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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.
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...
3 ways to create a buzzworthy event using social media
3 ways to create a buzzworthy event using social media
Social media has changed the way delegates experience, engage with and think about events.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
The 'festivalization' of events
The 'festivalization' of events
From the blurb in the conference brochure, the event promised to be a cross between Cirque du Soleil and a Silicon Valley boot camp. There would be rappers and performance artists to entertain, light displays to stimulate the senses. "Thought sessions"...
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.
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: 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 ways conferences can teach us how organizations behave
5 ways conferences can teach us how organizations behave
Conferences are our own tribal gatherings, held in giant convention centers in fun cities like Las Vegas and New Orleans - twenty-first-century village squares.
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.
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...
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...
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.
The experience movement: How millennials are bridging cultural and political divides offline
The experience movement: How millennials are bridging cultural and political divides offline
According to research, Americans are attending more live events than ever before. In the past year, 4 out of 5 Americans attended a live event, from entertainment-focused experiences like music concerts and beer festivals, to more cause-related events...
Cuba hardliners, U.S. defenders battle over new Trump administration policy
Cuba hardliners, U.S. defenders battle over new Trump administration policy
Cuba's best friends in the U.S. used to be a smattering of Washington policy wonks and leftists who sent donated school buses and computers to the communist-led island.
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...
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...
Use your event data to prove ROI and drive revenue
Use your event data to prove ROI and drive revenue
It's not just brand marketing and education! said Kim Scott, senior regional marketing manager at Illumina, Inc., at the beginning of her Cvent Connect session on supercharging event data.
How well are you leveraging the 3 key stages of event promotion?
How well are you leveraging the 3 key stages of event promotion?
Many event organizers make the mistake of believing that event promotion ends on the day of the event, but pre-event promotion is just stage one. Promotion on the day of the event and during the weeks and months afterwards are just as important, especi...
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?
More, but smaller meetings; Vienna, Seoul and Barcelona top the city charts
More, but smaller meetings; Vienna, Seoul and Barcelona top the city charts
Vienna, second in the city ranking by number of meetings in 2016, ranks first in this ranking with an estimated total of almost 120,000 participants visiting 186 association meetings in 2016. Seoul, which is only tenth in the ranking by number of meeti...
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 drive event engagement using social media marketing
How to drive event engagement using social media marketing
Summer has solidified its place as the season for hosting events, which makes it important to make sure you’re utilizing social media management to the fullest extent. Social media has changed not only how events are promoted, but also how attend...
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.
3 ways to secure impressive people for your event
3 ways to secure impressive people for your event
This past spring, the Fyre Festival, which had been billed as an exotic Bahamian party for the rich and famous, became a perfect example of event mismanagement. The big names who were supposed to be there dropped out at the last minute. Vendors cancele...
Utilizing the power of storytelling at your next event
Utilizing the power of storytelling at your next event
Tell me a story is not just a bedtime-stalling tactic practiced by elementary school children everywhere.
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.
Half of business travelers want to avoid human interaction on the road
Half of business travelers want to avoid human interaction on the road
Business travel can be stressful, and road warriors have a solution in mind to make their lives less miserable on the road.
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...
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 ...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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?
How a new marketing and PR strategy doubled this event's attendance
How a new marketing and PR strategy doubled this event's attendance
Restaurant and food-tasting events have become the norm across the country, and Washington is no exception. How, then, did Events D.C. manage to double its participation and tickets sales for the 9th annual Embassy Chef Challenge?
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Technology driving quest for personal experiences
Technology driving quest for personal experiences
Interactive technology is underpinning the desire to create more personal, memorable experiences for delegates, the IACC has revealed as part of its Meeting Room of the Future white paper.
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.
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.
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.
Are your events digitally secure?
Are your events digitally secure?
Cybersecurity hacks are all over the news lately. Fraudsters are targeting credit card information, but any hacked personal data can lead to identity theft or worse.
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.
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.
The toolkit for promoting events
The toolkit for promoting events
The events industry is a tough place to get noticed. Event organizers need all the help they can get when it comes to promoting their event and ensuring it is a success.
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."
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...
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...
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.
It's time for a unified travel management and expense platform
It's time for a unified travel management and expense platform
The relationship between Concur and the travel agency community thus far has been symbiotic. Concur receives high-margin revenue in the form of licensing and booking fees from its travel partners and passes off the high-cost call center management to t...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Dubai is a meeting hot spot
Dubai is a meeting hot spot
Dubai has emerged as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings, according to the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published by the Union of International Associations. The report ranked 1,157 cities globall...
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
Increased competition offers opportunity for association events
Increased competition offers opportunity for association events
A new Freeman study shows that consumer brands are putting a greater emphasis on in-person experiences.
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.
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...
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...
8 events innovating with beacon technology
8 events innovating with beacon technology
Are you considering beacon technology for your next event? Here are some ideas from event planners that are already using it.
4 science-based ways to boost productivity in staff meetings
4 science-based ways to boost productivity in staff meetings
Against the mounting tide of flexible workers and increasing disgruntlement of the meeting-going workforce, it would be easy to discredit workplace meetings as a waste of time.
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.
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.
New to public speaking? 5 tips to reduce nerves and boost your confidence
New to public speaking? 5 tips to reduce nerves and boost your confidence
According to Psychology Today, studies show that most Americans fear public speaking more than death. Do you have glossophobia (the phobia of public speaking)? If so, it's because we are aware the outcome strongly affects the way people view us, which ...

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