Smart Meeting

National 3-Day

August 18-20, 2019

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Welcome to the industry's premier hosted-buyer event!

Reasons to Attend


Source a year’s worth of meetings in just a single day! You’ll meet face-to-face at up to 25 sourcing appointments with your pre-selected hotels and destination matches, and share your exact meeting requirements. Plus, between appointments, you’ll have a chance to meet with other hotels and network with your fellow planners, earn CEUs and get a first-class peek at today’s hottest event inspiration including decor, F&B, entertainment features and so much more!


Earn CEUs and uncover tips, trends and strategic tactics from industry power players and inspiring keynote speakers! Our masterclass speaking sessions are chock full of concrete takeaways designed to advance meeting planners’ careers and inspire your next brilliant experience. Planner favorites include industry trends, workplace negotiations, strategies for organization and so many more!


When you attend a Smart Meeting event, you’re guaranteed to build connections with senior meeting professionals and premier hotels and destinations. Mix, mingle and talk shop (or don’t!) at themed after-parties and powerful breakout sessions. It’s the easy, fun way that meeting planners love to boost your career circle and add important names to your little black book.


Mike Dominguez

Connecting the Dots: What Does Disruption Mean for Planners

Get a fresh outlook and point of view from ALHI CEO and industry icon, Mike Dominguez, who is actively involved in global issues in the meetings industry.

Tim Gard

Laughter Becomes You: Finding Happiness in the Meetings Industry isn’t Rocket Surgery

Discover the business advantages of happiness, kindness and laughter and how your attitude impacts your productivity, relationships and your life from the hilarious motivational speaker and coach, Tim Gard.

Jeff Haden

The Generosity Gene: How Good Leaders Become Great

Learn how to never run out of new ideas from Jeff, one of LinkedIn’s most widely-followed influencers and the author of The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Set Themselves up to Win.

Christy Lamagna

From Order Taker to Decision Maker: Elevate Your Career with Strategy

Learn how strategic events can transform your company, ignite your career and help you become an indispensable part of your organization from Christy, CEO and Master Strategist of Strategic Meetings & Events.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, along 3 miles of pristine private beach, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers the perfect balance of luxury and tranquility for your next meeting experience. Drawing inspiration from the Balinese culture and its emphasis on the beauty of nature, a recent multimillion-dollar transformation has made this resort even more extraordinary. Relax in luxurious rooms and suites with scenic private balconies, explore the resort's 12 dining options, tee off from one of 2 championship golf courses, or rejuvenate your body and spirit at their fabulous resort spa.

Why Meet Here?

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort’s expansive and flexible event venues are highlighted by picturesque terraces with awe-inspiring Gulf views. With 140,340+ square feet of total event space, 62 event rooms and 37 maximum breakout rooms, plan your next inspired event in beachside paradise. This distinctive property also features 100,000 square feet of exquisite new space, including 3 ballrooms with Gulf views, and each of its venues showcases state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities and high-speed internet access for meeting planners’ convenience.


Swag Bag

Get inspired with your complimentary swag bag filled with today’s hottest incentive gift ideas and awesome giveaways. Past goodies have included planner favorites like yummy eats and treats, sparkling beverages, beauty products and trendy water bottles—complete with liquid-proof bluetooth speakers!


Relax and recharge at a chic wrap party. You’ll nosh on tasty eats, sip on fizzing cocktails and network with your fellow attendees. These classic post-event parties are favorites for planners and suppliers, alike. Tie a bow on your day of power sourcing and education with the perfect end to a fabulous day. More details coming soon!

More to Come!

2018’s event features included team-building activities, an outdoor soiree with exciting photo ops, a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired live painting session, and relaxation in oceanfront bungalows!


Sunday, August 18, 2019
12:00 – 3:00 pm Registration
3:00 – 4:00 pm Welcome Meet & Greet
4:00 – 5:30 pm Welcome Session & Keynote Address
5:30 - 6:30 pm Property Tour
6:30 - 9:00 pm Networking Reception and Dinner
Monday, August 19, 2019
6:30 – 7:15 am Wake-up Activity
7:45 – 8:30 am Smart Start Breakfast
8:45 – 9:45 am Educational Keynote Session
10:00 – 11:30 am One-on-One Business Appointments
11:30 am – 12 pm Refreshment Break
12:00 – 1:30 pm One-on-One Business Appointments
1:30 – 2:45 pm Luncheon Keynote Speaker
3:15 – 5:15 pm Team-Building Activity
6:30 - 9:30 pm Networking Reception and Dinner
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
6:30 – 7:15 am Wake-up Activity
7:45 – 8:30 am Smart Start Breakfast
8:45 – 9:45 am Educational Keynote Session
10:00 am – 12:30 pm One-on-One Business Appointments
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Leisure Activities

Frequently Asked Questions

Smart Meeting events are 100% complimentary for qualified meeting planners. Hotels and destinations, please contact your sales rep at for your best available rate.
With four power-house presenters speaking at Smart Meeting National 3-Day, meeting planners will receive four CEUs toward their CMP certification.
We accept premier hotels and destinations from across the United States and our top-tier list of suppliers is updated regularly. Please contact our Events Team at for an updated listing of properties.
We use a sophisticated software to custom match our planners with premier properties that fit your region, budget and venue preferences. As the event nears, planners and suppliers will have the opportunity to select their appointment preferences to ensure their highest attendee satisfaction.
Yes! Planners are welcome to attend one regional event and one national event each year. Hotels and destinations may attend unlimited events.


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