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April 30, 2015

Get Smarter: Introducing the NEW

smart meetings website launch Get Smarter: Introducing the NEW

As a reader, subscriber or website visitor, you already know that Smart Meetings provides you with timely, practical and exclusive information that you need to help you in your job−whether you’re planning your next event−or planning to host it.

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April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day! Green Hotels and Convention Centers are Trending

mariott marquis dc 1 Happy Earth Day! Green Hotels and Convention Centers are Trending

Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.

The hospitality industry is helping raise the bar for green buildings, with many earning LEED certifications that signify their commitments to efficient energy and environmental design.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, which is based on standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certifications have become the most coveted in the green-rating business, thanks to its third-party verification and rigorous benchmarks.

To celebrate Earth Day, Smart Meetings would like to applaud all properties that are making the environment a priority in all that they do. Here are a few of our favorites:

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April 17, 2015

Hospitality Royalty Makes a Stop in San Francisco

rocco hotels Hospitality Royalty Makes a Stop in San Francisco

He just might be the most interesting man in the hospitality world. Sir Rocco Forte reminds me of the guy in the Dos Equis beer commercials, with a commanding presence balanced by an intriguingly inviting air, in addition to an eloquent international accent.

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April 16, 2015

Planners: Come Join Us in the Land of the Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun Planners: Come Join Us in the Land of the Mohegan Sun

Pop quiz: What do The Tower of London and the Mohegan Sun casino and resort have in common? They’re both bordered by the Thames River. Well yes, technically they’re different rivers, the former being in England and the latter located in Uncasville, in the heart of the scenic foothills of southeastern Connecticut.

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April 07, 2015

Top Reasons Planners Choose Cincinnati USA

There are many great things about Cincinnati USA as a destination and host city to entice meeting planners and attendees, but consistently we hear the top deciding factors are our compact convention footprint, easy accessibility, VIP service and exciting entertainment options.

Cincinnati skyline Top Reasons Planners Choose Cincinnati USA

Cincinnati USA has always been a city with a rich heritage of cultural arts, sports and hospitality, but those who haven’t checked us out in while may not know yet that Cincinnati USA has undergone a stunning renaissance of entertainment, hotel growth and dining. And, because we wanted to harness that explosive energy to create a better environment for meetings and conventions, we made certain the epicenter for the rebirth was right downtown, within steps of the Duke Energy Convention Center. Here are some examples:

  • Five new downtown hotels and multi-million-dollar renovations — more than 3,000 rooms
  • Five downtown entertainment districts
  • A brand new casino
  • Cincinnati Red and Bengals
  • More than 200 boutiques and department stores
  • New restaurants catering to every cuisine and price point
  • Art, opera, theatre and music

The beautiful downtown area, nestled in the bend of the mighty Ohio River is a stunning sight to behold. But that’s just the beginning. From the moment the cityscape reveals itself on the easy approach from the airport, you know you’re in for something special. Cincinnati USA packs countless sights, sounds, tastes and adventures into a space roughly comparable to the footprint of a big box hotel.

“On a stroll about town, Cincinnati shows more tricks up its sleeve. Downtown proves dense, walkable and handsome – filled with skyscrapers of many eras. We rock on metal swings as big as park benches, facing the river…I’m sitting on Ohio’s front porch.” – National Geographic Traveler Magazine

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Visitors can walk through historic neighborhoods that border cosmopolitan chic dining districts. They can sample scores of cuisines, from gourmet mac and cheese to upscale dining in authentic art deco settings, including some of the top restaurants in the country. The museum scene ranges from contemporary art to historic museums with old world masters. Shopping includes eclectic boutiques in centuries-old buildings, as well as upscale department stores offering the latest styles. Best of all, this enormous range of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences is available in a single stroll around downtown.

“Cosmopolitan cool meets historic chic in Cincinnati…a riverfront hub of breweries, museums, art venues, and entertainment.” – Prevue Magazine

“Best Walking City In Ohio, 20th In The Nation” – Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association

“Home to a flourishing arts neighborhood… not to mention venerable cultural institutions, like the second oldest opera company in the country” – Sherman’s Travel

Our history as host city to meetings and conventions of every type and size has taught us a lot about how to help you make your next meeting a raving success. When it comes to treating meeting attendees to unforgettable energy, excitement and one-of-a-kind experiences…all in a compact, walkable downtown…nothing beats Cincinnati USA.

