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Events and the great outdoors
Events and the great outdoors
With summer just around the corner and the sun preparing to make an appearance, it's the perfect time to start planning a meeting or event outdoors.
How Airbnb is quietly positioning itself to disrupt the meetings industry
How Airbnb is quietly positioning itself to disrupt the meetings industry
Airbnb has been very vocal in recent years about its rising popularity during large international events, such as the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, the New York Marathon last year, and Super Bowl 50 last weekend in San Francisco. The specific message ha...
U.S. News & World Report names best hotels of 2016
U.S. News & World Report names best hotels of 2016
Based on thousands of independent reviews from individuals and travel industry experts around the world, the rankings are drawn from a pool of more than 2,500 hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Zika is a challenge for Puerto Rico's tourism, but there is good news for MICE business
Zika is a challenge for Puerto Rico's tourism, but there is good news for MICE business
Zika has presented a massive challenge for Puerto Rico's Tourism, causing a considerable number of travel cancellations. It’s therefore surprising to receive the encouraging news from Puerto Rico Convention and Visitors Bureau that MICE business ...
Why you need to catch the audacity bug
Why you need to catch the audacity bug
If you ever want to strike fear into the heart of an association executive, just tell her that you want to do away with that little economic engine that drives the majority of most organizations' revenue — the annual meeting.
Design: Creative fuel
Design: Creative fuel
Jackie Mulligan writes: "I spend a lot of time at meetings. I also spend a lot of time thinking about creativity. Sometimes I do both at the same time! Innovation is the driving force of our economies, and innovation cannot happen without creativity."
Meet, what you eat?
Meet, what you eat?
When it comes to organizing any event, food and catering options are high on the priority list of event aspects to think about. It can surely make or break an event and therefore there can be a considerable amount of time spent thinking about and plann...
Virtual reality to go 'way beyond' gaming
Virtual reality to go 'way beyond' gaming
Virtual and augmented reality will be a standard platform for marketing within as little as three years, event professionals were told at George P Johnson's Morning Premiere event.
Dubai's ranking as elite business events hub reaffirmed
Dubai's ranking as elite business events hub reaffirmed
Dubai maintains parity with global cities according to latest meetings industry statistics. The latest affirmation of Dubai's standing comes on the back of its selection to host the World Expo in 2020. Dubai expects to attract as many as 20 million vis...
Should you ban cell phones from your meetings?
Should you ban cell phones from your meetings?
In the digital age, not only are tech devices commonly permitted in boardrooms and meeting spaces, but they're also widely considered essential tools for doing business. But a new study suggests that that mindset is not as universal as many industry in...
Hotel chain launches Digital Detox program
Hotel chain launches Digital Detox program
Mandarin Oriental announced it will launch a Digital Detox initiative at all of its spas worldwide beginning Sept. 5, 2016. The program is designed to help guests find new ways to manage their relationship with technology and the stress that can come w...
New convention center to open in Dubai in 2018
New convention center to open in Dubai in 2018
A new convention center, set to open in 2018, is being built near Dubai Creek, next to the Mohammad Bin Rashid Library and facing Dubai Festival City, according to press reports. The complex will have two hotels, offices, a hall that will accommodate u...
The power of word of mouth
The power of word of mouth
Planners learn about new hotels and destinations primarily by word of mouth, personal experience and articles in industry publications, according to M&C's latest research.
Catapult your career in the meeting industry
Catapult your career in the meeting industry
Dawn Rasmussen writes: "Last month, I spoke to the MPI Philadelphia Area Chapter’s Educational Institute, and one of the recurring themes that I heard during that presentation and in follow-up discussions is that a whole lot of meeting profession...
What meeting planners expect of venues of the future
What meeting planners expect of venues of the future
Earlier this year, IACC surveyed meeting planners and interviewed other meeting professionals to create a report on the "IACC Meeting Room of the Future." What emerged is a picture of flexible spaces intertwined with meeting goals and design, rather th...
Twitter event marketing 101
Twitter event marketing 101
Kim Estep writes: "Greetings, meeting pros! Last month I shared SEO best practices for designing your event website or landing page. Your event website is your event’s online home and you want people to be able to find your event’s home, ri...
Why instant apps aren't a game changer, yet
Why instant apps aren't a game changer, yet
New technology that allows smartphone users to access apps without downloading them is not enough to improve adoption rates, a tech expert has claimed.
Streaming technology can take meeting attendance to the next level
Streaming technology can take meeting attendance to the next level
While the technology and capability for web streaming has been around for years, hybrid events have only gained in popularity in recent years as technology has become more trustworthy and easier to use.
The evolution of eRFPs
The evolution of eRFPs
When PlanSoft Corp. debuted the first online RFP engine in 1995, it forever changed the way meeting professionals source venues. Until then, meeting planners had to spend countless hours visiting properties, making phone calls, meeting with salespeople...
Top destinations for international meetings in 2016
Top destinations for international meetings in 2016
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has released its annual ranking of top cities and countries for meetings.
Why you're not too busy to get your CMP
Why you're not too busy to get your CMP
The process of qualifying for, applying for, and earning the Certified Meeting Professional designation has become more streamlined, and the Convention Industry Council, which administers the CMP, has just released a video to get the word out.
How to leverage art in your meetings
How to leverage art in your meetings
Art belongs in a museum. If you know how to leverage it, however, it also can belong in a meeting, infusing it with creativity and inspiration, according to Successful Meetings Managing Editor Alex Palmer.
First-time speakers: How to better prepare them
First-time speakers: How to better prepare them
Just like first-time attendees, first-time speakers require some care and feeding, not only to make them feel welcome and prepared but also to ensure that they deliver a session your attendees will love. Here are some ideas to make that happen.
Doctors want education, credits from medical meetings
Doctors want education, credits from medical meetings
The challenges and opportunities facing planners of pharmaceutical and medical meetings remains an oft-discussed fast-evolving topic in the events industry. But a new report delves into a facet of this segment that has not received as much attention: w...
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.
The age of high-tech hotel contracts
The age of high-tech hotel contracts
In our high-tech age, for better or worse, it has become almost a necessity to update one's smartphone plan or Internet service every year or two. Planners are now finding that the same is true of hotel contracts. Fast-changing technology is requiring ...
