Special International Focus
Meeting professionals with RFPs for outside North America are invited to meet with our international destination and hotel partners at this one-of-a-kind event.
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Located in the cultural epicenter of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is the premier destination for meetings and events. Spacious, luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and impeccable service are the standard at this AAA Five Diamond hotel. Walk to the Barnes Foundation or Philadelphia Museum of Art along the tree-lined Champs-Elysees inspired Benjamin Franklin Parkway or just relax and look out upon it with a cocktail in the Swann Lounge. With a dedicated team of experts in conference and banquet services, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia makes meetings seamless. Whether gathering with a large group in the Ballroom or a festive mixer on the Swann Terrace, Center City's only outdoor meeting space, customized and creative menus from the hotel's Forbes Five Star kitchen will leave lasting memories of your meeting in Philadelphia.
Attend our exclusive networking event for meeting planners and you will:
• Meet in one-on-one appointments with premier properties
• Stay educated on cutting-edge industry topics for CEU credits
• Network with senior meeting planners and leave with new friends
• Gather ideas for your programs from our unique thematic live elements
• Simplify your life by completing your site research in one place
• Get a chance to win giveaways from luxury resorts and suppliers
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
8:30–9:15 a.m.: Registration & Welcome Full Breakfast
9:30–10:30 a.m.: Educational Session
10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: One on One Appointments
1:30–3:00 p.m.: Network Lunch
3:00 p.m.: End
"Smart Mart events are a great way to find hotels and suppliers you didn't know existed, and a great way to meet the sales person before you start a business relationship."
-- Diane Herrmann, JNR Incorporated
"When your time is precious and your need for information from a diverse variety of options is required...go to a Smart Mart!"
--Sharon Cohu, T-Mobile USA
"This was my first experience at a Smart Mart meeting and I really enjoyed it. I met some great contacts!"
--Annette Ruiz, In-N-Out Burger
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who attends The Smart Event?
2. How do I qualify to attend The Smart Event?
3. Where do I register for The Smart Event?
4. How much does The Smart Event cost?
5. What exactly do the one-on-one appointments entail?
6. Can more than one meeting professional from a company attend?
7. When and where should I plan on arriving/departing?
8. May I arrive early or extend my stay?
9. I’m a planner. Should I bring an RFP?
10. What should I wear?
11. May I bring a guest?
12. Whom should I contact with any questions?
People like you—highly qualified meeting professionals and highly recognized hotel partner properties in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Are you a meeting professional who:
–Has a verifiable history of conferences, meetings, events, incentives, training/conference programs or conventions?
–Contracts hotels with an average room rate of $150 or more per night?
–Plans groups of 10 or more attendees with room nights yielding a minimum of 30 room nights?
–Is considering planning a meeting in the U.S., Canada or Mexico in the next two years for which you haven’t yet contracted a hotel or destination?
Answered “yes” to these questions? Apply online to attend.
Meeting Professionals: Apply online by clicking on the “Register Now” button. Submit your application today as space is limited!
Suppliers: Call 415-339-9355 or email email@example.com to contact your local sales representative to discuss participation in this event and/or future events.
Meeting Professionals: Smart Meetings provides parking at the host hotel, meals as outlined in the agenda and registration materials. Attendees are responsible for incidental charges and transportation.
Suppliers: Contact your local sales representative at 415-339-9355 to get the best deal! Base rates are available online. Suppliers receive meals as outlined in the agenda and registration materials. Attendees are responsible for incidental charges, transportation and accommodations, although Smart Meetings has secured a special event rate, which can be redeemed through reservations when mentioning The Smart Event.
Our one-on-one appointments are set up as a convenient way for you to research multiple properties, destinations and other services in one place, at one time. Each appointment lasts 12 minutes and you will have 15 pre-scheduled appointments.
Our policy typically only allows one meeting professional to attend per company; however, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the events staff at 415-339-9355 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Information to come.
The Ritz-Carlton has provided a special pre/post-event room rate for those attending The Smart Event. Please ask the events staff at Smart Meetings for more information by calling 415-339-9355 or e-mailing email@example.com.
All planners are encouraged to bring open RFPs with them, as suppliers are ready to book during the appointments.
Recommended attire is business casual. Please, no jeans.
We suggest that you and a guest enjoy Dallas together before or after The Smart Event. Unfortunately, our policy does not typically allow guests to participate in The Smart Event activities; however, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact the Smart Meetings events staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-339-9355.