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Work meetings at hotel bars, making small talk with total strangers and waiting in line to use th...
Work meetings at hotel bars, making small talk with total strangers and waiting in line to use th...
At least 10 people have died and more than 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed as more than 14 fires ravage Northern California. The destruction throughout at least eight counties has made this fire one of the worst in California history, ac...
3 ways to create experiences that deliver ROI
3 ways to create experiences that deliver ROI
Event organizers are constantly looking for ways to measure the impact of their programs. Whether it's increased brand affinity, accelerating the sales cycle, identifying new audience segments or understanding which activation elements resonate the mos...
Marketing tips for livestreaming on social media
Marketing tips for livestreaming on social media
Livestreaming was a big buzzword in 2017 and it's not going away in 2018. Marketers who haven't explored this medium yet may want to take a look because, according to an infographic by Filmora, Facebook Live videos are watched three times longer than r...
Planners conflicted over mobile technology as tool or distraction
Planners conflicted over mobile technology as tool or distraction
It's now the most familiar of sights: Heads down - staring at their devices - just about everyone is talking, texting, emailing, or posting online countless times a day.
Are hotel operators ready for GDPR?
Are hotel operators ready for GDPR?
Is that the sky falling, or just a new era dawning? If you believe the fear-mongers, GDPR is game-over for contemporary marketing techniques.
Blue Chip Casino announces meeting and event center expansion
Blue Chip Casino announces meeting and event center expansion
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City is adding nearly 15,000 square feet to its meeting and event center, citing increased demand for space from both local groups and others from throughout the Midwest.
6 lounge ideas for your next event
6 lounge ideas for your next event
Corporate events, trade shows, meetings, oh my. The hustle and bustle can perk people up, but sometimes, attendees need a getaway to take a breather before they go back into the madness.
Rising from the ashes: How event pros and venues recovered after the California wildfires
Rising from the ashes: How event pros and venues recovered after the California wildfires
The wildfires that raged through Northern California's wine country in October killed 42 people and burned almost 9,000 structures over a two-week period.
Southern Nevada meetings, conventions industry on a roll
Southern Nevada meetings, conventions industry on a roll
The meeting and event industry chose blue as its theme color to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day last week. Clearly, it should be green, as in the color of money. One of the reasons Las Vegas has been so prosperous over the years: Its emphasis on...
Holiday Inn is reinventing its meeting space
Holiday Inn is reinventing its meeting space
As part of Holiday Inn's current mission to transform its brand, the chain has begun implementing a new design called H4 - Happiness, Hospitality, Home, Holiday Inn - that embodies four core concepts for its guest rooms, food-and-beverage offerings, lo...
How Pokemon GO Fest almost became gaming's Fyre Festival
How Pokemon GO Fest almost became gaming's Fyre Festival
It was supposed to be a celebration of how far Pokemon GO had come in its first year, a victory lap for a game that has broken every mobile recording on the planet, and was about to debut its most coveted update to date in the form of Legendary Pokemon.
Hate speaking in meetings? Try this simple conversation trick
Hate speaking in meetings? Try this simple conversation trick
If you're someone who struggles in large meetings or impromptu work discussions, getting recognition can feel nearly impossible. Entrepreneur, author and self-described introvert Morra Aarons-Mele knows this feeling all too well.
Hawaii tourism officials fined, accused of travel upgrades
Hawaii tourism officials fined, accused of travel upgrades
A Hawaii ethics commission has fined four tourism officials for allegations that they violated state code by accepting and soliciting travel upgrades for business trips.
8 low-cost tips for making conferences more family-friendly
8 low-cost tips for making conferences more family-friendly
While away at conferences, attendees are paying a price. Not just money, but personal costs. A three-day conference can mean five days away from home with two days for travel. For someone with a family, that might equal a week of a spouse or mom taking...
Business trip or vacation? Travel start-ups try to blur the line
Business trip or vacation? Travel start-ups try to blur the line
Planning a vacation? Chances are you’ll think about it differently than you do that business trip you're also arranging.
4 Facebook Messenger hacks for your brand
4 Facebook Messenger hacks for your brand
Did you know that Facebook Messenger has more than 1.2 billion active users? That means roughly 1 in every 3 people on the internet is on Messenger. And the numbers show that those users use the tool often. Now more than ever, Messenger is the place pe...
A short guide to rejuvenating old events
A short guide to rejuvenating old events
Do you have a traditional event or organization that while it's stood the test of time, is failing to recruit new life for the future?
How to make an impression with a creative event concept
How to make an impression with a creative event concept
If you want to attract new meeting attendees and retain existing ones, you'll need more than good food, an exciting destination, and an engaging agenda. According to Juraj Holub, marketing director and chief meeting designer for Slido, you also need a ...
Refreshed destinations want to attract large corporate events
Refreshed destinations want to attract large corporate events
As established convention centers receive long-overdue renovations and expansions, these destinations look to attract a different kind of event business.
6 ways to protect U.S. meetings from reduced international attendance
6 ways to protect U.S. meetings from reduced international attendance
The appeal of the U.S. as a destination for international travelers has been falling for two years - it recently dropped to third, behind France and Spain, among the world's most popular places to visit.
