In This Issue

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather―Jacques-Yves Cousteau, legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker―Alexandra Cousteau, world-renowned environmentalist, speaks out on key green initiatives and continuing the legacy of her family’s environmental work in this month’s cover. Our issue also includes our annual Green Meetings feature, a look at the many new sustainability choices for meetings and events.

Health and wellness continue to trend in our industry and we provide key strategies to understand the causes of stress and tips for identifying and relieving this heavy topic. Our issue also highlights destinations that combine brain power and adventure to create dynamic events as well as 10 reasons Orange County is different from L.A. and San Diego.

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

Alexandra Cousteau: Setting Her Own Sail

Alexandra Cousteau builds on her famous family’s environmental work in her own unique ways While growing up in France and the United States, Alexandra Cousteau spent a good deal of…

Green Matters

Eco-friendly practices are priorities for many meeting and event venues “It’s not easy being green,” a famous frog once sang, but these days it seems not just easy, but expected…

In Every Issue

Smart Dispatch: Detroit Gets Back into Gear

Everyone loves a success story, which is why the 5,401 attendees at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual meeting and exposition Aug. 8–11 applauded the choice of Detroit…

Smart Talk: Q&A with Gregor Resch

 Gregor Resch is general manager of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and The Fairmont Banff Springs are located in Banff National Park, a…

Smart Moves: September 2015

Christie Evans Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort in Oxnard, California, promoted Christie Evans as director of sales and marketing. Evans became a manager of the property in 2007…

Industry Watch: Muslim Travelers are a Rapidly Growing Market

Muslim travelers top global tourism spending Travel industry leaders and hotel operators are keeping their fingers on the pulse of an unexpected yet rapidly growing market that is at the…

Bottom Line: Guide to Gratuities

Plan to reward service that goes above and beyond If all the things that planners must address before, during and after a meeting or event, there’s one seemingly small element…

Techno Files: Take Event Management Online

7 ways technology streamlines events for planners and attendees There’s no denying it: Events are among the top ways to engage customers and prospects. In their annual B2B Content Marketing…

New & Renovated: Location, Location, Location

Renovated hotels thrive amid city hot spots Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico -The AAA Four Diamond property completed a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation in June. Located two…

Smart Style September 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…

Smart Leaders: The Circle of Leadership

Cultivating eight leadership qualities that can lead to success I love to learn! Some believe many good leaders are born not made, yet not many can remain strong leaders unless they…

Health & Wellness: Stress is a Heavy Topic

Strategies to understand the causes and our reactions Stress can contribute to aging, weight gain, illness and disease. In other words, stress makes us sick, fat, old and exhausted. Have…

Wolfgang Puck Catering…Your Event

Photo by Amanda Marsalis Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck offers catering services in 26 locations, across 10 U.S. cities. Meeting planners looking to bring a bit of panache to events can…

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