In This Issue

In Smart Meetings’ December issue, don’t miss our feature about the event industry’s resiliency in the wake of disasters.

This issue also explores Mexico’s gorgeous East Coast, Palm Springs’ new identity, the variety in Washington state, indoor gardens, tips for leading a more proactive life 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

Citywides Spell Big Time for Planners

Citywide conventions bring cities and communities together. They give destinations the chance to dazzle and entertain visitors by showing off their best attributes. Corporations and associations love them because the…

The New Customized Normal

From the shape of the spaces where we hold our events to the way we nourish people, compose our agendas and measure our success, what was experimental, eccentric and exceptional…

#HospitalityStrong

The last two months have been challenging for many across the country as a series of tragedies has taken loved ones, destroyed homes and history, and reignited questions about how…

The Essential Emergency Plan Checklist

Are you ready before, during and after an emergency? Here’s the checklist that is a must-have for every planner, ready for any disaster.

SITE Steps in to Help Hurricane Victims

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face a long road to recovery after devastating hurricanes in September, but have been receiving significant help from many sources, including the Florida…

As Las Vegas Stands Tall, the World Sends a Hug

It’s often said adversity brings out the best in us. Certainly, that’s proven true in the aftermath of our recent natural disasters. These terrible moments level the playing field. Acts…

Defining Hospitality When Disaster Strikes

There’s a reason they call it the hospitality industry. The word itself comes from Latin roots that originally meant “to have power.” As hosts, convention centers, hotels, restaurants, air carriers,…

Power of Music Unites Puerto Rico

The record-breaking “Despacito” was the song of summer 2017. The catchy Latin tune garnered so much airplay, Puerto Rico Tourism Company named the singer Luis Fonsi the face of its…

Napa and Sonoma Rise Again

Tourism is one of the leading employers in California’s Wine Country. When news reports across the country showed photos in October of the Sonoma and Napa hills on fire, thousands…

In Every Issue

Worth Mentioning: December Brand News

NYC & Company, Tourism Toronto, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, NetJets, Emirates, and InterContinental Hotels Group—what do they all have in common? They’re big brand news.

Santa Fe: A Gem in the Land of Enchantment

Perched at the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 7,199 ft., Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a bit remote in comparison with many other meeting destinations,…

The 2017 Smart Style Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

These gifts are amazing inspiration for those in your life who may be hard to shop for, anyone from a fitness fanatic to a practiced professional. You can also just…

Q&A with Toni Zoblotsky, Director of B2B Marketing and Sales Valet of Hilton Worldwide

When it comes to event planning, Toni Zoblotsky knows a thing or two about meeting with a purpose. Here’s our Q&A getting her input on the industry.

6 Power Players Making Moves at Hyatt, Hard Rock Hotel and More

These six power players are making moves at Hyatt Regency, Conrad New York, Hard Rock Hotel and more.

Your Job Just Got Even More Complex

The niche between the proverbial rock and a hard place that event professionals often inhabit could be even cozier in the coming year, according to the results of a new…

Site Inspection: Newport Beach, California

What was once known as the playground for celebrities—Shirley Temple was crowned the first Miss Newport Beach at age 13 and John Wayne lived there in the ‘60s—is becoming an…

Wall-to-Table Dining

“The 2020s will be the decade of the Vertical Agriculture Revolution,” proclaims futurist Ray Kurzweil, who’s also director of engineering at Google. He’s referring to veggies and herbs grown sustainably…

City Views Anew: New & Renovated

These four hotels show the irresistible lure of meetings magnets in San Francisco, New York City, Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

Designing the Well Meeting

 Recently, the high priests and priestesses of wellness gathered for their annual get-together. These are the visionaries and leaders of the global wellness industry, those who pioneer and advocate wellness…

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