In This Issue

In Smart Meetings‘ April issue, we highlight the predictions and preparations you need to become a master planner in a post-pandemic world. From prevention best practices to the top virtual tools for online meetings, we took a deep dive into the lessons we’ve learned—and how to apply them to what comes next. Keep calm and plan on, with smart tips for meeting on deck when the cruising industry rebounds, and a guide to reworking your budget to achieve more with less. Plus, satiate your sports craving with our feature on planning Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

We’re also bringing world travel to your living room, with inspiring experiences in Queensland, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Colorado; New York State; New Orleans; and more. It’s almost like hopping on a plane yourself! Find your group’s calling with day trips in Colorado and unique meeting venues in Brisbane; but don’t daydream for too long. We have an array of articles aimed at arming your planner toolkit with knowledge and strategy, including seven tools for working from home, the best hotel speakeasies, why planners should care about CVB funding 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.


2020 Smart Stars Award Winners

One of the most exciting annual celebrations at Smart Meetings is the unveiling of our Smart Stars Awards winners. These honors are particularly meaningful because they are selected by you—our…

Play Ball! Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

No one knows what will happen on the field after the umpire yells, “Play ball!” But everything that happens in the stadiums has been plotted to the last detail.

When Cruising Rebounds: Smart Tips for the Comeback of Meetings Aboard Ships

The bottom fell out of the cruise business. Yet, judging by past experience, this will pass. And cruise companies, eager to win back business, may well offer incentives in price,…

Keep Calm and Plan On: How to Prepare for a Post-pandemic World

From no handshake policies to virtual tools for online meetings, we are sharing the lessons we learned from the pandemic—and how they apply going forward.

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Queensland, Australia, is Open for Business, Mate

Queensland, Australia is a booming tourism city and meetings destination with a growing list of exclusive, fair dinkum experiences for groups.

Marin Bright: On Keeping Calm and Planning On

A letter from Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright on the COVID-19 pandemic and how the meetings industry moves forward and keeps planning on.

Prohibition at 100

A hundred years since the Roaring Twenties, and we are giving a secret knock and a gleeful toast to hotels that still celebrate the speakeasy tradition.


Under Attack: Why Meeting Planners Should Care If CVBs Get Funded

What does the constant struggle for budget by destinations mean for meeting professionals who rely on their services? It is a big loss.

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Does Your AV Vendor Taste Like Cardboard?

Just as Domino’s rewrote its recipe after customer surveys that said its product tasted like cardboard, legacy AV provider PSAV is making some changes.


Distract Yourself with Your April 2020 Smart Style

This month, we’re featuring products that serve as your first line of defense from coronavirus, bad posture, post-happy hour headaches and more.

Q&A with a Professional Memory-Maker

Gianna Cardinale Gaudini, author of The Art of Event Planning: Pro Tips from an Industry Insider, shares her secrets to thoughtful planning.

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