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.

Immerse Yourself in Eastern CanadaDestinationsInternational

The Eastern Canadian cities of Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto offer planners a cornucopia of outstanding choices when planning group itineraries. Each satisfies even the most discriminating planners’ wish lists—rich history, tantalizing culinary options, fabulous attractions, world-class hotels and other superb meeting spaces. The choices can be narrowed down for groups seeking hyper-local experiences—including themed attractions—that are central to the cities’ identities.


Marriott Enters Home-Sharing MarketHotels & ResortsNews

Marriott International has launched a home-sharing program that will allow clients to book a stay in more than 200 homes in London. The six-month pilot program marks Marriott’s official debut in the home-sharing market scene. Marriott could eventually be competing with Airbnb, HomeAway and Booking.com.

Colorado: A Mecca for Art LoversDestinations

Colorado’s soaring, mountainous terrain, punctuated by striking red-rock outcroppings and snow-capped peaks, is complemented by its vast plains, deserts, canyons and mesas. These stunning landscapes lure and inspire creative people from throughout the world. Painters and other visual artists can be found in abundance throughout the state, including the major meetings destinations.

The Art of Raising an Extended FamilyDestinations

It started with a hug in an elevator with Marilyn Monroe. Harris Rosen, head of the Rosen Hotels & Resorts hospitality giant, was 10 years old: “I said to myself, ‘If you can meet someone like Marilyn Monroe in an elevator where you work, maybe I need to start thinking about working in the hotel business.'”

Rosen Properties Taking It Up a NotchDestinations

It’s wonderful, albeit a bit disconcerting, to visit the three Rosen full-service convention properties in Orlando. They are 12 to 27 years old, but everything about them, from the fresh smell of the immaculate common areas to the recently redesigned guest rooms, suggests that these are brand-new hotels.