3 fantastically creative (and budget friendly!) ways to elevate your collateral
3 fantastically creative (and budget friendly!) ways to elevate your collateral
How can meeting planners create the kind of top-notch collateral that attendees have grown accustomed to while keeping a lid on ever-tighter budgets? In the past, complex and expensive four-color off-set printing was reserved for only the biggest event...
Résumé reboot: What you need to know
Résumé reboot: What you need to know
So you got a new job ... congratulations! What's the first thing you did as soon as you signed the dotted line? Go out to celebrate with the family?
Study: 96 percent of companies say strategic meetings management works
Study: 96 percent of companies say strategic meetings management works
Among companies that have implemented a strategic meetings management program, almost all of them (96 percent) say it has been successful, according to a new global study published last week by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and The BTN Group.
13 states urge appeals court to OK Trump travel ban
13 states urge appeals court to OK Trump travel ban
A group of 12 state attorneys general and one governor are backing President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries, telling a federal appeals court Monday that the Republican acted lawfully in the interest of na...
Unusual venues no longer seen as risky
Unusual venues no longer seen as risky
Demand for unusual venues have risen by almost one-third in the past 12 months, according to venue collective Lime Venue Portfolio.
6 key traits of a professional meeting planner
6 key traits of a professional meeting planner
This guest post is by Sarah Hill, a professional blogger and creative content writer who works as a marketing manager for Group Se7en Events.
5 ways to build a better meeting
5 ways to build a better meeting
We've all had our time wasted attending or even running a meeting at work. So often, we walk out of a conference room wondering, "What the heck just happened in there? How did everything spiral out of control so fast and furiously?"
5 habits of highly successful event managers
5 habits of highly successful event managers
Event managers have a lot of responsibilities to juggle, from new bookings and last-minute requests to preparing staff. It takes a lot of coordination to keep all those balls in the air - and having the right habits helps to get the job done.
10 hotel and event venue suites with a theme
10 hotel and event venue suites with a theme
An easy way for a meeting, event or a night's stay in a suite to provide a more memorable experience is if the suite has a theme.
6 tools to extend the life of social media content
6 tools to extend the life of social media content
An effective social media marketing strategy is essential for event, meeting and hospitality industry professionals including event planners who work for major corporations, independent meeting planners, caterers, décor specialists and represent...
Report: People either really love business travel or really hate it
Report: People either really love business travel or really hate it
A new analysis by researchers at the University of Surrey and Lund University describes two primary types of business travelers - those who embrace business travel and those who struggle with it. The report emphasizes that organizations must take steps...
Do meeting planners provide a false sense of security?
Do meeting planners provide a false sense of security?
In 2003, during the time that Kevin Iwamoto was managing corporate travel for a multinational company, a car bomb exploded outside a hotel in Jakarta. Iwamoto did his usual check-in with his travel management company to see whether any employees had be...
How the pros survive a summer's worth of industry meetings
How the pros survive a summer's worth of industry meetings
We're back from Memorial Day weekend, which means it's officially summer. And that means lots of things, including a full slate of meetings industry conferences and events over the next several months. So it seemed like a good time to collect some sani...
The invisible obstacle for women at work
The invisible obstacle for women at work
Alison Hall writes: "Even if we agree that the overt sexism of the 'Mad Men' era is behind us, and even if we know that women are equally represented in the workforce, we still have to acknowledge that the percentage of women in leadership hasn’t...
More than 40 percent of meeting professionals use laptops, devices to capture content
More than 40 percent of meeting professionals use laptops, devices to capture content
Emphasizing the growing role that technology plays in the meetings world, key findings of new research carried out for IMEX America by MPI show that more than 40 percent of the MPI members surveyed use laptops or mobile devices to capture content real ...
12 ways event professionals can stop meeting overload
12 ways event professionals can stop meeting overload
Meetings, while helpful, can be a massive drain on time and resources and not always the most productive use of your time. For the busy event professional, here is how to get more from your meetings.
How to manage pre-event anxiety
How to manage pre-event anxiety
With lots of moving parts to get in place before your attendees arrive, pre-event anxiety is a serious hurdle. Event planners can minimize that stress, though, by focusing on backup plans, customer satisfaction and logistics for a successful event.
Spicing up the monotony of networking
Spicing up the monotony of networking
A few ideas on how to make networking fun, easy, and exciting again. Plus: Give away your event's leftover food through an app.
How to narrow down potential meeting venues
How to narrow down potential meeting venues
Meeting planners today have more choices than ever for meeting venues, but less time than ever to vet them. Fortunately, they have a good tool at their disposal to help them narrow down their options: destination marketing organizations.
Avoid these biggest production mistakes planners make
Avoid these biggest production mistakes planners make
The June 30 #Eventprofs Happy Hour, "Ask Me Anything About Event Production," showcased more than just today's hottest AV and production trends. Led by Adrian Segar, and featuring Brandt Krueger, Christopher DeArmond and professional conference modera...
Zeroing in on the biggest international travel issues
Zeroing in on the biggest international travel issues
The world is changing. That's indisputable. But for meeting planners, a host of political, economic and safety issues can have especially far-reaching effects.
Pop-up events: The next trend for associations?
Pop-up events: The next trend for associations?
By now, you've probably heard the term "pop-up." But, just in case you're unfamiliar, a pop-up can be a shop, a restaurant, a collection of shops, or an event that opens quickly in a temporary location and only for a limited amount of time
How secure is your delegates' data
How secure is your delegates' data
Cyber hackers have really upped their game over the past few years, stealing personal data from millions of people. Imagine if your own systems got hacked and exposed the personal details of the hundreds or thousands of delegates attending your events ...
Study: Email marketing, attendee satisfaction top priorities for planners
Study: Email marketing, attendee satisfaction top priorities for planners
The meetings industry is abuzz with talk of apps and ROI. However, a new survey released today by event management platform Bizzabo suggests that the buzz might be nothing more than noise. For now, at least.
