Dan Johnson

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,…

SITE Steps in to Help Hurricane VictimsNews

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a long road to recovery after devastating hurricanes in September, but have been receiving significant help from many sources, including the Florida and Caribbean chapter of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE).

give gifts

What to Give? Think Socially Responsible and PersonalPlannerTips & Tools

Gifts are an exciting part of the holiday season, but for planners, it is a year-round activity, since swag has become an integral part of meetings. The vast array of choices planners face when deciding what to give attendees can be overwhelming, but one way to make the practice more meaningful is to hand out…

Miami’s Emerging Arts DistrictDestinationsSmart Dispatches

Just a few years ago, Miami’s Wynwood Arts District was a rundown area with a low-profile art community. It has grown in the past four years, and now is known for the many colorful murals and artistic graffiti covering the exterior of buildings. Some of the works are within Wynwood Walls, a sort of open-air, free museum.

Miami’s ‘Magic City’ Casts a SpellSmart Dispatches

Intriguing adventures in Miami’s Nobu Hotel and Little Havana Chef Nobu Matsuhisa had already achieved worldwide acclaim for his restaurants when he decided to delve into the hotel business. He opened Nobu Hotel Las Vegas, located within Caesars Palace, in 2013, intending to balance the same ingredients—luxury, fun, craft and theater—that have made his restaurants…


Hilton Initiative Boosts Passport ApplicationsHotels & ResortsNews

With more stringent identification checks looming at airports, Hilton Hotels and Resorts is collaborating with the U.S. State Department on an initiative that encourages more Americans to apply for passports. The initiative, Hilton Passport Project, stipulates that every few weeks, a Hilton property in the United States will have a passport concierge booth where guests…

new york

Big Apple Reassures Groups after Terrorist AttackNews

The leader of New York City’s official destination marketing organization strongly condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attack, but assured meeting groups and tourists that the city remains safe and welcoming. “We condemn this senseless act of violence here and those in other destinations around the globe,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, in…