In This Issue

“You can’t take a selfie if you’re not face to face,” jokes Guy Kawasaki, prolific author, speaker and chief evangelist for online design service Canva. Making a name for himself at Apple in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Kawaski has been engaging audiences for years with remarkable success. In our February issue, Kawasaki talks social media, the optimal situation for keynote speakers and we excerpt a chapter from his new book “The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users.”

Our issue also includes a look at how millennials are fueling renaissance in America’s urban cores and changing the face of meeting destinations, as well as “Higher Education,” a glimpse on how hospitality and meetings industry initiatives are committed to continuing education. Get the hottest insights on industry trends and the latest in meeting destinations like Louisiana, Portland and Atlantic City.

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

Green: More Than a Color for Wineries

Wine has been produced for thousands of years and by many cultures—and yet the industry still comes down to one common element: the grape. A 2003 report by archaeologists indicates…

San Francisco Event Recap

Meeting planners and suppliers kicked off 2015 in style at Smart Meetings’ January event at newly renovated The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Event professionals networked and took advantage of one-on-one appointments…

Higher Education

Among the highlights listed by the Convention Industry Council (CIC) in its 2014 Year in Review was the historic offering of the Certified Meeting Planner-Healthcare Subspecialty. CMP-HC is the first…

Downtowns on the Rise

The result of this ongoing transition is an unprecedented renaissance in U.S. downtowns, underwritten by a combination of public and private funding and spurred by the growth of the technology…

Evangelist Extraordinaire

Guy Kawasaki knows that some meeting planners are flabbergasted to find out he charges upwards of $40,000 for a keynote speech in the United States (even more abroad). “What I…

In Every Issue

Make Travel and Work More Enjoyable with these Goodies

Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gift items that they’ll definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of goodies that can make work and travel…

Boosting the Effectiveness of Meetings

Radisson Blu Zhengzhou Huiji An innovative program designed to boost meetings was among the many exciting highlights last year for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest hotel…

Ways for Planners to Save Big Bucks

There are several ways that planners can further cut expenses for their companies and organizations. By taking these relatively simple steps, planners—and in some cases individual staff members—will be able…

Unique Ways to Incorporate RFID at Events

Meeting planners are learning to incorporate more technology into their events to keep attendees actively involved throughout their conferences. With new technological advances in Near Field Communication (NFC) and Radio…

Leading the Pack with Artisanal F&B

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)’s boutique brand, Hotel Indigo will launch a new food and beverage philosophy that encourages local food and drink artisans to partner with the property and showcase…

Navigating 2015 Tech Tools

What new technology will make events run better, smoother and easier this year? Plenty. The tech world never rests and the next new idea is just minutes away. Industry experts…

Risk and Reward

Hybrid Mash-Up Studio at PCMA’s 2015 Convening Leaders conference The Professional Convention Management Association “Convening Leaders” annual conference in January was a rousing success. It drew a record-setting 4,128 attendees…

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