In This Issue

In Smart Meetings‘ December issue, we celebrate the best of the best—the Platinum Choice winners of 2019! See our list of hospitality partners who deliver a delightful, silver-platter experience for meeting professionals. And you won’t want to miss the rest of this issue—we dive into the trends that shook 2019, experts speaking up about emerging opportunities, industry groups that are doing impactful charity work and so much more.

In this issue, we win big in the Lone Star State, stage a fiesta of experiences in the Mexican Riviera, explore the Chicago foodie scene and boogie through Georgia’s music scene—among many others! Read all about how to prepare for more regulation coming regarding personal data, how to negotiate tips for cost-saving meetings, plugging into your purpose and more.

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Hospitality Cares: Hotels Give Back

If your organization makes it a practice to give back this time of year, these hotel groups can help leverage your time and money to make a big difference.

The Trend in the Mirror: Experts Share Tips for 2020

Smart Meetings asked the experts to share what they saw as the biggest changes in their worlds, and for tips on how to adjust to any new realities in 2020.

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Hospitality Trends: Looking Back on a Most Eventful Year

Smart Meetings asked our trend-spotting readers what new advances—and challenges—they faced in 2019. Then, we asked them how they coped.

Top of the List: 2019 Platinum Choice Winners

The hospitality industry is filled with partners who work creatively with meeting professionals to deliver delight on a silver platter. Smart Meetings readers nominated the hotels, conference centers, CVBs and…

In Every Issue


4 Phrases to Get You a Seat at the Power Table

Learn how to challenge ideas and clarify goals respectfully through phrasing. We’ve curated the best phrases to help you get ahead in the workplace.


Get Ready for California’s CCPA

Do you allow those who enter personal info on an event registration or other website to forbid having that information sold or shared? Are you prepared to delete someone’s personal…


Unwrap Your December Smart Style Early

Hand-picked gifts for your attendees­—and you. This month, we’re focusing on comfort, coziness and products that will help you nail your resolutions.


Kwanzaa Love: Best Hotels for Karamu

Kwanzaa venerates African culture and heritage in seven days of observance beginning on Dec. 26. Here’s a sampling of hotels savoring these bold flavors.

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Eating Less Beef Won’t Fight Climate Change

Have your Beyond Meat burger for lunch today? Feels good, doesn’t it, knowing you’re part of the solution, not the problem—well, it’s time to reassess.

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Case Study: Making Tech Fun Again

On the heels of a major acquisition, Planbox, a provider of AI-powered management solutions, took customers on a well-marketed Florida beach trip.

Negotiating and Cost-saving Tips for Real Meetings

When budgets are tight, these tips from meeting planners our writer has gained over the course of 14 years as a keynote speaker will do the trick.

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