In This Issue

In Smart Meetings’ October issue, don’t miss our exciting collection of winners for the CVB Selfie Contest. We highlight the hidden gems from coast to coast—and the globe—to show off, all provided by convention and visitors’ bureaus.

This issue also explores Great Britain’s historic beauty, ideas for incentive travel, airport hotels all grown up, disrupting yourself at work, QR code technology and more.

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

Inspired Itineraries: Fresh Ideas for Incentive Travel

The meeting planner’s unofficial code includes a pledge to mold every event into a special experience—and thanks to planners’ finely honed ability to think both creatively and logistically, the success…

Not Your Parents’ Airport Hotels

Unique airport hotels are destinations themselves Airport hotels are synonymous with delayed flights, drab architecture and down time wasted far from the appealing lights of downtown. But some airport hotels…

2017 CVB Selfie Contest: True Selfies

CVBs share their unique perspectives on picture-perfect places for your next meeting As event professionals put a premium on injecting authentic local experiences into events, we increasingly reach out to…

In Every Issue

Say Yes to Smart Meeting Southwest

Batter up! Smart Meeting Southwest is taking attendees out to the ballpark on Nov. 9. Keynote speakers Ed Robinson and Four Day Weekend will take the field at Globe Life…

6 Power Players Making Moves at Marriott International, Choice Hotels and More

Laura Welsh Conference Solutions CEO Laura Welsh grew up in a hospitality family. Her parents met while working for airlines and then transitioned to careers in the hotel industry. By…

Endless Summer: New & Renovated

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach All it took was $115 million to transform Honolulu’s Pacific Beach Hotel into a reimagined Waikiki showplace. In addition to 839 renovated guest rooms and suites…

Worth Mentioning: Brand News

JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts, The Joffrey Ballet Traveling is no excuse to take a break from lifting and tucking. Perfect your arabesque on-demand at JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts,…

Learn from ASAE’s Radical Experiment

XDP rethinks events with the help of 2,000 co-creators The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has been producing an annual spring conference since 1976—the year Laverne and Shirley was…

5 Lessons in All-Inclusive Luxury

Or, why it matters who does it all From the first moment, you know you’re in the hands of pros. Maybe it’s the upbeat rock that pulsates just loudly enough…

7 Boo-tiful Gifts Perfect for Autumn

Win a FREE Homesick Candle! Send a picture or written response explaining what makes your home state special. Use the hashtag #SmartMtgsStyle or send an email to editorial@smartmeetings.com by Friday,…

Q&A with Mike Mason of etouches

Q&A with Mike Mason, Vice President of Sourcing and Hospitality Solutions, etouches Home: Orlando Education: Central Michigan University Accolades: Named “Visionary” in Smart Meetings 2016 Supplier of the Year Awards…

Signature Cheers!

Nothing says welcome quite like a beverage. Over the centuries, that ahhh-some refreshment has often been alcoholic (water and water storage being suspect). Resorts in the Caribbean and other steamy…

Spokane: Ready for Prime Time

Spokane’s revitalization boosts its meeting offerings Fam trips are most exciting when they’re full of surprises, revealing totally unexpected, fantastic features about destinations. Such was my experience during a visit…

Flying Well

A good flight begins with a healthy you My younger brother had open-heart surgery. It came as a complete surprise. Not long ago, he collapsed on his daily, 5-mile walk…

Selling Unique Session Formats to Meeting Stakeholders

How to get buy-in from executives, presenters and attendees In our last column, we spoke with Kristi Sanders, CMM, director of Meeting Professionals International Academy, about different session formats designed…

Crank Up Your QR Code Competency Score

Quick Response makes connecting beyond the conference floor easy Quick Response (QR) code technology has been around for quite some time, but users may not realize that tucked away deep…

Don’t Underestimate Your Potential

Leadership expert Mark Sanborn challenges you to disrupt yourself Mark Sanborn probably doesn’t have anything to teach meeting professionals—or most other people, for that matter—about their industry. But the award-winning…

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