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.

Features

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…

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…

Smart Women in Meetings Awards 2018: 100 Women Who Inspire Us

Inspiration is the spark that ignites life-changing transformations. Luckily, the event industry is on fire with women and men who have made it their business to strike such sparks by…

In Every Issue

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…

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…

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…

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.

7 Gifts to Put a Spring in Your Step

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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