Top Hospitality Event Trends in 2017

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Smart Meetings has been reporting on these changes all year, and following are the trends that stand out to our editors. A Smart Meeting survey in October showed most attendees are not just using the greener alternative to a conference book, they are asking for it.

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4 Smart Moves at AHC+Hospitality, Hilton and More

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Ashley Savransky AHC+Hospitality in Grand Rapids, Michigan, appointed Ashley Savransky marketing coordinator. AHC+Hospitality. Emily brings more than ten years of hospitality sales experience, and previously served as senior sales executive at Marriott Marquis Houston.

8 Lessons 2016 Taught Us About Meeting Planning

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Brexit Will Not Stop Innovative Meetings in London. Brexit will, eventually, have a substantial impact on European travel, but that’s not to say it will halt meetings there. Las Vegas Will Always be a Meetings Mecca and Will Always Be Reinventing.

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The Dish on 6 Hospitality Trends for 2017

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Andrew Freeman is an industry expert who uses his personal insights and vast connections to predict the future in his annual hospitality trends report. Register for our next FREE Webinar, “2017 Hospitality Trends” with presenter Andrew Freeman.

5 Smart Moves at Teneo Hospitality Group, Amara Cay Resort and More

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Jennifer Milliron Teneo Hospitality Group appointed Jennifer Milliron director of sales for the southwest region. Gibson brings 38 years of hospitality leadership experience to his new role, including 25 years in the Hawaii market.

Quiz: Are You Ready to Add CMP to Your Name?

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Accessibility Rules: How to Make Everyone Comfortable at Event Venues

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It also ignores the needs of a growing, aging community that still wants to participate fully in travel and meetings. The post Accessibility Rules: How to Make Everyone Comfortable at Event Venues appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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7 Sweet and Savory Late-Night Hotel Snacks

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A great nightcap to a long day of meetings is gathering around a campfire with colleagues and peers. Meeting professionals can book the hotel’s Raid the Fridge package. In the past, the hotel has stocked it with red bull and vitamin water with a silly sign that reads, “Plan Ahead.

Small Meetings: F&B Insights from a Supplier

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Food and beverage costs are increasingly taking a bigger slice of the meeting budget. Patrick Berwald, vice president of food and beverage for Benchmark Global Hospitality , offered some, ahem, food for thought about F&B for small meetings.

Meeting Trends that Have Shaped the Last Decade

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As Grand Hyatt San Antonio is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, I’ve been reflecting on the major trends that have transformed the meeting industry throughout the past decade. Personally, I think the most useful technology breakthrough has been the introduction of meeting apps.

Planning a Great Citywide is More Within Reach Than You Think

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According to recent Smart Meetings webinar hosts Elaine Williams and Sallee Pavlovich, however, the answers are right at planners’ fingertips. People are not looking to go to a meeting anymore,” Williams says. The destination is now part of why people choose to come to a meeting.”.

8 Hot Event-Planning Buzzwords of 2017

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Predictably, big trends impact all industries—including event planning. These are some of the hottest event-planning buzzwords of 2017. Virtual reality (VR) can be used during the course of event planning. Each year brings a new collection of buzzwords.

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Natural Disasters Create New Challenges for Meetings Industry

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall in Puerto Rico, one of the worst of many destructive turns of nature during the past year, many directly affecting hubs of the meetings and hospitality industries. Hospitality Cares.

Activity Vendors Pair with Planners for Unique Attendee Experiences

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Going the extra mile for venues and attendees often involves activity vendors to engage in some unorthodox planning of their own. The post Activity Vendors Pair with Planners for Unique Attendee Experiences appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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4 Smart Moves at Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Grand Hotel Tremezzo and More

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Vida joined Rosewood seven years ago and brings 25 years of hospitality experience to the role. Matthew Grauso Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, appointed hospitality industry veteran Matthew Grauso as general manager. of meeting and event space.

4 Smart Moves from Benchmark, Visit Denver and More

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Shouma Moniz Kokua Hospitality appointed Shouma Moniz director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach. Moniz previously worked for Sage Hospitality at Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North. Kokua Hospitality.

5 Smart Moves at Kimpton, Miraval, Hilton and More

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She brings to her new role more than 17 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry. Hilliard will be responsible for the planning and implementation of sales strategies to maximize hotel revenue and occupancy.

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5 Smart Moves at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Hotel Zelos and More

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Menshon has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing, with expertise in the Southwest Florida market. Barajas brings with her 10 years of hospitality experience from some of San Francisco’s most renowned hotels.

10 Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

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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. Meeting space: 4.2 Brown Convention Center’s red, white and blue nautical theme offers meeting professionals 1.2 Meeting space: 5 million sq.

9 Unique Entertainment Ideas for Your Next Corporate Event

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Reach out to local food kitchens, shelters, children’s hospitals, and community organizations. With a little bit of ingenuity and some strategic planning, you can make your corporate event one that everyone will want to attend!

How to Get Your Best Meetings Job Yet

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Before you can perform meeting magic, you first have to find your next gig. See A Higher Meetings Education for more on the role of certifications and future-proofing your career. The post How to Get Your Best Meetings Job Yet appeared first on Smart Meetings.

3 Eventprof Lessons from Conde Nast’s Brand New App

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Get the Hospitality Pros Involved. Self-labeled “software with a service”, Concierge.com supplies access to a team of event AND hospitality experts. The necessary expertise needed to hold a big event, on both the event and hospitality levels, is seamlessly provided.

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4 Smart Moves at Omni, Sofitel, Conrad & Aqua-Aston

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He’s been a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Photo Credit: Aqua-Aston Hospitality.

