In this issue

In our June issue, you won't want to miss our exclusive interview with Four Seasons Founder and Chairman of the Board, Isadore Sharp. The pioneering hotelier shares his inspiring rags to riches story and offers insights into the ultra-luxurious hotel brand's future.

This issue is jam-packed with enlightening features on the latest trends in luxury hotels, 11 of this year's hottest emerging meeting destinations, and even the convention center that fits your meeting's distinct personality.

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.

6 Modern Luxury Hotels that Let Groups Stay in Style

The Art, a Hotel, Denver While the desire for luxury is constant, the definition is constantly evolving. To ascend to the upper echelon of the modern luxury market, hotels and resorts must not only cultivate excellence in design, service and amenities, but also remain vigilantly attuned to changing tastes, technologies and expectations. Properties that offer…

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11 Up-and-Coming Meeting Cities that Sizzle and Satisfy

Bird’s-eye view of Columbus, Ohio Emerging destinations for event planners to explore This year’s selection of 11 emerging U.S. cities consists of premium destinations for hosting business meetings, corporate events and association gatherings. From Northern California to the Colorado Rockies, from the Midwest to New England, and from the Southeast to the Lone Star state,…

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Four Seasons Founder Isadore Sharp on the Power of Simplicity

Isadore Sharp in 1982, when Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts managed 12 properties Isadore Sharp has built Four Seasons based on one basic principle—the Golden Rule Position: Four Seasons founder and chairman of the board Birthplace: Toronto Education: Bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto Family: Wife, Rosalie; three sons;…

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Discover Your Ideal Convention Center Personality Type

Convention centers are like people—they each have their own personality and they all look a little different. But just like humans, they share similarities, as well. Convention centers all have welcoming conference rooms, well-tailored food service, changeable spaces to cater to all kinds of group needs, and capable, friendly staff who assist with planners’ needs.…

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Island Resorts are Modern Meeting Treasures

Subron 6 ship at Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Island settings blend regal history with contemporary hotels Palm trees sway in the breeze as ocean waves crash over crystal-blue shorelines with sprawling white-sand beaches that offer visitors peace and solitude. Don’t be fooled. Although images of tropical paradise abound, many islands have a…

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7 Creative Gift Ideas for Meeting 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! Floating Gems As…

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5 Strategies for Communicating with Difficult Employees

Let’s face it, not every employee is easy to work with every day. Our job as leaders is to find ways to not only tolerate, but also motivate and coach every person on our teams to achieve at the highest level possible. Or at least to protect the rest of the staff from toxic attitudes.…

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Tips for Using Color to Promote Attendee Well-Being

Pity the poor creatures whose eyes see only black and white. Color has a constant impact on us. The golden grandeur of sunset. The reassuring green of a traffic light. The brown vivacity of a lover’s eyes. But what is color, anyway? You might think of it as a fixed attribute, a simple fact. As…

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4 Players Making Big Moves in Meetings

Steve Kinsley Steve Kinsley, president of Kinsley Meetings, is well-known for his enthusiasm and appreciation of meetings industry professionals. “The relationships that have been created throughout over 30 years in this industry sustain us on a daily basis,” he says. “Our customers, our staff and our suppliers are friends, some of them close friends. There…

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Hospitality Industry Embraces Hotel-to-Table F&B

The Locavore wave shows no sign of crashing on the shoals of ho-hum anytime soon. In fact, today’s diners look more than ever for locally sourced, fresh and clean foods. Farm-to-table is the new normal in many parts of the country, and truly conscious chefs have long been taking it a step further. Hotel-to-table, you…

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4 New and Renovated Hotels Celebrate Earth, Wind and Coast

Baltimore, Chicago, San Diego and Los Angeles properties shine L’Auberge Del Mar–San Diego spent nearly $4 million on renovations to make business guests feel at home at the seaside resort. “Our goal was to create a casual beach-inspired ambiance that allows our business and meetings guests to unwind and revel in their surroundings,” said Bob…

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Conventions Offer Cities Dynamic, Long-Term Benefits

More research is needed to substantiate these effects, though Conventions customarily are viewed as opportunities for people to share and enrich their knowledge about a particular field or interest, network with others and experience some of the top features of the destination. Actually, conventions play a much greater, more dynamic role as convention and visitors…

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Thanks to This Tool, Presentations Just Got Very Interesting

FXP Touch offers a new way to deliver them Raise your hand if you’ve ever experienced a boring presentation. Are you raising it? If not, that’s surprising. For years, companies and speakers have struggled to find innovative ways to refashion the standard presentation model. Unfortunately, this task is increasingly difficult because people’s attention spans shrink…

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Sea Island Resort Goes Beyond Service with a Smile

Black Banks terrace at The Cloister Sea Island Resort’s exceptional customer service stands out Sea Island Resort on the Georgia coast is famous for being the only resort in the world to win four Forbes Five Star awards for the past nine years, and for being the only U.S. resort to host a G-8 summit…

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