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.

An Expert’s 10 Favorite AppsTechnology News

The steady flood of tablet and smartphone apps can be a bit overwhelming, even for the most tech-savvy people in the meetings industry. Who better to turn to than noted apps guru Jim Spellos to provide up-to-the-minute recommendations? Spellos, a certified Microsoft Office Specialist, has nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry as…

New & Renovated: Bright & Hot in FloridaMeeting Planning

Orlando World Center Marriott This hotel, the largest Marriott in the world, completed a multimillion-dollar renovation this summer that included enhancements to its guest rooms and meeting spaces. With 450,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, the resort now can handle massive conferences for business groups, which provide 80 percent of its bookings. Renovations at the…

Q&A with Michael DominguezQ&As

Michael Dominguez has been a board member of Meeting Professionals International for 10 years and began serving as chairman in July. He has spent 29 years in the hospitality industry, beginning with food-and-beverage positions and then moving into sales jobs. He served as vice president of sales and marketing for the Palm Springs CVA from…

Feeling the HeartbeatSmart Dispatches

Charles Hadley leads a group through the Virginia Museum of Transportation It’s interesting how someone with a real passion for something they love can captivate people who otherwise have little or no interest in the subject matter. Such is the case when Charles Hardy, a docent at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, starts…

A Charming Little City on the Verge of Bigger ThingsHotels & Destinations

Frederick Osterberg, president of Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall, Texas, leads a tour Thanks primarily to a burgeoning winery scene, the Texas Hill Country has rapidly become a hot side attraction for groups meeting in San Antonio and Austin, and one charming smaller city, Fredericksburg, is striving to become a meeting destination in its own right….

A Welcome Refuge from the FlurrySmart Dispatches

Just a short distance from the buzz and excitement of Silicon Valley’s ongoing high-tech explosion sits a peaceful sanctuary of simplicity and delicate, natural beauty. Hakone gardens,  just a 20-minute drive southwest of San Jose, offer residents and visitors alike a welcome balance to the frenzied pace of life in this region. The gardens lure…

Hotel-Airline Tie-Ups Aid PlannersTrends

Faced with reduced budgets and other financial challenges, meeting planners are closely scrutinizing hotel-airline partnerships for cost-saving opportunities. Planners have plenty from which to choose, since these partnerships have become a fundamental part of the travel industry, both in terms of the number of tie-ups that have been established and the variety of the programs….