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In this month's issue, Smart Meetings serves up fantastic foodie adventures with famed chef, television personality and world traveler Anthony Bourdain.

Don't miss this month's features covering what millennials really want from meetings (hint: experiences, anyone?) and eight cities that are taking downtown meetings to a whole new level.

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Tasting the World with Anthony Bourdain

TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain has been virtually everywhere Birthplace: New York City Occupation: TV show host, chef, author, businessman Favorite Restaurant: “A little place in Rome that serves fettuccini and polpette. I wish I was there now.” (He didn’t want to reveal the name.) Favorite Hotels: “Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles is probably…

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Downtown Meetings in the Heart of the Urban Jungle

San Francisco skyline 8 cities revamped their downtown districts to better accommodate attendees When you want to get to know a city, it’s best to start at its heart: the downtown district. Downtowns in America are booming, with billions of dollars being put forward for renovations and new construction to make them more meeting-friendly. Whether…

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Millennials Demand Purpose-Driven Experiences

5 tips to attract this generation to events and keep them coming back Rapid technological advances, an unstable economy marked by recession, soaring home ownership costs, high student debt, and an increasingly flexible and freelance labor market have made the millennial generation more focused on finding meaning and purpose—not when they retire, but right now.…

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Meet Mindfully

Meetings industry takes a look within and discovers a centered place One breath in and one breath out—it’s a simple concept. But if we take a moment to think about it, at least a thousand different thoughts come between our awareness of the constant flow of breathing that our bodies naturally carry out. No matter…

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New and Renovated Hotels Boast Designer Showcases

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Beverly Hills Boutique properties embrace local influences Located on tony Wilshire Boulevard, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Beverly Hills will wrap up an $11 million renovation this month. This refresh draws inspiration from independent film, with cinematic nods throughout the hotel and restaurant. Materials such as scaffolding sourced from old sound stages are repurposed…

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Meet Like a Star in Carlsbad

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad has been rolling out the red carpet since the ’60s Between Hollywood stars traveling south from Los Angeles for a little R&R to international golfers converging for pro tournaments, San Diego’s North County beach town of Carlsbad and its famous resorts are proven hosts. There’s no question that…

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Catering to Changing Demographics

Four tips for working in an increasingly diverse environment Our changing demographics provide some startling findings that have significant implications for business. One in three people living in the United States is not white. One in six people is Hispanic, and among children, that ratio shifts to one in four. African Americans are moving to…

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F&B Goes Global

Ethnic food is making a comeback in the United States. Cuisine of the world was once relegated to greasy takeout and hole-in-the-wall joints, unable to break through barriers to culinary refinement. That’s all in the past, as today’s melange of chef-driven restaurants redefine intimidating dishes and make foreign cuisine approachable, modern and fun. And it’s…

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7 Sharing Economy Apps for Event Venues

Peerspace Sharing economy apps simplify the planning process For smaller meetings and company offsites, it is no longer necessary to enter the same process of booking a hotel or venue for larger conferences and events. Meeting planners can avoid the hassle and cost of contracting months in advance for smaller groups, which require minimal space…

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6 Funky Finds that Make Great Event Gifts

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! Movie time, anytime…

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Power Players: Hospitality Industry Movers and Shakers

One of the Nation’s Finest Few people in the hospitality industry have had such colorful careers as that of David Feder. The veteran hotel executive recalls humble beginnings as a young bellman, as he enjoys a prominent leadership role alongside the most powerful family in America. Feder is the vice president and managing director of…

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Teamwork, with a Capital T

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio (photo by (c) Goldenvoice) Palm Springs’ collaborative efforts boost events and meetings Each January, a desert city with less than 50,000 residents almost bursts with excitement as some of the hottest and most talented stars in the film industry arrive for a magnificent awards gala. This year, the…

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The Anatomy of a Smart Event

6 secret pointers to give your meetings a big boost I have been hosting great events at Smart Meetings for more than a decade. Lately I have been asked to talk about what makes them hum. I believe there is a science to it and I'm eager to share some tips with you, so you…

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Trade Show Booths Should Make It Personal

Trade show booths need to stay ahead of trends I’ll begin by saying that I don’t normally subscribe to the idea of trends. To me, a trend feels like a quick-fix solution that may elicit oohs and ahhs upfront, but ultimately does very little to evolve the brand experience category. By the time something is…

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How to Handle Difficult Moments

These tips can help planners face unexpected challenges There’s an age-old quip that circulates through the heart-surgeon programs at medical schools: Students need only about one month to learn how to perform all the actions involved in open-heart surgery. However, the remaining years of schooling are necessary to teach them how to handle every possible…

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