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Super Bowl LIX: As Las Vegas Cools Down, New Orleans Heats Up

Smart Meetings

The Big Easy prepares for its 11th Super Bowl When the NFL added another week to its usual 17-week schedule in 2021, this created a small problem between the Super Bowl LVIII and this year’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans. As a result, 2025’s Super Bowl was moved to New Orleans and Super Bowl LVIII took place in Las Vegas, a first for the city and accompanied by much fanfare.

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Motivation Excellence

BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE Following the lethargic recovery from the Great Recession, a nationally ranked and independently owned HVAC and plumbing distributor wanted to drive incremental sales and gain market share with an energetic and engaging self-funded travel incentive for their loyal customers and preferred prospects. Creating A Solution Working with our client’s financial and marketing teams, we examined historic sales, GP, and growth potential to develop a meticulous and reasonable goal-

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Unique Wedding Destinations: Finding Love in Hidden Gems – Escape the Ordinary, Embrace the Extraordinary

Traveler's Q

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but you don’t have to settle for a cookie-cutter ceremony. If you’re looking for unique wedding destinations to make your special day unforgettable, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll dive into how to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary with hidden gem locations, eco-friendly options, and budget-friendly nuptials.

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A.I. Is Accelerating Meetings-Related Tech

MeetingsNet

At Mobile World Congress 2024, the rapid advance of artificial intelligence is on display through “spatial computing” applications that will affect meetings, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D teleconferencing. While the 2024 edition of Mobile World Congress, which began on February 26 in Barcelona, still is not drawing as many attendees as it did before the Covid pandemic—109,000 people came in 2019 versus about 95,000 this year—it’s not because the rate of innovation in commu

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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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New FTC Rule Addresses Common Event Scams

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: A new ruling by the Federal Trade Commission targets scammers seeking to rip off the business events industry, paving the way for direct monetary compensation from bad actors.

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Notes From the Road: Healing in Paradise

Smart Meetings

South Florida offers luxury, wellness and experiences Touring through South Florida was almost an international experience as I explored all the different influences Marriott International has interwoven into their hospitality, culinary and wellness offerings. A true melting pot of culture, wellness and professional amenities, South Florida offers accessible luxury with innovative holistic approaches on the gorgeous Atlantic coast.

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Use spectives to unlock the full potential of conferences

Conferences that Work

During a 1992 conference, I created the first of what I now call spectives. A spective is a plenary closing session that combines a retrospective (looking back at what just happened) with a prospective (looking forward into the future). My visual metaphor for a spective is the two-faced Roman god Janus, who was “the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and endings” [Fun fact: The month of January is named for Janus.

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Labor Double-Whammy for Hotels Affects Planners, Too

MeetingsNet

Even as they pay front-line employees the highest average hourly rate ever, more than two-thirds of properties nationwide still have notable staffing shortages. December 2023 saw the highest average hourly rate ever for front-line employees at hotels across the country: $23.91, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even so, 67 percent of more than 400 hotel managers who responded to the latest survey conducted by the American Hotel and Lodging Association say they still face a staffi

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How AI-powered chatbots can increase direct bookings and guest engagement   

Leonardo

AI-powered chatbots are transforming how hotels engage with their guests. Putting a chatbot on your website gives you another avenue to engage with both guests and potential guests. When implemented correctly, these virtual concierges are not just a trend; they are a game-changer that can answer questions, convert potential guests, and greet loyal customers.

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NAMM: Harmonizing Innovation

Smart Meetings

Behind the scenes of The NAMM Show In January, Smart Meetings had the privilege of attending The NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, California. Smart Meetings sat down with Cindy Sample, Director of Trade Show Operations at NAMM , to get a better sense of how the show came together between working with Visit Anaheim, security set-up, and the inclusion of AI within the many discussions that took place this year.

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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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TourReview ranks Germany as the number 10 top European destination

Travel Daily Media

The post TourReview ranks Germany as the number 10 top European destination appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Ahead of Arival and ITB Berlin next week, TourReview – the technology-driven travel review platform for the tours and activities sector – unveils Germany as the number ten ranked destination in Europe based on traveller reviews and also reveals the top five cities with the highest travel quality attractions and activities in Germany.

