Gary Diedrichs

Gary Diedrichs

Senior Content Editor at Smart Meetings
Gary Diedrichs is senior content editor at Smart Meetings. He has degrees in history from Princeton and New York University. His journalism career has spanned staff positions in radio, newspapers, magazines and websites. Other writing includes a novel set in Sausalito, California, in the 1950s. In his spare time, he publishes an award-winning website devoted to eco-friendly travel.
Gary Diedrichs

Tried Forest Bathing Yet?Health & WellnessMeeting Planning

 The average American spends 93 percent of his or her time indoors (or inside a vehicle). How’s that working out for you? Slumped on the couch, do you feel blissfully relaxed while staring at your device or plasma-screen TV? Tweets are meant to disrupt, and even the cooking channels hype us up with tension-racked competitions. There has to be a better way to unwind, and, of course, there is. It’s nothing new, yet in our over-stimulated, over-stressed world, it’s easily neglected.

11 Cities On The Rise You Can’t Pass UpNews

You’ve done Las Vegas, Orlando and Chicago. Nothing wrong with that. They’re great places to meet. Yet there are so many more places of distinction in this great country, and, sometimes, like Goldilocks, groups yearn to discover less-traveled destinations that are, nonetheless, just right. That’s why every year we track cities in the United States that need to be on your radar—but maybe aren’t. Yet.

A Fish Story: A Celebration of CevicheFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

June 28 is National Ceviche Day. It might seem odd that a dish barely known in the United States a generation ago is now celebrated and consumed with gusto, in metro areas at least. Ceviche is practically the national dish of Peru, and across Latin America you’ll also see it spelled seviche and cebiche. Escabeche, which is Spanish for “marinade,” may be the origin word. In Peru it is often served with slices of cold sweet potatoes; in Ecuador, with popcorn, nuts or corn nuts; in Mexico, with sliced raw onions, cilantro, avocado and toasted tortillas.

Drowning in PlasticGreen MeetingsMeeting Planning

Photos of marine life entangled or dead because of plastic trash are easy to find on Google—more than 100 million marine animals die this way each year, according to Sea Turtle Conservancy. But planners can lead the way to healthier oceans through eco-friendly practices.

Las Vegas Culinary Union

MGM/Caesars Avert StrikeHotels & ResortsNews

The Culinary Union in Las Vegas has reached a tentative five-year labor deal with Caesars Entertainment Corp. that could avert the first strike in 30 years in the city. Early today, a tweet by a representative of the union said the agreement covers some 12,000 of the 50,000 resort workers.

hurricane season

Planner Alert: Hurricane Season Is HereNews

Hold onto your planner hat. Today, June 1, is the official start of 2018 hurricane season, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75 percent chance that we will suffer a near- or above-normal season. Starting with Alberto, 10 to 16 named storms are predicted.

Bitcoin Goes F2F

Bitcoin Goes F2FNews

This week, in New York Hilton Midtown, thousands of the bitcoin savvy and curious filled a ballroom for Consensus 2018, a conference “where people pitched ideas, mingled and reveled in the possibility of disrupting health care or real estate or how government works,” reported The New York Times.