Category Archives: Destination Galleries

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Diamonds in the Desert

The region encompassing metropolitan Phoenix is the fastest-growing in America. It has been for several decades. In fact, there’s really no way to describe this growth other than “eye-popping.” Exactly how eye-popping? Well, metro Phoenix had about 3.2 million people in 2000. When the next census rolls around in two years, that number may approach 5 million.

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The Inside Scoop on Outdoor Meetings

Sometimes the easiest way to trigger out of the box thinking is to get attendees out of the conference room for a couple of hours. Smart Meetings asked the experts at Greater Ontario California Convention & Visitors Bureau for tips on planning a productive excursion.

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California Road Trip

California’s love affair with the car is as storied as its scenic meeting destinations. Now that Highway 1 has completely reopened, offering frontseat views of the Pacific Ocean, Smart Meetings asked Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta and local destination experts to share some of the can’t-miss attractions up and down the coastal state.

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19 Insta-Worthy Spots in Los Angeles

Plan to have charging stations handy at all times for meetings in Los Angeles, because attendees will need to juice up throughout the day after snap, snap, snapping away. In the land of fame, fortune and excess, people will most certainly play paparazzi to document their time.

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Palm Springs: Scavenger Hunting Season Is Always Open

Gaining a true appreciation for a destination is one of the many perks of business travel. Groups meeting in Southern California’s Palm Springs area can explore by foot, Buzz trolley or a short car ride. The desert cities lend themselves perfectly to a scavenger hunt. By the time you return home, you’ll be a bona fide expert and know the intricacies of Palm Springs just as well as, if not better than, the locals.

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The True Nature of Georgia

Many planners are well-aware that Georgia features intriguing cities with great hotels, restaurants and entertainment options, but fewer know of the outstanding outdoor meeting spaces and activities for groups.

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An Insider Guide to SoCal

Immersing your attendees into a destination’s local culture is a time-tested way to give them a sense of place that goes beyond the four walls of the conference room. In fact, today’s attendees not only desire this immersion—they expect it.

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Nevada: Energy Boosters in the Silver State

Nicknamed the Silver State because of the importance of silver to its history and economy, Nevada features a highly diverse landscape that includes arid plains and snowcapped mountains, as reflected by its two major areas, Las Vegas and Reno/ Tahoe, respectively.

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The Real Cities of Orange County

Orange County, California, is home to 3.2 million residents, who enjoy beautiful vistas ranging from dramatic cliffs overlooking sunny beaches to scenic harbors and impressive mountains. Rather than revolving around one city, the county features several vital cities, each of which offers attractive options for meetings groups.

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