Travel: America's unsung hero of job creation
Travel: America's unsung hero of job creation
Travel is fundamental to the American way of life; Americans took 2.2 billion person trips in 2016. Travel is equally essential to the American economy and an indispensable source for job creation.
Airbnb competition heats up
Airbnb competition heats up
Do many of your meeting attendees prefer to use Airbnb instead of hotels? The popularity of home rentals among business travelers is on the rise. But Airbnb, the leader in the space, soon may not be the only home rental game in town.
Gaylord Texan, Anatole make top U.S. meeting hotel list
Gaylord Texan, Anatole make top U.S. meeting hotel list
Two Dallas-area hotels have gotten top marks from an international travel and event services firm.
Have you 'walked a mile' in your attendees' shoes?
Have you 'walked a mile' in your attendees' shoes?
Registration vendors and show management work together all year making decisions to maximize their show’s impact on attendees and exhibitors. How can you determine if your decisions reflect the needs, experiences and challenges of attendees?
San Antonio unites its local innovation economy to share a new story with conference planners
San Antonio unites its local innovation economy to share a new story with conference planners
Today, cities across the U.S. are evolving as global innovation platforms, supporting the commercialization of new developments in academic and scientific research taking place in both the private and public sectors. To fuel that growth, they need cons...
5 steps to surviving a conference
5 steps to surviving a conference
Work meetings at hotel bars, making small talk with total strangers and waiting in line to use the restroom: It's that time-tested corporate ritual, the conference.
5 best apps for finding your perfect meeting match
5 best apps for finding your perfect meeting match
We all know the importance of location — being in the right place at the right time with the right people. But did you know there are apps that facilitate finding those places and coordinating with those people? Here are five ways to make getting...
Travel, meetings and events consolidation accelerates
Travel, meetings and events consolidation accelerates
Travel, meetings and events consolidation has grown 62 percent since 2015, according to a survey of 124 North American travel managers, event planners and others at least "somewhat involved" in their organization's meetings and events.
Southwest warns about drop in bookings after fatal engine failure
Southwest warns about drop in bookings after fatal engine failure
Southwest Airlines warned that reservations have declined in the wake of a deadly in-flight engine failure aboard one of its flights.
Airlines bump fewer passengers off oversold flights
Airlines bump fewer passengers off oversold flights
Airlines are bumping fewer passengers off oversold planes after taking to heart the public anger over a man being violently dragged from his seat earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Transportation said recently that airlines bumped 2,745 passenge...
Diverse audiences finding common ground
Diverse audiences finding common ground
With a record of nearly 540 registered attendees and more 620 attendees overall, more than 30 diverse education sessions and a setting in one of the world's most beautiful cities
5 meeting trends that will prioritize people in 2018
5 meeting trends that will prioritize people in 2018
The IMEX Group is predicting that meetings in 2018 will be all about bringing humanity back. Here are the five trends it says will put people at the heart of today's issues.
5 ways to drive attendee networking at your event
5 ways to drive attendee networking at your event
You probably put a decent amount of thought into the networking events your meetings offer. Networking is a big reason many of your members pay their dues each year and attend your annual meeting. Plan on and off-site activities to help your more intro...
How event pros can enhance their media relationships
How event pros can enhance their media relationships
As the popular sports saying goes, there is "no 'I' in team."
70 percent of business travelers prefer the road to the office
70 percent of business travelers prefer the road to the office
Traveling for work isn't exactly a vacation. Often, you're trying to work while making your way to your conference or meeting.
3 ways to get more from a trade show
3 ways to get more from a trade show
Trade shows offer an unmatched opportunity to connect with your target audience.
Third of event attendees willing to travel 10 hours to international events
Third of event attendees willing to travel 10 hours to international events
Despite a recent poll saying 58 percent of domestic attendees want to keep journey time to less than an hour, international travellers are far more flexible with 32 percent willing to travel ten hours.
8 new ideas for meetings and events
8 new ideas for meetings and events
From a sky-high chocolate tasting in Las Vegas to a bountiful catering option in Toronto, here's a look at the latest new products, ideas and trends from across North America.
American and Delta will collaborate again in rebooking passengers during flight disruptions
American and Delta will collaborate again in rebooking passengers during flight disruptions
After canceling an interline agreement in 2015 amid a contract dispute, the two airlines will resume their arrangement that allows them to rebook passengers on each other's flights during poor weather or when operational problems cause flight delays or...
Warm up: 16 winter-friendly catering ideas
Warm up: 16 winter-friendly catering ideas
Frigid temperatures, snowfall, and ice will be the norm for much of North America for the next few months, which has led catering companies and restaurants to offer menu items inspired by the season. From on-theme desserts and cocktails to inventive, u...
Why virtual events won't cannibalize live meetings
Why virtual events won't cannibalize live meetings
For years, meeting professionals have found themselves wondering whether video conferencing and immersive technologies would negatively impact face-to-face meetings.
Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests
Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests
It takes just minutes for a room-service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call.
