In This Issue

In Smart Meetings’ September issue, don’t miss our advice for the next generation of event planners. We relay words of wisdom for those who may be starting their career or considering a career change into event planning.

This issue is also packed with fantastic features covering green meetings, the right way to do executive retreats, the Orlando metro growing up, making memories in Pennsylvania, using emojis in the travel industry, 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

Small Meetings, Big Objective

As executive retreats evolve, host properties are refining their offerings for maximum impact To those outside the meetings industry, it would surely seem more difficult to plan a 350-person business…

New Frontiers in Sustainability

Hotels and convention centers are pushing green meetings standards ever higher Gone are the days when a collection of recycling bins could pass for a sustainability program. Having long passed…

IMEX: Zeroing in on Purposeful Meetings

IMEX America will focus on how to plan with deeper meaning, innovation and insight in mind An exciting new approach to education and content strategies will be featured at IMEX…

Words of Wisdom for the Next Generation

Advice for the next generation planning a hospitality career The event and hospitality industry has come a long way. Over the last few decades, the profession has grown more complicated,…

In Every Issue

Meeting in the Bahamas

A sample agenda for a terrific tropical event at Baha Mar Day 1 11 a.m.: Arrive at Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) to calypso band in the customs hall.…

Q&A with Tania Armenta of Visit Albuquerque

Tania Armenta, President and CEO, Visit Albuquerque Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a journalism and mass communications, advertising and public relations degree Career: 19 years with Visit Albuquerque Affiliations:…

Meetings by Day, Disneyland by Night

Sprinkle a little pixie dust on the meeting experience in Anaheim Thursday, July 13 After collecting my luggage at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, the Disney Meetings team…

Research as Destiny

Destinations International’s annual conference pointed the way to the future The big reveal at the annual conference in Montreal for the group formerly known as Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)…

Think Like a Kindergarten Teacher

Variety, interaction and physical movement resonate with attendees Tired of talking heads at the lectern? Wondering how to promote deeper learning at your meetings and events? Attendees at the Americas…

A Deep Dive into Relating

Alan Alda’s new book offers tips for boosting communication Early in his acting career, Alan Alda experienced a poignant moment with director Mike Nichols and actress Barbara Harris while rehearing…

7 Gift Ideas Too Sweet To Be Forgotten

Win a FREE Bubble Umbrella! In 140 characters or less, share what you would write on a personalized cupcake (photos are encouraged) with #SmartMeetingsStyle or email us by Wednesday, Oct. 11.…

Banish the Afternoon Slump

6 easy ways to stay on top of your game all day In the gung-ho world of American business, we scoff at siestas. But that Latin tradition is an important…

Smokin’ Hot

We are hard-wired to be drawn to the smoky, charred and blistered. Deep in our cerebral cortexes, we flash back to mastodon steak in a cave dancing in reflected firelight.…

Smart Leaders: Break Up With Doubt

Brian Biro gives a pep talk to get you off the sidelines Humans are creatures of habit who can easily get stuck in ruts. Don’t let boundaries stand in the…

Open Your ‘Emojination’

Turn your attendees into ambassadors Humans emote through facial expressions during interpersonal communication. When writing, the meaning and intent behind words can often be misconceived. For example, all caps can…

What to Know Before You Go: Brand News

Club Med Club Med debuted its Group Advantage Program to make booking a meeting at its all-inclusive resorts in Cancun Yucatan, Mexico, Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida and Punta…

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