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Despite Restrictions, Travel to the U.S. GrowsNewsTravelTrends

Despite fears the Trump travel ban would hurt tourism, the number of travelers visiting the U.S. is up. International arrivals in May were 5.2 percent higher year over year. In April they were 6.6 percent higher than a year earlier. “There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the US travel market—perception of the country…

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown Welcomes 2017 Fully RevitalizedSponsored Content

The $27 million dollar transformation of Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown started with the renovation of the 413 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, and the addition of the Kennedy Junior Ballroom. The final touches of the project covered the redesign of the lobby, lounge and outdoor courtyard, which drew inspiration from the geometry of an…

Amenity Deck at Le Meridien/AC Hotel Denver Downtown

Denver: Mile High City Attracts MeetingsHotels & ResortsMeeting Planning

Denver has a lot to brag about these days. The Mile High City boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, some of the country’s best outdoor experiences, a burgeoning dining scene, an active arts environment and, of course, rising prominence as a meetings destination. I discovered this first hand during a recent trip to Denver…

Plan an Unforgettable and Safe Firework Show at Your Next EventMeeting PlanningTrends

Star Spangled 200 (All photos courtesy of Fireworks by Grucci) Visualize looking up at the dark night sky and seeing your event or brand logo bursting in color. Now imagine looking at the expression of awe on the faces of your event’s attendees. Incorporating fireworks into a meeting can be impactful, but there are several…

Smart Meetings Featured in USA TodayNewsPeople in the News

Marin Bright, founder, CEO and editorial director of Smart Meetings, shared her insights on the travel industry with millions of readers June 26 as a featured columnist in Business Travel & Events, a special insert in USA Today’s print and online editions. The article, titled “Your 4-Part Guide to Making Business Travel a Breeze,” covers…

Health-Care Event Planners Adapt to a Shifting LandscapeHealth & WellnessMeeting Planning

As she presented a session at the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) most recent World Education Congress, titled “The Future of Healthcare Meetings,” Pat Schaumann made a telling comment. “There is really no way to predict the future beyond trying to extrapolate on present trends—regulations or technology or some other element could be completely different in…