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

Hotels Think PinkNews

To kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month last Sunday, the White House became the Pink House for a night, continuing a tradition begun in President George W. Bush’s second term. But where POTUS sleeps isn’t the only “home away from home” to underscore this important annual reminder of the importance of early detection of…

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DMA West Update: U.S. as Amazing as EverNews

Adapting to changing times and ever-changing technology dominated the presentations and discussions at the Education Summit hosted this week by Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West) at The Linq in Las Vegas. In the opening keynote, Aaron Wodin-Schwartz, vice president for public policy at Brand USA, said the public-private organization tasked with promoting…

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Trump Travel Ban Gets More SpecificNewsTravel

Meeting planners looking for solid ground regarding the Trump administration travel ban may be disheartened to know it has been revised—again. The latest version adds visitors from North Korea and Venezuela, and eliminates Sudan from the banned list. But it does stipulate specific types of travelers banned from the eight nations that are included. As…

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Trump Travel Ban Revised…AgainNews

The Trump travel ban is getting tweaked yet again. Stringent restrictions on travelers from six majority-Muslim nations will be replaced by more targeted limitations. These new rules are based on how well security standards to block terrorists posing as tourists or other legitimate visitors have been set in place by individual governments The change could…

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Early Reports: Mexico City Will Rebound QuicklyNews

It’s not nearly business as usual in Mexico City after yesterday’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake, but early indications are that recovery may be much less prolonged than initially feared. Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) reopened early this morning, though some damage was sustained and several flights diverted yesterday. Leopoldo Farias Barlow, executive director of the Mexico City-based…

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Hotels Responding to Climate Change, Report SaysHotels & ResortsNews

If you’ve noticed more recycling bins in hotel rooms or temperature controls that automatically switch off when you’re away, it might be your hotel is taking a stand on global climate change. More than eight in ten hotels say the issue of climate change impacts their decisions to make operational improvements and investments, according to…

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Most Fun Cities in the U.S.? Read On!Destinations

Fun is risky business. That’s because what floats your boat may sink someone else’s. Nonetheless, the uber-quants at WalletHub have taken a stab at crunching the “fun” numbers—by comparing the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics. These range from the hour of last call for alcohol at bars, to the cost of…

Banish the Afternoon SlumpHealth & WellnessTips & Tools

6 easy ways to stay on top of your game all day In the gung-ho world of American business, we scoff at siestas. But that Latin tradition is an important one, according to many medical experts, because our bodies have evolved to crave afternoon naps. “A major reason for this is that human beings are…

It’s Fire SeasonFood & Beverage

Restaurant kitchens across the land are on fire. Wood-fired cooking has chefs competing to see who can come up with the most Pitmaster-ish updates to classics of the smokin’ hot grill. In the Charlotte Marriott City Center, Stoke is overseen by Executive Chef Chris Coleman, one of North Carolina’s most respected chefs. Local hams hang from…