In This Issue

Gallivanting from city to city, reporting on travel destinations around the globe is one of the benefits of being a host on the Travel Channel Network. Come on the road with television personality Samantha Brown as she dishes on her favorite destinations and tells us how she keeps up with an active schedule in this month’s feature.

Also in this issue, we look at new hotel brands catering to the hip crowd and the young at heart, as well as a feature about key meeting properties that are shaping neighborhoods throughout North America. We bring you a brand update on Melia Hotels International, plus an unforgettable glimpse into meetings in India.

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.

Features

On the Road with Samantha Brown

Globetrotting Travel Channel host dishes on her favorite destinations. Television personality Samantha Brown racks up some serious frequent flier miles. “I probably have close to a million of them on…

Loosening the Financial and Insurance Industry Belt

Financial and insurance industry planners now have more freedom when arranging events Questions abound when meeting planners in the financial and insurance industries begin choosing where to hold events. Big…

New and Renovated: Venues Help Neighborhoods Change

New and renovated properties invigorate their destinations Marriott Marquis San Francisco There goes the neighborhood. Whenever convention centers and hotels are renovated or new properties emerge, the neighborhoods in which…

Hip Hotels: Catering to the Hip Crowd

New hotel brands provide adventurous experiences for the young at heart For many of us, trying to stay hip—or at least relevant—isn’t easy. (Skinny jeans that now flare at the…

In Every Issue

Bottom Line: The All-Important Before and After

Tips for effective pre-con and post-con meetings For any offsite conference, there are certain sessions that must be effective to guarantee overall success. But those sessions aren’t necessarily your seminars,…

Smart Style July 2015

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

Smart Moves: July 2015

Alison McDermott The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, named Alison McDermott as director of marketing. McDermott has a background in marketing and public relations. Previously, she was director of marketing…

Travel Etiquette: Check Your Feet at the Ticket Counter

If you know me at all, you won’t be surprised to learn that I decided to read an article in the New York Times entitled “Whose Feet Are Those?” Unfortunately,…

Atlantis Paradise Island: A Different All-Inclusive

Atlantis Paradise Island ups the ante in the Bahamas While the meetings world waits for luxury complex Baha Mar to open—in September, as of this writing—the other mega resort in…

Smart Space: The Great Movie Ride

Photo Courtesy of Disney Make your next meeting in Orlando an Academy Award-winning experience by arranging a memorable progressive dinner at “The Great Movie Ride,” an iconic attraction in Walt…

Melia Brand Update: In the Midst of a Digital Revolution

Naos restaurant, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Melia Hotels International (MHI) is in the midst of a “digital revolution” in which everything from internal…

Virtual Reality Experiences are Trending

In the past few years, virtual reality (VR) has gone from a niche topic to a staple of mainstream media. Whether businesses are ready or not, virtual reality is set…

Smart Talk: Q&A with Butch Spyridon

Butch Spyridon is the president and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. Why is Nashville currently such a hot destination among meeting groups? There has been a concentrated effort…

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