In this issue

In Smart Meetings' December issue, you won't want to miss our showcase of Platinum Choice winners: hotels, resorts, CVBs, conference centers, and destination marketing organizations who are the best of the best. We also dive into the art of citywide planning with hot tips for creating big impact. And don't miss our 25 pivotal hospitality trends—along with our bonus Smart Meetings Reader Trends Report.

We also feature experiencing the great Mexican East Coast, totally immersing in Massachusetts, scavenger hunting in Palm Springs and living it up like a local in Washington State. You'll want to read ways to survive a travel nightmare, the explosion of "bleisure" bonuses and how wellness is the new golf.

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.

25 Pivotal Hospitality Trends for 2018

Smart Meetings sifted through our coverage over the last 12 months to find the trends that are turning events upside down.

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The Art of Planning a Citywide

The term “citywide” is a bit of a misnomer, as most planners of large gatherings still prefer to cluster their activities as much as possible, usually in and around a city’s downtown district. But regardless of how large your event (or where you go), some aspects of planning citywides never change.

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The Best of the Best: 2018 Platinum Choice Winners

With each passing year, the bar is raised. The competition stiffens. The contenders multiply. It’s nothing short of a tribute to the global landscape of leading hotels, resorts, CVBs, conference centers and destination marketing organizations that our painstaking review of stand-out properties and organizations never gets easier.

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Zero Waste: Important, and Not That Hard

The other day, I ran across this stunner of a statement: "If food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world."

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