In this issue

February is all about love, and we show nothing but love to all of our attendees. Fitting that our the cover story in the February issue is all about inclusiveness! Read more about how to accommodate even the most introverted attendee in "The All-Inclusive Meeting Revolution."

Our February issue is jam-packed with destinations you're going to love reading about: the buzzyist Atlantic City, the unconventional Midwest, pumping up the wow in New Mexico, and so much more. We also tackle the flight-allergy blues, conducting internet triage, tips for working at home, random acts of career development, and more. Don't miss our trend watch (have you planned "hackathons"?) and how to bring Gen Z into the meetings industry fold.

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.

Downtown Meetings: What's Old is New Again

The American Visionary Art Museum is just one example of the countless properties across the United States that have been brought back to life through adaptive reuse, through which old structures—warehouses, banks and even pawn shops, elementary schools, churches and mortuaries—have been renovated and turned into hotels, bars, restaurants and other venues.

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Become the Healthy Planner With These Strategies

Planners must regularly assemble crowds of people and share the air they breathe, on top of the constant travel. So, how do they stay healthy?

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The All-Inclusive Meetings Revolution

How do you design a meeting that everyone—including introverts—will love? You may want to ask an introvert. We did—and boy, did they have a lot to say.

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9 Work-From-Home Tips for the Unsupervised

Surrounded by potential distractions such as a comfy bed calling your name, the television, dishes and laundry, how do you stay on track to get your work done without a micromanaging boss hovering over your shoulder?

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Random Acts of Career Development

A new study says that women in events rock, but there is room for improvement. The survey, by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, asked a series of questions about perceptions of skills based on gender and found some pretty overwhelming trends.

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Case Study: The Celebrity Fundraiser to Rule Them All

For a fresh take on how to throw a fund-raiser that brings in millions of dollars for a serious cause and raises the bar on high-profile, event-as-performance-art, Smart Meetings sat down with Sally Dewhurst, vice president at UKNY Productions.

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Hack Your Way to Innovation with Hackathons

Hackathons borrowed from Silicon Valley are emerging as a tool for hot-wiring the path to creative solutions in the meetings industry across the country.

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3 Myths About Donating Food

Let’s call her Planner X. She stages a dozen or more meetings and events a year all over the country. Although she grew up on the East Coast, she’s lived in California for years and “takes green for granted.” One of the questions she always asks of prospective venues is, “Do you have a plan in place to donate excess or leftover food?” Within the last five years, the answer is more often “yes.”

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Helpful Tips for Dealing with Allergies on Flights

Aah-aah-choo! You never want to be the person—or be near the person—who’s sneezing on a plane. Much of the sneezing is due to allergies, which can be far more serious than a tickle in the nose. Some passengers risk going into anaphylactic shock when coming into contact with certain allergens, such as foods and animals they have a potentially fatal sensitivity to.

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4 Restaurants Dishing 24K Gold

Pure, 24-karat gold is without taste, chemically inert and thus a mere glittery traveler through the digestive system of life. So, eat up here.

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