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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests
Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests
It takes just minutes for a room-service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call.
What 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...
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 '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"...
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.
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.
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.
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...
Diverse audiences finding common ground
Diverse audiences finding common ground
With a record of nearly 540 registered attendees and more 620 attendees overall, more than 30 diverse education sessions and a setting in one of the world's most beautiful cities
5 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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
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...
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?
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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."
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
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...
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?
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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?
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."
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.
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 ...

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