Marriott experts identify 5 key meeting trends
Marriott experts identify 5 key meeting trends
Mental wellness, elevated f&b experiences and "wow" moments are three of the meeting trends identified by the event experts from Marriott's Convention & Resort Network, an integrated network of more than 60 JW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Ren...
The invisible network that makes cities work
The invisible network that makes cities work
Despite fears of declining social capital and lack of faith in civic institutions, the "new trust economy" is thriving in urban areas.
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.
The top 6 meeting trends of 2016
The top 6 meeting trends of 2016
There is a sense of optimism going ahead — that the skies are blue, says Andy Finn, vice president, group sales, for Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. Indeed, the meetings industry can look forward to 2016 being a strong year.
A saucy sustainability strategy
A saucy sustainability strategy
Not only does the events culinary team at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center feed 1.5 million people each year, but they do so sustainably, something recently proven by their decision to bring their big-arena mindset to a big batch of tomatoes.
Summer-fresh meeting ideas
Summer-fresh meeting ideas
Samantha Whitehorne writes: "We're on the verge of "triple H" time here in DC — hazy, hot and humid. You know, that time of year where you start sweating as soon as you step foot outside.
6 hotels for art-infused meetings
6 hotels for art-infused meetings
Creating art - and even just looking at it - has been proven to have psychological and physiological benefits.
Technology driving the most requested amenities at NM's top meeting spaces
Technology driving the most requested amenities at NM's top meeting spaces
Companies look for many things when it's time for an off-site event or meeting. For some, space might be the biggest factor, while for others it might come down to technology accessibility.
Marketing embraces smmp: Are travel managers ready?
Marketing embraces smmp: Are travel managers ready?
In 2016, Business Travel News will feature a quarterly dialog with strategic meetings experts, ranging from technology gurus to data hounds to corporate meetings managers who have demonstrated practitioner prowess.
Site visits driving you nuts? Don't miss this roadshow
Site visits driving you nuts? Don't miss this roadshow
The logistics of site visits can be a huge drain. You know the drill: coordinate dates, travel, lots of e-mails, report to the team, followup ... According to a new survey by Social Tables, the average event planner manages 37 events every year.
5 incredible outdoor activities for groups
5 incredible outdoor activities for groups
Meeting planners invest untold hours in selecting an appealing meeting destination for their group. But sometimes their hard work goes to waste when attendees find themselves holed up inside a stale, nondescript meeting room identical to the ones they ...
Survey: Non-cash incentive rewards rule in UK
Survey: Non-cash incentive rewards rule in UK
A new survey of companies in the United Kingdom reveals that a majority offers non-cash rewards and recognition to employees (81 percent), salespeople (72 percent), distributors/channel partners (57 percent) and customers (63 percent).
Apps for happier attendees, planners and travelers
Apps for happier attendees, planners and travelers
Samantha Whitehorne writes: "Lots of mobile apps are launched every day. Here are three that may make the lives of event planners, meeting attendees, and frequent business travelers a little better."
Bleisure travel: A growing trend for conference attendees
Bleisure travel: A growing trend for conference attendees
Samantha Whitehorn writes: "Research shows that more business travelers are blending work-related trips with vacation time. Here's why association meetings may want to make the most of the trend."
New event spaces at New York City's Hotel Shorecard
New event spaces at New York City's Hotel Shorecard
The new spaces are designed to host small events in a residential-like environment, with open-air terraces for an indoor-outdoor experience. The two suites can host events ranging from cocktail parties to receptions.
Apply psychology to meet attendee needs
Apply psychology to meet attendee needs
A new white paper says that meeting planners and marketers can apply Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to engage attendees on a deeper level. Step one is ensuring their basic needs are being met.
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.
3 ways to safeguard your event from business-sucking suitcasers
3 ways to safeguard your event from business-sucking suitcasers
See that guy over there who's talking intently at a cocktail round on the exhibit floor with a small group of attendees?
100 virtually free event planning ideas
100 virtually free event planning ideas
We have all worked on events with a great vision but no budget to match. Here are 100 ideas to help you create an amazing event that cost next to nothing when funds are limited.
Meeting planners are relying more on tourism bureaus in 2016
Meeting planners are relying more on tourism bureaus in 2016
Conference organizers are looking for more direct financial help and sponsorship opportunities from destination marketing organizations in 2016, due to the sharp rise in hotel, venue, and food costs.
Why event planners should look to Snapchat for delegate engagement
Why event planners should look to Snapchat for delegate engagement
Snapchat and Pinterest have been tipped to become the next big event marketing tools, with only 3 percent and 7 percent of event organizers, respectively, saying they use them. Event software company Bizzabo found the two social media platforms were un...
Top 10 meeting tech trends of 2016
Top 10 meeting tech trends of 2016
Technology can make meeting planners' lives easier and their events more successful. Because it changes so rapidly, however, keeping up with the latest tools is challenging. For that reason, Liz King, founder of the event tech conference and showcase t...
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...
Which event marketing tools drive attendance?
Which event marketing tools drive attendance?
Event marketers need to be more creative as they face flat or reduced budgets and a fragmented media landscape, but email and direct mail still account for more than 50 percent of their spending to drive attendance. That’s one of the key findings...
Tourism bureaus turn to rigorous research to differentiate their brands
Tourism bureaus turn to rigorous research to differentiate their brands
When convention and visitor bureaus produce extensive research papers and trend reports, they're showing their commitment to embrace Millennial consumers.
Using micro-learning for conference innovation
Using micro-learning for conference innovation
Many conference organizers are jumping on the micro-learning bandwagon as a silver bullet for innovating their conference education. They believe that the next generation conference participants have short attention spans and prefer these formats.
Etiquette tips for successful business trips to Latin America
Etiquette tips for successful business trips to Latin America
Proper business etiquette leaves good impressions and it gives your company the chance to put its best foot forward. Practicing the right etiquette when at work can also save your company from unintentional conflicts when dealing with foreign business ...
Meetings and the business of inspiration
Meetings and the business of inspiration
Speaking at ASAE's Springtime Expo, 360 Live Media founder and CEO Don Neal encouraged attendees to reconsider their roles, saying they are not just meeting planners — they're experience designers.
