Latest issue: December 2017

In this issue

In Smart Meetings' December issue, don't miss our feature about the event industry's resiliency in the wake of disasters.

This issue also explores Mexico's gorgeous East Coast, Palm Springs' new identity, the variety in Washington state, indoor gardens, tips for leading a more proactive life 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.

Citywides Spell Big Time for Planners

Citywide conventions bring cities and communities together. They give destinations the chance to dazzle and entertain visitors by showing off their best attributes. Corporations and associations love them because the scale imparts powerful growth opportunities for entire organizations. Cities use them as opportunities to show off their latest achievements, build local pride and boost the economy.

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The New Customized Normal

From the shape of the spaces where we hold our events to the way we nourish people, compose our agendas and measure our success, what was experimental, eccentric and exceptional yesterday is now expected as the new normal in a world where personalization is the rule and dictating what is eaten, listened to and seen is not tolerated.

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#HospitalityStrong

The last two months have been challenging for many across the country as a series of tragedies has taken loved ones, destroyed homes and history, and reignited questions about how we treat each other.

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The Essential Emergency Plan Checklist

Are you ready before, during and after an emergency? Here's the checklist that is a must-have for every planner, ready for any disaster.

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SITE Steps in to Help Hurricane Victims

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a long road to recovery after devastating hurricanes in September, but have been receiving significant help from many sources, including the Florida and Caribbean chapter of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE).

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As Las Vegas Stands Tall, the World Sends a Hug

It’s often said adversity brings out the best in us. Certainly, that’s proven true in the aftermath of our recent natural disasters. These terrible moments level the playing field. Acts of generosity and kindness spring from every quarter of the community.

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Defining Hospitality When Disaster Strikes

There’s a reason they call it the hospitality industry. The word itself comes from Latin roots that originally meant “to have power.” As hosts, convention centers, hotels, restaurants, air carriers, cruise lines and other facets of hospitality certainly have it within their power to create memories of a lifetime.

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Power of Music Unites Puerto Rico

The record-breaking “Despacito” was the song of summer 2017. The catchy Latin tune garnered so much airplay, Puerto Rico Tourism Company named the singer Luis Fonsi the face of its international tourism campaign. As summer turned to fall, Puerto Rico once again made headlines when Hurricane Maria blew through town. The Spanish word despacito translates to “slowly” in English, and Puerto Ricans are taking a slowly-but-surely approach to recovery. There is no denying it will take a while for suburban communities to bounce back, but the encouraging news is that San Juan is fully operational to host major meetings.

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Napa and Sonoma Rise Again

Tourism is one of the leading employers in California’s Wine Country. When news reports across the country showed photos in October of the Sonoma and Napa hills on fire, thousands of acres burned and 16 wineries were severely damaged. But almost 1 million acres were left untouched in Sonoma County alone, and 1,200 wineries are still open and pouring. Featured here are a handful of the hundreds of beautiful meeting spaces welcoming attendees to intoxicatingly beautiful venues in the area.

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Q&A with Toni Zoblotsky, Director of B2B Marketing and Sales Valet of Hilton Worldwide

When it comes to event planning, Toni Zoblotsky knows a thing or two about meeting with a purpose. Here's our Q&A getting her input on the industry.

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6 Power Players Making Moves at Hyatt, Hard Rock Hotel and More

These six power players are making moves at Hyatt Regency, Conrad New York, Hard Rock Hotel and more.

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Your Job Just Got Even More Complex

The niche between the proverbial rock and a hard place that event professionals often inhabit could be even cozier in the coming year, according to the results of a new American Express Meetings & Events study. The 2018 Global Meetings and Events Forecast surveyed 600 event professionals and found that at the same time group hotel rates and airfare are climbing, overall meeting spend could remain flat, and meeting owners are scrutinizing the details more than ever.

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Site Inspection: Newport Beach, California

What was once known as the playground for celebrities—Shirley Temple was crowned the first Miss Newport Beach at age 13 and John Wayne lived there in the ‘60s—is becoming an even more attractive site for corporate events as all eight of the major hotels in this Orange County enclave have gone through recent renovations of meeting space in the last few years.

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Wall-to-Table Dining

“The 2020s will be the decade of the Vertical Agriculture Revolution,” proclaims futurist Ray Kurzweil, who’s also director of engineering at Google. He’s referring to veggies and herbs grown sustainably indoors without dirt, using hydroponic (plants rooted in nutrient-rich liquid) or aeroponic (no growing medium) technology and often arrayed as a living wall.

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Designing the Well Meeting

 Recently, the high priests and priestesses of wellness gathered for their annual get-together. These are the visionaries and leaders of the global wellness industry, those who pioneer and advocate wellness practices and treatments. But this year, the “delegates” at this invitation-only event were also wellness guinea pigs. They may not have been aware of it, but they were the first attendees at a large event to be touched by a process called “purposeful design.”

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Bright Perspective: We Inspire Brilliance

Welcome to this special end-of-the-year holiday edition. I am excited to share with you Smart Meetings’ new mission statement—our “why,” in the words of leadership guru Simon Sinak. Our reason for bringing our best to work every day is based on the knowledge that everything we do—the magazine, events, website and site selection service—are all focused on one goal, Inspiring Brilliant Experiences.

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Be the CEO (Chief Energy Officer) of Your Life

Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “Am I living proactively or reactively?” What answer did you get and how did your body feel? Whether you live a life of design or default, a whole-body plan will help you get more proactive and take greater charge of your life in the upcoming year.

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New App Plays Cupid at Conventions

Feeling bummed you’re going solo to all the holiday parties this month? Still looking for someone to kiss under the mistletoe? A new dating app on the scene is designed specifically for conventions! Introducing you to Convexion.

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