Record-Breaking 23 Million Visit Anaheim in 2016

Record-breaking is becoming routine in Anaheim. For the fourth consecutive year, the city surpassed its previous high mark for visitor volume. Last year, 23 million visitors streamed into the Orange County metropolis to enjoy its signature attractions and attend events at Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the West Coast. The total represents a 2.3…

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San Francisco Sets 2016 Tourism Records

Moscone Center No doubt bolstered by the Super Bowl, which took place in the Bay Area last February, San Francisco achieved 2016 tourism records for the seventh consecutive year, according to San Francisco Travel. San Francisco drew a total of 25.1 million visitors in 2016 for an increase of 2.3 percent over 2015. Visitors to San Francisco city and county accounted for $9.69 billion…

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Chicago Meetings Break Records in 2016

In 2016, the Windy City experienced a record number of visitors. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago, announced that 54.1 million travelers visited the city in 2016. The increase of 1.5 million represents a 2.9 percent improvement from the previous year. “Three years ago we set a goal for…

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Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016

Houston convention district Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for meetings and events in the new year. From San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney to Aberdeen, Scotland, convention center projects include major expansions and new builds that are born from demand. Houston, Texas Houston’s downtown convention district is…

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Spotlight on Healthy Meetings in 2016

During 2016, Smart Meetings shared lots of tips for healthy meetings and personal self-growth. Our motto here is healthy meetings equal healthy ROI. Here are 8 strategies for healthy meetings and a healthier you in 2017. Make Self-Help a Priority We start by asking: How often do you put your needs first? No matter how many times people…

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Best Meeting Planner Tips, Tricks and Trends of 2016

There’s no question that the meetings industry is constantly changing. In recent years, business travel has been impacted by everything from the sharing economy and lifestyle hotels to rising security concerns and the evolving needs of attendees in the digital age. Smart Meetings has identified some of the most important tips, tricks and trends from this year, in order to help meeting…

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15 of 2016’s Hottest Meeting Destinations

Los Angeles Las Vegas, New York City, Paris and other perennial favorites were among the world’s top meetings destinations in 2016, but several other locations significantly enhanced their appeal largely due to major expansion and renovation projects. Here are 15 of the leading meetings cities in 2016. Atlanta: One of the hottest destinations in the…

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Most Instagrammed Luxury Hotels of 2016

Instagram recently shared its list of most Instagrammed luxury hotels with Bloomberg. While there was no criteria for making the list other than the volume of tagged posts, every property on the list holds five-star accreditation. 1. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas — The old adage “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” went out…

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Airport Hotels Soared to New Heights in 2016

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel One of the biggest meeting trends Smart Meetings saw this year was the rise of new and improved airport hotels. Throughout the world, really, airport hotels are emerging as key meeting venues that are both convenient and cutting-edge. We’re not playing favorites, but we believe The Westin Denver International Airport reflects…

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Year in Review: A Look Back at 2016 Smart Meeting Events

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on an unforgettable year of fabulous Smart Meeting events. Smart Meetings pioneered the meetings industry’s first one-on-one appointments, which bring planners and suppliers together to make great connections…

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