7 ways you can explode your meeting's Instagram following
7 ways you can explode your meeting's Instagram following
The most creative minds and famous personalities in the events industry are on Instagram — and so are you. But there's one big difference: The cool kids and tech-savvy event management companies have thousands of followers — and you don't.
3 ways planners can integrate life into work meetings
3 ways planners can integrate life into work meetings
The concept of "work-life balance" is outdated. As traditional 9-to-5 jobs become less common, "work-life integration" or "work-life harmony" are becoming more apropos terms. Modern employees are eager to find new, nontraditional workplace environments...
Marriott CEO: Technology is the biggest risk in the Starwood merger
Marriott CEO: Technology is the biggest risk in the Starwood merger
Boosted by its $13.3 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in September 2016, Marriott International has demonstrated strong global performance in its first quarter results with Starwood on board.
The 33 skills meeting and event planners need to succeed
The 33 skills meeting and event planners need to succeed
If you're like many corporate meeting planners, planning meetings and events may only be part of your job and you learn as you go, without formal training. But if planning meetings and events are a passion of yours and you want to become a meeting prof...
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.
The 25 most influential people in the meetings industry for 2016
The 25 most influential people in the meetings industry for 2016
Once again Successful Meetings presents its yearly roster of luminaries, chosen because they have either contributed to the business of meetings, made it easier for meetings professionals to do their jobs, helped raise awareness of the industry, or, th...
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.
3 reasons why professional development motivates Millennials
3 reasons why professional development motivates Millennials
Today's workforce is comprised of five generations, each with distinct qualities that can be profoundly felt in the workplace. By 2020, the Millennial generation - those born between 1980 and 1994 - will comprise 51 percent of the Western workforce.
Tech trends in hotel public spaces
Tech trends in hotel public spaces
Much of the thought and discussion about technological innovations in hotels revolves around in-room experiences, but public spaces, from lobbies to restaurants and meeting spaces, are also continually adapting to new technology.
Do you need armed security at your event?
Do you need armed security at your event?
As a first step, planners should anticipate whether any of their attendees may bring firearms notwithstanding a ban, says Joshua Grimes, Esq., of Philadelphia-based Grimes Law Offices.
7 tips for working with flowers that all event pros should know
7 tips for working with flowers that all event pros should know
Flowers can add a major impact to events, so it's important to pick the right ones based on season, location, and other details. Here are tips for selecting the right blooms.
Keep calm and carry on: UK meetings industry reacts to Brexit vote
Keep calm and carry on: UK meetings industry reacts to Brexit vote
With the U.K. voting to Leave the European Union and Premier David Cameron resigning after the result was declared, the U.K. events industry has been reacting to the E.U. Referendum result and seeking a way forward.
Conscious meeting planning: Coming soon to a meeting near you
Conscious meeting planning: Coming soon to a meeting near you
Just as we know these all-too-familiar universal truths about food, speakers, budgets and deadlines will happen, we also know that these too shall pass. All these scenarios will be resolved. Meetings happen. Things change. The one thing remains the sam...
Mexico City named No. 1 Place to go in 2016 by The New York Times
Mexico City named No. 1 Place to go in 2016 by The New York Times
It's never been a more exciting time to travel to Mexico City, and the destination bolstered its case by releasing the following information about recent travel accolades during ibtm america 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The benefits of sticking around to meeting's end
The benefits of sticking around to meeting's end
Alison Hall writes: "I've left a few meetings before they were officially over. By skipping that last general session I could avoid losing a whole day out of the office, or get out of taking a red-eye flight, or make it to an event back at home."
Why travel managers need data and know what to do it with it
Why travel managers need data and know what to do it with it
There is a lot of data in corporate travel. And it used to come in reports as thick as house bricks.
5 brand experiences that used holograms
5 brand experiences that used holograms
From Sky's 3D Sir David Attenborough to National Geographic's holographic VR experience at SXSW, here's a look at the latest technology trends from the world of holograms.
4 signs you need a little refresh
4 signs you need a little refresh
Daily routines can be a welcome thing - even downright comforting sometimes when everything else is chaotic. However, there is a fine line between an efficient routine and getting stuck in a rut.
Tap into brain science to make learning environments better
Tap into brain science to make learning environments better
There’s good reason the neuroscience of learning is a hot topic at meetings industry conferences nowadays: how one’s brain harnesses and stores information means the difference between simply memorizing information and changing behavior ...
Product launches: Will they be a thing of the past at tradeshows?
Product launches: Will they be a thing of the past at tradeshows?
Two recent articles suggest the tradeshow model is changing, or perhaps even dying, when it comes to product launches. If that's the case, what does it mean moving forward?
How to go beyond leads
How to go beyond leads
You know that your booth staffers are one of your most valuable, if not the most valuable asset when exhibiting at a trade show or hosting a business event.
New Airbnb feature lets employees book business travel for coworkers
New Airbnb feature lets employees book business travel for coworkers
Business-travel bookings on Airbnb have tripled in 2016, according to the home-sharing website, which yesterday introduced a new tool that will seize on that growth by allowing employees to book business-travel accommodations for their coworkers.
The invisible minorities of the meeting and event industry
The invisible minorities of the meeting and event industry
It is no secret that while the meeting and event industry is a female-dominated profession, senior positions still tend to go to males. Keynote speakers, judges and panelists also tend to be male ... white male.
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...
Automation is poised to further disrupt business travel
Automation is poised to further disrupt business travel
Business travel is ripe for a shake-up already with low-cost carriers and short-term rentals muscling in.
Sustainable events need to be smarter
Sustainable events need to be smarter
Being sustainable means being smart, and a successful sustainability strategy requires staff dedication and community engagement — simply replacing plastic water bottles with glasses, or using event apps in lieu of printed event programs does not...
4 ways technology is changing the events industry
4 ways technology is changing the events industry
The events industry is growing all around the world. According to Meeting Professionals International, events contribute $115 billion to the United States gross domestic product, with subsequent billions funneled to both state and federal tax revenue.
Stadium/convention combo: Does it work?
Stadium/convention combo: Does it work?
The Chargers' announcement this week that it intends to pursue development of a combined stadium-convention center annex downtown means venturing into uncharted territory, both for the NFL and the growing meetings industry.
