News for the Hospitality Executive
Smart Meetings Magazine Celebrates Successful
Signature Events with Launch of New Series
Sausalito, Calif. (September 14, 2009) – Smart Meetings magazine, the meeting industry’s premier publication, has just wrapped up its second successful THE Smart Meeting, a unique event held at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The meeting brought together 40 meeting professionals and 40 hoteliers for a three-day event that featured educational seminars, one-on-one appointments, entertainment and recreational opportunities at the elegant new property.
Building on this year’s well-received events (the original debuted in April at Cavallo Point in Sausalito), Smart Meetings will expand the schedule to three similar events in 2010: Phoenix (March 14–16); Park City, Utah (June 6–8); Orange County, Calif. (September 19–21).
Additionally, beginning this November, Smart Meetings will host THE Smart Mart, one-day private events in top-tier destinations throughout the West. These exclusive planner/hotelier programs feature one-on-one appointments, dinner and entertainment. The schedule includes: San Francisco (November 18, 2009); Los Angeles (February 4, 2010); Seattle (May 6, 2010); San Diego (August 5, 2010); and Dallas (November 18, 2010).
The expansion of its services to live events is part of the magazine’s long-term vision to connect meeting planner readers and hotel suppliers. “This is a business based on relationships, and there is no better way to foster them than face to face, particularly in a relaxed yet businesslike atmosphere,” says Marin Bright, publisher and founder of the eight-year-old company. “The response we’ve gotten from both planners and suppliers who attended the Smart Meetings convinced us to continue them in 2010 and to extend our reach to more regional markets this fall.”
For more information about THE Smart Meeting, THE Smart Mart or Smart Meetings magazine, visit smartmeetings.com.
Smart Meetings is a division of Bright Business Media, LLC, a woman-owned multimedia company based in Sausalito, Calif. BBM also publishes the Smart Meetings Action Kit, a quarterly direct mail and digital publication, and hosts smartmeetings.com, an award-winning, interactive website.