In This Issue

In this month’s issue, we get inspired by a true Renaissance woman: Sheila C. Johnson, an intrepid entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Ranked No. 21 on Forbes’ 2016 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, Johnson has long been a leader in business and an inspiration to women and people of color everywhere.

Also, don’t miss our features on the hidden benefits of all-inclusives. Find out how all-inclusives can give attendees an experience that’s memorable and makes them feel valued—while staying within your budget.

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

First Responders: Ensuring Medical Meetings are Informative and Compliant

Cleveland Convention Center Medical and pharmaceutical meetings often require a little more TLC than other events. There are government-mandated reports that document payments between manufacturers and doctors. There are security…

Don’t Put All-Inclusive Properties in a Box

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Mexico Understand all sides of the options to create memorable meetings with great value As anyone in the group travel business knows, all-inclusive properties that offer…

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Sheila C. Johnson of Salamander

Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia (Photo by Drew Xeron) CEO Sheila C. Johnson’s latest endeavor is expanding luxury hotel collection • Born: Jan. 25,1949, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania • Education:…

In Every Issue

Moonshine Madness: Give Attendees a True Taste of Americana

Moonshine, an American whiskey so named because it was illegally distilled by the light of the moon, has been resurrected. Manufacturers across the country are specializing in the high-proof alcohol,…

5 Ways to Beat Jet Lag

Tips to help you arrive refreshed at your destination Have you ever traveled to a different time zone and found yourself wide awake at 2 a.m. or hungry for breakfast…

The Classics: Historic Properties Add Elegance to Downtown Locations

Boston Park Plaza Boston Park Plaza has hosted such political and cultural icons as Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Katharine Hepburn and Judy Garland. Formerly The Statler Hotel, which opened…

Caesars Palace Celebrates 50 Years

Julius Caesar Statue at Caesars Palace Las Vegas (Photos by Erik Kabik) Landmark property remains a leader on The Strip When Caesars Palace Las Vegas opened Aug. 5, 1966, its…

Power Players: Rhonda Khabir Lives on the Edge

Rhonda Khabir has snowboarded from Zermatt, Switzerland, to Cervinia, Italy, in just four hours. Soon after the Egyptian revolution, she toured the country and raced horses near the Great Pyramids…

3 Questions for 2 Industry Leaders

Bob Lander Destination Marketing Association International Outgoing Chair Former president and CEO of Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau What’s been the biggest change among destination marketing organizations during the past…

Smart Style: 6 Brilliant Gifts for Event Attendees

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…

Women Take the Lead at First-Ever Smart Woman Summit

When you put smart women in a room together, incredible things happen Inspired. That’s how event planners and business professionals in attendance at our first-ever Smart Woman Summit described feeling…

Valley Forge Inspires Untraditional Meetings and Events

Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel, King of Prussia In history books, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is known as the site of miserably cold winters that soldiers endured during the American Revolution. In…

Today’s Hotel Revenue Manager

Getting both parties to agree in meeting business negotiations It’s official: The hotel-occupancy boom is over. In the first quarter of 2016, total occupancy dropped among U.S. hotels for the…

The Impact of Brexit on Meetings

Travel experts predict uncertainty in the wake of historic UK referendum On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom made the historic decision to leave the European Union. Although the…

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