Is the convention industry getting trendy?
Is the convention industry getting trendy?
Many of the emerging lifestyle trends in meetings and events that we’ve been discussing are starting to enter mainstream conversation. Meetings are becoming cool, seriously.
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...
SITE study: Incentive travel will have banner year
SITE study: Incentive travel will have banner year
Incentive travel is expected to have another banner year, topping 2015's record numbers, according to the new SITE Index Benchmark Study, an annual analysis and forecast of the incentive travel industry. SITE partnered with trade-show organizer IMEX Gr...
Airbnb makes 'business friendly' booking changes
Airbnb makes 'business friendly' booking changes
Airbnb has updated its search and booking tool to make it easier for travelers to find "business travel ready" listings.
Airbnb explains its strategic move into the meetings and events industry
Airbnb explains its strategic move into the meetings and events industry
Airbnb can't compete directly with hotels for meetings business in terms of product, but it will be able to grab market share in the future by offering a degree of personalization that hotels can't match.
Sustainable shortfalls leave 'major opportunity' for planners
Sustainable shortfalls leave 'major opportunity' for planners
A "major opportunity" exists for business travel industry to adopt more sustainable practices says Global Business Travel Association, after new research found only a small amount of travel bookers incentivize business travelers to travel sustainably.
When liability can be foreseen
When liability can be foreseen
One question the courts often grapple with concerns "foreseeability," or whether an action or injury could have been anticipated, therefore indicating negligence.
25 ways speakers can help promote your events before, during and after
25 ways speakers can help promote your events before, during and after
A speaker is responsible for more than just being fabulous at your event. As busy meeting professionals you can — and should — expect more from your speakers.
9 totally useful — and free — downloadables for planners
9 totally useful — and free — downloadables for planners
Reach into our second grab-bag of free downloadables and pull out some super helpful tips for design, apps, speakers, and more. In most cases, you'll need to trade your email address to get the goods, but vendors these days are pretty savvy — the...
Should planners engage speakers for free?
Should planners engage speakers for free?
It's a very controversial topic that is generating a number of heated discussions in LinkedIn Groups. Some common threads are emerging, but it is clear that the industry is divided on this issue.
Cities developing vibrant convention districts
Cities developing vibrant convention districts
You can nail the speakers, the education sessions, the exhibitors, the networking receptions, and the show marketing, but if the city that's hosting your convention or meeting doesn't excite people, it's going to hit you in the attendance numbers. That...
3 new tech trends that could change live events forever
3 new tech trends that could change live events forever
Technology is increasingly driving experiences, and live events are no exception.
9 ways to tame the volunteer relationship
9 ways to tame the volunteer relationship
Committees and faculties and boards can be harder to manage than lions and tigers and bears - but you don't need whips and cages to keep them in line.
Why your most important audience as an event professional is yourself
Why your most important audience as an event professional is yourself
The word "audience" is a crucial one for event professionals.
Increasing personalization in events through artificial intelligence
Increasing personalization in events through artificial intelligence
In almost every list discussing future trends in the events industry, artificial intelligence is named.
Maker Faire: 3 perspectives for better brand experiences
Maker Faire: 3 perspectives for better brand experiences
Maker Faire. There is quite possibly nothing else on earth like this sprawling mecca for makers, tinkerers, scientists, creators and inventors. There is so much to do, see, and experience, and since it's in our own San Francisco backyard, our motley cr...
10 must-dos before you launch a meeting planning business
10 must-dos before you launch a meeting planning business
Jennifer C. Squeglia, CMP, founded RLC Events Inc. nine years ago. Planners who have attended meetings industry events may have met Squeglia in one of the many educational sessions she has moderated over the years, giving back to the industry by sharin...
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.
$5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort debuts
$5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort debuts
Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated its grand opening yesterday, the sixth Disney theme park worldwide and the first in Mainland China. The $5.5 billion resort is a joint venture between the Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group, and promises...
How to survive a business dinner anywhere in the world
How to survive a business dinner anywhere in the world
Most of us think that business transactions take place in offices and boardrooms throughout the world, in truth a great number of business deals are agreed in much more informal settings.
How one events company is teaching meeting planners about brand experience
How one events company is teaching meeting planners about brand experience
London-based FreemanXP is the creative agency for the Freeman event management company, which operates a TrendLab division that conducts research on event trends and then uses that insight as an experiential marketing and consulting platform.
Personalized attendee picks
Personalized attendee picks
Attendees want to get the most out of attending a conference. One way to ensure that's the case is by offering up some personalized session and event recommendations based on their previous picks.
3 ways to turn live event content into online assets
3 ways to turn live event content into online assets
One of the biggest new trends in marketing is "content marketing" — the creation of online assets that can be used to attract, inform and convert website visitors into customers. Ten years ago, no one was doing content marketing, today it's a mul...
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...
In or out? Creativity abounds for indoor/outdoor setting
In or out? Creativity abounds for indoor/outdoor setting
Indoors or outdoors? is a common question faced by planners when deciding on the best venue for a program. To make that decision easier, consider the benefits of both indoor and outdoor settings.
Experts share useful site selection tips
Experts share useful site selection tips
When planning a meeting, chances are you have a phenomenal list of food and beverage, audiovisual and team-building ideas, but if you don't select the correct venue or destination to execute your desires, let's face it, a flawed meeting is more likely ...
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...
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.
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...
Meeting planners are on the edge of the real sharing economy
Meeting planners are on the edge of the real sharing economy
When money changes hands, that's selling, not sharing. This is the simple idea behind many observers' objection to the term "sharing economy" when used to refer to companies like Uber and Airbnb.
Tips on preparing for protesters at your next event
Tips on preparing for protesters at your next event
Proactive meeting professionals have always planned ahead for the potential for protests and other possible disruptions to their events and conferences.
What's a planner to do when no one's building ballrooms?
What's a planner to do when no one's building ballrooms?
We are not building ballrooms anymore! Call that the quote of the month, coming from STR's latest U.S. Hotel Industry Forecast presentation, delivered at a hotel conference this week by Amanda Hite, STR president and CEO.
