In This Issue

In this month’s issue, we’re delighted to bring you the third edition of our annual CVB selfie contest! This year’s contest is bigger and better than ever, thanks to Super Bowl excitement, imploding buildings, race track thrills, breathtaking views from around the world and other amazing hidden gems.

Also, don’t miss our feature on the hottest trend in incentive travel. Find out how authentic local experiences are transforming the world of incentives.

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

2016 CVB Selfie Contest: Hidden Gems that Illuminate Cities

Every destination has an attraction waiting to wow guests We have to give a huge round of applause to the CVBs that entered our third annual selfie contest this year.…

The Key Ingredient for Incentives: Local Flavors

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Koloa, Hawaii More frequently than ever, incentive programs incorporate authentic experiences These days, planning incentive-travel that hits the mark for both the participants and…

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Funky Fresh in Fisherman’s Wharf

To some San Francisco residents, Fisherman’s Wharf is considered more of a blight than a boon. Souvenir and T-shirt shops between kitschy attractions on Jefferson Street, such as Ripley’s Believe…

AMResorts Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Sunscape Dominican Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Expanded portfolio and new features highlight 15th anniversary AMResorts is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year while opening 11 properties and enhancing its…

Flex Your Mindfulness Muscles

A practice to help planners cope, focus and stay calm In the whirlwind of modern life, it’s not unusual to feel like you’re operating in an anxiety-ridden fog: multitasking, haphazardly…

Meet Florida’s Paradise Coast

Naples Grande Beach Resort Naples Grande Beach Resort exemplifies the best of Collier County Collier County, dubbed Florida’s Paradise Coast by the local convention and visitors bureau, is part meeting…

Taking Flight: The Changing Faces of Airport Hotels

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport The top-to-bottom, multimillion-dollar transformation of the Hyatt Regency will be completed later this month. San Francisco’s thriving F&B scene will be evident at 3Sixty, an…

Women’s Leadership Events: Do More Than Meet—Move

Join a women’s leadership group, get inspired, then what? Women’s leadership seminars and conferences have popped up all over the place within most major industries over the last few years.…

7 Out-of-the-Box Gift Ideas to Impress Attendees

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…

Waste Not, Want Not: Leverage Technology to Shrink Your Event’s Footprint

The event planning industry has been grappling with how best to reduce its carbon footprint for some time. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study titled The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S.…

ASAE is Moving with the Times

2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Salt Lake City ASAE takes new stand on discriminatory practices, adds tools and services The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting &…

Bring on Brunch: 5 Brunch Places to Wow Attendees

Crown Room, San Diego Brunch has come a long way in America, thanks to its versatility. In fact, it has arguably knocked breakfast out of its spot as the most…

Cancellation Clauses & Remedies

Knowing hotel’s perspective enables planners to mitigate financial damages Since 2011, the meetings and events industry has seen a strong and steady run, which mirrors the economy as a whole.…

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