In This Issue

In Smart Meetings‘ January issue, we address whether this year will be the Year of the Planner as we ask if the supply-and-demand balance is changing. We take a glance at the outlooks and predictions for the next year, including how the turning tide may affect the meetings industry. We also talk shop with Sherrif Karamat, CEO of PCMA, about economic and social transformation.

In this issue, we’re exploring ways to give back Aloha-style in Maui and the Island of Hawaii, breaking out the “bleisure” in California, matching your destination to your meetings in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Don’t miss our columns this month, tackling planner burnout, how to go experiential in 2020, expand your internet coverage with broadband at your events and so much more.

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.



Awe Your Meeting in the Mountains

Mountains are revered for the awe they inspire. If you’ve staged your gatherings in the sky, what you don’t know is that research backs up the benefits.

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Game On: Sports Venues for Meeting Groups

Breakout rooms on the football field and networking with famous sports stars—this is what awaits you when combining sports venues and meetings.

Living His Passion: Sherrif Karamat

PCMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat now occupies an office in the famed, 40-story Jewelers Building in Chicago, but in spirit, he’s not very far from the fields of his…

Will 2020 Be the Year of the Planner?

After a decade of a seller’s market dominated by high occupancy rates and rising prices, some hospitality industry watchers are predicting that 2020 could be the year when planners finally…

In Every Issue

Networked: How to Cover Your Attendees in a Blanket of Broadband

Experts from Event Tech Consulting and Endless Events share helpful tips for guaranteeing better connectivity: Surprise—it’s about more than just Wi-Fi!


Q&A: Building Teams Through Explorative, Adventurous Play

We spoke to Kathy O’Neill about building teams through explorative, adventurous play at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place in Boise, Idaho.

Gone Fishin’: Hook to Table Meals

Fishing is the perfect excuse to unplug, destress and revel in nature. Some hotel chefs are willing to transform your catch into a prize on the plate.

Study: Harness the Power of Experiential Trends in Events

Are you ready for the age of experience? A new study from global agency George P. Johnson Experience Marketing singled out effective emerging practices.

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