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!
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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.
“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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Paige was dispatched to Palm Springs, California, to experience the star-studded treatment that groups can receive—all with a Hollywood twist.
These seven springtime gifts will get you in the mood for warmer weather.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.