Category Archives: Destinations

Site Inspection: Discover a Meeting Oasis

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?

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Smart Dispatch: Beyond the Steakhouse

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.

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Alabama—Eat Well, Sleep Well, Meet Well

In the land of southern hospitality and rib-sticking meals, there’s quite an adventure awaiting you. Historic landmarks like the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, with one of only three worldwide displays of an authentic Saturn V moon rocket, and the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park are top attractions.

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If the Walls Could Talk in the Mid-Atlantic

Seven score and 13 years ago, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banned slavery, but President Abraham Lincoln emancipated the slaves two years prior, in 1863. Slave labor, of course, had built the grand edifices of the Confederacy, and today the Mid-Atlantic is steeped in plantations and estates from that era.

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9 Destinations on the Rise in 2018

Cities are like people—they have their ups and downs. Many around the world have been struck with crises or have simply become overshadowed by more famous tourist magnets. But these same cities ultimately come bouncing back, offering fresh and enriching experiences and turning into exciting, trending destinations.

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Mexico’s Pacific Coast: Gorgeous and Accessible

Mexico’s Pacific Coast is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, outstanding year-round weather and a roster of resorts, restaurants and other group-friendly venues. It’s similar to California in that regard, and is roughly the same flight time from the U.S. East Coast. Even better, the number of flights from major U.S. cities to Mexican coastal destinations such as Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos and Mazatlan has steadily increased in recent years. As a result, it’s easier than ever for business groups to experience the culture, cuisine, climate and hospitality in all of these places.

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Smart Meetings Heads Far East

Smart Meetings will be in one of the world’s hottest, most dynamic meetings destinations—South Korea—from June 10 to 15. We’ll be in Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju and Incheon, visiting several of the country’s top hotels, cultural attractions, historical sites and restaurants.

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