In This Issue

A showcase for culinary trends, Las Vegas’s long list of restaurants makes this destination a foodie mecca and a hot spot for meetings. The options are endless as chefs with stellar reputations make the food experience spectacular for groups and bring together the best Las Vegas has to offer. In our March issue, star chef Michael Mina opens up about managing 26 restaurants and bars, the Bellagio and food trends among big-name chefs.

Our issue also includes a destination feature on Atlanta, the cradle of the American Civil Rights movement and boyhood home of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Our "World Report" focuses on how global meetings are on the rise and stretch beyond the borders of Europe to places such as Bangkok and Cape Town, and we bring you the hottest insights on industry trends and the latest on biodynamic wineries, team building adventures and unique gifts for attendees.

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.

Features

Adventures in Team Building

For many people, the term “adventure team building” is likely to conjure up images of physically demanding activities in a wild, outdoor setting. That image is sometimes quite accurate. Take…

Building a Celebrity Brand

Michael Mina discovered early on that he would much rather focus on food and innovative culinary experiences than operate the actual buildings where his restaurants are located. The James Beard…

World Report: Going Global

IMEX Frankfurt, scheduled to take place May 19–21 at the new Kap Europa Congress Centre, is just one example of an event that is being fueled by meetings planners’ and…

Dining with the Stars

This is how it happens: A meeting planner and maybe her colleagues are enamored with the latest Top Chef, or her group is dominated by serious foodies or she needs…

In Every Issue

Top 10 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment

Lolly Daskal believes that hiring and retention improve when workplaces have the right attributes. The president and CEO of Lead From Within, a global consultancy that specializes in leadership and…

Q&A with Joe D’Alessandro

The city is expanding the Moscone Center by more than 305,000 sq. ft. What are the plans? This is our first expansion in more than a decade. We are connecting…

Top Hotel Trends to Watch in 2015

 The hotel industry is booming, generating $163 billion in revenue in 2013, up 6 percent from 2012, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association's 2014 Lodging Industry Profile. But…

JW Marriott Opens Huge Austin Hotel

JW Marriott opened a 1,012-room hotel in Austin today that is the biggest in the city and the brand’s largest in North America. JW Marriott Austin, which broke ground approximately…

How to Organize Better Meetings

Meetings can be beneficial for many reasons, but if they’re not well organized and designed to accomplish a specific purpose, they can be counterproductive. The following mistakes often are made…

Unique and Thoughtful Gifts for Attendees

Treat attendees and VIPs to unique, thoughtful gifts that they’ll definitely want to take home. Smart Meetings has selected an assortment of items that can make work and travel more…

Q&A with Steve Moore

You served as vice chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee in 2008 and 2015, and were part of the executive committee for 2015. What did you learn from the…

Intercontinental Brand Update: Boldly Moving Forward

InterContinental-Davos International Hotels Group (IHG) launched several new programs in 2014 to help address the ever-changing needs and priorities of meeting groups and other guests. Among the highlights, the company…

Standing Out From the Crowd

  Event app maker QuickMobile has been sitting pretty since its founding in 2006. It built the first-ever mobile event app in 2008, and has created more than 3,000 since. Its…

Making Meetings Accessible and Inclusive for All

Q&A with Michael Massari

Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. (CEOC) filed for bankruptcy protection to leverage $18.4 billion in debt. Do you think the company overreached and took on too much in the first place?…

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