Latest issue: October 2017

In this issue

In Smart Meetings' October issue, don't miss our exciting collection of winners for the CVB Selfie Contest. We highlight the hidden gems from coast to coast—and the globe—to show off, all provided by convention and visitors' bureaus.

This issue also explores Great Britain's historic beauty, ideas for incentive travel, airport hotels all grown up, disrupting yourself at work, QR code technology and more.

Smart Meetings is an event planning publication covering meetings, industry news, including expert opinions and interviews, topical articles, coverage of destinations and venues in the U.S and worldwide, and features stories on incentive, corporate, government and association meetings.

Inspired Itineraries: Fresh Ideas for Incentive Travel

The meeting planner’s unofficial code includes a pledge to mold every event into a special experience—and thanks to planners’ finely honed ability to think both creatively and logistically, the success rate is high. But when it comes to incentive meetings, expectations are raised from special to unforgettable. Whether an incentive group is celebrating a job…

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Not Your Parents' Airport Hotels

Unique airport hotels are destinations themselves Airport hotels are synonymous with delayed flights, drab architecture and down time wasted far from the appealing lights of downtown. But some airport hotels have quietly become downright fabulous. Getting off a plane and immediately checking into a hotel, with low transit times and all the amenities of a…

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2017 CVB Selfie Contest: True Selfies

CVBs share their unique perspectives on picture-perfect places for your next meeting As event professionals put a premium on injecting authentic local experiences into events, we increasingly reach out to the local experts—CVBs—for help finding places and activities that will allow guests to really understand the heart and soul of a location. As important as…

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Learn from ASAE’s Radical Experiment

XDP rethinks events with the help of 2,000 co-creators The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has been producing an annual spring conference since 1976—the year Laverne and Shirley was all the rage on television. Every year it was pretty much same-old. Or, as Don Neal of 360 Live Media consulting company in Washington, D.C.,…

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5 Lessons in All-Inclusive Luxury

Or, why it matters who does it all From the first moment, you know you’re in the hands of pros. Maybe it’s the upbeat rock that pulsates just loudly enough through the high-ceiled lobby. Or the made-to-order craft cocktail quickly set before you. Or that ineffable feeling of having arrived. Just a few months old,…

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7 Boo-tiful Gifts Perfect for Autumn

Win a FREE Homesick Candle! Send a picture or written response explaining what makes your home state special. Use the hashtag #SmartMtgsStyle or send an email to editorial@smartmeetings.com by Friday, Nov.10. Congratulations to Rose-Marie Guerra, CMP, our last Smart Style winner! Tiny Tools Are you prepared for the inevitable minimergency? This kit has you covered…

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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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Signature Cheers!

Nothing says welcome quite like a beverage. Over the centuries, that ahhh-some refreshment has often been alcoholic (water and water storage being suspect). Resorts in the Caribbean and other steamy climes embraced this tradition, offering the newly arrived sugary fruit punch, with or without rum. More recently, boutique, upscale all-inclusives and ultra-luxury hotels have kicked…

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Spokane: Ready for Prime Time

Spokane’s revitalization boosts its meeting offerings Fam trips are most exciting when they’re full of surprises, revealing totally unexpected, fantastic features about destinations. Such was my experience during a visit to Spokane, Washington, last month. I was somewhat familiar with the city and learned that it had recently upped its game as a meetings and…

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Flying Well

A good flight begins with a healthy you My younger brother had open-heart surgery. It came as a complete surprise. Not long ago, he collapsed on his daily, 5-mile walk in his Maryland neighborhood and was turning blue when the EMS crew arrived at the scene. When he awoke, he was in the hospital. The…

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Selling Unique Session Formats to Meeting Stakeholders

How to get buy-in from executives, presenters and attendees In our last column, we spoke with Kristi Sanders, CMM, director of Meeting Professionals International Academy, about different session formats designed to generate deeper learning. They do this by proactively drawing upon the intellect and experience of all session participants. The six formats we highlighted use…

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Crank Up Your QR Code Competency Score

Quick Response makes connecting beyond the conference floor easy Quick Response (QR) code technology has been around for quite some time, but users may not realize that tucked away deep inside the pixelated square bar codes is more power than meets the naked eye. For meeting professionals, this mobile tool can elevate business productivity levels…

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Don't Underestimate Your Potential

Leadership expert Mark Sanborn challenges you to disrupt yourself Mark Sanborn probably doesn’t have anything to teach meeting professionals—or most other people, for that matter—about their industry. But the award-winning speaker, author and leadership expert has plenty of insights to help all of them. “I can’t teach John, our chief cardiac surgeon, about medicine or…

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Bright Perspective: Thank You for Sharing

The issue you are holding in your hands is always a popular one because the cover story shows off the people behind the places where we bring our groups. The dedicated concierges at convention and visitors bureaus—or CVBs as we affectionately call them—are valuable resources in our quest to connect attendees with the community where…

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Selling Unique Session Formats to Meeting Stakeholders

How to get buy-in from executives, presenters and attendees In our last column, we spoke with Kristi Sanders, CMM, director of Meeting Professionals International Academy, about different session formats designed to generate deeper learning. They do this by proactively drawing upon the intellect and experience of all session participants. The six formats we highlighted use…

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