In this issue

In Smart Meetings' November issue, don't miss our annual Suppliers of the Year! These amazing partners bring the world together, and this issue highlights them for their efforts. We also have the ultimate hotel brand guide, helping you navigate through loyalty programs.

This issue explores tasting the musical gumbo in New Orleans, finding your fall meeting address in New York, experiencing the flavors of Tennessee, among other lovely destinations you cannot miss. We also have your social media toolkit, the 411 on CBD massages, how to "festivalize" your meeting, and so much more—this issue is jam-packed with everything you need for your upcoming autumn meetings.

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.

Resorts Use Color, Sounds and Nature to Rejuvenate Guests

Planners have their pick of many luxurious resorts where meetings can be productive while boosting the spirits. Here are a few destinations that harness color, sound and the outdoors to help guests find refuge and relaxation in a work-related setting.

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The Ultimate Hotel Brand Guide

Once upon a time, when you booked a hotel for yourself or a group, you could be fairly sure that it was owned and operated by the company whose name was above the door. In those faraway days, there were no national, let alone international, hotel brands. Those days are long past.

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Mike Massari: Big Man on the Strip and Beyond

At 6-foot, 5-inches tall, Supplier of the Year Michael Massari is one of the “bigs”—as his basketball coach used to call him—in any room. But it is in his role as chief sales officer at Caesars Entertainment that he is having a truly oversized impact on the shape of the meetings industry. When the $375 million, 550,000-square-foot CAESARS FORUM conference center starts welcoming groups to Las Vegas in 2020, it will be a testament to his commitment to bringing people together.

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2018 Suppliers of the Year

The dictionary definition of hospitality is the “friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors or strangers.” That is a fitting description for the partners who work side-by-side with us to ensure that no one feels like a stranger. Each November, we recognize the outstanding suppliers—hotel properties, vendors, associations and individuals—who help event professionals create experiences that do more than impress: They change minds and build economies.

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Steal Brene Brown’s Secrets for Leveraging Vulnerability

Are you struggling to connect with co-workers, clients or attendees at your events? A new book by Brene Brown lays out the secret to getting what we want.

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Q&A with Christy Lamagna on Strategic Planning

Smart Meetings interviewed veteran event professional Christy Lamagna about how to turn events into investments and accelerate sales.

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Survey: 'Festivalization' of Meetings a Growing Trend

Attendees’ desire for immersive experiences—a growing trend in the meetings industry—is expected to reach new levels in 2019, according to a new study.

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Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Pilot Shortage Crisis is Avoidable

In light of the potential pilot shortage, speaker and retired airline pilot Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger shares how to motivate the next generation of pilots.

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Incentive Industry Packs for Stop in Bangkok

Next year, the incentive world will focus on inclusion. Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is bringing its Global Conference back to Asia.

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Luxury Travel Exposition Manifests Destination as Destiny

Smart Meetings interrogated Serge Dive, CEO of London-based Beyond Luxury, to uncover the secret for elevating the event experience for a contemporary travel market hungry to discover the next new thing. Spoiler alert: The special sauce was baked into the destination.

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Social Media Toolkit for Planners

Social media has become an integral part of the event management task list, and a whole range of apps have launched to help with the logistical side of Tweeting and ‘gramming, but which ones will get the job done most efficiently?

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Site Inspection: Ski In and Ski Out of Meetings in Aspen

Winter, spring, summer and fall—as the James Taylor song goes—the mountain city of Aspen, Colorado seems straight out of a painting. On a FAM trip hosted by Aspen Chamber Resort Association in September, Smart Meetings got to witness the beautiful fall foliage in the Rockies. Originally settled by Ute Indians, this former mining town morphed into a ski retreat for the rich and famous. Now, it’s an all-year destination with something for everyone.

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4 Cereal Cocktails Taking Over the Hotel Bar

You know comfort food. Meet the comfort cocktail. And what could make you want to snuggle up to a rocks glass more than an adult beverage that is infused, garnished or otherwise crafted with Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cocoa Puffs or similar breakfast nostalgia from childhood?

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