In This Issue

The April Smart Meetings magazine is a celebration of the power of meeting. As we mark Global Meetings Industry Day, we look at the economic, social, scientific and mental health impacts of gathering. We also check-in on hotel trends and spend some time with new Maritz CEO David Peckinpaugh. Read all about it.


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Hotel Trends: Touch Points

A recent report by Hilton put the changes wrought by the pandemic and the much-anticipated hotel recovery and travel into context.

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The Power of Meetings

How can you tell policymakers, C-suite decision makers and family members that meeting production is powerful? Show ’em the numbers.

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David Peckinpaugh: Peck at the Plate

Peckinpaugh became CEO of Maritz in January, enlarging his responsibilities at the 128-year-old employee incentive and corporate travel firm.

In Every Issue

Reduce Eye Strain While You Sleep: Smart Style with Kate Patay

Spring back into meeting with these fun, stylish and functional gifts for your attendees, clients—and you! 

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Smart Tech: The 20% Difference

When it comes to event apps, 80% of their functionality is the same. That 20% can make all the difference in the world.

Healthy You: The Memory Games

It doesn’t take Inspector Clouseau to figure out modern humans have a memory gap; and meeting profs have more to remember than ever. Never forget there is something to be…

Meetings MBA: Get Out of Your Own Way

If not done right, meetings and incentives can send the wrong message and negatively impact relationships between professionals and businesses.

A portrait of Carl Winston, the director of the School of Hospitality & Tourism for SDSU

Smart Chat: Carl H. Winston, Director, L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, SDSU

In this Q&A, Smart Meetings chats with Carl Winston of SDSU about visions of the future, what’s driving students into hospitality and more.

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Industry Watch: Cruising Looks Ahead to Bright Future

Passenger levels were down 81% in 2020. Nearly all are projected to be in operation by August, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Essential List: Unique Destinations for Spring Meetings

From the edge of the coast to landlocked, wind-whipped plains, April marks the start of the winter melt and the beginning of spring meetings.

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