In This Issue

The July Smart Stars magazine features the readers’ choice best of the best in 32 categories to help meeting professionals get back to planning F2F experiences. Our Hotels of the Future feature celebrates the new and renovated properties that await. If an international retreat or incentive is on your to-do list, you are not going to want to miss our all-inclusive updates. Bookmark this issue for all your 2021 and 2022 needs.



Stories from SoCal’s Reopening

Smart Meetings brought together representatives of leading destination marketing organizations from Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, West Hollywood, Anaheim, Long Beach and Irvine to talk about reopening and recovery.

Keep It Simple: International All-Inclusive Resorts

The growing number of international all-inclusive resorts presents an attractive option for post-COVID meetings.

Smart Stars 2021: Happy to See Your Face Again

Did you miss us? Because we sure missed you Do you smell that? It’s the sweet, sweet smell of in-person gatherings. After more than year of F2F phobia, things are…

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Hotels of the Future

Smart Meetings scanned new and renovated hotels across the globe and pinpointed some qualities you can expect to see highlighted in lobbies, guest rooms and meeting spaces when you are…

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The Power of Meeting

Smart Meetings surveyed a sampling of our Smartie community in May to ask how they measure the “soft impact” of meeting. Their responses were as varied as their audiences, but…

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Smart Moves: Summer Power Players

The latest appointments and promotions in the industry, including Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority’s new president and CEO Mark Everton.

The (Renovated) Beach Life

These new and renovated beach resorts in California and The Bahamas are ready to rock for your group.


Where Does #EventTech Go from Here?

Event tech has seen more innovation in digital and hybrid events this year than in quite some time. Where is it going? Let’s look at history to find future trends.


Q&A on Fixing Broken Event Design

Ruud Janssen, author of the Event Design Handbook, discusses the good, the bad and the changing of post-pandemic event design.

View from the Meeting Room: Opening Up!

With help from hotel and destination partners, meeting professionals are getting back into ballrooms with careful protocols and increasing confidence. We asked the Smart Meetings community to share what they…

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Supersize Your Mission

At ASAE’s virtual Marketing Membership and Communications (MM&C) conference in June, keynote Erica Dhawan, coauthor of Get Big Things Done, brought her method of of connectional intelligence (CxQ) to the…


Reinventing Joy: Vulnerable Days

Joe Martin, partner at BDI Events and president of MPI Southern California, shares his pandemic journey from high-flying planner to therapist and virtual savior…and back again.


Essential F&B: Buffets 2021

“Safe” buffets can be more labor intensive, and thus more costly for the organizer. Yet plated table service is labor intensive, too. In the end, a well-planned buffet is an…


How to Be Exceptional

If setbacks are the springboard to success, meeting professionals are poised to win the gold. Annie Meehan, author of Be the Exception: Your 7 Steps to Transformation, has lived a…


Healthy World: The Very Air We Breathe

Air has never been more important for a healthy world. With new technology and healthier buildings, event venues are zapping viruses from the very source.


9 New Items for Swag Bags, Giveaways, Contests and You

Welcome to your July Smart Style! We’ve hand-picked items that will help keep you safe, healthy and ready for the return to travel. Happy shopping.

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