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.

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 event at a city-center hotel than to coordinate a 35-person gathering at a small property in a quiet location. But what most people don’t consider…

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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 the buzzword phase, environmental responsibility concerns now permeate the business landscape, including the meetings and events industry. In the current climate, wastewater reuse and compost…

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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 America 2017, slated for Oct. 10–12 at Sands Expo and The Venetian/The Palazzo in Las Vegas. IMEX America will introduce its first Talking Point—a theme…

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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, goal-oriented and, well, professional than ever before. As a new generation joins the ranks of planners, managers, hoteliers and suppliers, it is our turn to…

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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. As the gateway to the Bahamas, it offers 227 daily arrivals and departures to 38 cities nonstop. English is the official language of the Bahamas—an…

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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: US Travel Association-Destinations Council, New Mexico Hospitality Association, Central Region Tourism Board Advice for Event Professionals: Blending unique cultural and outdoor experiences with meetings and…

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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 arranged for a chauffeur from Best-VIP to drive me to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Upon checking in at the Anaheim hotel, I got…

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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) was a new look, message and name for the host, now to be known as Destinations International. “We are fundamentally changing the way we operate,”…

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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 Connect conference, hosted in April by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), heard some unconventional advice on how to engage their audience: Think like…

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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 for a Broadway musical, The Apple Tree. “He [Nichols] asked us both several times to relate better—although he seemed to be looking more in my…

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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. Little Bits of Luxury Fresh botanical extracts create this lush collection of scented hand lotion. lollialife.com Sweet Branding Customizable cupcakes and cookies are a scrumptious…

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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 one, according to many medical experts, because our bodies have evolved to crave afternoon naps. “A major reason for this is that human beings are…

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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. We have Proustian memories of campfire s’mores. Wood-fire cooking is perfect for September’s gathering sweater season. Sometimes, the best trends go back to basics. And…

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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 way of being the greatest version of yourself that you can be. It’s mentally healthier to continuously climb up the mountain of achievement and work…

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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 be misinterpreted as someone yelling at you. That is changing thanks to emojis, which allow people to converse using pictures that illustrate their feelings. Emojis…

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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 Cana, Dominican Republic simple. Perks include a flat rate, free Wi-Fi, free upgrades, discounts, team-building activities and an hour-long cocktail reception. Large groups can buy…

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