Category Archives: Technology


DoubleDutch and American Express Partner on Med Meetings App

DoubleDutch and American Express Meetings & Events have partnered to create a new app aimed at medical and pharmaceutical meetings. HCP Mobile Connect was designed to be a key tool in assisting pharmaceutical companies meet complex compliance regulations when hosting health care providers (HCP) at events. The app is powered by DoubleDutch technology. It will allow those…

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Marriott, PCMA Unveil 5 Future Meeting Trends

It’s easy to look at attendance numbers and report that the meetings and events industry is and has been growing—but why is it growing? And how do we help keep that upward trajectory going? Hospitality giant Marriott International has announced a partnership with meeting leaders Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) to answer that question. They…

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Shanghai Disney to Take Major Tech Leap

It seemed like only yesterday that Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando introduced its electronic MagicBand bracelets to facilitate customer access to its parks and purchase ride tickets, food and souvenirs, among other things. Disney is now set to take another technological leap by opting to not use the bracelets and instead enable mobile devices…

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Crave tablets are available in all 4,004 ARIA guestrooms

New Aria Tablets Boost Tailored Guest Experience

Aria Resort & Casino is starting 2016 with a bang, partnering with guests services software company Crave Interactive to roll out tablet computers in all 4,004 guest rooms of their AAA Five Diamond resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The tablets, which are already available in each guest room, aim to provide guests and groups with…

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Pay Phone Booths Reborn as Wi-Fi Kiosks

No one uses pay phones anymore due to the proliferation of cell phones. In an innovative project, New York City is converting obsolete pay phone booths into powerful, multi-purpose Wi-Fi  kiosks that passersby can use to charge their cell phones, browse the web, get maps or directions, contact emergency services or make free phone calls…

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More Than Just a T-Shirt

Don’t be alarmed if you see meeting participants scanning each other’s upper torsos these days. Star Gifts has introduced new T-shirts that feature a personalized QR code on the front that can be scanned to reach a company’s website or online press kit. The shirts, which are ١٠٠ percent cotton, also can link directly to…

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The Future Is Now

Meetings and tourism industries are proving grounds for new technologies During the 2016 Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders conference Jan. 10−13 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tourism Victoria of Canada will introduce its newest staff member, a robot. A leader when it comes to embracing new technology, Tourism Victoria created buzz at the key meetings…

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Mark Your Territory with MapJam

Meeting professionals who want to give attendees as much insight as possible about the surrounding neighborhoods where they are are gathering should check out MapJam. The Web and mobile map publishing platform enables businesses, organizations and planners to create useful, personalized maps that are easy to share. The MapJam platform eliminates the need for Web…

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Mobile Apps

Mobile Apps to Interact, Engage & Measure

Make mobile apps work for your event In recent years, we have seen the role of technology, particularly the impact of mobile apps and devices, transform people’s abilities to connect and communicate with one another. Over time, these technologies have been shown to improve travel experiences and enhance the way attendees and planners conduct business….

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New Meeting Properties

18 New Meeting Properties Christened in 2015

There are more options than ever to host meetings and events at trendy, new properties around the world. Here’s a look at 18 new meeting properties that were christened during 2015. Feel free to tell them Smart Meetings sent you. We love sharing our insights! It’s what we live for. Hotel Eastlund Portland, Oregon The fast-growing Eastside of…

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