In This Issue

The May magazine is all about helping everyone feel comfortable returning to meetings. Whether you are planning you next virtual, first hybrid or an all-in person incentive, we collected all the strategies, culinary trends and updates on venues and destinations—including a closer look at the evolution of gaming properties—to get you back in the ballroom.


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Tech Meets the Future

After a chaotic year, technology companies are disrupting what in-person and digital will mean. Smart Meetings talked to three meeting professionals tasked with figuring out how to achieve company goals…

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Wolfgang Puck: A Legend’s Legacy

Wolfgang Puck, the legend behind hospitality (and America’s) culinary trends and successes, shares his celebrity chef experience with Smart Meetings.

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How to Overcome Covid Brain

After more than a year of being told that being around other people could literally kill you, feeling comfortable in a ballroom of strangers will not be as easy as…

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VR: What Is It Good For?

There’s an increased interest in VR, as organizers look for new ways to reach the stay-at-home audience. Here are a few things to look out for to stay on the…

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Healthy World: A Better Vision for Earth

How can we protect the Earth? Intersectional environmentalism offers a beacon to be followed—and can guide how we make choices in the meetings industry.

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Reinventing Live: A To-do List for CEOs

Industry veterans Denzil Rankine and Marco Giberti, authors of Reinventing Live: The Always-On Future of Events, offer a to-do list for CEOs of event organizations to prepare for the future,

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Q&A with John Henley on Luring You Back to Bars

John Henley, assistant general manager at Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville, shares post-pandemic bar trends and observations.


View from the Meeting Room: IRL Style

Meeting professionals are getting back into ballrooms. We asked the Smart Meetings community to share what they are seeing IRL, and found a world of creative ways to help people…


Brave New Meals with IACC

How should conference lunch breaks be redesigned going forward? IACC tackled this issue in two new guides on its website. Here is a glimpse into the future of F&B safety.

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9 New Power Players in May

The newest promotions and appointments in the industry, including at Accor; Alila Napa Valley; and The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes.

Nip and Tuck: Waterfront Views from Coast to Coast

Four new and renovated properties from coast to coast, including Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Your May 2021 Smart Style

Hand-picked treats and gifts for your attendees­—and you. This month, we’re featuring Smart Style products that help keep you safe, healthy and ready for returning to the office, from desk…

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