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Dan Johnson

The Value of SustainabilityGreen Meetings

Helping to create a more sustainable environment has been a rapidly growing trend in the meetings and travel industry, but planners often struggle to articulate why it is advantageous for businesses. So, it’s not at all surprising that it was the topic of a session at MPINCC’s Annual Conference & Expo 2013 at San Francisco’s…

A Conference for Baseball NerdsProfessional

Just a few decades ago, baseball fans considered themselves highly knowledgeable if they could rattle off players’ batting averages, home run totals, earned run averages and other basic statistics. Fast forward to 2013, when every aspect of players’ performances is carefully analyzed using advanced mathematical formulas. These days, you can find fans who can tell…

A Truly Amaz!ng MeetingIndustry Events

A potpourri of people, including prominent magicians, philosophers, scientists and comedians, will be congregating at the Southpoint Hotel Casino and Spa in Las Vegas July 11–14 to participate in The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM), an annual conference focusing on science, skepticism and critical thinking. The conference started in 2003 and is sponsored by the James Randi…

Jackson Hole—a Hiker’s ParadiseDestinations

Signal Mountain Road in Grand Teton National Park, courtesy of wikimedia.org Many planners are well aware of the many outstanding features that make Jackson Hole one of the nation’s premier meeting destinations. This valley, consisting of 310,000 acres along the Wyoming/Idaho border, offers world-class resorts and restaurants, the Tetons and other ominous mountains, abundant wildlife,…

Major shifts predicted for meetings industryMeeting Planning

Orange County Convention Center. Orlando is predicted to be among the world’s top destinations for business meetings in 2013. Some significant shifts in the meetings, events and travel industry are expected in 2013, says Rob Hard, publisher and editor of BusinessTravelDestinations.com. He made 10 specific predictions, which, if accurate, would represent major changes and the…

Snoozing in the CockpitHotels & Resorts

The alarming problem of commercial pilots falling asleep on the job is receiving widespread attention again after the release of a survey by the European Cockpit Association (ECA). In the U.S., the FAA recently has taken steps to address the issue, but some critics complain that more regulations are needed. Some 6,000 pilots in a…

Planner Preferences and Industry TrendsMeeting Planning

Clean the World’s soap recycling program is an example of the green practices driving planners’ booking decisions, courtesy of cleantheworld.org. In their inaugural “State of the Meeting Industry” survey, Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest management company in the U.S., surveyed a diverse group of planners from throughout the country to gauge their interests…

10 Ways to Add Excitement to MeetingsMeeting Planning

Courtesy of Real Adventure Hot Air Balloon Co. Planners always seem to be looking for innovative ideas for their meetings, so they likely will be intrigued by the following suggestions. They originate from the Vermont Convention Bureau (VCB), which compiled a list of the “Top 10 Ways You Can Shake it Up” in 2013, but…

An Anniversary IntroNews

Smart Meetings Associate Editor Dan Johnson with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Amos. I’ve just passed my one-month anniversary as an associate editor here at Smart Meetings, and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. Born and raised in the Bay Area, I served as editor in chief of the Campolindo High School …