In this issue

In Smart Meetings' June issue, we announce the annual Smart Stars winners! You voted and the results are in. These properties and organizations are star-studded partners with event professionals.

This issue is packed with lots of information: how to save budgets with spending less and maintaining quality, dreamy convention centers that deliver and so much more. We also take a look at some stellar destinations like Mexico's Pacific Coast, redefining meetings in the Mid-Atlantic, leaving your heart in greater San Francisco and 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.

If You Can Dream It, These Venues Can Deliver It

For many meeting planners, the term “convention center” may conjure images of vast, warehouse-like spaces that stress function over form and size over service. But those assumptions may need updating.

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Set Your Clock to Island Time

As you’re looking ahead to plan meetings for next winter, maybe it’s island time—you know, time for a change of pace and short-sleeve weather that signals a break in routine and a fresh perspective. Right now, even the C-suites and managers may agree.

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How Leo Events Nails Immersion

When challenged to create a storybook that would help Walmart CEO Doug McMillon illuminate the company’s history in a “magical way” at its Shareholders Meeting in 2017, Leo Events got busy.

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Split Personalities: A New Way to Hotel

Why you will learn to love multiple hotel brands under the same roof. Triple-branded properties have become increasingly common, trendy and cool.

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Don't Blow Up the Budget: How to Spend Less for More

Smart Meetings asked experts about their tricks for creating a phenomenal experience while spending a minimal amount of money.

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Smart Stars 2019: Meet Our Readers' Choice Winners

The dictionary definition of "best" as an adjective is: "of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality." See also: greatest, foremost, leading, preeminent, premier, prime, supreme, unsurpassed, peerless, optimum, ideal, perfect. For event professionals, choosing the best property, supplier or partner means fewer last-minute surprises, more delight and less stress—all welcome outcomes.

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Q&A with Jerry Cito on NYC Resources

Smart Meetings sat down with Jerry Cito from New York & Company to dive into what New York City has been tackling lately to switch things up for groups.

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Get Inspired By These Pops of Color

Set the stage appropriately with these on-trend color ideas from Creative Coverings Director of Design Nancy Stoltz.

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Case Study: Hack This Cracker with IncuBaker

Sometimes, you don’t know something is broken until you fix it. Smart Meetings sat down with American Bakers Association Education Manager Pippa O’Shea and Senior Director of Meetings and Education Samantha Moore to find out how the two convinced a group of 250 cookie- and cracker-makers to add a little chaos into an annual conference that had been meeting for 94 years.

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The Latest Sandwich Trend? Hyper-Local in Hand

Today, although sandwiches are beloved everywhere, some of the very best offer a sense of place you can hold onto.

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Cultural Competency 101

According to Seema Jain, director of multicultural affairs for Marriott International, “cultural competence—the ability to view a situation from your perspective and the perspective of others—is a business imperative that allows professionals to solve problems, navigate situations and develop more creative solutions.”

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Can Cruise Ships Be Eco-Friendly?

Welcome aboard the S.S. Conundrum. Groups are clamoring for authentic experiences, and what could be a more splashy departure from your standard hotel ballroom than a meeting at sea? Yet you and your attendees also want green meetings—and the cruise industry has a problem on that score. Or is it just a perception problem?

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Your June Smart Style Has Arrived

This month, we’re honing in on the sweet start of summer with products and tools that will serve you and attendees poolside and office-side all season long.

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