In this issue

In Smart Meetings' March issue, don't miss the amazing winners of the Smart Women in Meetings Awards. Spanning the categories of Innovator, Industry Leader, Rising Star, Entrepreneur, Trailblazer, and Visionary, these women represent the best of the best in our industry.

This issue also explores breathtaking Wine Country, restless Las Vegas, as well as some emerging international cities that could be new additions to your destination list. We also ask if you're doing team-building all wrong in our "Teaming for Success" feature, teach you how to maximize your reward points, 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.

Teaming for Success

Of all the tools in a meeting planner’s toolbox, team building may be the most treasured. That is because it’s been around forever, but is still used constantly. Yet, that doesn’t mean it always works flawlessly or does the job it was intended for. Among planners and within the business (and not-for-profit) world, there is difference of opinion about how it should be used—and even what can legitimately be called team building and what can’t.

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Wine Country: Beyond the Bottle

“Wine country” as a meeting destination has built-in cachet. The words inspire in planners and attendees alike visions of retreat-like settings, away from the city, surrounded by culinary delights. With wineries dotted throughout the United States, even planners with geographic rotations can find an ideal location.

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100 Women Who Inspire Us

In Smart Meetings’ March issue, don’t miss the amazing winners of the Smart Women in Meetings Awards. Spanning the categories of Innovator, Industry Leader, Rising Star, Entrepreneur, Trailblazer, and Visionary, these women represent the best of the best in our industry. This issue also explores breathtaking Wine Country, restless Las Vegas, as well as some...

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Rosen Properties Taking It Up a Notch

It’s wonderful, albeit a bit disconcerting, to visit the three Rosen full-service convention properties in Orlando. They are 12 to 27 years old, but everything about them, from the fresh smell of the immaculate common areas to the recently redesigned guest rooms, suggests that these are brand-new hotels.

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Las Vegas CVA Advocates for Expansion

Advocacy is a critical role for new Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Hill as he works with a reorganized executive team to manage a major expansion of the Convention Center District.

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Attendees Say Bring on the Surprises

Attendees are saying it, loud and clear: Bring on the surprises! It’s their rallying cry, based on the recently released State of the Meetings Industry white paper from Two Roads Hospitality.

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Smart Dispatch: A Field Day in Hollywood’s Playground

Paige was dispatched to Palm Springs, California, to experience the star-studded treatment that groups can receive—all with a Hollywood twist.

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7 Gifts to Put a Spring in Your Step

These seven springtime gifts will get you in the mood for warmer weather.

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The Buzz on Bees

The survival of the food chain depends, directly or indirectly, on those busy little pollinators. Did you know the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates one mouthful in three in our diet depends on them? Yet the vitality of hives continues to be threatened by the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, which causes bee populations to plummet.

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Moving is the New Magic Bullet

 You’ve probably heard it before. Sitting is the new smoking. That provocative assertion is credited to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. James Levine, whose research led him to famously state, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

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How to Make Travel More Rewarding

Event professionals dominate the ranks of road warriors. That time in the sky, at the hotel and charging expenses can lead to deep reserves of loyalty points, but not all benefits are the same. Loyalty programs come with lots of requirements, and terms can change as fast as the weather. Making sure you are not missing out can be a job all by itself. We turned to experts for dos and don’ts for making the most of those hard-earned rewards.

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Fend Off a Hack Attack

When registering for an event, attendees entrust loads of personal information with meeting professionals, who are held liable to keep it under lock and key. Sadly, some hackers try to compromise this data.

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Get Lassoed into Leadership at Smart Meetings Events

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport seamlessly combines the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with today’s modern meeting amenities. Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect from Smart Meeting keynote speakers.

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Making a Christmas Party Look Big Easy

The event goal? Celebrate a productive year and thank employees for a job well done. It also needed to reinforce the sense of purpose for 2,000-plus employees. How did these planners pull it off?

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Smart Incentives: A Portrait of SITE

The best advice newly appointed Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) CEO Didier Scaillet ever received? "Be respectful. The ones you meet on the way up are the same ones that you meet on the way down. Be kind."

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The State of Alt Accommodations

 When the Airbnb debate began in the meetings and events industry three or four years ago, it affected just a narrow swath of the overall accommodations market. At that point, only some industry-wide shows and customer events had a noticeable number of attendees choose to stay in a contracted hotel.

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Win Big with Vegas Meetings

 Trying to get lucky with Saint Paddy’s Day just around the corner? You don’t need the luck of the Irish in Las Vegas, because Sin City has so much to offer when sourcing a venue for your next meeting or conference. The RFP Whisperer and the team at Smart Meetings 360, Inc. have a few tips to ensure your luck never runs out.

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Bright Perspective: Let’s Celebrate Our Inspiring Women

This is one of my favorite times of the year—when I introduce the 2018 Smart Women winners to you. Our cover story celebrates the tireless spirit of women who have overcome, reinvented and brought others along for the journey.

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