Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Managing Editor at Smart Meetings
Dan Johnson has worked for Smart Meetings since 2012. He has been a professional writer and editor since 1969, working on newspapers, magazines and books in the United States and Japan. Dan has won many national, regional and local awards for his work. He received a B.A. in psychology from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Asian and comparative philosophy and religion from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His interests include exploring the world’s many fascinating cultures, as well as music and sports.
safest year air travel

2017 Safest Year for Air Travel, but Challenges RemainAirlinesNews

Last year was the safest in the history of worldwide commercial airline travel, according to two industry research companies, but enhanced efforts will be needed in the future to keep improving safety. The Aviation Safety Network (ASN) announced last week that in 2017, there were 10 fatal airline accidents, causing the deaths of 44 passengers…

7 Ways that Travel Changed in 2017NewsTravel

From translating ear buds to devastating earthquakes, the past year has been full of major developments that affected meeting professional road warriors. We saw some changes coming, while others took us totally off-guard. Here are seven developments in 2017 and a forecast of whether or not they will have a lasting impact. Recovering from Natural…

‘New’ Palm Springs Lures GroupsDestinations

 Greater Palm Springs has long been a favorite destination for meeting groups and tourists, but recently it has become even hotter than its summer weather. One big reason is that it has expanded its offerings to attract a more diverse clientele, especially younger crowds.

Nobu to Add 5 Luxury Properties in 2018News

Nobu Hotels will continue its rapid expansion by opening hotels in Chicago and four international destinations in 2018, thereby giving planners additional luxury options. The company—which is owned by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper—opened its first property, Nobu Hotel as Caesars Palace Las Vegas, in 2013, and…

preferred hotel properties opening

Preferred Hotels to Launch 13 New PropertiesHotels & ResortsNews

Providing a significant boost to planners seeking luxury accommodations, Preferred Hotels & Resorts will celebrate its Golden Anniversary by launching 13 new properties in 2018, including five in the United States. One of the largest independent hotel brands in the world, Preferred will open hotels in Nashville; Houston; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and…

2018 forecast

Beyond the Webinar: How Planners Can Utilize Trends ForecastMeeting PlanningSpeakers

Andrew Friedman, founder and partner at af&co, delivered a well-received, engaging Smart Meetings webinar on Dec. 5, “2018 Industry Forecast: Strategies & Tips for the Year Ahead.” The webinar can be viewed here. Smart Meetings followed up with Friedman after the webinar to glean some additional insights into his annual forecasts. How long have you…

face to face meetings

Survey: Business Travelers Want Face-to-Face MeetingsMeeting Planning

Reinforcing the meetings industry’s emphasis on the importance of face-to-face meetings, nearly two-third of respondents in a recent survey said that one of the top aspects of business travel is having such meetings with colleagues, customers, suppliers and prospects. This was one of the key findings in the recently released American Express Business Travel Survey,…