In This Issue

As lead vocalist of U2, Bono is a household name known across the globe. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that he’s not only the frontman of one of the world’s top rock bands, but also a leader in philanthropy and activism. In this month’s cover story, Bono shares his passion for Revo’s Buy Vision, Give Sight initiative, which provides vital eye care support to underserved communities.

This issue also features our fantastic article on health and wellness. It’s got everything planners need to know to keep attendees happy and healthy, from innovative airport amenities to high-tech digital detoxes.

Also, don’t forget to check out our annual Las Vegas story, which will clue you in on some of the city’s more unusual attractions, including wine towers, diving with sharks 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.

Features

Think Outside the Bottle

Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California Lesser-known varietals offered in unexpected U.S. wine countries America’s wine consumers have their favorite chardonnays, cabernet sauvignons and merlots—and boy, do they love them.…

A Healthy Focus on Wellness

From A to Z, innovative programs help planners take better care of attendees Health and wellness used to be an afterthought in the meetings industry. Events were usually staged in…

9 Impactful Possibilities

Group Experiential Learning, sailing in the San Francisco Bay Foster camaraderie and solve problems with team-building experiences Effective corporate meetings allow participants to share not just key information, but also…

U2’s Bono: In the Name of Love

Bono boosts eye care for the underserved, and Smart Meetings pitches in The Irish band U2 was wrapping up its set before 72,000 people at London’s Wembley Stadium when lead…

In Every Issue

The Presidio: San Francisco’s Hidden Treasure

The Presidio is a national park and former military base on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, offering a lush green oasis that’s easily accessible from the East…

Power Players in Meetings

Passion for a Place When Jack Sibbach talks about Sun Valley Resort and Spa, there is a palpable sense of pride in his voice. Few people feel as passionate about…

Meet Up in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Convention center district has cornered the market on convenience Last month, just as the Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit was about to convene at Philadelphia Marriott…

Going Above and Beyond: Great Wolf Lodge

Exciting attractions and new prospects move Great Wolf forward There is a new kid on the block in theme park central. Southern California’s wide variety of amusement parks and attractions…

Smart Style: March 2016

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…

Q&A with Rossi Ralenkotter

Rossi Ralenkotter is President & CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Why did you decide to pursue a career in the hospitality industry? How did your career progress…

Global Compliance Regulations

Tips to understanding and adhering to international regulations Meetings and events serve as powerful tools and enablers for companies to achieve business goals. At the same time, regulatory compliance remains…

Captivate Your Audience

Three tech companies on the cutting edge of engagement The success of an event is no longer measured by the number of invited guests who were present. It’s determined by…

New & Renovated: Meeting Resorts

Work and relax in remarkable California settings DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs -California –Besides a $15 multimillion renovation, the former Desert Princess Golf Resort Palm Springs has…

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Leaders can boost performance by relying on others Think of your missions and goals as many rocks, all with different weights and sizes. We learn very valuable lessons from our…

Welcome to the New Age

How check-ins by phone and electronic keying affect attendees and events One of the hotel industry’s most recent technological advances is reaching a critical mass in 2016, and meeting professionals…

Yelp: A Planner’s Best Friend

With so many restaurants to choose from, planners can become perplexed when organizing an offsite dining experience. Yelp can help. Millions of people post reviews on the popular website. Analyzing…

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