Strategic Meetings Management Program

In recent weeks, the meetings industry was decimated by knee-jerk criticism of any company in financial trouble that dared to stage a meeting or event. Even companies not getting federal assistance now are hesitant to leave home for fear of ending up on the front page of a major newspaper or on the 6 o’clock…

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Smart Meetings Announces Gayle Klein as Global Director of Meetings and Events

Sausalito, Calif., Nov. 15, 2017 — Smart Meetings, the leading media company and most trusted resource for meeting professionals, is proud to announce Gayle Klein as its new Global Director of Meetings and Events overseeing both its Smart Meetings 360 sourcing division and the company’s event department. Klein will report to Marin Bright, Smart Meetings…

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Bonus Material: Answers from Strategic Meeting Management Webinar

Strategic meetings management (SMM) means controlling costs of an event from end-to-end. That requires managing a lot of moving pieces. To help event professionals get a handle on some of the variables to be considered, we invited Betsy Bondurant, a San Diego-based consultant, to share some of the best practices that make everything from stakeholder…

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Strategic Meetings Management

The idea of centralizing and controlling meeting and event spend has been around for many years, and is now commonly referred to as strategic meetings management or “SMM”. Through its evolution, many industry-accepted procedures have developed in order to design and deploy a successful strategic meetings management program (SMMP). This webinar will provide insights into…

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MPI Announces New Courses to Address Security, Risk Management

Less than 50 percent of meeting planners have risk management plans in place for their events, said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in remarks given at WEC 2017 on Tuesday. This can range from contingency plans in the case of an active shooter or preparations in advance of extreme…

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Banyan Tree and AccorHotels Form Strategic Partnership

Banyan Tree Holdings has entered into a heads of agreement with AccorHotels, which will develop and manage 43 Banyan Tree branded resorts and hotels located in 28 countries. Under a long-term partnership, AccorHotels will invest $16.7 million in Banyan Tree, giving it a 5 percent stake in the Singapore-based hotel group, with the option to…

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Meetings Outlook: Treading Lightly in 2017

JB Duke Hotel rendering, Durham, North Carolina Uncertainty suggests a conservative year for meetings Predictions are a matter of cause and effect. Sure, there’s some guessing, some hunches. But most of the trends and happenings we expect to see take hold of the meetings industry in 2017 are the direct result of what has already…

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10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: August 16, 2016

Cindy Hart Cindy Hart joined Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado, as director of sales and marketing. She has been a development leader in the hotel sales industry for more than 20 years, most recently as director of sales for Saratoga Resort and Spa in Wyoming. She previously served on the opening team in the same…

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10 Smart Moves in Meetings: May 9, 2016

Carmen Cruz Carmen Cruz has been named general manager of Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, California. She brings more than 25 years of international hospitality experience to the Bay Area property. In her new role, Cruz will oversee day-to-day operations and guest service. Originally from Barcelona, Cruz began her career in luxury, five-star,…

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5 Strategies to Get the Most Out Of Meetings

Companies can waste less time and be more efficient with a few simple steps, says business development expert Many employees probably groan and grumble when they see that the boss has scheduled yet another meeting. But Cameron Herold, a business development expert and author of “Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in…

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