Post-party planning
Post-party planning
Events come and go, and a lot of event planners will take a load off and close the file on an event almost immediately after it ends.
20 tips to get attendees to open your emails
20 tips to get attendees to open your emails
Emails can be used for marketing, to raise awareness or even develop a closer relationship with your attendees or clients and are an essential part of modern life.
9 amazing meetings technology trends to watch in 2016
9 amazing meetings technology trends to watch in 2016
These are exciting times! The rate of technology change is accelerating with thousands of ideas, apps and innovations bubbling up to help meeting planners, exhibitors, venues and other meeting participants to do their jobs better.
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.
Meetings and trade shows support 66,500 jobs
Meetings and trade shows support 66,500 jobs
The meetings, conventions and trade show industry has a significant impact, supporting 66,500 jobs and generating more than $9.3 billion in economic impact. Las Vegas boasts more than 11 million square feet of meeting space in addition to a wide ar...
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.
This meeting was a disaster
This meeting was a disaster
Scheduled to start at 5 and end at 8, the meeting began with 20 people making self-introductions. They took 35 minutes. I recognized a glitch as a majority included the phrase: "We have a problem." I knew the attendees to be efficient and innovative pr...
How to throw a buzzworthy opening party
How to throw a buzzworthy opening party
After a $29 million renovation and rebranding, Le Méridien New Orleans was ready to reveal its new face to the meeting and hospitality community in New Orleans. Some 500 attendees showed up last March for an opening celebration that was so p...
Me, myself and I: The power of alone time at meetings
Me, myself and I: The power of alone time at meetings
All the learning, networking, and receptions that occur at association meetings can leave even the most extroverted attendees exhausted. That's why taking some "me time" can be quite beneficial.
5 meetings rules to break in 2016
5 meetings rules to break in 2016
The new year is a great time to rethink what works for your events, and what doesn't. Now is the time to replace tired habits and tedious traditions with new ideas. Following are suggestions for what to nix or fix in 2016.
4 hospitality industry trends hotels should have on their radar in 2016
4 hospitality industry trends hotels should have on their radar in 2016
Meeting space no longer means a room with just tables, chairs, flip charts and refreshments. With changing hospitality industry trends, meeting space now means wireless technology, multimedia presentations and even virtual reality capabilities. expecte...
Survey: Event planners who use tech during site visits cover more ground
Survey: Event planners who use tech during site visits cover more ground
Are event planners using smartphone and tablets during the site visit process? And does it make planners more productive? The early word on these questions is still hazy, but we're starting to get some data in recent surveys on the topic.
Trick your employees into happily spending less on business travel
Trick your employees into happily spending less on business travel
Companies in the U.S. spend $300 billion annually on business trips, in part because the people doing the booking don't care how much anything costs.
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.
What meeting formats will take off in the future?
What meeting formats will take off in the future?
The German Convention Bureau's Future Meeting Space research project is looking at all the different needs meetings have to fulfill these days, from a totally unplugged retreat-type getaway for deep thinking to its exact opposite, and four more in betw...
Jumpstart your event's website
Jumpstart your event's website
The Online News Association makes its event-scheduling WordPress plug-in available for free. Plus: When it comes to responding to members, there is a need for speed.
How to collect more data about your meeting's performance
How to collect more data about your meeting's performance
If you want to plan better meetings, data can help you do it. If you have the right tools to collect it, that is. Thanks to stiff regulations in the pharmaceutical industry, you now do, according to Successful Meetings Senior Editor Leo Jakobson, who s...
When technology fails
When technology fails
Tanya Pinchuk, CEO at ExpoPlatform, writes: "A few weeks ago, one of our partners participated in an exhibition where their team faced a common problem that occurs at many shows across the world. Days before the show, they had to register and fill out ...
A step-by-step guide to structuring better meetings
A step-by-step guide to structuring better meetings
Liane Davey writes: "I am frequently flummoxed by the complete misalignment between a team's mandate and the agenda for their meetings. My favorite example was a Corporate Affairs team that had an ambitious agenda to work collaboratively to transform t...
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.
13 reasons why every kid should become an event planner
13 reasons why every kid should become an event planner
From the moment a child is born, parents fantasize about what career their offspring will eventually hold. Is event planner on your top 10 wish list? Possibly not. But you just might want to reconsider that.
The meetings industry is launching a new advocacy campaign, but will it work?
The meetings industry is launching a new advocacy campaign, but will it work?
The new Meetings Mean Business ad campaign is timed to coincide with the national political conventions to impress upon governments that they should support hospitality and tourism's efforts to attract meetings and conventions.
Meetings, they are a-changin'
Meetings, they are a-changin'
As 2015 wraps up, associations are considering major changes to their meeting formats to better benefit attendees and vendors. Here's a glimpse at how three associations will reimagine their meetings and conventions in 2016 and beyond.
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...
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.
Long-term career options for meeting planners
Long-term career options for meeting planners
Where will you be in your career within the next five years? Ten years? Fifteen years?
Why virtual reality viewers are the hottest new conference giveaways
Why virtual reality viewers are the hottest new conference giveaways
What's the most trendy conference giveaway? Google Cardboard-style virtual reality viewers that fold flat for travel, are easy to assemble, use your smartphone as the screen and advertise your conference or company's brand.
21 business travel hacks for meeting planners and other road warriors
21 business travel hacks for meeting planners and other road warriors
Here are some handy business travel tips and tactics to help make a meeting planner's, or any business traveler's, life on the road a little easier. Thanks to Central London Apartments for making this infographic available!
15 ideas to collect feedback at events
15 ideas to collect feedback at events
Feedback is an essential development and improvement tool, but submission rates can be low. Here are 15 ideas to collect it more effectively for your event.
10 locally inspired food and drink ideas for meeting breaks
10 locally inspired food and drink ideas for meeting breaks
Pastries, coffee and deli sandwiches with chips aren't the most exciting breakfast and lunch options for meeting breaks. Depending on the location, hotels and restaurants are putting a spin on the typical meeting break fare with food and drink offering...
