In This Issue

For Ivanka Trump the world is truly her oyster. Stylish, sharp and ambitious she incorporates the best attributes from both sides of her gene pool. Find out just how important meetings and events are to the Trump Hotel Collection and the role technology plays at these properties in our October feature.

Our issue also includes our 2015 CVB Selfie Content with this year’s theme being “Personality Captures the heart. We highlight Incentive meetings and the many great places to inspire your staff, as well as a close look at Quebec, how South Korea has become a very hot meetings destination and the latest trends in the meetings industry.

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

Incentive Travel Gets Personal

St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Mexico The resurgence of incentive travel brings with it several new trends. The latest Pulse Survey from Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) indicates that planners are…

2015 Selfie Contest – Personality Captures the Heart

CVBs pump up local economies with panache While there are many niches in the meetings and events industry, there are even more cities with personality traits that are perfect matches…

Uncompromising: Ivanka Trump Was Born to Succeed

As the daughter of a wealthy real estate mogul and a beautiful model, the world was Ivanka Trump’s oyster. Stylish, sharp and ambitious, Ivanka incorporates the best attributes from both…

In Every Issue

Navigating Medical Meetings

A day in the life of Agnes Canonica goes something like this: ship human-sized torsos to Argentina, negotiate “gringo” prices in Latin America and plan tight deadlines around foreign government…

Smart Style October 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…

Disney Magic at D23 Expo 2015

Every Disney fan’s expectations were exceeded at this year’s ultimate Disney event, D23 Expo, which took place in Anaheim, California, Aug. 14–16. I was invited to experience VIP treatment with…

Smart Talk: Q&A With Michael Gehrisch

Michael Gehrisch  is the Former President and CEO Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Of all your accomplishments during your 15-year tenure as president and CEO of DMAI, what are you most proud…

Hyatt Regency Boosts Guest Services

Park Hyatt New York The meetings-friendly brand has just opened 10 new hotels Hyatt Hotels Corp. has continued its rapid development during the past year by introducing a new brand…

New & Renovated: Made for Meetings

Stellar convention venues that conveniently offer lodging Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas –Amid a $70 million expansion that will be completed in January, Mandalay Bay debuted 350,000 sq. ft.…

Sandwiches That Stand Out

Simple yet satisfying, the humble sandwich is named after John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. An enthusiastic gambler who did not want to stop for proper meals, he reportedly…

Dig Deeper to Drive Success

Companies can reap dividends by gaining insights into personalities of employees, customers Every leader needs a strong team, but it’s very challenging to find people with all the right strengths…

Hybrid Meetings: Big Effort, Big Reward

Strategy and preparation can extend reach and boost ROI In the past several years, the potential value of meetings has gone up significantly due to the ability to conduct them…

Techno: Stay Ahead of Meeting Technology

Seven trends are transforming the industry Technology has transformed today’s meetings, and change is accelerating at an ever-faster pace. Meeting technology that is hot today may not be tomorrow. Next-generation…

Keep Digital Assets Secure

Four tips to make sure information is protected during meetings We live in a technologically intensive age in which information is a highly valued asset that continues to increase year…

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