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A Look Behind the Lobby at New Marriott International Headquarters

Smart Meetings

When does a headquarters building look more like a hotel? When it is the new nerve center for Marriott International in up-and-coming Bethesda, Maryland. The 21-story glass building on Wisconsin Ave. is one of the tallest in the area and affords views of the green landscape for miles. Tag along to learn more. A Strategic HQ The building dedicated to managing more than 30 hospitality brands and 8,800 properties in 139 countries is filled with physical manifestations of the company’s touchstones.

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Exploring the Metaverse for Corporate Event Experiences

Traveler's Q

In an era where digital innovation reshapes our interaction landscapes, the traditional confines of corporate events are being reimagined. The metaverse, a burgeoning virtual reality (VR) space, stands at the forefront of this transformation, offering a realm where physical boundaries dissolve. This digital dimension invites companies to redefine engagement with employees, clients, and stakeholders, promising an era of limitless possibilities.

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The 2024 Travel Outlook Survey Results: Appealing to the Traveler’s Niche Interest

Advanced Travel and Tourism

“Local gastronomy, nature, wellness and rural tourism experiences will take centre stage in travel in 2024.” SANDRA CARVAO Chief of Market Intelligence & Competitiveness, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick…” Since 2020, destination marketers have had plenty of practice with skills like pivoting and flexibility. Watching consumer travel trends to stay ahead of the curve is essential for a nimble organization.

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Earth Day 2024: Ending Single-Use Plastic

Convene by PCMA

r.World, a company that provides reusable service ware, estimates 4 billion single-use plastic cups are used annually at live events in North America. The official theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastic,” a call to arms issued by Earthday.org to reduce all plastic production by 60 percent by 2040 and to rapidly phase out all single-use plastics by 2030.

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COVID-19 Travel Consumer Sentiment Study

TravelBoom and sister agency, The Brandon Agency, release new consumer sentiment study on travel amidst the COVID-19 second wave

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BESydney shares customised event smarts on new portal

Travel Daily Media

The post BESydney shares customised event smarts on new portal appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Business Events Sydney (BESydney) launched its new event planning portal to support event organisers to access tools, resources and funding to host their business event in Sydney. The event planning portal has been designed in consultation with customers who run small events and agents to address the challenges they are facing during the event planning process.

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The 2024 Travel Outlook Survey Results: Slicing Up the Paid Media Pie

Advanced Travel and Tourism

Reaching repeat visitors and driving the right prospects requires having multiple paths from engagement to conversion. Based on our recent findings and given all the options at their disposal — both digital and traditional — how are DMO marketers planning to allocate paid media resources in 2024? When asked about directing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds toward marketing efforts, a significant number (18%) indicated they would be spending more on paid media in 2024.

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Unexpected experiences of awe

Conferences that Work

If you saw the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, you surely felt an experience of awe. Even if you weren’t in the path of totality—at my home we were at 96%—it was an awesome experience. The author (on the right) and others enjoying a near-total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 The eclipse could hardly be called unexpected; it had been predicted for hundreds of years.

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Upscale or Casual, Dining Options are Endless—and Delicious—at Ocean Casino Resort

Convene by PCMA

Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, offers world-class dining. The endlessly delicious options for dining at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will set your meeting apart: your attendees will savor every bite. They can enjoy a quiet meal in their well-appointed room or at the impressive collection of renowned restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines in casual and upscale settings.

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The Meetings Show Asia Pacific makes a roaring debut in Singapore 

Travel Daily Media

The post The Meetings Show Asia Pacific makes a roaring debut in Singapore appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Meetings Show Asia Pacific, the region’s leading event for the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) industry, launched its highly successful inaugural edition this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

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Best Event Ticketing Solutions and Platforms in 2024

Eventtia

Choosing the right event ticketing platform can be a game-changer for event managers. One can use ticketing solutions for multiple purposes, including setting up landing pages, creating registration forms, generating invoices, sending automated emails, and more. The right event ticketing platform enables organizers to coordinate every detail in their interaction with the attendees.

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Evolution of the DMC:Renewing Business Relationships with Deeper Trust, Transparency & Understanding

The evolution of the DMC industry requires that it embark upon a renewed relationship with clients that is built upon transparency, trust, and understanding.

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Smart Moves in Chicago, Colorado and More

Smart Meetings

James Barnett James Barnett, Deer Path Inn Deer Path Inn welcomes Barnett as general manager and innkeeper. He will oversee all daily operations at the inn at the monumental moment of its 95 th anniversary this year. Barnett was born in Australia and began his hospitality career at New South Wales ski resort Thredbo, before moving on to general manager roles in London and Chicago.

