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After receiving an overwhelming number of votes from planners and our editors, Smart Meetings has narrowed down the winning list of our Platinum Choice winners who were chosen based on stellar service, amazing amenities, design and creativity. Planners considering where to go in 2016 need look no further!

Our issue wraps up with a special holiday gift guide that’s perfect for last-minute shopping. To plan for the year ahead, check out next year’s forecast on global meetings, as well as our slate of speakers for 2016. Citywide events take center stage in this month’s coverage, which also includes vibrant destinations such as Mexico’s East Coast, Greater Palm Springs and Washington.

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Features

7 Mega Event Cities

Innovation and infrastructure spark inspiration There’s always a buzz in the San Francisco Bay Area, but things get even busier in the fall when mega events take center stage. Salesforce’s…

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Smart Moves: December 2015

Noel Daniel Noel Daniel has joined Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Daniel brings more than 30 years of luxury hotel…

Brand Buzz: The Ritz-Carlton Builds on Its Legacy

Founder Herve Humler discusses exciting new changes Quite literally, Herve Humler has watched The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company rise from the ground up. One of the founders of the luxury brand,…

Smart Talk: Q&A with Issa Jouaneh

Why does American Express Meetings & Events produce the Global Meetings Forecast each year? We produce the forecast to identify key meeting activities and trends on a global and regional…

Smart Leaders: Don’t Forget the Carrots

Managers need to put more effort into rewarding employees Rewarding employees for their hard work and wonderful contributions is one of the most important things for any company or organization.…

Event Recap: A Taste of Fall at The Broadmoor

Fall festivities were in full swing at Smart Meetings’ event held Nov. 8–10 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Surrounded by more than 100,000 forested acres in Pikes Peak, attendees…

Industry Watch: Destination Hotels and Radisson are Best in Class

Destination Hotels and Radisson offer meeting-oriented certificate programs Destination Hotels and Radisson are so supportive of the meetings and events industry that they now offer specialized training for employees to…

Techno Files: Share & Share Alike

6 sharing economy sites that are great for event planners The sharing economy is here to stay. According to BizBash, it is forecast to generate $235 billion dollars in revenue…

Celebrate with Champagne this Holiday

The popping of a Champagne cork signals celebration. Whether mixed into a dish or enjoyed as an accompaniment, the bubbly beverage elevates the ordinary into the extraordinary. To officially be…

New & Renovated: Luxury Properties at their Finest

Bacara Resort & Spa – Santa Barbara, California This oceanfront property has seen an infusion of $20 million since it was acquired by Pacific Hospitality Group in 2013. The latest upgrades…

Bottom Line: Engage All the Senses

Attendees retain more through multisensory stimulation In a survey of more than 600 event professionals conducted by CWT Meetings & Events and London & Partners, a majority of respondents said…

Health & Wellness: Pitfalls of Perfectionism

Author believes the quest for perfection is akin to addiction While meticulous attention to detail is considered a hallmark of a good meeting planner, author Jane Bluestein warns event professionals…

Smart Style: Holiday Gift Guide

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…

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