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The New Age of Data-Driven Event Strategies

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: In the quest to navigate the event data deluge, the real challenge lies in separating insightful narratives from mere numbers. It's the human touch—crafting memorable experiences and compelling stories—that will ultimately define the success of events in the data-driven age.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Website Design Language – Glossary & Basics

Tourism Tiger

Unlock the secrets of effective web design for tourism businesses with this basic guide, explaining key terms and language.

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‘Programming Stellar Content That Connects With an Audience’

Convene by PCMA

Potential event attendees still enjoy meeting in person, but they want to make sure they go to the events that are right for them, said Monique Ruff-Bell, TED’s chief program and strategy officer. TED is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. How has the iconic conference exploring the intersection of technology, entertainment, and design — which crafted the compelling 18-minutes-or-under presentation that has become a model for many events — evolved?

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Wellness Tips for Meetings and Events

Smart Meetings

How to effectively bringing health and happenings together Everyone seems to be looking for health and wellness tips to improve event attendee experiences. Whether it’s non-alcoholic beverage offerings or wellness activities such as electrolyte IVs, the demand is surging for event programming that promotes a healthy lifestyle and supports a vast array of drinking choices.

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Business Events Australian: A look into the future

Travel Daily Media

The post Business Events Australian: A look into the future appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. In a recent conversation at AIME 2024 with Robin Mack, the Executive General Manager of Commercial & Business Events Australia, he shared his insights on the current state and future of business events in Australia. Rob expressed optimism about the future of business events, highlighting their importance to Tourism Australia’s leisure and business sectors.

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Why Pipeline Is the Ultimate Goal of Building Communities

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Sales pipeline and community engagement aren't inherently at odds. When the balance is right, companies can successfully foster, support and monetize communities that positively affect their profits.

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The Art of Name Badge Design: A Guide with Templates

Bizzaboo

Name badges play a crucial role in unforgettable and meaningful event experiences. Whether attendees find themselves at conferences, corporate events, or gatherings, name badges make it easier to network with other folks, promoting engagement and communication. Name badges also boost event security since they often include barcodes or RFID chips that help control access to certain areas of the event venue.

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6 current social media trends for hoteliers in 2024

EHL Insights

The hotel and hospitality industry evolves quickly to keep up with shifting consumer preferences and technological advances. In this constantly shifting landscape, social media can be a powerful tool that helps you showcase your offering, build a relationship with your customers, improve customer service, and enhance your brand.

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The Story Behind the 2024 Smart Women in Meetings Awards

Smart Meetings

A community of female leaders built on welcoming others emphasizes the power of belonging The announcement of the 2024 Smart Women in Meetings Award winners that went out Friday swelled the ranks of leaders honored to more than 1,000 strong. The seeds of that powerful community were planted nine years ago in a ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. Smart Meetings founder Marin Bright built her career in hospitality, first in luxury hotels at Mandarin Oriental and then in the meetings and events B

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AIME 2024: Fostering  Growth at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Travel Daily Media

The post AIME 2024: Fostering Growth at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Asia Pacific Incentive and Meetings Event (AIME) returned triumphantly to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on February 19-21. AIME 2024 reached a significant milestone, being the largest in a decade.

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WEC: Elevating events through rock ‘n’ roll and neuroscience

MPI

“We combine the secrets of the greatest rockstar performers, simple neuroscience techniques, unique kinetic interaction, live musical performance and an exclusive multimedia experience.

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Speaker Trends for This Year’s Business Events

MeetingsNet

Economic, cultural, and technological issues are impacting who makes it onto the podium at meeting and conventions. The Speaking Industry Benchmark Report produced by AAE Speakers Bureau compiles data from both event organizers and keynote speakers to better understand the issues and trends affecting the speaker-booking process. While the full 2024 report will be released on March 26th, Jennifer Best, vice president of marketing at AAE, shared some early data from this year’s survey results with

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Exploring Dr. Blengini's Sabbatical: Reigniting a Passion for Research

EHL Insights

Welcome to the regular Q&A feature where we shine the spotlight on our EHL research faculty and their current work. With a view to going behind the scenes to better understand the fascinating, impactful world of research, the EHL Institutional Visibility team will be regularly catching up with an EHL researcher whose work is making a difference in both classroom and industry.

