In This Issue

In Smart Meetings’ August issue, don’t miss how to “trek gloriously” according to travel trendsetters and make the overall journey more enjoyable. We also talk to industry veterans about trends in medical and pharmaceutical meetings.

This issue also explores the beautiful South Korea as well as adventurous Washington D.C., new experiences in Northern California, and the natural beauty of Orange County. We also grasp the concept of blockchain, help with negotiating salaries, and explain why choosing a greener hotel matters.

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.

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Features

Just Press Go: How All-Inclusives Can Exclude Worry for Planners

A la carte menus can add up, and travel expenses often include hidden fees. Thus the popularity of prix fixe menus and cruise ships. Managing expenses is a challenge for…

The Ground Shifts Yet Again for Medical Meetings

For meeting and event planners, the most consistent element of their job is change. The vast majority of planners understand this, and simply expect that they will have to adapt…

9 Influencer-Approved Tips for Planning Picture-Perfect Trips

Instagram travel blogger Tara Whiteman, who shares the beauty of travel with her million Instagram followers as Tara Milk Tea, takes a planner’s approach to exploring the world. The 23-year-old…

Luxe Life: 12 Rules for a Gilded Journey

Being on the road doesn’t have to mean roughing it. Veteran hospitality professional and global luxury hotel expert Tiffany Dowd shares the world’s best travel and lifestyle destinations on Instagram…

2018 Travel Trends and Tips Revealed

Event professionals are the elite forces of the road-warrior class. They jet from conference center to resort, executive retreat to office, performing advance reconnaissance, erecting trade-show camps where only concrete…

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Q&A with Allie Magyar About Event Technology

Magyar created Hubb in 2012 to help manage event technology for planners. Smart Meetings spoke with her about understanding attendees and using tech to get there.

Travel the Globe Without Leaving Scottsdale

Yes, there is plenty of dry heat and cacti in the desert oasis of Scottsdale, Arizona, but the city is also a miniature United Nations or Epcot of sorts.

A Gala to Fund It All

Food trade group leveraged industry support to meet event goals Editor’s Note: Mid-Atlantic Food Trade Organization (MAFTO) relies on its annual gala in November to fund operations for the year,…

The Most Prepared States for Natural Disasters

With volcano eruptions, nor’easters, wildfires and hurricanes happening all around the country, the idea of travel can be daunting. But, as an event professional, it’s your job to jet-set to…

New Study: ‘Why’ Matters More

American Express Meetings & Events (AEM&E) has some advice for planners trying to orchestrate transformative experiences on a budget: Focus on the “why.” A new AEM&E guide defines that approach…

Take a Seat: Upcoming Changes to Airplane Seats

You are not imagining it. To increase profitability, airlines have reduced seat size and legroom in coach to squeeze in more passengers. The evolution of airplane seats does not end…

Global Healthy Eats With Flavorful Charm

Who doesn’t love the tantalizing, exotic flavors of Thai, Chinese, Indian and other “ethnic” cuisine? But because most such eateries in this country are humble, family-run and—let’s be honest—dirt cheap,…

Why Choosing a Greener Hotel is Never an “Oh, Well…”

Overheard at a conference recently: “Oh, well, everybody in the hotel world is green these days, so that doesn’t figure into my decision-making anymore.” Excuse me, but that’s a bit…

What is Blockchain and Why Should Event Planners Care?

Blockchain offers the exciting opportunity to manage electronic cash without a central administrator. Based on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, it uses a distributed database, so no central entity, government or bank…

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