Trend Report: Tourism Brings Storytelling to Life

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Every meal is an opportunity to align with your brand voice and the meeting’s mission. The winners of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s annual video competition are examples of compelling storytelling at its finest. The post Trend Report: Tourism Brings Storytelling to Life appeared first on Smart Meetings. Storytelling has become the new black in every industry as marketers use the power of narrative to engage and inspire.

5 Major Wellness Trends for Meeting Planners to Know Now

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The 10th NYC Experience Wellness and Travel Media event presented by Organic Spa Media on June 17, 2022 highlighted five major wellness trends that meeting planners should be aware of in booking spa experiences or resorts with wellness-centered offerings.

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Louisville Experience Checked All the Boxes

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Some destinations rise to the top of meeting bucket lists because of their history. Smart Meetings brought top meeting professionals to The Galt House the same week Berkshire Hathaway hosted 5,000 real estate professionals at 300,000-square-foot Kentucky International Convention Center.

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Louisville Experience Checked All the Boxes

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Some destinations rise to the top of meeting bucket lists because of their history. Smart Meetings brought top meeting professionals to The Galt House the same week Berkshire Hathaway hosted 5,000 real estate professionals at 300,000-square-foot Kentucky International Convention Center.

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Sneak Peek: Opening of Moscone Expansion in SF

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After four years of tiptoeing around ongoing event business to expand and update the circa 1981 Moscone Center in the heart of the financial and arts districts, San Francisco Tourism Improvement District Management Corporation will tear down the temporary walls on January 3 to welcome 157,000 sq. To fulfill the request for flexibility, designers incorporated multiple tracks for airwalls that will allow any group to feel cozy, plus 82 separate meeting rooms.

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How New Orleans Recovered after a Natural Disaster

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Welcome Empathy Tourism. Hotels, destination management companies, tourism-dependent restaurants and New Orleans & Company issued press releases, contributed articles and leveraged every conceivable marketing channels to tell the story of a reborn city. We still had to be out in front of potential customers, meeting them face-to-face. We chose to meet potential clients at trade shows or at their office.

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4 Emergency Preparedness Lessons from ADMEI 2019

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The good news is that this coastal metropolis had faced hurricanes before, and so a plan was in place. He created videos showing himself in front of the high and dry downtown convention center, and explained the importance of conventions following through on their planned arrivals. Meeting for a Good Cause Mattered. The meeting industry was down 80 percent for 16 months,” he said. Emergency plans have to include ways to keep people employed during downtime,” he said.

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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. From tourism bureaus to the owners and everyday workers at hotels, natural disasters have become a real presence. Meanwhile, more than 130 hotels are back open, with 11 more planned to reopen in the coming months.

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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 in three areas, including a boardroom, dining room and conference space, popular with banquets. of meeting space, including J. The post Try Going Back to School for Your Next Meeting appeared first on Smart Meetings.

Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017

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These women not only play significant professional roles in the meetings and events industry, but also have achieved excellence in their work. Also, there is contagious energy at meetings with collective interest groups, which can be anything from neurosurgeons to waste-management experts to cat fanciers. The post Top 50 Smart Women in Meetings 2017 appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning Meeting Planners Tourism Industry

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Progress Report: Global Convention Center Outlook

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In March, the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism pumped the brakes on a new convention center that was proposed to be built in Australia’s capital city. It was to consist of multiple exhibition halls, a 24,000-square-foot ballroom, 18 meeting rooms and Centre for Dialogue, which would accommodate meetings in the round. of meeting space. New exhibition halls, meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace, banquet space and cafe and bar were also added.

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Dubai Tourism Gets a Boost From Meetings

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While business travel to the United States continues to decline—thanks to President Trump’s travel ban restricting travelers from certain, mostly Muslim countries—tourism to Dubai is picking up. And one major force driving this growth: meeting planners. Dubai Tourism’s 2016 tourism figures, released in February, show 14.9 Dubai tourism director highlights strategy . Dubai snaps up meetings awards.

