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We are ending the year strong with a tribute to our Platinum Choice winners, the destination and venue partners that help us be successful even in the most challenging years by leading the way on creative protocols, finding solutions and being flexible. This is the time when we catch our breath, look back on the massive changes—hybrid satellite meetings for one—that occurred over the last 12 months and consider how we can leverage those advances to deliver event more transformational results next year. What new skills will you bring with you into 2021? Email us your story



Champions in the House: Hospitality Tackles Homelessness

While you and your event are not going to “solve” homelessness, you can do something to bring dignity and relief to the destinations where you hold your events. To create…

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Citywide of the Future: Satellite Events

In the age of COVID, satellite events are the new citywides. Here is how and where to launch watch parties in multiple hubs with shared hybrid content.

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Pivotal 2020 Trends

Here are the top 25 pivotal trends we wrote about this year, and how you can learn from them to crush whatever comes next.

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2020 Platinum Choice Award Winners

Smart Meetings readers nominated the hotels, conference centers, CVBs and destination marketing organizations that consistently exceed expectations and help planners deliver on their goals. That list of go-to suppliers is…

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4 Tips for Better Internal Virtual Events

Client satisfaction starts from within. Brian Ludwig, senior vice president of sales for Cvent, shares his top tips for better internal virtual events.

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Don’t Count Out Remote Work

The commute may be an endangered species, says Owl Labs. A survey found that almost 70 percent of full-time workers in the U.S. are working remotely—and want to keep it…


Q&A on Preparing for the Next Disruption

From making attendees feel comfortable returning to meetings to the future of hybrid and virtual partners, Bob Priest-Heck, CEO of Freeman, shares his thoughts on preparing for the next disruption.

Tips for Staying Positive with Dr. Roger McIntyre

Mental health professionals can be a little skeptical of self-help formulas. So, we asked one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, Dr. Roger McIntyre, for tips on staying positive.


Holiday Cheer: Creative Cocktails

Was there ever a year when liquid cheer was more welcome? These hotel bar mixologists go above and beyond with creative and delicious cocktails.


How Do You Know if You are Doing Virtual Right?

We asked Ben Chodor and Gabriella Cyranski, authors of Transitioning to Virtual and Hybrid Events: How to Create, Adapt, and Market an Engaging Online Experience, to share tips for analyzing…


Beyond Diversity: CVBs Take EDI Pledge

According to a pair of recent studies on diversity, many destinations have more work to do when it comes to inclusion. The good news? Minority markets could be the engine…


Your December 2020 Smart Style

From antibacterial scarves to wrist massagers, we’ve carefully vetted these products to keep you safe, healthy and ready for the holidays.

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