U.S. authorities taking a fresh look at security outside arenas following Manchester attack
U.S. authorities taking a fresh look at security outside arenas following Manchester attack
Even before the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester, England, arena Monday night, the Chicago Cubs were evaluating ways to make the area around Wrigley Field safer.
How events can embrace the circle of life
How events can embrace the circle of life
The idea of greening events is not new. Event planners and venues have been looking for ways to make events more sustainable and reduce the amount of waste produced from these mass gatherings.
Sign of the times: Terrorism insurance
Sign of the times: Terrorism insurance
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, which runs successful meetings industry trade shows, has a new offering for exhibitors at this spring's event in Frankfurt, Germany: terrorism insurance.
The new events industry conference that's trying to make a case for live events
The new events industry conference that's trying to make a case for live events
The inaugural Offline Summit convened in Brooklyn earlier this month to explore the future of event and experiential marketing.
The role of boutique hotels in shaping new hospitality trends
The role of boutique hotels in shaping new hospitality trends
The term "boutique hotels" has been floating around for more than four decades now, but the concept and importance of the word has changed as the industry has evolved. What started as an offbeat trend, has now become a mainstream one when the Goliaths ...
7 tips to extend the value of team-building activities
7 tips to extend the value of team-building activities
Team-building activities such as retreats, community service projects, competitive games, and problem-solving challenges can be great tools for companies to strengthen employee relationships, improve communication, break down barriers, re-energize staf...
Atlantic City is improving its meetings game
Atlantic City is improving its meetings game
Having landed one of the most coveted meetings of all, Jim Wood, the president and CEO of MeetAC, is thrilled. From June 11 through 14, MPI's 2016 World Education Congress will bring 1,000-1,200 meeting professionals to Atlantic City and some 2,000 att...
What you need to know about content marketing
What you need to know about content marketing
The rules of content marketing have changed over the last five years, and now more than ever, quality trumps quantity. Consider this breakdown of everything you need to know about content marketing for your events.
All work and no play makes an event a very dull day
All work and no play makes an event a very dull day
You read a lot these days about the important function play, rather than work, has in nurturing creativity and increasing concentration levels at events. It seems today, the old proverb "all work and no play made Jack a very dull boy" is very much back...
Small meeting dilemma: Large or small hotel?
Small meeting dilemma: Large or small hotel?
Whether you're planning a large convention or a small meeting, there are many decisions to be made. But one of the first decisions the planner of a smaller meeting needs to make is whether to stage that meeting at a small hotel or at a larger hotel or ...
The right to peacefully protest - don't be caught off guard
The right to peacefully protest - don't be caught off guard
Whether the target is your speaker, your sponsors, your meeting venue, the topic of the event or your organization itself, at some point the peoples' right to express their opinions may come up against your meeting or event. Your response protocol need...
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"...
Identifying the biggest event technology opportunities and startups
Identifying the biggest event technology opportunities and startups
Founder of Event Manager Blog, Julius Solaris is considered one of the original industry thought leaders behind the rise of event technology, which helps meeting planners deliver better attendee engagement and event metrics.
How Intel's CEO set a new standard for conference keynote speeches
How Intel's CEO set a new standard for conference keynote speeches
BMX bikers wearing Intel's tiny Curie chips did backflips over Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's head during his keynote presentation at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, but that wasn't the best part.
A new way to launch a strategic meetings management program
A new way to launch a strategic meetings management program
Shimon Avish writes: "As you all know, I am a big believer in strategic meetings management. And as you also know, I am often perplexed by the fact that many organizations have not adopted the three core requirements of SMM."
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.
Get ready for the rise of AI in events
Get ready for the rise of AI in events
With technology advancing rapidly, a new age of artificial intelligence is upon us. Are eventprofs ready for the rise of AI in events?
9 ways to take a good sponsor relationship and make it great
9 ways to take a good sponsor relationship and make it great
Getting sponsors to support annual events can be a challenge in itself, but motivating sponsors to become long-term partners requires finesse. For event and meeting professionals, creating and maintaining a healthy, lasting relationship with a sponsor ...
Tips for planning flawless outdoor events
Tips for planning flawless outdoor events
We all love outdoor events. The setting itself becomes as much a part of the design as the décor and entertainment. But whether a large outdoor festival or an intimate dinner, there are a few extra things you need to factor in to ensure a flawless...
Private air charters set the tone
Private air charters set the tone
Incentive travel is booming. According to the Incentive Research Foundation study "2016 Trends in Incentive Travel, Rewards, and Recognition," budgets are up, lead times are growing, and the destinations incentive planners are using are expanding.
Meeting planners told to ditch the 'Millennial' buzzword
Meeting planners told to ditch the 'Millennial' buzzword
'Millennial' and all other generational buzzwords are "dangerous" and should be scrapped by meeting organisers because they unfairly stereotype delegates, a meetings academic has said.
6 ways to revamp your meetings in 2016
6 ways to revamp your meetings in 2016
As everyone's "New Year, New Me" resolutions start to fall to the wayside, now is your chance to shake things up a bit to keep your workforce motivated for the year ahead. Meetings are a huge part of our working lives, yet many of us don't feel engaged...
Is the way you're using technology hijacking your attendees' minds?
Is the way you're using technology hijacking your attendees' minds?
Sue Pelletier writes: "Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist and magician, blew my mind a little with this article on Medium on how technology is being used to influence our decisions without us even realizing it. And as I was reading, I coul...
US Department of Transportation gives 8 airlines tentative approval to fly to Cuba
US Department of Transportation gives 8 airlines tentative approval to fly to Cuba
The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed eight U.S. carriers - Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines - to begin scheduled flights to Ha...
How CVBs use support funds
How CVBs use support funds
Once upon a time destination choice was based on simple things like geography, venue options, lift and pillow counts. Then, until it became standard, connectivity was the new factor in choice. What has, somewhat purposely, flown under the radar are the...
Study: Most business travelers satisfied with business trips
Study: Most business travelers satisfied with business trips
Three-quarters (73 percent) of business travelers are satisfied with their overall business trip experience, and a clear majority (77 percent) say they're able to meet their goals on work trips, finds a new Global Business Travel Association survey, th...
