In This Issue

In Smart Meetings’ January issue, don’t miss our feature about Jimmy Buffett’s big Margaritaville dream and taking your group to paradise. Don’t forget to look ahead to the 2018 annual forecast and what to expect.

This issue also explores beautiful Australia, greater Dallas and Fort Worth, Connecticut and so much more. Check out our new Inspiration Toolbox and IQ Update!

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.

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Features

Sports Venues Lure Groups

It’s hard not to be inspired in such a place. Meeting planners, in their search for inspirational settings, are finding this out. An increasing number of them are using these sports…

Purple Mountains Majesty

When the film City Slickers came out in 1991, it was an instant sensation; everyone wanted to be like Billy Crystal and drive cattle into Colorado. But even before Hollywood,…

2018 Event Professional Survival Guide

More and bigger. That is the forecast for meetings in 2018, according to a recent Smart Meetings survey of more than 2,000 event professionals. More than 80 percent of respondents…

Lost Lessons of Margaritaville

You may think you know Jimmy Buffett and his “Margaritaville.” But we’re guessing that, unless you’ve been paying really close attention, you don’t. Think big…and then think even bigger. The…

In Every Issue

Site Inspection: Columbus, Ohio

A big data analysis this year by Yelp and Realtor.com anointed Columbus the nation’s hottest hipster market. J.D. Power declared it “highest in visitor satisfaction in the Midwest” in 2016.…

Can a Meeting Make the World Sweeter?

The Cocoa Symposium pulled off a scientific meeting surrounding the benefits of chocolate in the midst of political, cultural, and international considerations — Jennifer Collins, president and CEO of JDC…

Air and Water Can Fire Up Your Phone

While traditional charging stations remain relevant, emerging technologies offer alternate ways to juice up batteries—and some of them are so innovative that Apple’s forthcoming wireless charging mat, AirPower, may have…

Storm-Proof Your Flight

Understanding how best to navigate the travel landscape when faced with extreme weather conditions can mean the difference between arriving in time to execute on your amazing meeting and being…

Incentives Prove Immune to Disaster

 Executives surveyed in the annual SITE Index 2018 forecast say that incentive travel is of increasing importance to driving sales and boosting profitability. “Basically, incentive travel works,” is how John…

Smart Dispatch: Una Experiencia Magnifica

Groups meeting in San Antonio have plenty of options for off-site activities, including strolling along the River Walk and enjoying its unique restaurants and shops, as well as visiting the…

7 Self-Care Gifts Perfect for Any New Year’s Resolutions

Treat yourself with these self-care gifts that are sure to jump-start your resolutions as we go into 2018! These gifts range from luxurious to quirky, perfect for anyone looking to…

Secrets from a Hotel Designer: Q&A with Barbara Best-Santos

Caesars Entertainment is redesigning 10,000 guest rooms in Las Vegas and thousands more in Atlantic City and across the rest of the country. At The Flamingo Las Vegas alone, $90…

Keeping the Numbers in Perspective

Numbers, numbers and more numbers. They are critically important in analyzing the effectiveness of social media and other online communication, but are merely one tool among many, and often are…

Employees with Intellectual Disabilities Thrive in Hospitality Industry

Sin City is known for singers, dancers, magicians, card deal ers, celebrity chefs and Elvis impersonators, but the real stars of The Strip keep a lower profile. The next time…

The Meeting Planners’ Guide to Entering New Territory

 Meeting planners are master jugglers. Each event is a balancing act that requires exceptional amounts of research, organization and communication. This can be difficult in your own backyard, where it…

Take the Healthy Meeting Pledge

It’s the start of a brand-new year, so what better time to take the Healthy Meeting Pledge? It’s a real pledge, created by National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity, and…

4 Hotels with Rooms and a Brew

According to the Brewers Association, U.S. craft beer makers in 2016 topped 5,000 for the first time, at 5,234, and saw $23.5 billion slid across the bar. So, perhaps it…

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