Esquire Magazine – Top 10 “Cities that Rock”

Money Magazine – “Top 20 Fun Places”

Lonely Planet – “#3 Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations” – “Most Social City”

For more information or to start the conversation about a meeting in Cincinnati USA, please call 800.543.2613, email, visit or submit your RFP at


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April 02, 2015

Marin Bright Receives 2015 Folio Top Women in Media Award

marin Marin Bright Receives 2015 Folio Top Women in Media Award For the second consecutive year, Marin Bright, CEO and founder of Smart Meetings, has been named one of Folio’s Top Women in Media, in the Corporate Visionaries category. The awards honor “the most influential women in media—the ones driving the agenda for the industry and in their companies—women who are innovating in new ways and guiding their businesses into new markets,” as noted in Folio’s announcement.

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April 01, 2015

Meetings at Paradisus Resorts

In an industry that is ever changing, the need for new and innovated ideas is essential to progress. Meeting, incentive group and conference requisites evolve constantly, but some needs remain consistent year over year: a unique venue, stellar service and coordination (pre, during and post) and finally, skillfully developed programming designed to peek attendee’s imagination resulting in lasting memories.

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Elegantly designed with attention to every detail, Paradisus Resorts is a leader in the luxury all-inclusive resort category owned and operated by the Spanish brand Meliá Hotels International– one of the most successful hotel companies in the world. Offering meeting and convention professionals access to some of the world’s most coveted beachfront locations, the luxury resorts all feature spectacular architecture, world-class cuisine and premium services allowing for an experience of ultimate relaxation in a stress-free and upscale environment.

The brand has five current properties: Paradisus Cancun, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla (Adults Only), Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, in Mexico and two in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Punta Cana. A sixth property is scheduled to debut in Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica in 2016. Paradisus Resorts offers all the staples required i.e. flexible meeting space, beautifully appointed indoor and outdoor venues, professional staff, etc. What make Paradisus Resorts different is their commitment to innovation and to offering a one-of-a-kind experience.

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For example each resort hosts daily Life Enriching Experiences that will teach guests new skills. These activities can be customized to fit the needs of a group or serve as a fun team building exercise. A few of the popular Life Enriching Experiences include Wine and Spirit Tastings, Cooking Lessons, Pole Dance Classes, Aqua Spinning and Diamond Tutorials. Guests will feel accomplished through learning and interacting with each other and the resorts expert staff.

Another trend Paradisus Resorts has tapped into successfully for the meeting and conventions market is fitness through YHI Spa. Schedule sunrise yoga or Pilates fitness session or work with the resorts personal trainers to develop customized programs. Follow that up with a fresh fruit juice and healthy snack (no) coffee break. Well, ok you can have coffee. Then finish up the day with the YHI Spa water ritual and a spa treatment. Can you say – Ahh!

Cultural immersion and environmental responsibility are pillars of the brands core values. Meetings professionals can weave these values into their programming by adding a guided tours of the mangroves and gardens, scheduling a visit to a local charities, and creating opportunities for volunteer tourism with local organizations. Embracing their surrounding and community, rich with flavor and passion, the brand can work with planners to create unique culturally inspired themed events such as Historic Mayan Legends, Dominican Folklore Song and Dance and Culinary Influences of the destination.

For more information or to book your next meeting at Paradisus Resort, please call 1-888-336-3542, email, or visit


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March 25, 2015

Federal Workers: Face-to-Face Meetings Essential

face to face meetings Federal Workers: Face to Face Meetings EssentialRecognizing the need to obtain solid data showing the importance of in-person meetings to government workers, Meetings Mean Business recently conducted a survey of them—and got exactly what it wanted.

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March 23, 2015

Five Ways Millennials Are Impacting the Travel Industry

travelling millennials Five Ways Millennials Are Impacting the Travel IndustryOn Road Warrior Voices writer Jessica Festa dissected the findings of a November 2014 survey done by Resonance, a destination branding and marketing company that interviewed 1,189 Americans between the ages of 18 and 34. She points out that millennials are impacting the travel industry in at least five ways:

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March 23, 2015

Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2015

team building 2015 trend Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2015Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, a division of hospitality management company Benchmark Hospitality International, has released its list of the Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2015. 

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