In This Issue

In Smart Meetings‘ November issue, we celebrate the Suppliers of the Year, who our readers chose as stand-out suppliers in meetings all over the world. These are the hospitality partners who are visionaries, industry leaders, rising stars and doers. Join us in celebrating this group of Suppliers of the Year! We also dive into hotels curating experiences for guests and dreamy spa programs (that go beyond coddling).

You won’t want to miss this issue. We venture into the mighty Memphis, drink in New York State’s beer and wine scene, find the new under the Arizona sun and so much more. Don’t miss our case study of the IRF International event, the sunny outlook into 2020, email marketing strategies and learn to release your inner influencer—among many others!

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.


Beyond Coddling: Resorts Add Sophisticated Programs to Spa Offerings

Spas come in all shapes and sizes: boutique, mountain, desert, waterfront, recreational and wellness. But all of the below herald innovative techniques.

It’s Not Just a Hotel Room: It’s an Experience Portal

Individual hotel properties—and entire brands—now compete to deliver envy-worthy memories for you and your group. Check out these portals to experience.

Collaborative Care with Destinations International’s Don Welsh

Smart Meetings talked to the leader of Destinations International, and asked how he and his members help event professionals deliver better meetings.

2019 Suppliers of the Year

This is the time of year when we celebrate the hospitality partners who help us receive our guests at meetings all over the world. We asked our readers to name…

In Every Issue

A Trio of Industry Reports Point to Growth in 2020

Three studies released at IMEX-America in Las Vegas in September painted an optimistic outlook for the future of the industry.

Q&A: Helping to Build Sustainable Communities

We spoke to Jo Licata at Hilton San Francisco Union Square about working to connect groups and conventions with finding the right nonprofit partner.

Autumn in a Glass: The Apple Cider Cocktail

The apple cider craft cocktail completely captures the essence of autumn and Thanksgiving. Here’s a toast to a cidery sampling at hotel bars.

Business Travel Makes the World Go ‘Round

When people fly to the United States for a conference, that is considered an export in economic terms—and $1.1 trillion one at that. Here’s the breakdown.

Case Study: Cisco IMPACT

How does a small team plan and execute a seller conference for 18,500 Cisco sellers and help save the planet at the same time? In a word, partnerships.

Feast Your Eyes on November Smart Style

Hand-picked decor and gifts for your attendees­—and you. This month, we’re focusing on comfort, from a tech-savvy conference table to soothing faux plants.

Take Your Email Marketing to the Next Level

According to Eventbrite, 78 percent of event creators say email marketing is their most effective marketing strategy. Here’s how to stay ahead of the curve.

Release Your Inner Social Media Influencer

Want to be a leader? If so, deliver what your social media followers want. Expanding your brand today requires moving beyond self-promotion to a consistent practice of networking and connecting…

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