In This Issue

Smart Meetings December Magazine shines a light on the destination and hotel partners helping move the industry forward. We examine the friends and trends shaping the future, including hybrid citywide events. Finally, we look at the side effects and strategies for the traditional open bar at events.

Features

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25 Pivotal Hospitality Trends from a Topsy-Turvy 2021

Is the future really hybrid? Is the buffet dead or just staffed? What about housekeeping and room service? With these 25 pivotal hospitality trends of 2021, we offer you our…

Is the RFP Dead? Long Live the Evolution of Booking

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are just getting longer, more prolific and, too often, ignored. What’s a meeting prof to do?

Q&A with Jeff Haynes on the Science of Engagement

Founder, investor and CEO of Haute Companies Jeff Hayes talks rebranding, reconnection and how to cultivate meaningful virtual connections.

Is the Party Over?

With all the time spent at home, habits have changed; but health concerns have not. Do alcohol and meetings still mix?

Citywide Hybrids Break New Ground

Before February of 2020, the words “Zoom call” or “protocols” would never have been spoken in regular business. Now is a different story.

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2021 Platinum Choice Award Winners

Smart Meetings is proud to present the meetings industry’s 19th annual Platinum Choice Awards. This prominent awards program honors remarkable standards of excellence in destinations and venues. Platinum Choice honorees…

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5 Lessons to Learn for a Post-pandemic Era

From improved inclusivity to metrics, some of the good to come out of event tech in lockdown is worth keeping. Brandt Kreuger shares his top five.

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Amy Calvert: 365 Days, 365 Chances to Self-Develop

In the spirit of lesson-learning, Smart Meetings spoke with Amy Calvert, CEO of Events Industry Council (EIC), about what she’s learned over the last year about development and resiliency, plus…

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Sustainable Hotel Certification, Explained

The ABCs of knowing who’s really green. From LEED to Green Seal, here’s a primer on the most popular—and reputable—hotel sustainability certifications.

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Essential F&B: 2022 Catering Trends

We asked a sampling of meeting professionals and chefs for their expert predictions of what 2022 will bring to catering. Here’s what’s in and what’s out for this year.

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International Cities You Need to Know

It’s about time for travel. And it’s time to consider emerging destinations—rather than the typical go-to cities for tourists.

Unwrap Your December 2021 Smart Style

A December selection of travel, beauty and wellness products for the busy meeting professional. Plus, standout at your winter event with a tabletop fireplace from Sharper Image.

Is the RFP Dead? Long Live the Evolution of Booking

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are just getting longer, more prolific and, too often, ignored. What’s a meeting prof to do?

Q&A with Jeff Haynes on the Science of Engagement

Founder, investor and CEO of Haute Companies Jeff Hayes talks rebranding, reconnection and how to cultivate meaningful virtual connections.

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