Category Archives: News

diwali treats

Emirates Lights Up Skies with Festive Diwali Treats

The Hindu holiday of Diwali is being celebrated all over the world this week, even at a 30,000-foot altitude in the sky. Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, is honoring Indian culture by serving passengers special treats. All passengers flying to India from Dubai are receiving a Diwali delicacy. In economy class, guests are getting Motichoor Ladoos,…

Read more
planners fight harassment

How Planners can Participate in the #MeToo Movement

If you’re on social media, you have almost certainly come across the #metoo hashtag recently. These words have become a rallying cry to raise awareness about sexual harassment and assault. It began with a tweet from Alyssa Milano, a famous entertainer, producer and activist. If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as…

Read more

Wine Country Fires Partially Halted But Not Nearly Out, Death Toll At All-Time High

Weary firefighters today battled to keep wildfires from whipping into populated (though partially evacuated) towns in Northern California’s Wine Country counties of Sonoma and Napa. Helicopters dropped water, and bulldozers continued to cut containment trenches, which now stretch around one-quarter of the two biggest fires, with a strategy of shielding cities like Napa, Calistoga and…

Read more
phoenix train ironman

In Phoenix, Your Group Can Train for an Ironman

Hotels are bending over backwards, as it were, to promote unique fitness and wellness offerings to guests, including meetings attendees. But Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix may have raced ahead of the pack, at least for the moment. Among its new suite of fitness-focused teambuilding and breakout sessions for 10 to 35 attendees is Ironman training…

Read more

IMEX America 2017 Highlights

Marin Bright and the Smart Meetings team report on more action from the seventh annual IMEX America 2017. The trade show took place at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Day Three surpassed the first two by a long shot, with even more spectacular sights and interactions. A special thank you to everyone who…

Read more
southwest hawaii route

Aloha! Southwest is Hawaii-Bound

“We anticipate fares will drop.” With those five words, the gauntlet was dropped this week by Andrew Watterson, executive vice president of Southwest Airlines. Now the third-busiest carrier in the United States, Southwest plans to enter the Hawaii market next year—and set off what industry insider refer to as “the Southwest effect” by forcing competitors…

Read more
best of imex day 1

Best of IMEX Day 1

Couldn’t make it to Vegas for the biggest event industry show of the year? We have your highlights from the first official day of IMEX America right here. Plus, let’s be honest, even if you are here, it is impossible to see everything. IMEX reports a record 3,300 companies from around the world were there…

Read more
day of the girl

What Meeting Planners Can Do to Support #DayoftheGirl

Today marks International Day of the Girl. The United Nations sanctioned this date in 2012 as an initiative to empower girls who have been victimized by a variety of circumstances, ranging from violence to natural disasters. UN Women—an organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women—issued a statement saying, “On the International Day…

Read more