Expert Meetings Services, Coast to Coast

What if you could book not only your next meeting, conference or convention, but a package for your next three, five or even ten events? And what if that package was created and executed flawlessly by the premier meetings provider in North America? Discover expert meetings services, coast to coast. The Hyatt Convention Alliance combines…

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Bigger and Better: Associations and Citywides

As trends evolve for associations and citywides, convention venues are keeping pace As certain elements of large conventions, trade shows and meetings evolve year over year, many destinations and venues have become more proactive in helping planners make their events successful. Coordinating an event across multiple hotels plus a convention facility is not a job…

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Zero In, then Zone Out: Island Venues and Attractions Inspire Focus and Fun

Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, Dominican Republic Palm trees swaying; waves crashing over crystal blue ocean shorelines onto white-sand beaches; warm, lazy days followed by cool, breezy evenings. How does anyone get any work done in paradise? You’d be hard pressed to find a better incentive to wrap up your meeting than heading outdoors and experiencing…

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The Straight Dope on Marijuana Laws and Meetings

How has the fact that marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in Washington and Colorado impacted meetings in those states?  The effect has been negligible, according to Christopher Durso, who wrote about the issue for Professional Convention Management Association. As Durso points out, the new marijuana laws don’t overturn existing restrictions on smoking in…

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Marketing Your Meetings

A riff on the hotelier’s “putting heads in beds,” in the event-planning world it’s sometimes known—none too delicately—as “putting butts in seats.”    In today’s business environment, the task is more challenging than ever. Potential attendees are besieged with opportunities—some face-to-face, some online; their budgets for travel and conference spending may be reduced (just as…

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smart celebrity travel tips

5 Smart Celebrity Travel Tips

Just like meeting and event planners, celebrities constantly travel, and during the course of their journeys, pearls of wisdom sometimes emerge. Here are a few travel tips from A-listers. A post shared by Stiley Jay (@missjuliastiles) on Jun 14, 2017 at 11:08pm PDT 1. Julia Stiles, on preventing jet lag “I try not to get…

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IMEX America 2016

The meetings and events industry’s biggest trade show, IMEX America 2016, runs Oct. 18-20 at Las Vegas’ Sands Expo and Convention Center. Stay tuned for Smart Meetings’ coverage of the event live from Las Vegas.  

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disney 60th anniversary

An Exciting Year for Disney

Diamond Celebration, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California 60th anniversary celebration and new access program highlight busy period Disney Destinations has seen plenty of excitement during the past year, including the 60th anniversary celebration of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and the implementation of a program at Walt Disney World Resort that significantly enhances guests’ experiences. The…

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August 2015 - Montage Resorts & Hotels

August 2015

One success story after another graces the pages of our August issue. CEO of Montage Hotels and Resorts Alan Fuerstman takes us through his five ultra-luxe properties from Laguna Beach, California to Kapalua Bay, Hawaii. The brand takes an unscripted, yet gracious approach to hospitality that guests can look forward to in the new lifestyle collection…

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Downtowns on the Rise

The result of this ongoing transition is an unprecedented renaissance in U.S. downtowns, underwritten by a combination of public and private funding and spurred by the growth of the technology industry—not to mention vision and community process. Fortunately, the foundations for these renewals were often in place: a multitude of architectural assets, underutilized land available…

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