In This Issue

In our biggest issue ever, you’ll find our Platinum Choice Award winners, which represent the industry’s very best venues and convention and visitors bureaus. These winners go above and beyond to facilitate planners in putting on fantastic meetings and events.

You won’t want to miss our 2017 Meetings Outlook, which reveals industry leaders’ insights on the upcoming year. Caution is the name of the game this year, with some urging a “wait-and-see” attitude.

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

Florida in Great Demand

For the fifth consecutive year, the state of Florida welcomed a record number of visitors in 2015 when 105 million flocked to the Sunshine State. With a 6.6 percent increase…

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings After much voting and decision-making, the 13th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by Smart Meetings magazine, the…

Meetings Outlook: Treading Lightly in 2017

JB Duke Hotel rendering, Durham, North Carolina Uncertainty suggests a conservative year for meetings Predictions are a matter of cause and effect. Sure, there’s some guessing, some hunches. But most…

Bigger and Better: Associations and Citywides

As trends evolve for associations and citywides, convention venues are keeping pace As certain elements of large conventions, trade shows and meetings evolve year over year, many destinations and venues…

In Every Issue

Destinations Come Alive at IMEX America

IMEX America exhibitors found creative ways to bring their properties to life How often can you say you’ve sipped coffee in Columbia, sampled chocolate from Hershey, Pennsylvania, tasted vodka in…

Melia Hotels is Building a Truly Global Portfolio

Melia Cartagena de Indias, Colombia Melia boasts more than 370 hotels in 43 countries Melia Hotels International is wrapping up a year of major expansion that saw it open a…

New and Renovated: Where New Meets Old

Boutique properties are accented by times gone by Union Station Hotel Nashville Once a bustling train station, historic Union Station Hotel wrapped up a property-wide, $15.5 million transformation in October.…

’Tis the Season to Be Clinking

The annual holiday gathering is a chance to get to know colleagues better and celebrate the end of a successful year. Instead of serving humdrum wine and beer, ring in…

Power Players: Meeting Professionals Making Strides

The lure of British Columbia is hard to resist. Vancouver, Canada’s West Coast hub, draws visitors from around the world for its pristine beauty, surrounded by coastal mountains overlooking a…

7 Holiday Gifts to Dazzle 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…

Clear Solutions to Spotty Wi-Fi

Attendees expect to post, tweet, snap and share, indoors and out Weather is no longer the biggest challenge when it comes to outdoor events: reliable Wi-Fi is. Many event planners…

Columbus is Convention Friendly

Greater Columbus Convention Center rendering Columbus, Ohio, goes deep with major expansion and artistic flair There is no question that meetings business is important to Columbus, Ohio. Once in the…

Winning Strategies from an NFL Star

Darren Woodson embraces hard change on and off the field We had the good fortune last month to have Darren Woodson as our luncheon keynote speaker for the Smart Meeting…

Preventing a Show-Stopper: Backup Plans for Event Speakers

Contractual backup plans for speakers and presenters Here’s a nightmare that many meeting and event planners have surely awakened from with a shudder: One of your top executives is ready…

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