In This Issue

In our January issue, we sit down with Pete Sears, group president of the Americas for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He shares the unique story of how he became a Hyatt man and reveals the exciting developments Hyatt has in store for 2017.

You won’t want to miss this month’s features on the natural allure of mountain meetings and the evolution of sports venues from serving hot dogs to serving up great meetings.

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Features

Pete Sears: Destined for Greatness

It started with a fluke, but Pete Sears and Hyatt have been purposeful ever since Hometown: Carmel, Indiana Occupation: Group president of the Americas for Hyatt Hotels Corporation Family: Wife,…

Meet on Top of the World: Mountain Meeting Destinations

Hold your next meeting at a higher altitude More event planners are finding that meetings held in the mountains are reaping unexpected benefits. For example, many are saying that such…

Sports Venues Score as Meeting Sites

NRG Stadium, Houston Stadiums and ballparks move from hot dogs to haute deals It all started when the Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in the 1960s: a sports venue used…

In Every Issue

Nashville Eats

Nashville’s music scene has churned out hit singles and legendary musicians since the early days of the Grand Ole Opry and Music Row. But in recent years, Music City has…

Meet—and Eat—with a Purpose

Hilton’s campaign helps attendees to maintain personal wellness goals As someone who has worked hard to lose 40 pounds over the last two years, I know it’s a struggle to…

IAEE Delivers Big in Anaheim

Annual Expo! Expo! features rousing keynotes and dynamic trade show Inspiring keynotes, a lively trade show, buoyant entertainment and informative education sessions highlighted the International Association of Exhibitions and Events…

6 Treats to Pamper Attendees and VIPs

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…

Capturing and Leveraging Meeting Spend

Six tips to help you know where to start The term strategic meetings management (SMM) has been around for well over a decade, referring to how an organization implements certain…

Hugs and Kissimmee

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Cozy up to another side of Greater Orlando Experience Kissimmee and Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate made Florida Encounter proud during the annual meetings and…

New and Renovated Hotels: New Resorts for the New Year

MGM National Harbor, Maryland 2017 is off to an awesome start thanks to these properties The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor in Maryland was christened in December on the banks…

Why Should I Do Business with You?

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Move past company-centric sales tactics in a new era of selling Consumers’ primary complaint today about sales and marketing strategies and tactics is that…

Spotlight on Tech Award Winners

EventMobi The third annual Event Technology Awards was held Nov. 9 at pop-up venue Supernova in Embankment Gardens in London. The awards recognized event technology companies pushing the boundaries of…

Power Players: Hospitality Industry Promotions and Appointments

Smart Moves Cheryl Little Team San Jose promoted industry veteran Cheryl Little to director of sales and destination services for the destination management organization in California’s Bay Area. Little will…

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