In This Issue

Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International, focuses on the journey and not just the destination. He emphasizes the importance to keep improving and understands that persistence leads to success. Dominguez is one of the eight industry leaders profiled in our April feature that highlights the best and brightest, from all corners of the business.

Our April issue also highlights destinations that are part of the Pacific Rim, from China’s meteoric hotel growth and industry expansion to San Francisco’s intriguing communities that boast distinct cultural centers with plenty of shops and restaurants. Take a trip with us and start planning your next meeting abroad or at home, plus get the hottest insights on industry trends.

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.

Features

Ready for PRIME TIME

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Vice President Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware College: Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island There’s a responsibility you have to take the lead down the…

The Science of Meetings

PSAV Presentation Services Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon  College: University of Oregon, Eugene "Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that fun is a necessary way…

Customizing Hospitality

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Vice President Global Sales for the Americas Hometown: Naperville, Illinois College: College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois “We are stepping into unchartered waters in the global…

Technology That Shakes Things Up

DoubleDutch CEO and Co-Founder Hometown: Philadelphia College: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; Emory University, Atlanta “Events are the ultimate petri dish for mobile, social and cloud converging on an enormous industry.”…

Globalization is the Buzzword

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) CEO Hometown: Amsterdam (adopted, with pleasure!) College: Various in United Kingdom; now studying at ICCA Congress International associations and their meetings are a genuine…

Pounding the Rock

Throughout his successful career, Michael Dominguez has focused on the journey, not just the destination.  MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales Homtown: San Antonio College: University of Text at San…

Measuring Event Success

Cisco Systems, Inc.  Senior Manager Global Events Business Operations, Strategic Meetings and Technologies Hometown: San Jose College: San Jose State University "We're always testing and bringing out the latest and…

Dialed in to Tourism

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board President and CEO Hometown: New York College: Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, New York "We are a critical component of driving economic activity to…

Industry Leaders

We have identified the best and the brightest from all corners of the meeting and event industry to showcase influencers in the April issue of Smart Meetings magazine. Our 2015…

In Every Issue

Rising Dollar Makes Top Destinations More Affordable

Americans are finding that many global destinations are more affordable this year due to the rising strength of the dollar. This is a boon for planners, who now can consider…

Trump International Hotel & Tower to Unveil New Event Space in Chicago

This spring, Trump International Hotel & Tower will unveil three new event spaces totaling nearly 6,500 square feet at its Five Diamond, Five Star property in Chicago. Some of the…

7 Great Conversation Starters to Try Out at Your Next Meeting

How do you initiate conversation with someone new at a meeting or convention? Ashley Fidel believes the most common icebreaker, “So, what do you do?” is unmemorable and fails to…

Streets That Raise Eyebrows

Every once in a while we come across a street that is so bizarre that it makes us scratch our heads and wonder how it came to be in the…

Expanding Its Scope

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) continued to improve its services for meeting professionals last year by adding staff and introducing exciting new features. “We had double-digit growth again last year…

Gift Ideas That Are Winners

Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts that they’ll definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of items that can make work and travel more…

Lessons Learned at Womens’ Travel Fest

Journalist/broadcaster Laura Ling relied on two key mindsets to get through being detained five months in North Korea in 2009 while researching a piece on defectors crossing the border into…

Religion and Politics are Key Talking Points for Philly CVB

While it’s common business practice to avoid talking about religion and politics, we’re going to have to forgive the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau for dwelling on these lightening-rod topics…

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