Smart Meetings interviewed Margie Sittion, senior VP of sales for the San Diego Tourism Authority at IMEX America who noted proudly that San Diego was recently named America’s Smart City by National Geographic. In a world-wide search, San Diego was the single city in North America to be recognized.

Sitton says her team of 13 “destination experts,” match their attendees with the best possible hotels, resorts and convention venues the booming city has to offer. She notes that San Diego, whose community naturally lends itself to health, has a renewed commitment to health and wellness. The sea-side city boasts miles of sandy beaches, great weather, exceptional outdoor space, golf courses, hiking trails and visitors can even perform yoga while paddle boarding.

The sales executive recognizes that meeting attendees are more and more interested in innovation and networking. She says San Diego’s top industries are innovation technology followed closely by tourism, and the popular community is able to fulfill attendees’ business needs, as well as meet their expectations regarding recreation.