferguson of Destination DC

Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC What key features does the city offer to meeting planners and attendees? Today’s meeting planners are looking for a value-added approach to the cities they choose, and D.C. is a place where sectors can thrive, including medical, bio/pharmaceutical, education and technology. D.C. is now considered a hub…

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New Meeting Venue Takes Flight Near Dallas Love Field

Aloft lounge Doing the robot in the summer of LUV A new double-hotel is doing the robot. Aloft and Element—two Starwood brands—just opened their doors as a combined hotel near Dallas Love Field. It’s the first time the brands have joined forces under a single roof. There are other firsts, too, such as a robotic…

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Smart Woman Summit to Feature Top Speakers

They’ll be providing inspiration and insights at the 2017 Smart Woman gathering Successful events take more than months of meticulous planning, careful coordination and skillful execution. They also require meaningful engagement. One proven way to accomplish this is through offering inspiring, informative keynotes and workshops presented by accomplished, dynamic speakers. Careful thought went into selecting…

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Meeting Planners: Get Recognized as an MVP

You know you’re a most valuable planner, but management needs to realize it, too We’re preaching to the choir here, but bear with us for just a moment. We all know that meeting and event planning is a complex and nuanced job, requiring that you always think several steps ahead and be able to immediately…

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New Hotels and Renovations Make a Big Splash

These new and upgraded luxury properties are luring groups When it comes to well-appointed luxury with deep historical roots, the newly renovated and recently reopened Hyatt Regency London–The Churchill is hard to beat. As its namesake suggests, the 440-room London hotel celebrates everything Sir Winston Churchill, from its tailored decor to period artwork. “It was…

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5 Tips To Help Women Get Ahead

A leading neuroscientist shares her data-driven research Dragon lady. Witch. Or worse. Women who take charge often face a lonely, and increasingly alienating, climb to the top. And once there, the success can be bittersweet. “Women, as compared to men, are less likely to be selected for male gender-typed positions, are more likely to have…

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8 Original, Useful and Fun Swag Bag Ideas

Sugarfina candies There is an art to creating the perfect swag bag. While it can be a fantastic opportunity to impress and enthrall attendees, it can also be a colossal waste of money. Something unoriginal, such as a brand pen, might find its home in the garbage mere hours after an event. After an event,…

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The Lowdown on Premium Economy

New attention to the niche class and what its future looks like Barring any delays or cancellations, boarding a plane is an exciting experience. Flight attendants smile, and everything feels cheery as passengers shuffle on board. But soon envy kicks in—business-classers are seated with champagne in hand, cradled in the warmth of a blanket and…

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