Category Archives: Q&As

Secrets from a Hotel Designer: Q&A with Barbara Best-Santos

Caesars Entertainment is redesigning 10,000 guest rooms in Las Vegas and thousands more in Atlantic City and across the rest of the country. At The Flamingo Las Vegas alone, $90 million is going to make 1,270 rooms glitter and shine like champagne with vibrant hues of gold and bright pops of flamingo pink. We asked Barbara Best-Santos, associate principal at Forrest Perkins, which managed the design of these rooms, how they determined what would greet visitors when they arrive for their next conference.

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Q&A with Mike Mason of etouches

Q&A with Mike Mason, Vice President of Sourcing and Hospitality Solutions, etouches Home: Orlando Education: Central Michigan University Accolades: Named “Visionary” in Smart Meetings 2016 Supplier of the Year Awards Affiliations: Served on ASAE board of directors and was a member of MPI marketing committee Prediction: “I don’t see meetings ever going away.” You have…

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Q&A with Tania Armenta of Visit Albuquerque

Tania Armenta, President and CEO, Visit Albuquerque Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a journalism and mass communications, advertising and public relations degree Career: 19 years with Visit Albuquerque Affiliations: US Travel Association-Destinations Council, New Mexico Hospitality Association, Central Region Tourism Board Advice for Event Professionals: Blending unique cultural and outdoor experiences with meetings and…

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Obscurity

Have You Tried Injecting a Little Obscurity in Your Meeting?

Atlas Obscura takes over Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Steven Acres. When was the last time you staged a meeting for 1,600 people in a cemetery at night? That is exactly what Atlas Obscura co-founder Dylan Thuras did at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Participants, wielding maps of the 478-acre space, happened upon musical performances, readings,…

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Las Vegas

Q&A with Chris Meyer of Las Vegas CVA

Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Hometown: Parents were in the U.S. Navy, so bounced around a lot Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas business degree (met his wife, a planner, there) Career: 17 years with LVCVA; previously director of sales and marketing at The Venetian…

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Meet L.A., Virtually (There’s an App for That)

L.A. is so big and soooooo spread out, it can be daunting to get your arms around, let alone do site inspections. Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) knows this. That’s why it recently launched Virtual Discovery L.A., a virtual reality travel platform that provides meeting professionals with immersive 360-degree viewing experiences of…

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines Cultivates a Pioneering Spirit

Alaska-Virgin merger expands options for connecting worldwide Alaska Airlines started in 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee began flying a three-passenger Stinson out of Anchorage. A lot has changed since then. It now serves more than 40 million customers to 119 destinations and five countries. Smart Meetings checked in with Alaska Air Group to find out…

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Four Seasons Founder Isadore Sharp on the Power of Simplicity

Isadore Sharp in 1982, when Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts managed 12 properties Isadore Sharp has built Four Seasons based on one basic principle—the Golden Rule Position: Four Seasons founder and chairman of the board Birthplace: Toronto Education: Bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto Family: Wife, Rosalie; three sons;…

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