In This Issue

What Covid-era hospitality trends will stick with us for the coming year? Our future forecast is here to help you prepare for what is next. We also checked in with venue partners at convention and conference centers to identify the steps they are taking to prepare for a return to meeting. Plus, the latest from Mexico’s West Coast and a Special Report from California.


Certified Solutions for Ballroom Re-entry

Returning groups are looking to conference and convention centers to help them craft events. In a survey of meeting professionals, many said they are planning to turn to local CVBs…

Future Forecast: 25 Hospitality Trends

Sometimes looking back is the straightest path to the future. So, we examined the last six months and pulled out the top 25 hospitality trends that could require innovative thinking…

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Nip and Tuck: Stays to Soak in Sunshine and Soda Pop

Four new and renewed properties that are perfect for summer in Mexico, Florida, Arizona and Indiana.


View from the Meeting Room: Groups Return!

With help from hotel and destination partners, meeting professionals and their groups are getting back into ballrooms. We asked the Smart Meetings community to share what they are seeing.

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Meetings MBA: Help Needed for Hospitality Worker Shortage

Returning groups are finding some convention hotels brimming with leisure travelers may be stretched thin on staff. Help is needed, and creative solutions are emerging to solve the hospitality worker…


The Difficulty With (Hybrid) Definitions

Most of the time when hybrid events fail, it’s because all they’ve done is stick a camera in the back of the room, put the sessions online, and called it…

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Smart Chat with James Bermingham, CEO of Virgin Hotels

We interviewed Virgin Hotels CEO James Bermingham to ask how the rollout is going and his vision for a post-Covid meetings future.


Work Smart: Easy Inclusion

Workplace inclusion is not just a moral obligation; it is a business imperative. Leadership expert Melissa Majors, author of The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders, shares the importance of…


Viva Las Veggie!

Where are the best places to enjoy your veggies? These four celebrity-chef led restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip are a great place to start.


Reinventing Joy: DJ, Master of Many New Skills

DJ Amani Roberts, president elect of MPI Southern California Chapter, shares how he experimented with platforms and possibilities to learn new skills during the pandemic.


Healthy You: STOP Dieting!

A PSA to anyone trying to shed the Covid pounds: stop fad dieting! Have you ever considered there might be another way? From intuitive eating to the 80% rule, we’ve…

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Your June 2021 Smart Style

From eco-friendly masks to TSA- and planner-approved water bottles, blankets and neck pillows, these summer essentials will help bring back meetings. Up for grabs in your June Smart Style!

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