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In this month’s issue, Smart Meetings serves up fantastic foodie adventures with famed chef, television personality and world traveler Anthony Bourdain.

Don’t miss this month’s features covering what millennials really want from meetings (hint: experiences, anyone?) and eight cities that are taking downtown meetings to a whole new level.

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Features

Tasting the World with Anthony Bourdain

TV host and chef Anthony Bourdain has been virtually everywhere Birthplace: New York City Occupation: TV show host, chef, author, businessman Favorite Restaurant: “A little place in Rome that serves…

Downtown Meetings in the Heart of the Urban Jungle

San Francisco skyline 8 cities revamped their downtown districts to better accommodate attendees When you want to get to know a city, it’s best to start at its heart: the…

Millennials Demand Purpose-Driven Experiences

5 tips to attract this generation to events and keep them coming back Rapid technological advances, an unstable economy marked by recession, soaring home ownership costs, high student debt, and…

Meet Mindfully

Meetings industry takes a look within and discovers a centered place One breath in and one breath out—it’s a simple concept. But if we take a moment to think about…

In Every Issue

New and Renovated Hotels Boast Designer Showcases

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Beverly Hills Boutique properties embrace local influences Located on tony Wilshire Boulevard, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Beverly Hills will wrap up an $11 million renovation this month. This…

Meet Like a Star in Carlsbad

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad has been rolling out the red carpet since the ’60s Between Hollywood stars traveling south from Los Angeles for a little R&R to…

Catering to Changing Demographics

Four tips for working in an increasingly diverse environment Our changing demographics provide some startling findings that have significant implications for business. One in three people living in the United…

F&B Goes Global

Ethnic food is making a comeback in the United States. Cuisine of the world was once relegated to greasy takeout and hole-in-the-wall joints, unable to break through barriers to culinary…

7 Sharing Economy Apps for Event Venues

Peerspace Sharing economy apps simplify the planning process For smaller meetings and company offsites, it is no longer necessary to enter the same process of booking a hotel or venue…

6 Funky Finds that Make Great Event Gifts

Your resource for trendy treasures and gift ideas Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts they will definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of…

smart moves

Power Players: Hospitality Industry Movers and Shakers

One of the Nation’s Finest Few people in the hospitality industry have had such colorful careers as that of David Feder. The veteran hotel executive recalls humble beginnings as a…

Teamwork, with a Capital T

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio (photo by (c) Goldenvoice) Palm Springs’ collaborative efforts boost events and meetings Each January, a desert city with less than 50,000 residents almost…

The Anatomy of a Smart Event

6 secret pointers to give your meetings a big boost I have been hosting great events at Smart Meetings for more than a decade. Lately I have been asked to…

Trade Show Booths Should Make It Personal

Trade show booths need to stay ahead of trends I’ll begin by saying that I don’t normally subscribe to the idea of trends. To me, a trend feels like a…

How to Handle Difficult Moments

These tips can help planners face unexpected challenges There’s an age-old quip that circulates through the heart-surgeon programs at medical schools: Students need only about one month to learn how…

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