Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Cooling Off Period

POOL PARTIES Ahhh, Vegas in July. With average high temperatures hovering around 104 degrees F, there's only one safe haven outside of full-blast air conditioning: swimming pools. The Vegas pool scene is getting hotter, as it were, with different properties offering frequent parties to lure sun-soaking fun-seekers. Further, they're opening private "clubs" in their pool…

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Convention Centers Tastings

Soft lighting accentuates lush wood detailing and throws the table into a warm spotlight. The aromas from the kitchen swirl in the air and act as an appetizer before the appetizer. Someone across from you motions that the show is about to begin. Turning in your plush chair, you are greeted with an elaborate act…

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Take our beds…please

Don’t worry. He’s not a detective. Young is vice president of creative and operations for Boxport, a San Francisco-based company that sells the luxury goods, furnishings and amenities featured in many hotels. These include Kimpton Hotels, Shutters Hotel on the Beach in Santa Monica and the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Young is always on the…

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Interview with Reina Herschdorfer

You’re working in one of the most competitive meeting venues in the world. What can planners do to establish a good relationship with you? It’s important for meeting planners to come in with the mindset that this is going to be a partnership. The most successful meetings are the ones where they become part of…

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Escape from the rock (by taking your group out to dinner)

If you're planning a group meeting and thinking about doing all evening events in one hotel, the same place where everyone will not only be staying, but where you're also holding all the group's meetings and where they eat all their meals, think again. That place could start to feel more like the Chateau d'if…

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nTag’s New Featherweight

Smart Meetings has covered the latest in Radio Frequency ID (RFID) in the past, but we're delighted to note that Version 2 of the nTAG interactive name badge was released two weeks ago, holding true to form. Following the successful circulation of the chunkier original some 45,000 times since the company's founding less than three-and-a-half…

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Interview with Rick Wakida Global Travel Manager, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Foster City, California

Gilead is a growing biopharmaceutical company, having produced Tamiflu and Viread, among other infectious-disease-fighting therapies. What is the scope of your responsibility there? Before I arrived at the end of last year, the company's larger meetings were outsourced, but the rest were handled internally. There was never a travel program or a travel manager here…

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Going Green

After a tough winter in much of the country, spring has finally arrived. The air is getting warmer, buds are appearing on trees and the landscape is taking on an Oz-like hue. Chefs at restaurants and hotels across the nation are taking advantage of nature’s offerings by incorporating a variety of green foods into their…

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2006 Platinum Choice Awards

As the year draws to a close, we are pleased to announce the winners of our 2006 Platinum Choice Awards. While possessing unique characteristics that set them apart, all of the recipients share the same commitment to excellence. By going above and beyond and out of their way, our winners not only stand out in…

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Be Well

More than 100 adventurers recently descended on the Four Seasons Resort Whistler in British Columbia. They participated in mountain biking, river rafting, horseback riding, ziptrek rides, golfing, hiking and even an Amazing Race-type event in which small groups dashed around the town of Whistler looking for clues. The group also spent hours at the 15-treatment-room…

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