In this issue

In Smart Meetings' July issue, don't miss our exclusive interview with Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch. He shares his story of going from media producer to hospitality mogul and explains why meetings are so important to Loews.

This issue is also packed with spectacular features covering secrets to booking a great speaker, the influx of new and renovated hotels, and the many great reasons to meet in Los Angeles.

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.

Jonathan Tisch: Succeeding through Partnerships

Jonathan Tisch’s emphasis on cultivating relationships has triggered Loews’ success Born: Atlantic City, New Jersey Family: His wife, Lizzie, co-founded Suite 1521, an innovative shopping platform in New York City that showcases new and established fashion designer collections. Tisch has two sons from a previous marriage, and a stepdaughter. Education: Tufts University, bachelor’s degree in…

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New and Renovated Hotels from East to West and Beyond

Hotel openings and renovations are continuing at a record pace It seems that everywhere you look these days, new resorts and hotels are popping up. In fact, the crane seems to be a fitting symbol of the times. This perception is validated by recent statistics. A March report from STR, which tracks supply and demand…

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3 Speaker Secrets to Scheduling Aha Moments

The right speaker can spark impacts that go beyond the stage All planners share a fantasy. We schedule speakers in hopes of a magic moment when a packed house, rapt with awe, experiences a moment that changes everything. After a standing ovation that goes on longer than the demand for an encore at a Bruce…

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Alaska Airlines Cultivates a Pioneering Spirit

Alaska-Virgin merger expands options for connecting worldwide Alaska Airlines started in 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee began flying a three-passenger Stinson out of Anchorage. A lot has changed since then. It now serves more than 40 million customers to 119 destinations and five countries. Smart Meetings checked in with Alaska Air Group to find out…

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5 Hotel Brands with Big News

Who: Melia Hotels International What: After the Cuban government called for building more than 100,000 new accommodations in next 13 years, Melia Hotels International announced that it would be adding eight hotels in partnership with Cuban hotel groups for a combined total of almost 1,000 new rooms in three cities. Much of the attention will…

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7 Trendy Gift Ideas that will Make your Event Unforgettable

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 items that can make work and travel more enjoyable, and contribute to good health and well-being. Bonus: Everyone will remember your event! Inspired Health This…

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Magical Power of Meeting Up

Smart Meeting East National by the Numbers When does one plus one equal more than two? At a Smart Meeting Conference. Over three days in May, providers gathered for a networking and educational conference at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, and the impact was magnitudes greater than any of those individuals could have…

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On 'Cue: Top 5 All-American Barbecue Restaurants

Some say the birth of American barbecue traces to our 17th-century colonies. One thing’s sure: Messy, tangy barbecue is the star of many July 4 cookouts, and a year-round culinary and cultural hallmark. It’s also among the many things over which we have fierce disagreements. There are at least eight distinct regional variations—the Carolinas alone…

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Denver: Mile High City Attracts Meetings

Denver has a lot to brag about these days. The Mile High City boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, some of the country’s best outdoor experiences, a burgeoning dining scene, an active arts environment and, of course, rising prominence as a meetings destination. I discovered this first hand during a recent trip to Denver…

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2 Sides of Vibrant Cancun

Groups can enjoy luxury properties and exciting offsite adventures It’s easy to get seduced by the soothing, elegant JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and the adjacent CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. They’re located on a visually stunning, ocean-side area of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and offer sterling service, comfortable guest rooms, an excellent array…

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New Audiovisual Tech Boosts Meetings

Cruise passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship participate in a viewing (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International) Great tools are available for planners on a strict budget Event professionals need to be mindful of a client’s budget, so they’re often tasked with making every dollar go a long way. When cutting corners,…

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New Tech Tools for Event Registration

New tech tools can optimize the process Besides being financially lucrative, registration has become a make-or-break-it component of the meetings industry. In fact, registration yields 48 percent of total event revenue, according to the annual PCMA Convene Meetings Market Survey, released in February. So how can registration be more appealing? What valuable information can it…

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Industry Reacts to Tourism Budget Cuts, TSA Policy Changes and More

Closing Door to Cuba? After President Barack Obama softened restrictions on traveling to Cuba and some airlines began offering direct flights to the island nation from the United States, interest in incentive and meeting travel to the formerly isolated country quickly escalated and investment in hospitality infrastructure increased. Recent news that President Donald Trump plans…

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5 Power Players Making Moves at Visit Sacramento, Visit Phoenix and More

Steve Goodling After 18 years at Long Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in California, president and CEO Steve Goodling is always looking for new ways to wow visitors. “Meeting attendees are looking for unique experiences. They don’t just want four walls and an ice sculpture,” he says. That is why after seeing how a TED…

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Hotels Adding Guest Rooms at Breakneck Pace

But many new properties have limited meeting space These days, it’s good to be in the hotel business, as guest room sales are booming. “In 2016, the hotel industry in the United States sold more rooms than ever, and had its highest occupancy rate, highest average room rate and highest revenue per available room [RevPAR]…

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7 Tips for Handling Toxic Employees

How to rein them in and create a better work environment Have you ever worked with someone who left you feeling anxious, frustrated, angry or fearful—even downright disrespected? This type of employee creates a negative work environment with threatening, intimidating or coercive behavior. Toxic employees show a pervasive pattern of hostility, irrational beliefs and emotions.…

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