New and Renovated: All Along the Eastern Coast
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by Malik Anderson
5d ago
First phase restorations and new all-suite towers The East Coast influence is strong at the properties below, from floral interior design to the activities and culinary experiences offered. These recent additions are something you may want to take a look at. La Concha Key West La Concha Key West guest room Following its addition to the Marriott Bonvoy family, La Concha Key West has recently completed the first phase of its restoration process, involving a revamp of its 160 guest rooms and 14 suites, filled with touches of wood grain in the corridors, guest room furniture and flooring, as well ..read more
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Smart Stars 2024: Vote for the Industry’s Brightest!
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by JT Long
5d ago
Vote for the Best in the Meetings Industry The 12th annual planner’s choice award is based on the actual experiences of Smart Meetings magazine readers at venues and destinations around the world. This is your chance to rate suppliers who partner with you to elevate the meetings experience based on a range of amenities from the best golf resorts to the best incentive hotels. We’ll calculate the results and feature the top-rated properties and destinations in the June issue of Smart Meetings and in an interactive online site dedicated to delivering solutions. Vote by March 8th for your vote to ..read more
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Smart Moves in Miami Beach, Denver and More
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by Malik Anderson
5d ago
Richard Oshiro Richard Oshiro is the inaugural regional sales manager for MacNaughton, a family-owned hospitality investment, development and management firm based in Honolulu. In this new position, Oshiro focuses on the wholesale, military, groups and travel agent markets for Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, Waikiki Malia and Hotel Renew. In his nearly decade of hospitality experience, Oshiro has worked with Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, and Hawaii Island Air. Rodrigo Formoso The Setai Miami Beach has appointed Formoso director of sales. Formoso comes from Kempins ..read more
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Agriculture and Agritourism in Virginia Beach
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by Malik Anderson
6d ago
Virginia Beach’s agricultural industry tells a story beyond economics Every morning David Trimmer wakes up thinking about the viability, sustainability and growth of the agricultural industry in Virginia Beach. Trimmer—and the city—places a heavy focus on its agriculture, which makes up a third of its economic output, alongside other major industries like the military and tourism. The viability of the industry is such that the city’s fruits and vegetables don’t necessarily need to be exported, as it’s doing an impactful job serving the 8 million people in the region and its visitors. Telling a ..read more
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Well-Done Meetings
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by Sara Robertson
1w ago
Avoiding wellness washing and incorporating holistic well-being into meetings Wellness is on every planner’s mind these days—with it, come concerns of “wellness washing.” The term comes from “green washing,” which is when a business or organization markets and presents itself as sustainable to a higher degree than it actually engages in sustainable practices. Wellness washing, then, is the situation in which a business or organization says it champions wellness but does not engage in practices that honor wellness to a truly impactful extent. A group of professionals with expertise in wellness ..read more
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Smart Moves in Albuquerque, Denver and More
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by Sara Robertson
1w ago
Cara Banasch Cara Banasch, ConferenceDirect Banash is appointed senior vice president of enterprise solutions at ConferenceDirect. She will oversee sales, strategy and implementation of the company’s Strategic Meetings Management Program. Wenks holds over 20 years of experience in executive hospitality leadership, most recently serving as vice president of the sales organization for Omni Hotels. Her fresh perspective and expertise will help ConferenceDirect to strategically support and acquire strategic accounts and partnerships. Brooke Jung Brooke Jung, Visit Albuquerque Visit Albuquerque wel ..read more
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Breaking Tradition and Being Inclusive: A 2024 Meetings and Events Outlook
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by Guest Author
1w ago
A 2024 meetings outlook from Marriott International’s Julius Robinson Julius Robinson Editor’s Note: Julius Robinson, Marriott International’s chief sales and marketing officer for the United States and Canada, provides the top meetings and events trends and priorities that will shape the hospitality industry in 2024, as seen at several Marriott properties across the United States and Canada. Non-Traditional Venues Muir, Autograph Collection Our teams have received increasing requests for nontraditional venues, outdoor setups and reimagined creative spaces. At Muir, Autograph Collection, an oc ..read more
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New and Renovated: Innovators, Go International!
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by Sara Robertson
2w ago
Venues around the world reveal groundbreaking debuts Pioneering venues make the meeting world go round. Luxury like you so far have only imagined pops up in new and renovated hotels and venues in Tokyo, coastal Mexico and London. Certainly, these spaces are beautiful; but beyond beautiful, they are innovative, thoughtful, and are pioneering what a meeting destination can be. The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza EDITION Hotels opens the doors to its second property in Tokyo, The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza. Housed in the heart of Tokyo’s central shopping and entertainment district, the pr ..read more
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Hospitality and Gaming Fight Human Trafficking
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by Morgan Saltz
2w ago
Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming partner with Twentyfour-Seven Inc. “It’s a hard reality that the industry has to face but we have to acknowledge it. We have to ask ourselves, ‘What do we do to combat?'” – Paul Pellizzari, Vice President of global social responsibility, Hard Rock International One of the ugly truths of the hospitality and gaming industries is the prevalence of human trafficking victims and perpetrators passing through hotels and casinos, more often than anyone would want to know. Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming have acknowledged the issue and have implem ..read more
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Virginia Beach: A Place for Exploration
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by Guest Author
2w ago
Virginia Beach is home to adventure and ample meeting space Virginia Beach is a destination designed for exploration and entertainment. The destination is home to a premier convention center and diverse hotel properties, as well as a wide array of adventures for your group to engage in. Meet in Virginia Beach The Virginia Beach Convention Center was the United States’ first convention center to earn LEED Gold certification as an existing building, showcasing its commitment to being an eco-friendly venue and pushing forward green initiatives such as recycling, energy and waste reduction, and w ..read more
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