3 Ways to Bring Oz to U.S. Meetings

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Can’t fly your meeting all the way to Australia? Many zoos nationwide have similar offerings, so inquire with the zoo most local to your meeting venue. Meetings appeared first on Smart Meetings. Food & Beverage Meeting Planning Style activity adventure american animal australia barbie BBQ cultural delicacies delicacy down under experience food foreign grill inspiration International kangaroo meat ozzie pie serve Tourism tourist vegemite zoo

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. Meeting Planning congratulations convention cvb good hospitality hotel industry job move Movers & Shakers moves News occupation position promotion smart Tourism

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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. These enhancements, plus the fact they are trusted cities to accommodate massive amounts of people, are attractive to meeting professionals to book the same locales. These beds will be utilized by meeting professionals even sooner than when the Olympics roll into town.

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. 1 appeared first on Smart Meetings. Hotels & Resorts Meeting Planning News Hotels & Hospitality Meeting Planners Tourism Industry

Game Changers: Sporting Incentive Trips

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Meeting professionals can adapt that game plan to their next incentive outing or corporate retreat by building the trip around a top-tier sporting event. “As Read more about incentive travel in the October issue of Smart Meetings. The post Game Changers: Sporting Incentive Trips appeared first on Smart Meetings. Anyone who has attended a Super Bowl party or a pregame tailgate gathering knows that sporting events have a way of bringing people together.

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. We reached out to Luxury Retreats to find out more about its group-meeting business, but the company didn’t respond. Four Potential Meeting Spots. The post Airbnb for Group Meetings?

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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. Previously, he worked as an account executive for Creative Group, a full-service corporate group meeting and incentive business, and as president of Adjoin Meetings, a meeting planning company. The post 7 Smart Moves at Four Seasons, Visit Music City and More appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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6 Smart Moves at JW Marriot, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and More

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He will focus on meetings involving business trade associations, engineering, science, the environment, and medical and pharmaceutical matters. He will be responsible for attracting groups of more than 250 to Cincinnati and enhancing the region’s reputation as a top national meetings destination. The post 6 Smart Moves at JW Marriot, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and More appeared first on Smart Meetings. Randi Talmage.

5 Smart Moves at Visit Albuquerque, LGBT Meeting Professionals Association and More

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The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA) named Alexis Dinyovszky as a new member of the board of directors. The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA) announced that Richard Gray is a new member of the board of directors. The award-winning travel and meeting planner professional has worked to help welcome more than 1.5 McGrath joined the teamed after serving as vice president of sales and services for Richmond Region Tourism in Virginia.

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Venue Marketing 101: How Improving Discoverability Generates More Event Leads

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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. People come to rely on you and know they can count on you to get what they need to make their meeting, event or gala perfect every time. Consider adding one of any numerous #eventtech tools to your events and venue marketing plan to make the exchange of information easier.

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DMA West: Going Viral, What’s Trending and Crisis Communication

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Here are takeaways every meeting professional can benefit from. Top Trends Impacting Hospitality, Tourism and Events. Shawna Suckow , CMP, a 25-year meeting planning veteran, author and speaker extraordinaire, cites information overload, consumer cynicism and planner commission cuts—as well as on-demand culture and the rise of authentic, catered experiences—as major trends affecting the greater meetings industry and your attendees.

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Management of Los Cabos and La Paz Convention Centers Up for Bid

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In an effort to provide a better experience for meeting planners and attendees, the state government of Baja California Sur in Mexico has opened an international bid for management and operations of the Los Cabos and La Paz convention centers. The Ministry of Tourism strongly believes that formal operation of the convention centers will lead to an increase in visitors throughout the year and stable hotel occupancy, which will improve the destinations’ economies and create new jobs.

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9 of the World’s Coolest Convention Centers

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And, who knows, after seeing these beauties you might start planning your next meeting or event in a completely new and foreign city! Photo credit: Korea Tourism Organization Darmstadtium Location: Darmstadt, Germany Size: 60,000 sq. The post 9 of the World’s Coolest Convention Centers appeared first on Smart Meetings. Incredible convention centers aren’t limited to the United States — here are a few of our favorites across the globe.

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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.” Smart Meetings also hosts a Women’s Conference, and publishes educational and inspirational content that will empower people of all genders to take on new challenges. “As

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

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Davis is a certified meeting planner and a certified tourism ambassador. The post 6 Smart Moves for The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and More appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning brand carlton hilton hire meetings moves new press promotions release ritz slider smartEmily Cornelious St. Jane, in Chicago, appointed Emily Cornelious director of sales and marketing.