12 ways to add fun to serious events
12 ways to add fun to serious events
If an event is fun, it sticks in your mind and has more of an impact on you, making a longer impression. It’s just good user experience best practice.
Meetings industry effort makes most of election season
Meetings industry effort makes most of election season
A new advocacy initiative by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition is taking advantage of the upcoming conventions and election to highlight the role of face-to-face meetings.
Dallas and Fort Worth's Texas-sized meetings offerings
Dallas and Fort Worth's Texas-sized meetings offerings
It's no wonder that Dallas has so much to offer, with its progressive mix of cowboy culture, Southern charm and chic modernity. According to recent Census figures, Dallas is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.
12 ideas to help attendees manage information overload at events
12 ideas to help attendees manage information overload at events
Protect your attendees from information overload, which can cause mental paralysis and lack of focus. Don't allow too much of a good thing to ruin your event. Here are a few ideas to keep that from happening.
Flexible, intelligent meetings technology puts power back in meeting owner's hands
Flexible, intelligent meetings technology puts power back in meeting owner's hands
Smart Meeting is a seamless plug-in and value-add to current meetings technology. It provides specific functionality that current technology providers are not focused on or lack the service and process expertise in niche areas such as life sciences. It...
Break away from predictable PowerPoints
Break away from predictable PowerPoints
Microsoft's PowerPoint is an old-school tool for conference speakers.
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.
Facebook's next act: Bridging AR to the real world
Facebook's next act: Bridging AR to the real world
There are parts of your life Facebook hasn't yet invaded. But it's coming.
Funding and apathy are the barriers to new professional body
Funding and apathy are the barriers to new professional body
Founded with the intention of developing and supporting more than 100,000 professional events managers across the U.K., the IEM plans to make progress this year, and will detail the challenges it faces at International Confex at Olympia next month; ran...
11 new green venues for meetings and events
11 new green venues for meetings and events
In honor of Earth Day, here's a look at new restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and private rooms across the United States and Canada that factor the environment into their design or operations. Many of these new and renova...
What hotels are doing to win your loyalty: 5 podcast takeaways
What hotels are doing to win your loyalty: 5 podcast takeaways
Which hotels are doing loyalty right and how is it continuing to evolve? Marriott is merging its program with Starwood's SPG.
Mobile apps for events make planning easier than ever
Mobile apps for events make planning easier than ever
Event planning can be a fun and rewarding job, but it definitely comes with its share of drawbacks. It requires a great deal of responsibility and organization, and planners often must deal with multiple clients and events at any given moment.
10 tech gadgets for eventprofs
10 tech gadgets for eventprofs
No secret — I am a geek. I love technology and gadgets. I don't get the latest, but I strive for the greatest. With the tough busy life we all conduct, tech can actually be very helpful.
Summer party ideas: 10 rentals for outdoor events
Summer party ideas: 10 rentals for outdoor events
As summer party season heats up, event planners need to consider possible outdoor issues like stormy weather and lack of shade. Here are some rental items that can keep guests comfortable, from blankets for chilly nights to squishy chair cushions.
Northeast tourism body targets big events business
Northeast tourism body targets big events business
Tourism body VisitAberdeenshire is setting its sights on attracting large-scale business events to the north-east at a trade show in Europe.
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...
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?
Holding an event on a golf course
Holding an event on a golf course
Lush fairways, sand traps and divots are common sights on a golf course. But colorful mushrooms, the Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter?
8 ways to negotiate a fair attrition clause both sides can live with
8 ways to negotiate a fair attrition clause both sides can live with
Attrition can be the bane of a meeting planner�s contractual existence�but it doesn�t have to be.
When artificial intelligence rules the city
When artificial intelligence rules the city
When we think of the city of the future, we might think about flying cars and scenes from "Star Trek" or "The Jetsons."
The rise of civic tech and its impact on meetings, conventions and tourism
The rise of civic tech and its impact on meetings, conventions and tourism
The CitizenLab platform fills the need in conventions today for an affordable, scalable community engagement tool connecting conference delegates and exhibitors with local citizens and policy-makers.
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 ...
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.
What's important is worth meeting about
What's important is worth meeting about
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition's latest campaign to highlight the meetings industry holds up the U.S. presidential election as a model for the importance of people getting together face to face. Early caucus meetings, months of rallies, press con...
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.
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 edgy ideas for educational seating
5 edgy ideas for educational seating
Just as educators are constantly looking for better ways to communicate, planners are always looking for new educational seating ideas. The point? To keep the audience engaged in an increasingly mobile world and also encourage learning.
Post show research confirms Spain as top destination of interest among hosted buyers attending ib...
Post show research confirms Spain as top destination of interest among hosted buyers attending ib...
The increased popularity of Spain as a key European MICE destination has also been supported in ICCA'S most recent rankings, where Spain was ranked as the 2nd most popular destination globally for MICE and Barcelona and Madrid were ranked as the No. 2 ...
News reports point to reasons for electronics bans
News reports point to reasons for electronics bans
In the last week, various news reports have pointed to specific tactics terrorists have been using to store small but powerful bombs in electronic devices, lending more credence to the likelihood that a ban on such devices might become a reality for tr...
Industry consolidation keeps program leaders guessing
Industry consolidation keeps program leaders guessing
Kevin Iwamoto writes: "One of the questions I get the most whenever I am at industry functions is my thoughts on industry consolidation. There are so many 'what if' scenarios that could play out, and you could easily drive yourself crazy wondering what...
5 event destinations nailing it with drone video
5 event destinations nailing it with drone video
Destinations are ever upping the ante when it comes to making them look good on video. Thanks to drone video, event destinations are looking better than ever.
Hilton wants to change your mind about airport hotels
Hilton wants to change your mind about airport hotels
For the past five decades, the majority of airport hotels around the world have always had a sense of despair and desperation about them. They're often seen as a refuge of last resort, filled with forlorn travelers who've missed their flights, schedule...
3 difficult conversations meeting planners may encounter
3 difficult conversations meeting planners may encounter
Everyone must face unpleasant or difficult conversations in both their professional and personal lives. Here are three tough conversations meeting planners may encounter. Is there a best way to handle them?

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