Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Holds Record-Breaking Event

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Recently, Smart Meetings had the pleasure of attending the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado’s first-ever two day annual conference. MIC of Colorado is a coalition made up of 13 organizations involved in the meetings and events industry.

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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The Broadmoor — Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Broadmoor also includes Penrose Rooms, the only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Colorado. The popularity of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton has made history cooler than ever.

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5 Edgy Ideas for Educational Seating

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Chris Gasbarro , owner and president of creative agency Ember, recently took a group by helicopter to a meadow in southwest Colorado. Just as educators are constantly looking for better ways to communicate, p lanners are always looking for new educational seating ideas. The point?

Top Historic Hotels Feature Memorable Meeting Venues

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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs. For example, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is designed for meetings even though it has an elegant, diverse expanse that caters to both leisure and business travelers. The Broadmoor , Colorado Springs.

3 Refreshed Hotels with Plush Event Space for Meeting Planners

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Located in downtown Denver —across from the Colorado Convention Center—the Silver LEED-certified hotel is within walking distance of the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Royal Palms Resort and Spa courtyard and fountain. Royal Palms Resort and Spa.

40 Under 40: Kelsey Berglund, MMP

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It was a natural fit for me to continue my education at Colorado State University and complete a bachelor’s degree in equine sciences and a master’s in business management practice. Kelsey Berglund, MMP, 26, works in Denver as d irector of national events for Arabian Horse Association and co-founder and event connoisseur at Cowgirl Creative LLC. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Berglund discusses her passion for the events industry. Connect with Berglund on Instagram.

Le Méridien Denver opening September 14, 2017

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The Unlock Art program includes a complimentary tour of the Clyfford Still Museum , tastings at Renegade Brewing, Colorado Cider Company access, a tour at Bee Squared Honey Farm, and such exclusive offerings as stirring the mash at Leopold Brothers Distillery.

3 Ways to Bring Nature into Your Meeting

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Meeting planners are always looking for new ways to create an environment that fosters lasting impressions. I’ve noticed an uptick of meeting professionals bringing their groups outdoors to enjoy nature , and have seen how this can help the overall success of an event.

Planning experiential meetings your attendees will never forget

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For example, groups can take a rafting trip down the lower Colorado River or interact with real-life Texas longhorns (T-Bone & Ribeye) as part of the resort’s “Hooves and Horns” mascot program.

2016 Platinum Choice Award Winners Announced

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The Broadmoor Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs CVB. Distinguished hotels and CVBs earn coveted recognition from Smart Meetings.

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This Acquisition Aims to Give DMCs a Bigger Voice in Business Events

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Earlier this week, the global destination-management company AlliedPRA was acquired by New York–based private equity firm CI Capital Partners. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

What Can Churches Tell Us About Conferences?

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Josh Packard, a sociology professor at the University of Northern Colorado, never expected to be involved with the meetings industry. “[People] are choosing alternative ways of getting together and doing things.

10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

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The Colorado Convention Center offers nearly 600,000 sq. George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas. Finding a host city for a key meeting can be a geographic Rubik’s cube of schedules and locations that can seem impossible to solve.

3 Ways Hotel Room Amenities are Evolving to Suit the Modern Guest

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Marriott announced the Build Your Own Mini Bar in the West Package in May, available at 28 of their properties in California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Marriott’s Build Your Own Mini Bar.

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25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mid-bloom into the season, TripAdvisor has released its Seasonal Attractions Trend Index for spring. Based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor’s website, the list of top 25 U.S.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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Best in Show: Class of 2017

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Director of Event Management, Colorado Convention Center, Denver. Convention Services Manager, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. . When it came time for Sally DeBolt, CMP, to name a name, she did — but she couldn’t leave it at that.

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What’s In and Out for Meetings in 2017

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Try whale watching off the Washington state coast , walking through majestic redwood forests in Northern California or whitewater rafting in Colorado Springs.

20 Best and Worst Airports in America

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Denver International, Colorado (DEN). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center?

Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

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Boulder, Colorado. As mental and physical fitness become more important to Americans, those preferences are seen in the meetings industry, as well. Incorporating health and wellness into the agenda has never been more important for meeting planners.

Tailor-Made Team Building

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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Make a heart-pounding descent at The Broadmoor, a 5,000-acre luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Editor’s note: We’re trying something new!

