JT Long

JT Long

Content Chief at Smart Meetings
JT Long is content chief at Smart Meetings. She brings 25 years of experience in journalism and community-building and has written books on management and motivation.
JT Long


Content Chief at Smart Meetings, Question Asker at Large, Storyteller at Heart
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New Ways to Quench Your Thirst in OaklandDestinations

Visitors to the big city on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay need never fear going thirsty, regardless of preferred style of beverage. Oakland (pop. 420,000) is now home to an ale trail with 12 unique stops, wine trail with nine easy-to-access tasting rooms and some of the most serious coffee culture outside Seattle….

event fire safety

An Event Professional’s Guide to Fire SafetyNews

The devastating 7,000-acre La Tuna wildfire that tore through the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank is a reminder for event planners that this time of year, when much of the country is at its driest, event professionals need to be prepared for the worst. The Department of Homeland Security has suggestions for what to do…

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What Allegiant’s Entry into Hospitality World Means to PlannersHotels & ResortsNews

When discount airline Allegiant Travel Company announced at the end of August that it would be developing a massive hotel/condo resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast, investor sites went wild. One Allegiant Air executive quit. A lot of planners said, hmmm. Allegiant will continue to pull from the playbooks of Pan American Airways and United Airlines…

new ar at events

Will Apple Make It Easier to Add an AR Twist to Your Next Meeting?TechnologyTechnology News

Event planners are starting to inject real-world connections in meetings by including artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality. Often this has been limited to merging data from social media profiles to populate conference apps and suggest meetings. GPS capabilities most often show up in treasure hunts and suggestions for breakout sessions, but Apple could…

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Terrorist Attack Impacting Travel Plans? You May be InsuredNewsTravel

In the days after a van drove into a crowd in Barcelona, Spain, killing 17 people and injuring more than 100 others, many already traveling in the area—and many more planning trips—were left wondering what to do in the face of an incident that was labeled a terrorist attack. British Airways came out immediately saying…

hilton new passport program

Why Hilton Wants You to Get a PassportNewsTravel

Hilton Hotels & Resorts announced a new program that will make applying for a passport easy and rewarding. New Passport Project events at properties across the country and one airport yet to be determined will be one-stop shops for passport photos and help with the application process. At an event in New York City this…

5 New Luxury Hotels in Memorable Places

5 New Luxury Hotels in Memorable PlacesDestinationsInternational

These new luxury hotels reflect the essence of their world-class cities: from rock and roll’s roots to Alpine serenity, events in these signature spaces will be infused with the character of place and attention-to-detail only luxury properties offer. The Westin Jackson, Mississippi   Westin Hotels & Resorts’ first property in Mississippi is a celebration of…

finding perfect meeting match

5 Best Apps for Finding Your Perfect Meeting MatchAppsTechnology

We all know the importance of location—being in the right place at the right time with the right people. But did you know there are apps that facilitate finding those places and coordinating with those people? Here are five ways to make getting from here to there just a little easier. Meetways This mapping platform…


ASAE Encourages Open Flow of Ideas, Advocates Against DiscriminationNews

The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE) Annual Meeting in Toronto opened bright and early Aug. 13 with a selfie—a critical look at what the organization stands for and what it will not stand by and accept. John Graham, ASAE president and CEO, walked on stage to take a photo of the 4,500 attendees (registration beat…