In This Issue

In this issue, we learn how Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is boosting not only his team, but also the Oakland community. Curry and the team have come together for community service activities that are uplifting the residents of this rising meetings destinations.

Along with this, our July issue features a fantastic story on ten of the country’s most promising emerging cities. From Oakland, California to Savannah, Georgia, these destinations are growing and attracting meetings and events like never before.

Also, don’t miss our feature on meetings security. Security is more important than ever, and every planner should know how to keep their meetings secure.

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Features

Steph Curry is Sparking Oakland’s Exciting Triumphs

Photo credit Golden State Warriors This local hero is getting better every year, working on skills and resilience to reach seemingly unattainable heights. Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry often…

Meetings Security: The X Factors

With potential threats constantly evolving, everyone must be informed & cooperative for security to work Many people would say that 2016 is shaping up to be quite an interesting year.…

The Evolving Role of Speakers

They face challenges to effectively perform an expanded role for planners A few years ago, as Kate Patay began a presentation in front of an audience at the San Diego…

5 Things to Know about 10 Emerging Meeting Cities

Oakland, California They are the types of cities everyone is talking and writing about. San Francisco Business Times called Oakland, California, “the development story of the year” months before the…

Fresh and Refreshed: New and Renovated Hotels Vying for Guests’ Attention

Marriott Syracuse Downtown You know when you’ve stepped into a brand new or recently renovated property. The decor is contemporary, the lobby floors are gleaming, fixtures are polished and linens…

In Every Issue

Smart Style: 6 Hot Gift Ideas for Cool Summer Meetings

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…

America’s Best Quirky Themed Bars

Booger Red’s Saloon, Fort Worth, Texas (Photo by Leo Wesson) After a long day of meetings, many attendees like to kick back and relax at a bar with a drink…

Power Players: An Industry Legend at The Broadmoor

A Cut Above the Rest Barry Brown knew early on that he was destined for success in the hospitality industry. Over the course of his 30-year career in hotel sales,…

Tips for Healthy Summer Travel

Common sense can help you avoid common health risks Summer is right around the corner, and with warmer weather comes travel plans to new and exciting destinations around the world.…

Attendee Evaluations Ensure Better Meetings

But planners need to tailor them to their events Knowing how attendees evaluate the effectiveness of an educational event is a critical component in keeping them engaged and in maximizing…

Hyatt Eases Multiple-Booking Process

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Grass-roots efforts also enable planners to easily customize meetings Two recently formed property alliances by Hyatt Hotels Corporation are facilitating multiple booking for planners and allowing…

Revel in Wellness at Miraval Life in Balance Spa

Like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, the former St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California, is spreading its wings. The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond 400-room…

Glitz & Glamour in The Palm Beaches

The Brazilian Court Hotel Meeting business surges thanks to rich history and improved infrastructure The 16-mile-long barrier island of Palm Beach in South Florida offers a wide array of meeting…

Q&A with Richard C. Kessler of The Kessler Enterprise

Richard C. Kessler is CEO and Chief Operating Officer of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Hometown: Savannah, Georgia Career: At age 23, Richard Kessler became the right hand to real estate…

Deciding on Drones

4 things to consider before booking aerial photographers Drones have revolutionized the way moments can be captured and shared. Just a few years ago, the only option for aerial photography…

Leadership Isn’t for Cowards: How to Lead Courageously in a Turbulent Age

Courage has to do with the willingness and ability to face what needs to be faced and to do what needs to be done. Courage requires you to be confident…

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