In This Issue

One success story after another graces the pages of our August issue. CEO of Montage Hotels and Resorts Alan Fuerstman takes us through his five ultra-luxe properties from Laguna Beach, California to Kapalua Bay, Hawaii. The brand takes an unscripted, yet gracious approach to hospitality that guests can look forward to in the new lifestyle collection Pendry Hotels.

All-inclusive resorts are also scoring high with meeting planners. Properties such as Melia Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels and Hyatt Zivia are changing the way meeting professionals view all-inclusives. We also bring you the science behind medical and pharmaceutical meetings and which cities are landing the coveted, niche market.

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Features

Building an Ultra-Luxe Brand

Insights from Alan Fuerstman, founder and CEO of Montage Hotels & Resorts Montage Hotels & Resorts, which currently operates five properties in the United States, is a major player in…

Science of Medical Meetings

CVBs, convention centers and hotels formulate strategies to accommodate niche market There are so many considerations that Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau created a division to foster relationships with life…

All-Inclusive Resorts are Game Changers

All-inclusive resorts raise the bar to attract more group meetings and events It’s easy to understand how meeting professionals might have built-in biases against holding meetings at all-inclusive resorts. All-inclusives,…

In Every Issue

Smart Talk: Q&A with Jay Burress

Jay Burress is president & CEO of Visit Anaheim In June, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau in California rebranded itself as Visit Anaheim. Why? We desire to be a…

Smarty Pants: No Way to Meet

How to get absolutely nothing out of your next conference I go to about 60 conferences a year. As such, I know that you’re supposed to learn something at them.…

I Scream, You Scream…

Summer is synonymous with ice cream. The cool, creamy treat is a favorite of young and old alike. A versatile delight, it comes in dozens of flavors and can be served…

Smart Style August 2015

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts they will definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of…

InterContinental Hotels Group Ups the Ante

Guest-facing initiatives take a load off planners’ shoulders InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has a grand vision when it comes to integrating the latest technologies into its hotels, and the company…

Industry Watch: Love Wins Tourism

Marriage equality is a big boost for travel On the heels of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, travel leaders around the nation are forecasting…

An Exciting Year for Disney

Diamond Celebration, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California 60th anniversary celebration and new access program highlight busy period Disney Destinations has seen plenty of excitement during the past year, including the 60th…

New & Renovated: Luxury Meeting Hotels

Make business travel exciting through art, food and golf Hotel Eastlund – Portland, Oregon –The fast-growing Eastside of Portland has its first upscale boutique property, Hotel Eastlund, which opened in June. Inspired…

Bottom Line: Negotiating in a Tough Environment

Strong seller’s market requires planner creativity, flexibility The latest hotel industry performance figures are rather astounding. Smith Travel Research (STR) reports that May 2015 saw overall hotel room occupancy in…

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