Meet in the Heart of Monterey!

Experience the best of the central California coast at the AAA Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay. Located near downtown Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf, our bayfront hotel is a luxury escape for families, romantics, and adventurers. Voted among the Top Twenty Hotels in Northern California by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers, Portola Hotel is the ultimate vacation destination.

COUNTDOWN

HOTEL GALLERY

PROGRAM

Sunday, November 5, 2023 - All Times Pacific Standard Time

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm White Glove Welcome: Guest Registration & Check-In
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Welcome Reception: Meet & Greet
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Step up your Smarts - Keynote Speaker
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Explore the Floor: Property Tour
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Kick off Celebration: Reception & Dinner

Monday, November 6, 2023 - All Times Pacific Standard Time

6:30 am - 7:15 am Seize the Day: Wake Up Activity
7:30 am - 8:30 am Ms. B’s Breakfast Social: Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 10:00 am Instant Start to Smart - Keynote Speaker
10:15 am - 11:30 am Meet Your Matches
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Refresh & Rejuvenate: Morning Break
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Meet Your Matches … Continued
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Luncheon
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Build & Bond Brilliantly: Team Activity
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm #MeTime
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Ms. B’s Bright Bash

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - All Times Pacific Standard Time

7:30 am - 8:30 am Ms. B’s Breakfast Social: Breakfast Buffet
8:30 am - 9:45 am Instant Start To Smart - Keynote Speaker
10:00 am - 12:30 pm Meet Your Matches
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Seal the Deal Feast: Luncheon
1:45 pm #MeTime

TESTIMONIALS

I enjoyed meeting with the suppliers, as well as planners.  It is always so enlightening at these experiences to be able to discuss the highs and lows of the hospitality industry.

Michelle Rydzewski, Kadant Solutions

 

Spot on speakers, gorgeously planned surprises, and serious business happened at the Eau Palm Beach at the Smart Meetings event! We are grateful for the excellent contacts and wonderful memories we made! Thank you!

Ashley Baptiste, Conferences Connect

 

I thought having hosted an event at my property that I had already saturated the audience that would attend the event, but I was mistaken! I met mostly NEW planners who had heard about the event hosted at my location but now I was able to full immerse myself in the experience with them. I walked away with two RFP’s and 4 hot leads. We will certainly budget to attend another show in the future.

-Tiffany DiPasquale, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Drover

 

Great Event! Kudos to the whole team! Both nights’ events were fabulous. Loved the unique way to use the spa, and will be reaching out to one of our local spas to create something similar and food, music and the whole experience at the market was great.

Julie Stow, Cedar Rapids Tourism

FAQS

Smart Meeting events are 100% complimentary for qualified meeting planners. Hotels and destinations, please contact your sales rep at salesteam@smartmeetings.com for your best available rate.

We use a sophisticated software to custom match our planners with premier properties that fit your region, budget and venue preferences. As the event nears, planners and suppliers will have the opportunity to select their appointment preferences to ensure their highest attendee satisfaction.

Yes! Planners are welcome to attend one regional event and one national event each year. Hotels and destinations may attend unlimited events.

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