In This Issue

The July 2022 Magazine celebrates the Best of the Best, the winners of the annual Smart Stars Awards, you go-to list of partners for your next brilliant event. We also look at trends in new and renovated properties around the country, share smart tips for leveraging all-inclusive options and planner testimonials on the joys of mid-tier destinations. We hope you enjoy this journey through the meetings industry and bookmark these features for future reference.


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All-inclusives: A Sense of Place

Once seen as the worst of the worst all-inclusives are now adapting to be unique experiences that reflect the authenticity of the destination—but without the hassle.

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Smart Tech: The Great Resignation

Long before the “Great Resignation,” I’ve been on shows where a tech had to be removed because they most likely had been drinking or smoking pot on the job, so…

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Hit Refresh: New and Renovated Hotel Trends

Numerous trends, including digitization, bleisure, holistic hospitality and virtual reality, are increasingly shaping the way new and renovated hotels look and work for meetings and meeting planners.

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Size Does(n’t) Matter: Mid-tier Meetings Offer More

Mid-tier meetings have much to offer. We looked into Louisville, Kentucky; Spokane, Washington; Jackson, Mississippi; and more to see how meetings in mid-tier locations could be the perfect place to…

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Smart Stars 2022 Winners Announced

Each year, we ask our community of event producers to nominate and vote for their favorite hotel chains, golf resorts, conference centers and destinations. The resulting list that follows is…

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Now Boarding at Gate Green…

The aviation sector as a whole is responsible for 2.5% of all CO2 emissions. That might not seem like a lot, but until new technologies mature, jet planes will be…

The East Deck at Gurney's Montauk, New York. It shows a beach with a series of tables. For Marina meetings.

Essential List: Marina Meets for Corporate Teams

With the heat rising and smaller meetings trending, these 5 tranquil and spacious marina sunspots were designed may be just what you’re looking for.

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Our Drug of Choice

Michael Pollan notes in This Is Your Mind on Plants, caffeine is “the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world, and the only one we routinely give to children…

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Meetings MBA: Emotions Drive Motivation

How can your employee recognition program tap into that link between emotion and motivation for better results? Here are 3 ways to make it happen.

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Smart Chat: Megan Henshall on Building a Neuro-inclusive Future

Strategic Solutions Lead for Google Megan Henshall discusses how to define neurodiversity, what planners can do to accommodate neurodistinct people and more.

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