What you need to know about attracting influencers to events
What you need to know about attracting influencers to events
Influencer marketing is a concept that has been around a long time -- think back to athletes on cereal boxes or celebrities promoting soda. But with the rise of online sharing through blogging, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more, influencer...
Stress in America survey: Is this the low point?
Stress in America survey: Is this the low point?
What's the state of stress in America? According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, it's very much not good. The latest version of Stress in America, a yearly analysis of how Americans are dealing with stress, finds that the current...
Feeding the social media monster
Feeding the social media monster
Whether you are a company or an individual professional, your social media presence or absence drives your visibility and branding.
How to help your attendees convince their bosses to let them attend
How to help your attendees convince their bosses to let them attend
A potential attendee has been hearing about your conference from her colleagues, and she is raring to go to this year’s event. But her notoriously tight-fisted manager isn’t too keen on paying the costs for her to attend on top of having he...
The challenges of marketing an arena
The challenges of marketing an arena
Madison Square Garden. Wembley Stadium. The Astrodome. The Rose Bowl. Dodger Stadium. These famous arenas are nearly as iconic as the teams that play in them. Sports fans and non-sports fans recognize these arenas either for sports or as a concert venu...
In a revolutionary industry, why has the trade show booth evolved so slowly?
In a revolutionary industry, why has the trade show booth evolved so slowly?
The trade show industry is quite a revolutionary one, with new trade events, consumer shows, festivals and a variety of applied technologies. However, over the course of time, the trade show booth system has remained stagnant and untransformed. Traditi...
Sustainable venues dole out VIP treatment
Sustainable venues dole out VIP treatment
Offered within venues throughout the hospitality, entertainment and conferencing world, the VIP "green room" is thought to date back to medieval times.
Texas lifts hotel occupancy tax for storm victims, relief workers
Texas lifts hotel occupancy tax for storm victims, relief workers
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday said victims of Hurricane Harvey and relief workers would be exempt from paying hotel occupancy taxes for two weeks.
Westgate Resorts will raise third-party commissions for seasonal promotions
Westgate Resorts will raise third-party commissions for seasonal promotions
Westgate Resorts, which operates 25 properties across the U.S., will maintain its standard 10 percent commission rate for third parties and raise it to 12 percent during seasonal promotions, the company said.
Lyft took 9 percentage points of business traveler share from Uber year over year in Q1
Lyft took 9 percentage points of business traveler share from Uber year over year in Q1
Lyft rides made up 19 percent of the Uber/Lyft business traveler pie in the first quarter, according to 10 million expenses processed through Certify. Uber still dominated at 81 percent of Uber/Lyft rides, but it gave up 9 percentage points to Uber.
5 ways to make the most of your influencer event
5 ways to make the most of your influencer event
The demand for securing events that include social media influencers has grown with the rise of influencers on social media. People follow social influencers for their honest, unfiltered opinions. The communities they are a part of are built on trust, ...
How to build international relationships
How to build international relationships
International relationships take time to develop. You have to be in it for the long haul and cannot expect to start partnerships or relationships solely on a handshake or a simple phone call. Face-to-face interactions and introductions, especially on b...
Don't miss out: 7 key strategies to grow attendance
Don't miss out: 7 key strategies to grow attendance
In today's increasingly competitive attendee marketplace, data can be an event marketer's best friend. But are you taking full advantage of the data you collect to help you retain current attendees and lure in new ones?
Is your conference seating sexist?
Is your conference seating sexist?
Audiences are craving to hear more thought leadership from women at events, and many associations are following through.
Can technology make meetings and events safer?
Can technology make meetings and events safer?
Held just one week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, attendees at this year's IMEX America event were unified in their message: We stand behind Las Vegas. But mixed in among the 5,500 attendees and 3,200-plus exhibitors at the S...
The ultimate guide to festival safety
The ultimate guide to festival safety
The continuing rise in popularity of the festival, coupled with technological advancements, means more and more people are attempting to organize their own events.
Designing a multigenerational event experience
Designing a multigenerational event experience
It's no secret that younger audiences have different approaches to learning. While baby boomers prefer personally focused learning and classroom environments, Gen Xers are fiercely independent, self-directed and would rather learn on their own time.
Visit Tampa Bay puts relationship with Visit Florida 'on hold'
Visit Tampa Bay puts relationship with Visit Florida 'on hold'
Following the fallout of the recent battle to let Visit Florida keep its annual $76 million budget, a number of local Sunshine State destination marketing organizations are reconsidering their ties with the state's tourism promotion board.
American travellers communicate the most
American travellers communicate the most
The CWT Connected Traveller Study shows Americans are the best at staying in touch with family members while away on business. The survey of more than 1,900 people by Carlson Wagonlit Travel reveals that half of business travellers from the Americas co...
Cvent ramps up with major hiring spree
Cvent ramps up with major hiring spree
Hospitality industry technology company Cvent said it is set to hire 1,000 people globally in a major expansion of the cloud-based enterprise event management company.
MPI chooses Texas destination for WEC 2020
MPI chooses Texas destination for WEC 2020
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Grapevine, Texas, as the destination for its World Education Congress (WEC) in 2020.

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