In This Issue

For 40 years Michael Lyons has been on the forefront of AIBTM, MPI, DMC’s and Hotels, and has accumulated a tremendous wealth of knowledge about every aspect of the industry by being one of its most active participants. Our cover story features Lyons’ changing career focus after serving as a meetings industry executive for many years.

Our issue also includes Golf & Spa Resorts, where you can learn about the rich history of many of these iconic resorts, as well as the latest meeting trends emerging from British Columbia, Northern California and Louisiana. We also highlight how millennial culture is being integrated into the meetings industry and changing the way we plan.

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

Top Cities for Meetings and Thrills

Some cities around the country are known for one big attraction: Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, comes to mind immediately. Many cities, however, are vacation and meeting destinations, with amusement…

Small Meetings, Big Impact

State Department Photo/Public Domain Unassuming state capitals, mountaintop experiences and distraction-free zones Bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to small meetings and executive retreats, there are options galore to ensure…

Michael Lyons a Man of Many Talents

After serving as a meetings industry executive, Michael Lyons changes his career focus Michael Lyons has been one of the most visible people in the meetings and hospitality industry for more than 40…

A Guide to the History of Golf and Spa Resorts

Trump National Doral Miami By now, you know that meetings at golf, spa and hot spring resorts tend to draw more attendees. They offer a refreshing atmosphere, often in scenic…

In Every Issue

Cuba: Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

Cuba, located just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, has been virtually off limits to Yankees for more than five decades. Although diplomatic relations have been renewed, planners pondering…

Leverage Leading-Edge Technology to Engage Millennials

Millennials—people between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2015—are unlike any other generation before them. One distinction that truly sets them apart from Generation X (ages 35–50) and baby…

New properties Unveiled in Denver, San Francisco and Phoenix

Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Denver Downtown –The state capital of Colorado is getting two new properties when Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Denver Downtown open this month, two blocks…

Achieve Your Goals Through Focus and Inspiration

Kick Sabotage to the Curb What’s really going on when you want more money, success, fulfillment and health, and it’s just not coming to fruition? Sure, it could be due…

Employ a Strong Ethical Framework to Stay Above Reproach

To those outside the industry, the planning of meetings, events, conventions and incentive travel often seems like glamorous work. Granted, it’s an extremely interesting profession. But it’s also detail laden…

Wyndham Hotel Group Stays Ahead of the Game

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, Florida New initiatives, properties are a boon for meeting planners Wyndham Hotel Group has had another successful year, partly due to launching major initiatives…

Smart Moves: November 2015

Cahal Mowery Cahal Mowery joined JW Marriott Houston Downtown as director of group sales. He will oversee convention and group travel business. Formerly, Mowery was a national account executive for…

Smart Style November 2015

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…

Millennial Planners Lead Meetings Rebellion

If there is one thing meeting professionals can agree on, it is the relentless push to stay ahead of the curve. It means discovering which technology to incorporate into meetings,…

Guy Fieri’s Your Guy

With his edgy platinum locks and cherry-red convertibles, Food Network star Guy Fieri is known for his sense of flair. The celebrity chef’s food is similarly flashy. Planners booking events…

Smart Talk: Q&A With Fiona Pelham

Entrepreneur and sustainability advocate Fiona Pelham will become international chair for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in January, 2016 How did you become involved in the industry? I have always been…

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