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CVB Marketing Genius Makes HeadlinesCVBsDestinationsTrends

Seattle Convention and visitor bureaus throughout the world produce cutting-edge marketing campaigns that are winning awards and making statements. The creative genius behind CVB promotional strategies not only fuel buzz that impact tourism and meetings, but help destinations tell their unique stories. Starting Jan. 9, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new global marketing and advertising campaign that…

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Disturbing Breakdown at Customs CheckpointsInternationalNewsTravel

Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, had some harsh words for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) following a four-hour technical disruption on Jan. 2 that caused long delays at checkpoints nationwide. According to the CBP, the service breakdown does not appear to be malicious, but it did create a lot of issues since…

Top Convention Center Projects Underway in 2016Convention CentersCVBsDestinationsMeeting PlanningTrends

Houston convention district Convention center projects around the globe signal a very bright future for meetings and events in the new year. From San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney to Aberdeen, Scotland, convention center projects include major expansions and new builds that are born from demand. Houston, Texas Houston’s downtown convention district is…

Hugs and KissimmeeCVBsDestinationsHotels & Resorts

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Cozy up to another side of Greater Orlando Experience Kissimmee and Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate made Florida Encounter proud during the annual meetings and events trade show Nov. 30−Dec. 2. Often overshadowed by Orlando, one of the top meeting destinations in the world, next-door Kissimmee in Osceola County has…

New and Renovated Hotels: New Resorts for the New YearHotels & ResortsNews

MGM National Harbor, Maryland 2017 is off to an awesome start thanks to these properties The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor in Maryland was christened in December on the banks of the Potomac River. The meeting center and entertainment resort features 53,000 sq. ft. of event space, including a 16,137-square-foot ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows that…

A Toast to New and Renovated Meeting PropertiesHotels & ResortsTrendsVenues

Boston Park Plaza Smart Meetings prides itself on uncovering new and renovated properties capable of hosting incredible meetings and events. Our monthly report in our magazine is one of the most popular features in each issue. As a salute to 2016 and glance into the crystal ball for what may be in 2017, here’s a look…

Airport Hotels Soared to New Heights in 2016Hotels & ResortsTrends

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel One of the biggest meeting trends Smart Meetings saw this year was the rise of new and improved airport hotels. Throughout the world, really, airport hotels are emerging as key meeting venues that are both convenient and cutting-edge. We’re not playing favorites, but we believe The Westin Denver International Airport reflects…

Sports Anaheim Recruitment Strategies Paying OffCVBsDestinationsTrends

Visit Anaheim is strengthening its status as one of the top meeting destinations in the United States with a new partnership with three prominent sports organizations. Already the “Happiest Place On Earth” thanks to Disneyland Park being in its backyard, Anaheim is now positioning itself to be the “Healthiest Place On Earth.” Using Anaheim Convention…