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Smart Moves in Hawaii, Las Vegas and More

Smart Meetings

Austin Gardner Gardner is vice president of business development for Staypineapple Hotels Inc. , based in Bellevue, Washington. Gardner has more than 13 years working in hospitality sales and marketing—specifically with independent hotels—most recently as regional vice president of sales for Oxford Collection Hotels. Daniel Scott Scott is Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort ’s managing director.

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AIME where the Asia Pacific Events Industry meets: A vision for future growth

Travel Daily Media

The post AIME where the Asia Pacific Events Industry meets: A vision for future growth appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. While at AIME, Brand TD spoke with Matt Pearce, CEO of Talk2 Media and Events. The discussion focused on Australia’s dynamic landscape of business events and the sector’s future potential. Taking a forward-thinking attitude, Pearce voiced confidence and enthusiasm for the future of business events, acknowledging its critical role in Australia̵

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The Ultimate Scottsdale, AZ Bucket List: 12 Must-Try Experiences

Redfin

Scottsdale is known for beautiful scenery, a vibrant arts scene, and upscale charm, but that’s just the beginning of everything this city has to offer. When exploring and learning more about Scottsdale, It’s hard not to be captivated by the rich culture of this town and start to explore renting an apartment in Scottsdale or even buying a home in the city.

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Meet our Top 25 Black Professionals in the Events Industry.

InEvent

In a world where diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognized as pillars of success, it’s essential to spotlight those who are paving the way for future generations in every industry. The events industry, with its unique blend of creativity, logistics, and customer service, is no exception. This vibrant sector thrives on the contributions of professionals … Post Meet our Top 25 Black Professionals in the Events Industry. showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Product Launch: Ten Ways to Create a Lasting Impression

Blue Spark Event Design

Making a lasting impression on your audience during a product launch involves strategic thinking, innovation, and flawless implementation. Whether it’s setting the right brand tone, engaging your attendees in the brand narrative, or fostering a sense of pride in being connected to your company or product, product launches offer a prime chance to showcase your brand essence and achieve your launch objectives.

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New and Renovated: Waterside vs. City Skyline Views

Smart Meetings

A battle between two equally attractive forces commences There may be no settings at more opposite ends than lakeside properties and those that sit in a downtown area. Both respectable in their own right, each come with a different vibe and cater to a certain kind of person, or a certain kind of mood. The properties below are on either side, offering a stay with sights of slow flowing waves or gorgeous city landscapes.

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11th Arab Aviation Summit calls for strategic investments in tech, sustainability, and skill

Travel Daily Media

The post 11th Arab Aviation Summit calls for strategic investments in tech, sustainability, and skill appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The impact of advanced technologies and changing consumer expectations, and the need for greater collaboration to drive sustainable investments in the aviation sector, dominated discussions at the 2024 edition of the Arab Aviation Summit (AAS) that concluded at Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Centre in Ras Al Khaimah.

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Beyond the Strip: Discovering 10 Beautiful Places in Las Vegas

Redfin

When we think of Las Vegas, NV the bright lights and commotion of the famous Strip often come to mind. However, beyond the frenzy and bustling casinos lies a city with a surprising array of natural wonders, cultural gems, and breathtaking landscapes. In this Redfin post, we’ll delve into some of the most beautiful places in Las Vegas that showcase the city’s diverse and captivating beauty.

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A Look at Planners’ Powerful Partners: CSMs

MeetingsNet

The newest award-winning convention services manager dishes on all the things CSMs can do for planners: “We’re like Siri for the destination.” It’s tough to imagine a meeting that might run more smoothly than the Event Services Professionals Association’s annual conference, the most recent edition of which took place in late January in Indianapolis.

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15 Black History Month Workplace Ideas to Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion.

InEvent

Black History Month is an important time to honor the achievements and contributions of black individuals throughout history. It is also a great workplace opportunity to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. This article will explore 15 brilliant ideas to help you organize meaningful Black History Month workplace celebrations. From employee luncheons to community service events, … Post 15 Black History Month Workplace Ideas to Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion. showed as first in InEv

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Navigating the Thrills of Event Innovation

Smart Meetings

How to adopt a growth mindset from psychology of leadership expert Ryan Dohrn Let’s face it. New ideas can be terrifying. Whether it is new faces across the negotiating table, evolving event technology or looming AI adoption , taking a risk is not something that comes naturally to many meeting professionals. That is why we dedicated our February Extraordinary Experience at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas to innovation in all its forms.

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