In This Issue

The first ever Global Meetings Industry Day, held on April 14, 2016,  was a monumental occasion for meeting planners everywhere. It offered an opportunity to highlight this $114.2 billion industry and show the world the value of meetings. Smart Meetings was on location in Las Vegas to cover the day’s celebrations and explore the exciting future of events, conferences and conventions.

Our May issue also features a special report on how technology is transforming meetings. From live event streaming to on-site event apps, we share how the latest tech can help enhance your meetings, as well as a look at what’s next for event technology from DoubleDutch CEO Lawrence Coburn.

Also, don’t miss our compelling report on the unique culture and atmosphere of San Antonio and Austin, two of the hottest meetings destinations in the United States.

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

Global Meetings Industry Day Celebrations Held Across Five Continents

Call it a reversal of fortune. When the inaugural Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) was celebrated worldwide on April 14, there were $114.2 billion worth of reasons to feel excitement…

Tech Behind the Scenes: How Technology Enhances Events

How tomorrow’s events are being planned today In the not-too-distant future, attendees of large conferences will be outfitted with contact lenses that deliver information about people, booths and events directly…

Press Play: 6 Ways Video is Integral to Meetings and Events

Millennials have been raised on videos. The largest age group of U.S. workers, most millennials weren’t even born yet when MTV ushered in a new era of video in 1981,…

Meetings are in the Cards at Casinos

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas They’re a win-win deal for planners and attendees Meetings mean big business. This is the core premise that underlies our industry, which accounted for…

In Every Issue

6 Doctor-Approved Strategies to Avoid Burnout

Make Self-Care a Priority How often do you put your needs first? No matter how many times I encourage my clients to put their needs and wants at the top…

Crowne Plaza Enhances the Meeting Experience

Boardroom at Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City New initiatives are geared toward planners Crowne Plaza, one of InterContinental Hotel Groups’ (IHG) main brands for meetings, has been rapidly expanding…

Renovations Embody Properties’ History and Essence

The Boulders Resort & Spa Carefree, Arizona The multimillion-dollar renovation completed earlier this year at The Boulders preserved the property’s Native American persona by drawing inspiration from the surrounding desert.…

Power Players in the Meetings Industry: May 2016

Going the Extra Mile in Style Taking the extra step for clients can amount to many things. For Jeff Dougherty, the extra step was off the side of a 15-story building.…

Pre-Event Engagement Builds Interest and Momentum

Here’s an interesting paradox: For in-person meetings and events to remain valued by participants and vital to their professional success, planners must build a better experience for when attendees are…

Smart Style May 2016: Gift Ideas for Planners

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…

Downtown L.A. is Becoming One of America’s Great Meeting Cities

Balcony at Level Furnished Living Downtown Los Angeles has the makings of a construction zone. Towering skyscrapers in the financial district intersperse with cranes that are actively erecting the next…

Q&A with Joe Terzi

Joe Terzi is President and CEO of San Diego Tourism Authority Last year, San Diego was featured in National Geographic Channel’s documentary series, “World Smart Cities.” What makes San Diego…

5 Dishes That Celebrate American Cuisine

Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, is celebrating America with a clever “50 States, 50 Specials” promotion. Each week its bar and restaurant is highlighting dishes and drinks from…

Lessons in Business from an Extreme Adventurer

How Navigating 2,000 Miles of Icy Water Relates to Business Matt McFadyen used to live life on the edge. In his youth, the rugged Australian was drawn to extreme adventure…

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