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

Pasadena: Where Charm Meets Culture and InnovationConvention CentersDestinationsFood & Beverage

Claim to Fame: Charm meets culture and innovation It’s got the winning Trifecta of pedestrian-friendly, smalltown charm, and big-city art and culture, and is a serious technology hub. Great restaurants, shopping and nature are all close at hand. And then there’s that Rose Bowl thing. Convene The state-of-the-art Pasadena Convention Center has a 55,000-square-foot exhibit…

Hollywood Brings the Action to MeetingsDestinationsHotels & ResortsTravel

Claim to Fame: “Action!” The movies made history here, and that glitter and bling lives on—especially after this neighborhood’s dedicated effort to burnish and recapture its magic of yesteryear. Add new hip clubs and restaurants, historic theaters and hotels to its sex appeal, plus mega-venues that can make dreams come true for groups of any…

L.A.’s Westwide Exudes Class and StyleDestinationsHotels & Resorts

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Claim to Fame: Class and style FAM means FAMOUS, dah-ling, in this aggregation of L.A., Beverly Hills, West Hollywood (WeHo), Culver City, Santa Monica and more. Luxury and living large is the lifestyle. “Let’s do lunch!” is the favorite phrase, which is fortunate because great restaurants—high, low and in…

Downtown Los Angeles: The Hottest Place to MeetCVBsDestinations

Walt Disney Concert Hall Claim to Fame: It’s hot, and getting hotter The city’s central business district has been on fire for more than a decade. Once nearly irrelevant to daily—or visitor—life in L.A. (unless you were stuck having a job or business there), it’s now a nexus of hip attractions, great hotels and restaurants,…

On ‘Cue: Top 5 All-American Barbecue RestaurantsDestinationsFood & Beverage

Some say the birth of American barbecue traces to our 17th-century colonies. One thing’s sure: Messy, tangy barbecue is the star of many July 4 cookouts, and a year-round culinary and cultural hallmark. It’s also among the many things over which we have fierce disagreements. There are at least eight distinct regional variations—the Carolinas alone…

New Airline Security Rules May End Laptop BanNewsTravel

Air passengers flying to the U.S. from foreign countries can happily keep working away on their laptop computers – for now, at least — if airlines comply with new requirements announced by Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly today unveiled enhanced security measures for the 2,000 or so commercial flights arriving…

Meeting Trends: Millennials Favor In-Person Over Online MeetingsMeeting PlanningTrends

Great news, meeting professional: Your career is safe. That’s a takeaway from a recent poll conducted in the United States by event technology platform Eventbrite. The poll results overwhelmingly indicated most Americans believe events and in-person meetings are more effective than online experiences—and that positive change requires connecting with one another in person. “As the…

Bleisure Travel Raises Travel Policy QuestionsNewsTravelTrends

Over the past year, more than a third of North American business travelers mixed work with play by extending a work trip for leisure. According to a new study by GBTA Foundation (the research arm of Global Business Travel Association), millennials led the way in so-called bleisure travel. Bleisure is the current buzzword for combining…