When Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico 10 months ago at 175 miles per hour, Ben Tutt was there. As general manager of Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, a luxury resort in San Juan dating to 1919, he and the rest of the hospitality industry supported first responders as they struggled to restore services.
Sometimes event professionals have to create their own path to a better future. Smart Meetings asked a quartet of brave souls who found the right combination of vision, willpower and frustration required to set out on their own to chime in about the definition of leadership in today’s events world.
In January, Marriott International Vice President of Global Sales Tammy Routh hit “send” on an email that rocked the meeting planner world. Her message announced that the largest global hotel brand would cut commissions to independent planners by 30 percent. It was the start of a series of such announcements—Hilton Worldwide followed in in March and Intercontinental Hotels Group in May.
Are you one of 1,500 travel and tourism leaders jetting into Anaheim for Destinations International’s 2018 Annual Convention? CEO Don Welsh has promised four days of education and inspiration, including updates from Airbnb, Brand USA’s latest storytelling campaign and tips on marketing in times of crisis.
Tech companies are discovering what families in Airstream trailers have known for generations. Parks are a great place to reconnect, unwind and be inspired. The list of Silicon Valley companies that have bused employees to lakes and forests has grown exponentially.
For more than 20 years, Miller Tanner Associates (MTA) has specialized in events for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical-device industry. Smart Meetings sat down with two leaders from the team to learn how best to adopt emerging meeting formats for the future.
The Greater Palm Springs area economy is powered by group business. With more than 300 sunny days per year, the 120 hotels in Coachella Valley incorporate extravagant outdoor options (including 125 golf courses) with their ballrooms and breakouts—because why come to the desert if you aren’t going to see any sunshine?
Groups visiting New York City in 2019 will find even more to love. A wave of new hotels, attractions and restaurants will open their collective doors next year, just as the city is hosting a lineup of new global gatherings.
Famed Magnificent Mile is proving that while the Windy City may still be home to more steakhouses per capita than just about any other city in the country (to name a few, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Ditka’s Restaurant and Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago), options for groups are more varied—and authentic—than most planners may realize.
With costs rising faster than an express elevator to a penthouse welcome reception—particularly in the areas of technology and food and beverage—planners have had to watch every penny. Use these hacks to make sure your budget dollars go the distance.