5 Smart Moves at Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Choice Hotels and More

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In her new position, she’ll direct sales tactics for convention and leisure and be a prime point of contact for hospitality groups. Johnson has served on the board of Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter. Atrium Hospitality appointed Obed H. Morales joins Atrium Hospitality from his previous post at John Q Hammons Hotels & Resorts, where he served as general manager of Embassy Suites by Hilton Albuquerque Hotel & Spa for three years.

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Venue Marketing 101: How Improving Discoverability Generates More Event Leads

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Does putting hospitality first still matter, or now is it something else entirely? To add a little something extra to your game plan this year, we tucked in 50+ solid venue marketing ideas (some in each of the categories below) you can start using immediately to rev up your discoverability.

Raising the Bar on Customizable DIY Snacks and Drinks

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The post Raising the Bar on Customizable DIY Snacks and Drinks appeared first on Smart Meetings. Food & Beverage Meeting Planning F&B Hotels & Hospitality Meeting PlannersThe bar is high when it comes to food and beverage options for event planners.

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5 New Smart Moves at Visit Baltimore, Time Hotels and More

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Goodman brings almost 20 years of exemplary hospitality experience. Quitney brings more than more than two decades of hospitality experience. of meeting and event space. The post 5 New Smart Moves at Visit Baltimore, Time Hotels and More appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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

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Butt brings more than 30 years of global experience in the hospitality industry. Dicion brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. The post 4 Smart Moves at Dream Hotel Group, Castlerock Asset Management and More appeared first on Smart Meetings.

3 Smart Moves from Westin and Hilton

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He is a native of Denmark and graduated from Oklahoma State University Hospitality Program. The post 3 Smart Moves from Westin and Hilton appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning appointment hospitality Hotels promotion Smart Moves

5 Smart Moves from VisitPITTSBURGH, Benchmark, The Jefferson Hotel and More

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A recipient of the NV Millennium, UNLVino and Nat Hart scholarships, Yuhi is a Las Vegas native and a graduate of the UNLV hospitality program. Yuhi joined Edlen in 2014 with five years of hospitality experience. Meeting Planning hire hospitality hotel moves new News promotion smart

5 Smart Moves at Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort, The Peninsula Tokyo and More

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Davis brings almost 20 years of hospitality experience with Hilton Worldwide. The post 5 Smart Moves at Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort, The Peninsula Tokyo and More appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning hires hospitality International new News promotions Smart Moves

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

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Most recently, Vilain has held positions as executive chef at Bridgeport Conference Center and corporate chef for Charles Pointe Hospitality, both in his hometown of Clarksburg, West Virginia.

5 Smart Moves at Hyatt Regency, Kimpton and More

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Acosta will be tasked with increasing the Manhattan hotel’s occupancy and revenue, as well as generating bookings for the 6,000-square-foot meetings and event space. The post 5 Smart Moves at Hyatt Regency, Kimpton and More appeared first on Smart Meetings.

7 Smart Moves at Loews Hotels, Duke Energy Convention Center and More

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Since getting his start in hospitality in 1995, he’s worked for tour companies and CVBs. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

How to Negotiate: Room Blocks

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If your meeting center is far away, can the hotel provide shuttle service ? The post How to Negotiate: Room Blocks appeared first on Smart Meetings. Deals Hotels & Resorts Meeting Planning Hotels & Hospitality Meeting Planners Tips

5 Smart Moves at Kimpton, Art Ovation, Four Seasons and The Fairlane Hotel

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A 25-year industry veteran, Guelman Ros brings his extensive international luxury hospitality expertise. The post 5 Smart Moves at Kimpton, Art Ovation, Four Seasons and The Fairlane Hotel appeared first on Smart Meetings.

3 Unique Event Venues for Foodies in San Francisco

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An ancient feast meets the modern supper club at Port & Provisions. The supra, translated “tablecloth,” is a traditional Georgian feast combining all the essential components of East European culture: delicious food, evocative wine, beautiful music, and exceptional hospitality.

Airbnb for Group Meetings? It Could Happen

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Airbnb’s recent purchase of Luxury Retreats for $300 million raises an important question: Can planners now look to Airbnb for group meetings? Among meeting planners, Airbnb ranks low—or not at all—as a way to find beds for meeting attendees. Airbnb for Group Meetings.

Train Stations Blend History and Art to Make Unique Events Venues

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And, like more than a few train stations of its kind, it is still finding new ways to delight and welcome modern groups—from casual visitors to meetings-minded professionals. . Louis Union Station,” Todd Hotaling, vice president of revenue and marketing at Lodging Hospitality Management, says.

3 Award-Winning Event Managers Share Their Secrets of Success

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Meeting planners often possess a superhuman command of details. A recent survey of meeting planners found that 71 percent said event services “greatly affected” their decision to rebook a city or property. The question is, how do we meet those expectations?

7 Smart Moves at Four Seasons, Visit Music City and More

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The agency specializes in travel, tourism and hospitality and has thorough knowledge of the United States. Lindvall has dedicated 30 years of his career to hospitality, mostly with Marriott.

U.S. Travel to Cuba Booms, but for How Long?

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Incentive Travel and Meetings: No Worries. Lingering uncertainly hasn’t hurt at least one meetings and incentive travel company. Medical groups tend to seek meetings for 40 to 80 people. They’re planning their trips through 2019.

Marriott hotel pipeline ranked No. 1

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And this means an abundance of new options coming soon for meeting planners. That’s a total of 471 hotels. * The company leads the industry in projects expected to start construction in the next year with 705 hotels and 85,902 rooms. * Another 125 projects are in the early-planning stage.