Category Archives: Events

Positive Connections, West Coast Style

Smart Meeting West National fostered new ties, fond memories What do you call three days of fresh food concepts, team spirit, cardio drumming and the most productive one-on-one appointments on the planet? Smart Meeting West National, that’s what. The last event of the series for 2017 landed Sept. 10 at the beautiful Monarch Beach Resort…

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Say Yes to Smart Meeting Southwest

Batter up! Smart Meeting Southwest is taking attendees out to the ballpark on Nov. 9. Keynote speakers Ed Robinson and Four Day Weekend will take the field at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington. Guests can rest up and get game-day ready at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Arlington DFW South. Ed…

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Smart Meetings TV at IMEX America 2017

Smart Meetings TV host Mike Lyons chatted with representatives from CVBs, hotels and more to find out what each place has to offer meeting professionals currently and in the near future. Watch the videos below to learn how cities you’re familiar with are evolving and discover new places you have yet to visit.

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Learn from ASAE’s Radical Experiment

XDP rethinks events with the help of 2,000 co-creators The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has been producing an annual spring conference since 1976—the year Laverne and Shirley was all the rage on television. Every year it was pretty much same-old. Or, as Don Neal of 360 Live Media consulting company in Washington, D.C.,…

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How IMEX Made a Point of Promoting Women in Events—And You Can, Too

Amid the rush of appointments at Sands Expo in Las Vegas during IMEX America, a group of more than 100 women—along with a contingent of supportive men—gathered to celebrate Women in Events. The oasis of community was the Event Tech Tribe booth. The hosts were Leonora Valvo, founder and CEO of Swoogo; and Marie-Claire Andrews,…

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Research as Destiny

Destinations International’s annual conference pointed the way to the future The big reveal at the annual conference in Montreal for the group formerly known as Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) was a new look, message and name for the host, now to be known as Destinations International. “We are fundamentally changing the way we operate,”…

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Hosted Buyer Program is a Hallmark of IMEX Events

The hosted buyer program is a key element of the IMEX trade show Ray Bloom, chairman and founder of IMEX Group, pioneered the hosted buyer concept in the 1980s and has been developing it ever since. Some 300 exhibitors invite their key clients to come to IMEX America as hosted buyers. This year, IMEX America…

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