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
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American Group Travel Awards: We’re Nominated!News

Smart Meetings is nominated as Best Travel Media Outlet in the 2017 American Group Travel Awards (AGTA), which recognizes suppliers delivering outstanding services and group travel experiences in North America. Nominations in 22 categories also include hotels, airlines, cruise lines, ground transportation, rental car companies, convention centers, CVBs and more. Categories and nominees were chosen…

Tea Break

At Your Next Meeting, Take a Tea BreakNewsTrends

The trend toward longer, more inspired breaks at meetings—30, 40 or even 60 minutes to refresh the mind and body—can encompass many activities, or none at all. (The latter possibility is known as “white space,” for unstructured time blocks.) In keeping with millennials’ desire for deeper, more experiential events, breaks can offer team games, stretching…

planner prioritize cleanliness

Survey: Meeting Planners Prioritize Safety, CleanlinessMeeting Planning

Hotel room rates have gone through the roof, a dangerous or dirty meeting site is a major no-no and destination bad press is a who-cares. Those are among the major findings of STR’s 2017 Meeting Assessment Program, also known as DestinationMAP. DestinationMAP is a comprehensive study of meeting planners and the meetings market in North…

Benefits of Salt

Salt is Healthy for YouHealth & Wellness

Who knew? Only halotherapists, for centuries The scolds of medical science are forever warning us off salt. As in their dire equation, too much salt equals high blood pressure equals heart attack. But did you know salt has been used for millennia to promote health? In fact, there’s even a name for this. It’s called…

Tea

Enjoy the Calming Effects of TeaFood & Beverage

It’s an ancient Chinese legend. The very first “cuppa” came about in 2737 B.C., when a leaf from an overhanging tea shrub drifted into a Chinese emperor’s pot. The English began sipping in earnest in the 17th century, and by the 1840s, no British afternoon was complete (in society’s upper echelons, especially) without a steaming…

Avoiding Tainted Alcohol While Traveling

Avoiding Tainted Alcohol While TravelingTips & Tools

It’s not a pretty travel story. In January, a Wisconsin family vacationed at a five-star, all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Within two hours of arrival, their two college kids were unconscious, face down in the pool. The 20-year-old daughter died. Since that incident was reported recently by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, numerous eerily…

Survey: American Travelers Want to Go Abroad, Despite Everything

Survey: American Travelers Want to Go Abroad, Despite EverythingNewsTravel

An overwhelming majority of Americans say highly publicized airline incidents, travel bans and tightened restrictions for carry-on items have not dampened their zeal for traveling out of the country. American travelers express concern about feeling welcome abroad, however, and many millennials are not willing to travel if they oppose certain policies, regardless of whether or…

saltwater pools to dive for

Saltwater Pools to Dive ForDestinationsHealth & Wellness

Saltwater pools are becoming increasingly common at luxury hotels and on cruise ships. Saltwater swimming pools contain a tiny fraction of the salt in seawater—3,000 to 5,000 parts per million, compared to 35,000 parts per million in the ocean. For many swimmers in saltwater pools, that translates to no red, itchy eyes, lung irritation or…

Bigger than a Cellphone? X-Ray It, TSA SaysNews

Coming soon to an airport near you: Travelers will now have to place their iPads, tablets, Kindles, portable game consoles and any other electronic gadget bigger than a cellphone on a conveyor belt,  heading for X-ray. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been piloting this increased level of security at 10 airports, and has now…

Which is the Greenest Airport of Them All?NewsTravel

The airline industry is massively fossil-fuel dependent, so it is no surprise numerous efforts have been made in recent years to be more fuel efficient, including designs with less wind drag, and biofuel made from algae and other renewable sources. Now, though, the spotlight is on airport terminals. Like hotels, convention centers and other spaces…