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Brand identity examples for luxury hotels: how a 'sense of place' can set you apart

EHL Insights

‘Sense of place’ has long been a buzz phrase. Linked to a range of disciplines from urban planning to sociology, nowadays it is increasingly being used in the hospitality industry. It captures the physical aspects, culture and history of a place, as well as its impact on the senses, which can trigger emotions. Over time, it can create feelings of familiarity, comfort and security, as well as a sense of belonging: it’s a place where one feels, quite literally, ‘at home’.

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A Reimagined Omaha is Perfect for Your Meeting

Convene by PCMA

The RiverFront is a highlight of newly enhanced downtown Omaha. Omaha continues to unveil more than $8 billion worth of new development and enhancements that increase the city’s appeal as a meetings and event destination. Three key highlights include The RiverFront, Joslyn Art Museum, and an airport expansion. OMA Airport Last year the Omaha Airport Authority reported its second busiest year in history with more than 5 million passengers passing through the airport.

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The UK and Spain’s travel industries unite at second edition of ‘Spain Sustainability Day’

Travel Daily Media

The post The UK and Spain’s travel industries unite at second edition of ‘Spain Sustainability Day’ appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Spanish and British travel industries were united in the second edition of ‘Spain Sustainability Day’ which took place both in person at The Conduit, London, on 18 April 2024 and via live streaming.

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Maximizing TripAdvisor Reviews: A General Guide for Tour Operators

Tourism Tiger

This is one of the shortest chapters of the book but by no means the least important. here’s a good chance you want to dominate the TripAdvisor rankings. Good news: right here you’ll find the secret behind nearly every tour operator in the top 10 all over the world.

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CMP Spotlight: Get to Know Susan Arts, CMP Fellow

Smart Meetings

Susan Arts , CMP Fellow, shared her favorite quote: “Begin and end each day with a grateful heart.” “If I start with gratitude, it makes it easy to continue being thankful throughout the day,” she says. And of course, her career is one of many things to be thankful for—and proud of. When she was eight years old, she told her parents she dreamed of growing up to be a big-rig truck driver.

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Sign of the Times? GE Sells its Famed Training Facility

MeetingsNet

Changes in the work environment and in the next generation’s mindset mean that in-person corporate meetings must be different—but still must happen. A private group of investors has purchased Crotonville, General Electric’s management-training facility for nearly 70 years, for $22 million and will operate the suburban New York venue as a conference center—which means that business groups can meet in the same spaces that legendary GE CEO Jack Welch educated his management teams.

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Good to the Last Drop: 5 Ways to Enjoy Bourbon in Louisville

Convene by PCMA

For the bourbon-lovers in your group, Louisville is the ultimate destination. Known as Bourbon City, Louisville truly lives up to its name. Once your meetings have ended, attendees have countless options for immersing themselves in Louisville’s thriving bourbon culture. Distillery Tours Louisville boasts a dozen bourbon distilleries, including some that offer tours that take your attendees behind the scenes of the bourbon-making process.

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Pan Pacific Hotels Group introduces “Thoughtful Hospitality: Bespoke Meeting Experiences” 

Travel Daily Media

The post Pan Pacific Hotels Group introduces “Thoughtful Hospitality: Bespoke Meeting Experiences” appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Thoughtful Hospitality: Bespoke Meeting Experiences delivers tailored offerings that embody the unique attributes of the Group’s brands, perfectly aligning with every client’s specific preference.

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9 Experiences to Fall in Love with the Renaissance City: Florence, Italy

Gavel International

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are so many amazing experiences in Florence, Italy that finding time to do all of them may be a challenge! Cradled in a valley crowned by hills, this memorable area is not short on natural beauty. When it comes to man-made allure, the “Renaissance City” is aptly named. Florence is the home of world-class works of art, including Michelangelo’s heralded marble at the Accademia and Renaissance masterpieces.

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New and Renovated: Spaces of Grandeur

Smart Meetings

Feeling classy? These New and Renovated spaces are for you. These new and renovated hotels all share one fabulous commonality: rich, luxurious spaces that transport visitors to what feels like a European castle, with jewel-toned hues, plush furnishings and ambient lighting. Whether you’re meeting in Washington’s wine country or lively New Orleans, you’ll find your event brimming with a feel of decadence and elegance.