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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. Carmel Mission Inn Sandi Harvey Meet AC in Atlantic City, New Jersey, named Sandi Harvey vice president of sales. Harvey brings to the role more than 25 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Meet AC.

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

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Burress is a frontrunner in attracting tourism to the city of Anaheim. The post 5 Smart Moves at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Hotel Zelos and More appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning anaheim background cvb hire hospitality Hotels moves new News People profile promotion smart visitLinda Menshon Linda Menshon has been appointed director of sales and marketing at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

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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. First job: My first job within the meetings and events industry was an internship within the marketing and events department at the United States Olympic Committee. What I love about my job: Ever since I was a young girl, planning neighborhood carnivals and birthday parties, I’ve had a passion for planning events.

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Major Expansion for Las Vegas Convention Center

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Tourism is Nevada’s No. Sandoval to approve these two monumental projects that position our destination to remain a leading tourism destination for decades to come.”. of new meeting space. The planned expansion of the convention center was applauded by CES , which holds its annual citywide in Las Vegas each January. The post Major Expansion for Las Vegas Convention Center appeared first on Smart Meetings. Convention Centers CVBs Meeting Planning

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

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Visit Pittsburgh appointed Kristin Wenger to communication director of the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. 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.

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

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Kathleen (Katie) Conaway VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, hired Kathleen (Katie) Conaway to the newly created position of domestic and international group sales director. The post 5 Smart Moves from VisitPITTSBURGH, Benchmark, The Jefferson Hotel and More appeared first on Smart Meetings. Meeting Planning hire hospitality hotel moves new News promotion smartStacy T. Martin Benchmark named Stacy T.

6 Smart Moves at Visit Indy, Le Pavillon Hotel, Kimpton Solamar & More

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Virginia and Maryland to draw large meetings to Indianapolis, which was named the number one convention city in the U.S. She’s been with Visit Indy since graduating from Indiana University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in tourism management. He’ll oversee business development, train and mentor the sales team and assist with creating and developing revenue plans. Gee won the New South Wales Young Achiever in Tourism Award.

6 Smart Moves at Visit Sacramento, Fairmont, The Don CeSar & More

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Prior to joining this historic hotel, the 20-plus-year hotelier worked at The Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride, Colorado and The Telluride Tourism Board. During his 30 years in the industry, he’s also been involved with the City of Scottsdale Tourism Development Commission and Loreto Visitors Bureau, where he arranged for resort chefs to teach schoolchildren how to cook with ingredients they grew in a garden.

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Building the Best Planner Resume

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Here are the main ways you can stand out as a meeting or event planner, even at first glance. For instance, a corporate planner working for a major tech brand and one working for a tourism board will have entirely different backgrounds. Marketing and public relations are an inseparable part of meeting and event planning. The post Building the Best Planner Resume appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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4 Women Making Smart Moves at Palace Resorts, Fairmont San Jose and More

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Foley will be responsible for leading sales initiatives related to meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, and the market for the brand’s oceanfront resorts. Josoff will develop and execute sales strategies and new business plans with a focus on furthering growth and development of the MICE segment. She is an active tourism industry volunteer and has served on boards such as the Beach Improvement District and the Beach Council. Marie Lanaud.

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

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His experience in the sports tourism field includes serving on the North Carolina Sports Association Board and Executive Committee, where he was chairman from 2013-2015. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The post 7 Smart Moves at Loews Hotels, Duke Energy Convention Center and More appeared first on Smart Meetings.

5 Essential Olive Oil Tastings and Tours You Must Visit

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The site, which hosts teambuilding cooking classes highlighting the mixing and matching of olive products, is a favorite on Minneapolis Northwest Tourism Taste of MNW tours. 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.

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DMAI Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Bloom founded IMEX Group, which organizes international trade shows for meetings, events and incentive industry. Bloom built European and Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (EIBTM) and Incentive World before selling both to Reed Exhibitions in 1997 and 2000, respectively. The Nicki Englander Grossman Endowed Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship will be awarded annually to students who study hospitality-related fields.

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