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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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 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?

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.

6 Smart Moves for The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and More

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Troy Longwith Troy Longwith was named regional director of operations at Staypineapple, a hospitality company based in the Pacific Northwest. Longwith brings to his new role more than 23 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Emily Cornelious St.

The Story Behind the 2018 Smart Women Cover Story

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The March 2018 Smart Meetings Magazine cover story featuring 100 women who inspire us started with an email. The post The Story Behind the 2018 Smart Women Cover Story appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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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.

Dubai Tourism Gets a Boost From Meetings

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And one major force driving this growth: meeting planners. Dubai snaps up meetings awards. The post Dubai Tourism Gets a Boost From Meetings appeared first on Smart Meetings. Destinations Meeting Planning News Hotels & Hospitality Tourism Industry

4 Smart Moves for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and More

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Aronson brings 28 years of hospitality experience to the role, and will be tasked with planning and implementing sales, marketing and product development programs for the property’s meetings and convention business. Meet AC.

3 Smart Moves at Visit Pittsburgh, DoubleTree by Hilton and More

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RAR Hospitality announced the appointment of Mike DiNucci as director of sales of DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North. The post 3 Smart Moves at Visit Pittsburgh, DoubleTree by Hilton and More appeared first on Smart Meetings. Appointments & Promotions Meeting Planning appointments BALEEN doubletree by hilton promotions RAR hospitality Smart Moves visit pittsburghBrooke Kravetz.

4 Smart Moves at Airlie, Radisson Blu and More

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She has over 15 years of experience in hospitality management. Krogman has 20 years of experience in the hospitality and sales industry. The post 4 Smart Moves at Airlie, Radisson Blu and More appeared first on Smart Meetings.

How IMEX Made a Point of Promoting Women in Events—And You Can, Too

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Smart Meetings Founder and CEO Marin Bright voiced similar conviction in March when she announced the winners of the 2017 Smart Women awards. “In In the female-dominated meetings industry, there are far too few women in leadership and other influential positions.”

What’s New in Atlanta?

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city for meetings , conventions and trade shows for many years now, Atlanta has no intention of resting on its reputation for its excellent variety and quality of hospitality offerings for groups. Meeting groups large and small take advantage of the park,” Vaughn says.

Traditional Brands Inject New Features

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The 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar , which was planned over a decade ago, is expected to open this year. “We Our plan is to have all three hotels open and operational by the winter season of 2017–2018,” Davis said. Editor’s note: We’re trying something new!

U.S. Hotels Join Pilot Program to Prevent Food Waste

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It should come as no surprise that limiting hotel food waste is one of the best ways the hospitality industry can help the environment —and even save money while doing it. Hotels Join Pilot Program to Prevent Food Waste appeared first on Smart Meetings.

5 Best Webinars for Meeting Planners

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Smart Meetings regularly offers free webinars that cover a range of valuable topics, from contract negotiation to sourcing strategies. Site and venue sourcing is one of the most important aspects of planning an event. 2017 Hospitality Trends. Meetings & Tradeshow Automation.

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IACC, MPI Announce Strategic Partnership

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The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) are forming a strategic alliance, both parties announced this week. Founded in 1981, IACC represents some of the world’s top small-to-midsize meetings-focused venues in 25 countries.