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9 Event Technology Trends: Insights From a Gartner® Magic Quadrant™Leader

Bizzaboo

The event industry is propelled by continuously evolving event technology and increasingly demanding and specific attendee expectations. Understanding these transformations is pivotal, so we took a deep dive into the inaugural Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Event Technology Platforms — in which we were proudly named a Leader — so we could share the latest event technology trends with you.

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Embracing the Power of Volunteering

MPI

Volunteering has always been more than just a way to pass the time for me; it's a heartfelt commitment to giving back and making a positive difference in my community.

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Challenges of AI and Maximizing value in the service sector

EHL Insights

Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing not only traditional sectors but also reshaping the very essence of hospitality and service industries. The potential for transformation is vast, yet it's imperative to advance cautiously, striking a delicate balance between technological advancement and preserving the human touch, which remains the cornerstone of the service sector.

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What Event Sponsors Want

Convene by PCMA

As a market research company focused on exhibits and events, EVOLIO Marketing conducts hundreds of surveys a year for various clients, industries, exhibitors, show organizers, corporate events, and more, enabling the company to create benchmarks. “The benchmarks are comprised of a combination of post-event and on-site surveys among mainly medium and large B2B trade shows — 21,269 completed surveys,” Joe Federbush, EVOLIO Marketing’s president and chief strategist, told Convene.

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Smart Moves: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC Appoints Sustainability Concierge

Smart Meetings

Stephanie Miller, sustainability concierge, will guide hotel guests to their most sustainable visits Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is one of the District of Columbia’s largest LEED Silver-certified hotels, and true to its green nature, it has rolled out a new sustainability program , right in time for its 10th anniversary. The program is headed by Stephanie Miller , a local expert on zero waste.

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Event-Management Platforms Have A.I. Doing More for Planners, Attendees

MeetingsNet

For both meeting hosts and participants, A.I.’s ability to quickly scan and analyze lots of data is bringing benefit in several areas. Two technology suppliers recently incorporated A.I. features into their event-management platforms to enhance the attendee’s experience and the host’s results. In mid-April, the convention division of marketing and engagement firm MCI USA rolled out upgrades to its OneSystem Plus event-management platform, that use artificial intelligence to aid both event-planni

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Global Volunteer Month message from Paul Van Deventer

MPI

April is Global Volunteer Month, which provides us a great platform to celebrate volunteer service and the generous spirit of those who give their time selflessly.

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Boost Insurance Agent Sales with Smart Incentives

One10 Marketing

Introduction The insurance industry is moving quickly, it’s time to adapt. The days of motivating insurance agents with old-school methods are fading fast. Instead of relying on outdated tools like spreadsheets and chalkboard leaderboards, it’s time to embrace high-tech solutions for creating and tracking incentives in real-time. This shift ensures agents stay motivated, perform better, and ultimately drives higher sales, representing a significant upgrade in how insurance companies suppor

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Reminder: Tell Us How You Get Inspired!

Special Events

Tell us about your design process for a chance to be featured in the Summer Issue of Special Events Magazine

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Planner Said: Supplier Said—Hope for A Better Partnership Solution

Smart Meetings

The word “partnership” gets thrown around a lot in the events world, but when there are too few ballrooms for too many functions being planned, meeting planners and hotel and destination counterparts often find themselves on the losing end of negotiations that could be win-wins. At Showcase during Business Events Industry Week, a diverse group came together to get to the bottom of what the term really means and how to better replicate the collaborative implications.

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The Benefits of Professional Event Planning Partnerships

MTI Events

Planning an event, whether a corporate conference, a wedding, or a charity fundraiser, involves meticulous coordination, creativity, and attention to detail. While some may opt for a DIY approach, enlisting the expertise of professional event planners can make a world of difference.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week with Ivonne Ledesma

MPI

Ivonne Ledesma (MPI Ecuador Club), CEO at Ecuaultimate in Quito, Ecuador, shares her experience and views of volunteering with MPI.

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Event Management Software Pricing: A Comprehensive Guide

InEvent

Event management software has become essential in organizing and conducting events seamlessly, automating tasks like marketing, registration, coordination, and scheduling. It offers key features such as attendee registration, badge creation, calendar generation, venue space management, and self-service functions, making it invaluable for event planners and organizations.

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News for Professionals: Career Advice and Ideas

Convene by PCMA

Looking for ways to do your job better — or for the latest trends in the world of work? Here’s a roundup of career-related stories selected by the editors of Convene. How Much Does Cell Phone Use Zap Workplace Productivity? Cell phones are ever-present in the modern workplace and an essential tool for many to do their jobs in remote and hybrid environments.

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