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.

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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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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

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.

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?

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.”

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 at Visit Sacramento, Fairmont, The Don CeSar & More

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The hospitality industry veteran entered the biz in 1982 and has also worked at the CVBs in Monterey County, Jacksonville & the Beaches and San Diego. The post 6 Smart Moves at Visit Sacramento, Fairmont, The Don CeSar & More appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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.

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.

2017 Association Trends that Impact Travel, Trade Shows & Hotels

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For professional associations and meeting planners, membership does have its privileges. As 2017 gets underway, what are the top trends to watch out for if you’re in the meeting planning industry? Plan ahead. Meeting planners do, too.

Time to Rebrand Third-Party Planners

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Donna Hunt, CEO and managing director for HMS Meeting Services (left), and Yashema Mack. Rebranding is a natural part of the hospitality industry , so much so that we don’t even blink when properties change names or flags. Meeting Planning Trends

Hilton Shines Spotlight on Wow-Worthy Planners

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Meeting planners are often the unsung heroes of the fabulous events and meetings they pull off. It’s the part of the event that attendees will continue buzzing about long after the meeting is over, leaving a lasting impression, and hopefully, bringing them back.

Team Building Gets High Marks in Destination Hotels Survey

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According to a new survey of 405 corporate, association, government and independent planners, team building is a key consideration when choosing a destination and venue for meetings, especially as more millennials become attendees. Meeting Planning Trends

2017 Smart Stars Award Winners

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Add a heap o’ meeting space—34,000 sq. A multi-million-dollar transformation added a fresh design scheme, all-new plush furnishings and tech in the 802 guest rooms, and enhancements to its 38 versatile meeting and functions rooms. of indoor meeting space. of meeting space.

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Cvent Ranks Top 100 U.S. Meeting Hotels for 2017

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Cvent has unveiled its annual list of the top hotels for meetings and events in the United States. The strong meetings and events industry has led to fierce competition among hotels. meeting hotel was Omni Nashville Hotel. Its 85 meeting rooms offer a total of 757,478 sq.

Smart Women 2017: Doer

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What I love about my job: I love thinking about meetings and events as a key strategic offering within our overall marketing and business development plans. I truly found a passion for the hospitality industry. Job title: Chief meeting strategist. Meeting Planning

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5 Things Planners Can Learn from the Presidential Inauguration

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It will be an event people will be buzzing about for years to come, which means it surely offers some important lessons that meeting planners will appreciate. Meeting and event planners probably don’t need a strategy that elaborate, but having a plan in place is paramount.

Smart Women 2017: Industry Leaders

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What I love about my job: New Orleans is a truly unique place that people connect with emotionally, through our culture and with a true spirit of hospitality. I use my camera for remote meetings. Company or organization: Meeting Coordinators Inc. Meeting Planning

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10 Peaceful Properties to Celebrate Yoga Month

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September has been anointed as National Yoga Month, and Smart Meetings has a few suggestions on where to get your om on. It’s great to see so many meeting properties offering yoga and other life-enriching activities. Health & Wellness Hotels & Resorts Meeting Planning

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

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A panel of hospitality experts created the original list of 20 properties, and readers cast their votes for the top 10. Most of the top 10 properties are also awesome boutique meeting hotels located in popular convention destinations. of meeting space.

Kimpton Keeps Planners in Mind with Alexa-Equipped Guest Rooms

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Certainly, the hospitality industry will need to keep up with this growing demand. In fact, Bloomberg recently reported that Siri and Alexa are caught up in a fierce competition for hospitality industry dominance. What can Alexa do for the meeting planner?

What to do if a Norovirus Outbreak Strikes Your Event

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One of the big meeting stories coming out of San Francisco this week is the lawsuit filed by people who attended an NAACP California-Hawaii conference two years ago at Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City. Add the local hospital, and police and fire departments to your phone list. Have a plan!

Try Going Back to School for Your Next Meeting

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More universities than ever are including conference hotels on their grounds to accommodate meetings of the mind in academic settings. Check out some of these properties and the opportunities they represent for creating smarter meetings. of meeting space, including J.

Got Class? Group Learning Through Team Building

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Spanish Lessons in Dominican Republic : For meetings attendees who want to “hablan espanol,” AlSol Hotels & Resorts , a collection of all-inclusive resorts in Cap Cana Dominican Republic, offers daily Spanish speaking lessons by the pool. Hotels & Resorts How To Meeting Planning

Highlights from IMEX America 2016

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There were more reasons than ever to attend IMEX America 2016, the biggest three-day exposition for incentive travel, meetings and events, which concluded yesterday at Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas.

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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!

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

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He has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Her customer service and sales background is a beneficial asset in our efforts to attract additional meeting and events clients to Plano Centre.”. She has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including working for hotels, restaurants, golf clubs and destination management companies. “We Appointments & Promotions Hotels & Resorts Meeting Planning Smart Moves

How Meetings Benefit from Sporting Events

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Are you ready for some…meetings? From football to baseball to figure skating and more, college, professional and amateur sports bring in a lot of dough and tourism to popular meeting destinations. Meet Los Angeles anticipates the local area to see a $11.2

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

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.

Guest Opinion: How Meetings Industry Can Boost Natural Disaster Relief

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Think about it: We give to charitable organizations, so why not give with a meeting? First, it is for your original business meeting purposes, but also to make a difference by helping others and businesses when they are in need.

Maritz Expands Solutions for Med/Pharma Meetings

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Maritz Travel continues to expand its offerings in the med/pharma meetings arena by launching Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions this week. Schaumann’s impact in the hospitality industry is far-reaching. Meeting Planning Planner Trends

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.

The World Celebrates Second Annual GMID!

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Happy Global Meetings Industry Day ( GMID )! Today, April 6, marks the second annual GMID , led by the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business. Thousands of industry professionals engaged in activities and opened up conversations about the importance of in-person 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

Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

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Although reservations are already booked for the big day in August, many of these sites are also great places to hold meetings another time. Smart Tip: If you plan to watch the eclipse, be sure to wear proper eye protection to prevent blindness and vision damage.

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 Essential Olive Oil Tastings and Tours You Must Visit

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Texas Hill Country Olive Company ’s majestic 6,000-square-foot hospitality center is a magnet for groups looking for a taste of local hospitality. The post 5 Essential Olive Oil Tastings and Tours You Must Visit appeared first on Smart Meetings. Food & Beverage Meeting Planning california cook cooking country different experience food language oil olive pairing tasting unique wineForget wine; it’s olive oil season.