Vote Now for Your Favorite Meetings Industry Smart Star

Voting has started for the 2018 Smart Stars Awards. This is your chance to show your gratitude to the brands and companies that host your events. Candidates represent a plethora of categories—including Best City Hotel, Best Hotel Spa and Best Cruise Line—for destinations at the forefront of the hospitality industry.

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Smart Stars 2013 – Cast your vote now!

  Meeting planners have long turned to Smart Meetings to receive the best in­formation about hotels, resorts, conven­tion centers and destinations. But which do meeting planners consider the best of the best? Smart Meetings’ Smart Stars is a special section designed to answer this question. In June, July and August we’re asking more than 44,000…

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Everything Planners Need to Know About the James Beard Award

If you are looking for something to make your next event’s food and beverage experience indelible, this list of nominees is where you should look.

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It’s Time to Vote for the 2017 Platinum Choice Awards

It’s that time of year again—Smart Meetings‘ 14th annual Platinum Choice Awards! This exclusive awards program honors exemplary standards of excellence in service and amenities including ambience, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, recreational activities, dining options, technical support and more. Nominations are made by dedicated industry professionals (multiple submissions accepted) and receive a thoughtful review by the Smart…

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3 alternatives to travel ban wars

3 Alternatives to Travel Ban Wars Planners Need to Know

As if planning weren’t difficult enough, travel bans, restrictions and advisories being issued through legislation, press release and/or tweet can make deciding where to hold an event seem like navigating a mine field—blind folded. A recent study by Destinations International, PCMA Education Foundation and APCO Insight on the economic impact of what it called The…

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Feeling Moody? Now You Can Book a Hotel to Match Your Mood

Mood rings were a major trend in the late 1970s. The accessory would change colors that were supposedly determined by the mood of the person wearing it. AccorHotels is such a fan of the concept, the hotel chain is applying it to the booking process. On April 4, AccorHotels released its latest booking service, dubbed…

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London Travel Exec Responds to Brexit Vote

Gordon Innes, chief executive officer of London & Partners, the destination marketing organization for the city, issued the following press release in response to the recent Brexit vote by citizens to leave the European Union (EU): London is Open for Business Last week London played host to Europe’s largest festival of technology. More than 40,000…

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Voters Approve Colorado Convention Center Expansion

Denver meetings and events got a big boost on Nov. 3 when voters overwhelmingly approved funding to expand Colorado Convention Center. The special initiative also calls for construction of the new National Western Center, which will host entertainment events and include educational facilities. The convention center’s expansion and upgrades will include 85,000 sq. ft. of…

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Virgin America Voted Favorite U.S. Airline in 2015

Every regular traveler has a favorite airline, right? The one that most often offers the best airfares, has the best in-flight entertainment options or just consistently runs on time. According to a survey performed by, an air-travel web site started by consumer activist George Hobica, the preferred domestic carrier for travelers from the United…

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Minnesota’s Edman Voted State Tourism Director of the Year

Explore Minnesota Director and CEO John Edman has been named national State Tourism Director of the Year for 2015. The top tourism director award is voted upon annually by the U.S. Travel Association’s National Council of State Tourism Directors. Edman was honored before more than 800 of his peers Monday during the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations…

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