Colorado Art Festival Sampler

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Colorado is a state blessed with oh-wow natural beauty, and perhaps that is inspiration for its equally out-of-control art scene. Each summer and fall, art festivals in the cities of Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver bring the state’s artists and their work to the fore.

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.

Sustainable Cannabis-Grow Facility Rises in Western Colorado

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The challenge of the project was managing the intricate details of building a cannabis facility that is different from a standard greenhouse

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.

Top 5 Foliage Destinations

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Rocky Mountain National Park (Denver, Colorado). Colorado Convention Center is a comfortable walking distance from more than 8,700 hotel rooms, 300 restaurants, nine theaters and shopping outlets. of meeting and event space, Colorado Convention Center qualifies as a top meeting facility. The time to plan for fall events has arrived! After all, the brisk season is only about a month away.

City Guide – Denver


Located just minutes from the Colorado Convention Center, Guard & Grace is a modern steakhouse focused on wood-fired fare. Denver is home to eight professional sports teams including the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and the Denver Nuggets.

Are You Vetting Your Speakers for Inappropriate Actions?

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One of the oldest tricks in the event professional’s bag is booking a big-name speaker to get people in the seats. A little star power can be a powerful motivator for selling tickets or convincing people to stay until the last day of a conference.

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New Ski Conglomerate Purchases Deer Valley Resort

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established in the early 1900s, invests in publicly traded securities, real estate, investment funding and privately held companies, including four Colorado resorts run by Aspen Skiing Co.

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Ride the Rails on 7 Scenic Trains

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Canon City, Colorado. The leaves are changing color , the air is getting crisp and the trains are chugging along. Trains were the main form of transportation in yesteryear and they are a great way to keep fall meetings moving.

Event Trend: Unique Outdoor Venues


Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, Colorado. Empire is a top-notch valley located in the Colorado desert. If you are an event planner, you know that outdoor events and festivals have been, and continue to be increasingly popular venues choices.

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Podcast: Spigot Labs & how their event tech is being used at Craft Beer events in the US

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Scott linked up with host James Dickson from his base in Denver, Colorado, to discuss the innovative tech that his company have developed for operators of beer festivals. This week’s episode of the podcast welcomes Scott Vitale from Spigot Labs. The post Podcast: Spigot Labs & how their event tech is being used at Craft Beer events in the US appeared first on Event Industry News. Editor's Choice Event Technology Festival & Outdoor News Podcasts

Denver’s Luis Benitez on Supporting a Newly Acquired, 20,000-Plus Attendee Show

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After a long five months of speculation, Outdoor Retailer owner Emerald Expositions announced in July that it would be taking its business to Denver — in large part due to the lobbying efforts of Luis Benitez, director of the recently established Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.

Hotel Indigo Opens in Downtown Denver


The artwork is to evoke memories of the Colorado gold rush. Locally inspired boutique hotel Indigo opened its newest hotel in Denver’s booming Union Station neighborhood this week. The hotel offers 180 guestrooms and 1,388 square feet of meeting and event space.

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Conference Hotel Brings Local Producers to the Conference Table

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Our trip took place during the popular Peach Festival in Palisade, Colorado. For example, Colorado Mountain Jams, a family-owned operation, provides private label preserves for our hotel’s restaurants and catering events.

Le Méridien Denver opening September 14, 2017


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.

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Rayback Collective


Nestled in the heart of Boulder, Colorado since the summer of 2016, Rayback Collective serves as a food park, bar, lounge, and event space, complete with a patio area and live entertainment stage. Rayback Collective isn’t merely an event venue — it’s an experience. They boast a rotating roster of more than 30 beers on tap as well as a collection of eclectic food trucks.

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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.

5 Smart Moves at Palace Hotel, Wilmington Convention Center and More

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Previously, Amour held the title of director of operations for Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kevin Boland Palace Hotel San Francisco, The Luxury Collection appointed Kevin Boland director of sales and marketing.

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.

Ask the Attendees: @TechWears_com #AmplifyNYC16


TechWears is a Colorado based eco-apparel accessory brand founded in 2014. Art Markets – While learning how to increase value and quality of his product line, Drew was able to build a local following by setting up at art markets in Colorado.

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.

Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

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DragonBoat #Denver #Colorado #coloradogram #DenverDragonBoatFestival #SloansLake #Paddle #race #Summer #lake #Dragon #row #GoTeam #ColoradoCameraClub #Vsco #cdbf #cdbf2015. Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Where: Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

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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?

4 Smart Moves at AHC+Hospitality, Hilton and More

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Smith The recently renovated Hilton Fort Collins in Colorado named Kevin F. Ashley Savransky AHC+Hospitality in Grand Rapids, Michigan, appointed Ashley Savransky marketing coordinator. Savransky will work in collaboration with the marketing team for the brand’s properties in the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

Not-Your-Average Medical Conferences

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Spotlight Health , Aspen Ideas Festival, June 21–24, Aspen, Colorado, — For five years, a multidisciplinary program dedicated to health and health-care innovations has preceded the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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Conde Nast Reveals Top Resorts in the World

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It’s great to see that Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Gateway, Colorado, made the cut at No. 40, Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colorado, has more than 5,000 sq.

Sports Anaheim Recruitment Strategies Paying Off

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The organization will relocate from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visit Anaheim is strengthening its status as one of the top meeting destinations in the United States with a new partnership with three prominent sports organizations.

The 25 Healthiest American Cities to Meet In

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are the San Jose, California metropolitan area ; Ames, Iowa; Boulder, Colorado; and Iowa City, Iowa. Boulder, Colorado. Fort Collins, Colorado. Meeting planners travel to many American cities; some of which are healthier than others. 24/7 Wall St.

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4 Smart Moves at Dream Hotel Group, Castlerock Asset Management and More

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Templeman’s last position was as regional vice president and general manager of Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado. Abid Butt Dream Hotel Group appointed Abid Butt CEO for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

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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Toe Pick! 12 Top Hotel Ice Rink Picks

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The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort in Keystone, Colorado Vail Resorts Show off your triple axel at Alderhof Ice Rink, just a few strokes outside of The Arrabelle at Vail Square. Keystone Resort & Conference Center is the largest meeting venue in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

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3 Ways an Average Joe Can Get Private Jet Treatment

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The program includes three customizable itineraries—a ski adventure in Jackson Hole, Wyoming or Vail, Colorado; an island getaway to Lanai in Hawaii; and an escape to Europe for a tour of France or Italy.

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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Report: World’s Top Meetings Destinations in 2018

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Colorado, Dallas and Las Vegas are trending for planners. Roofs in Pura Besakih Temple in Bali Island, Indonesia. In Europe, countries in top demand by meeting planners are Spain, the United Kingdom and France.

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8 Chanukah Celebrations Across the Country

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Drinks and Dreidels at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The Four Seasons Hotel in Denver is hosting the trendiest Chanukah party in Denver, and perhaps even Colorado. Although we call this time of year “the holidays,” it often feels synonymous with Christmas. After all, who can resist joyful music, sugary beverages and glittering lights.

6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

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.