In This Issue

In this issue, Smart Meetings honors some of the most inspiring women in the meetings industry. From hundreds of nominations, we carefully deliberated and came up with a 50 of the top Smart Women in Meetings.

Also, don’t miss our fabulous feature on unique, creative and fun team-building activities. From acrobatics to food-inspired fun, we’ve got a team-building adventure for every demographic.

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Features

Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017

It’s never an easy task to make our annual selections for Smart Women Leaders, given that we receive hundreds of nominations and nearly all of them deserve serious consideration. But…

Tailor-Made Team Building

Inventive experiences for every group, from problem-solvers to thrill-seekers A wealth of well-documented returns proves that team building is worth the time and resources. Experiences that bring employees together outside…

Wine Country Meetings: Grape-Driven Pilgrimages

Napa County, California Meetings inspired by wine trail travels The United States has come a long way since grapes were first cultivated on the East Coast by our Founding Fathers.…

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Employee Turnover Keeps Rising

It’s making it hard for planners to establish relationships in the hospitality industry Long gone are the days of the company man. Employees, especially younger, less-seasoned professionals, aren’t idling away…

Bringing in the Big Guns: Promotions and Appointments in Hospitality

To say the year 2016 was big for the city of Dallas would be a gross understatement. The city saw 25.7 million visitors and had record room-night bookings. International travel…

Farm, Meet Table: 5 Locally Sourced F&B Selections

As the change of season ushers out winter’s rich braises and sturdy root vegetables, a delicate crop of spring ingredients arrives to awaken diners’ palates. Prepare for seasonal specialties such…

Spas Venture Outside the Box

New trends include art sessions, farm-fresh beauty and floating meditation If you’re a spa lover, you’re likely also a trend watcher. To uncover and indulge in the latest trends, you…

Go Live or Go Home

How brands can take advantage of live-stream platforms The explosive popularity of live streaming can be attributed to several of its appeals—spontaneity, authenticity, instantaneity and exclusivity. With a huge amount…

Q&A with Peggy Benua of Miami Beach VCA

Peggy Benua, board chair of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) Peggy Benua is the board chair of Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, and general manager of South…

6 Uncommon Gift Ideas for Attendees

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…

Fawn Germer: Catalyst for Positive Change

Fawn Germer is helping to boost women leaders worldwide Born: Flint, Michigan Profession: International leadership speaker and best-selling author of eight books Current Residence: Dunedin, Florida Education: Bachelor’s degree in…

Carrie Abernathy: Inspiring Words From an Industry Leader

Carrie Abernathy talks about her influential roles with Association for Women in Events and Practice Greenhealth Hometown: Christiansburg, Virginia Positions: President and founder of Association for Women in Events (AWE)…

Attuned to the Master’s Spirit: An Inside Look at Disney’s 21 Royal

Special Disneyland residence offers extraordinary luxury experience The grand mastermind wasn’t physically present, but his spirit was felt throughout the evening during an extraordinary experience for media at the 21…

New and Renovated Hotels: The Sky is the Limit

Four big openings inspired by stunning views Fairmont Washington, D.C. With a $27 million renovation to its 413 rooms, Fairmont Washington, D.C., has re-established itself as the largest and most…

Traditional Brands Inject New Features

Hilton Initiates New Branding Hilton announced new benefits for all 60 million members of Hilton Honors, its loyalty program, as well as a new logo and branding style on Feb.…

Engaging Spaces are Trending

Table linens by Creative Coverings Planners are looking for eclectic, lively spots for groups Consistent with other recent trends in the meetings industry, groups are seeking more inspiring and engaging…

Knowing How to Connect is Essential

It helps to build relationships that drive revenue and results Colette Carlson, CSP, and Bob Eubanks will be speaking at Smart Meeting Northwest at Grand Hyatt Seattle on March 22.…

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