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.

A Golden Opportunity for the IndustryEvents

Global Meetings Industry Day has blossomed in the past 22 years from a regional event in Canada to a vast worldwide celebration. The number of participants and programs offered by GMID keeps growing every year, but the event has only begun to tap its potential impact.

Riding the Korean Wave of Hallyu at MeetingsNewsTravel

Not so long ago, Hallyu, or the “New Wave” cultural phenomenon in South Korea was a passion isolated to the young. But the movement that started with music and television is now seeped so deeply into daily life that the country’s main meetings event focused on how Hallyu can be integrated with the industry.

Korea Summit

Korean Summit Could Open Doors to More Meetings on PeninsulaNews

The historic summit bringing together President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday could be a catalyst to eventually provide a major boost for the meetings industry. The summit has the potential to strengthen relations between the two countries that could result in more travel.

Smart Meetings Heads Far EastDestinationsInternational

Smart Meetings will be in one of the world’s hottest, most dynamic meetings destinations—South Korea—from June 10 to 15. We’ll be in Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju and Incheon, visiting several of the country’s top hotels, cultural attractions, historical sites and restaurants.

Meetings Industry Loses a Pivotal FigureNews

Anthony Bourdain, who died on Friday, was a disruptive figure in the hospitality industry when it badly needed disruption. As one of the world’s celebrated chefs, he was a seminal figure in bringing exciting new culinary approaches to a larger audience, and as a constant traveler he made planners and attendees aware of many fascinating,…

Airbus flying taxi

Airbus Creates Flying Taxis DivisionAirlinesNews

In a move that eventually could provide a big boost to travel at meeting destinations, commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE is creating a division that will oversee the creation of flying taxis, on-demand helicopters and other futuristic transportation options.