Report Shows Convention Centers More Eco-Conscious than Ever

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Venues Leading by Example: The Colorado Convention Center in Denver boasts 5,000 sq.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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Colorado. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah. From a long list of 675 properties spanning more than 50 countries, Condé Nast Traveler has selected its best hotel openings from the past year.

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2017 Smart Stars Award Winners

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This grand Colorado Springs resort with the Italian Renaissance façade is as famous as the heads of state who have slept over. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/colorado/bachelor-gulch. Best Airport Hotel. Best Attraction/Theme Park. Best Ballroom Hotel. Best Beach Hotel.

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The Dish on 6 Hospitality Trends for 2017

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California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada join the ranks of Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in legalizing recreational cannabis. Andrew Freeman is an industry expert who uses his personal insights and vast connections to predict the future in his annual hospitality trends report.

10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: August 16, 2016

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Cindy Hart joined Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado , as director of sales and marketing. She previously served on the opening team in the same role for SpringHill Suites Denver at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Hart was also dual director of sales for White Lodging Services, where she hired, trained and mentored sales teams for Courtyard Denver West/Golden in Golden, Colorado. Cindy Hart.

Top Meeting Trends and Cities for 2017

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destinations also made the cut: * South Florida. * Colorado. * New York. If you’re a meeting planner and you happened to book your next gathering in a small village in France, you’re in sync with the top meeting trends for 2017, according to Pacific World’s 2017 Annual Destination Index.

Projection & Lighting

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Two completely different examples are the Projection Mapping on the rink at the Colorado Avalanche’s hockey arena and the Target Fashion Show’s use of the technology , both implemented by Westbury National. Using Creative Technology To Enhance Your Event Environment.

What Lobby? Hotels That Reinvented the Ground Floor

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In Denver, Colorado’s bustling Art District, The Art, A Hotel welcomes guests on the ground floor with two art exhibits—but not before they pull up to the main entrance, defined by a 22,000-LED light art installation by Leo Villareal. Lobby of The Art, A Hotel.

Vail Resorts Acquires Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort for $1.1 Billion

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Vail Resorts , headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, plans to retain the majority of Whistler Blackcomb employees, except for duplicate positions in corporate functions.

The Top 3 Reasons Event Management Software Users Switch

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Just like a small SMART car is useless in the snowy Colorado Rocky Mountains, event management software without the right features leaves a lot to be desired. Three years ago I switched from a PC to a MacBook Pro and I haven’t looked back.

Go Glamping at Coachella in a Marriott Pop-Up Tent

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After a packed day of concerts in the Colorado Desert, lucky lodgers can retreat to air-conditioned accommodations complete with electricity, high-quality linens and quirky design features. A cushy new corporate perk is coming to the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels High on Boutiques

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Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado. The 2016 Travel + Leisure World’s Best awards were announced on July 6, and if there’s a theme among the Top 100 Hotels in the World it’s that “boutique is better.”

5 Local Adventures to Engage Groups

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Located steps from Colorado History Center and Denver Art Museum, The ART offers an urban art run and art-inspired team building for breakouts. Local adventures are in the eyes of the adventurers.

Bidding Wars

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I would use the word fierce — not in a fashion-forward sense, but in a dog-eat-dog type of way,” said Rachel Benedick, vice president of sales and services for Visit Denver, whose team of 30 handles thousands of leads every year for both the city’s hotels and the Colorado Convention Center.

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10 Most Popular Destinations in the United States

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Recent decades have found Denver, born as a boom town during Colorado’s silver and gold rush days, focused on boosting historic character and cultural attractions. Travel search engine KAYAK calculated its 10 most-searched destinations based on more than 1 billion user searches.

Rocky Mountain Highs at MIC Conference & Trade Show

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The Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado cites increased demand for the extended format, which will focus on industry education and networking. “I The yearlong effort will collect unopened hygiene products and donate them to local Colorado nonprofits.

Five Trade Shows and How They Grew

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2016 show: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, July 10–13. These are interesting times for trade shows.

Tailor-Made Team Building

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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Make a heart-pounding descent at The Broadmoor, a 5,000-acre luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Editor’s note: We’re trying something new!

Aspen Skiing and KSL Capital Acquire Mammoth Resorts

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A pair of Colorado -based firms are heading West. Image credit: Mammoth Mountain Resorts. Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital Partners this week announced the firms entered into an agreement to acquire Mammoth Resorts.