In This Issue

In this month’s issue, Smart Meetings had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the most influential and inspiring people in hospitality, Marriott International’s Bill Marriott. Marriott talks about the company’s historic acquisition of Starwood and what it means for the industry.

Also, don’t miss our annual Suppliers of the Year Awards! These awards recognize truly exceptional, innovative leaders who are taking the hospitality industry to new heights.

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Features

Bill Marriott: Setting the Beat

All photographs courtesy of Marriott International Starwood Purchase is Big, but Just One Highlight of Bill Marriott’s Highly Influential Career Hometown: Washington, DC Occupation: Executive chairman and chairman of the…

Embrace the Small Things: Small Meetings and Executive Retreats

Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa, Avalon, California Unique touches make small meetings and executive retreats even more special Colin Cowie, party-planning maestro, believes meeting experiences can help retain employees by…

6 Trends Shaping Golf & Spa Resorts

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pennsylvania Unique experiences cater to business travelers You don’t have to live in California’s Silicon Valley to see the impact technology is having on leisure and…

2016 Suppliers of the Year

25 Industry Leaders Who Make the Meetings World Go Round They have a wide range of personalities and come from varying backgrounds, but all of them have made major contributions…

Affordable Meetings: Maximum Value, Reasonable Cost

4 cities that offer affordable meeting options As every planner of meetings and conventions knows, budgets are among the least flexible elements of the job. Negotiating with hotels and suppliers…

In Every Issue

Technology Takeover: Oracle and Salesforce Conventions Saturate San Francisco

On Sept. 18, more than 60,000 people flooded downtown San Francisco for OpenWorld, Oracle software solution’s annual tech conference. For four days, the city was buzzing with dine-arounds, keynotes, parties…

MGM is Transforming Las Vegas

Bliss Dance at The Park, Las Vegas MGM is busy creating and reinventing in the heart of The Strip A small stretch on South Las Vegas Boulevard near West Tropicana…

New and Renovated Hotels: The Next Big Things

Striking properties complement key meeting destinations Marriott Marquis Houston Opening this month in the Houston convention district, Marriott Marquis is an example of a hotel that is coming online during…

Boise Adds Modern Twists to its Meetings Options

Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP) Broadening its appeal After touring a Basque neighborhood, groups can visit an Anne Frank human rights memorial and a cutting-edge creative center before heading to…

13 Festive Holiday Gift Ideas for Groups

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…

Great Leaders Take Time to Rest

It will make you a better leader! Spending my birthday this year at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, was the best gift I ever gave myself. I know…

Telepresence Enhances Attendee Experiences

Everyone in the meetings and events industry can attest to the unique benefits gained when people physically gather in one place to share information and perspectives. While the debate between…

Second Home for the Holidays

We aren’t insinuating anything about grandma and her home cooking, but unless she’s a classically trained chef in one of the most competitive culinary settings, enjoying turkey dinner on the…

Smart Talk: Eric Ly, Co-Founder of LinkedIn

Eric Ly is CEO of Presdo Match and Co-Founder of LinkedIn Hometown: Sunnyvale, California Education: B.S., Stanford University; M.S., MIT Media Lab Career: Began as a software engineer at numerous…

Power Players: Meetings Industry Leaders Giving Back

Kathleen Cochran is one of those admired bosses whose reputation precedes her. The general manager of The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, has made an exemplary career out…

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