In This Issue

In Smart Meetings’ August issue, don’t miss our interview with Diana Nelson, board chair of Carlson. She talks about the bright future of Carlson hotels after the company’s purchase and how her family upbringing ties into her illustrious career so far.

This issue is also packed with fantastic features covering 10 unique international locales, all-inclusives as an option for your next event, Southern California’s retro aesthetic, cities you may not expect to blow away your attendees, 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.

Features

World Report: Global Top 15 International Meeting Cities

Editor’s Note: This article on the top international meeting destinations in the world was originally published in 2013 and was updated in 2017. Given the drastic changes in every walk…

Partners in the Evolution

Planners of medical and pharmaceutical meetings are getting significant help from hosts There is probably no other niche in the meetings and exhibitions industry as complicated as medical and pharmaceutical.…

Rapidly Rising Above the Crowd

These 10 unique, international cities have really stepped up their meetings game It’s no secret the world is rapidly changing, and this is clearly reflected not only in the mind-boggling…

Responsibly Planned

When we bring people together, we impact lives—the lives of attendees, businesses and, according to a recent Smart Meetings reader survey, the lives of the beneficiaries of a multitude of…

Everybody Wins With All-Inclusives

All-inclusives offer a streamlined option for planners and premium experiences for groups An ideal environment for a corporate retreat, meeting or incentive trip immerses attendees in unforgettable experiences without leaving…

Diana Nelson: Living Boldly

Carlson’s Diana Nelson has achieved success by embracing changes Position: Board chair at Carlson Born and raised: Minneapolis Family: Husband, John Atwater; five children Education: Harvard University, bachelor’s degree in…

In Every Issue

Q&A with Chris Meyer of Las Vegas CVA

Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Hometown: Parents were in the U.S. Navy, so bounced around a lot Education: University of…

How to Live and Breathe in Real Time

These 5 tips can help to balance your life In your quest to keep pace with all that’s involved in planning a meeting, do you find yourself frequently preoccupied? It…

Artificial Intelligence: From Extant to Events

How AI came to life at meetings Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the hospitality and meeting realm is very 2017, but the early seeds were planted decades ago. The imparting of…

3 Exciting Days in Gorgeous Tahoe

Personal notes from an eye-opening fam trip   Wednesday 4:10 p.m.: Catch flight from Oakland International Airport (OAK)—in California, a quick up and down, not even time to finish a…

Gender Neutral Bathrooms: A ‘Sign’ of the Times

They’re also controversial in many places Gender-binary bathrooms are getting flushed down the toilet in increasingly more places. The rights of the transgender community to use restrooms that correspond to…

Salt is Healthy for You

Who knew? Only halotherapists, for centuries The scolds of medical science are forever warning us off salt. As in their dire equation, too much salt equals high blood pressure equals…

New & Renovated: Big-City Style

Reimagined spaces in some of our favorite places Hyatt Regency Shaumburg, Chicago A $15 million renovation left the sleek, marbled space with a floating cube positioned in the middle of…

Heighten Success with New Skills

Smart Meeting Northeast presentations are geared to self-awareness Boosting customer service and deciphering body language will be the topics of keynote addresses at Smart Meeting Northeast, slated for Aug. 10…

7 Gift Ideas You’ll Want For Yourself

Win a FREE Sriracha To-Go Bottle Keychain! In 140 characters or less, share what dish you put Sriracha on (photos are encouraged) with #SmartMeetingsStyle or email us by Tuesday, September…

Smart Space: St. Louis Union Station Hotel

Meet Me in St. Louis! Judy Garland, star of the classic 1944 musical, might feel more like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the sight of this mind-blowing 3-D…

5 Power Players Making Moves at NYC & Company, Four Seasons and More

Jerry Cito In the 16 years NYC & Company Senior Vice President of Convention Development Jerry Cito has been promoting this very busy city, he has seen a shift in…

Monterey on the Move

It’s no secret that Monterey, California, is becoming an enhanced meetings destination, with major hotel and conference center renovations popping up to complement an exciting array of attractions. I was…

Smart Leaders: Help Your Team Get to Why

Our job as event planners is not to book hotels, pick out menus and manage logistics. What we really do is inspire people to grow, connect and learn. We just…

Enjoy the Calming Effects of Tea

It’s an ancient Chinese legend. The very first “cuppa” came about in 2737 B.C., when a leaf from an overhanging tea shrub drifted into a Chinese emperor’s pot. The English…

Hotels Address Higher Labor Costs

Determining what is fair to all parties isn’t an easy task Meeting planners are not the only ones who worry about the rising costs of their events. Hoteliers are contending…

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