August, 2023

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Why Augmented Ads Really Click with Today’s Travelers

Dana Communications

What is an Augmented Ad? Sure, you’ve probably heard about augmented ads and more than likely have been exposed to them, but what is an augmented ad really? In layman’s terms, augmented ads use a digital technology known as augmented reality (AR) which changes a person’s perception of their surroundings when viewed through a device like a smartphone or tablet.

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New and Renovated: Heavenly Hiltons

Smart Meetings

Hilton Hotels from North to South renovate and rebrand From scenic Anchorage, Alaska to sunny Santa Ynez, California, Hilton hotels unveil renovated and rebranded properties. These spaces provide guests with dreamy comfort inside, and stand in locations that inspire guests to explore their surroundings and take in all that their travels have to offer.

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Bridging the Gap Between the C-Suite and the Destination’s Facebook Page: How a Strategic Content Plan Can Keep Marketing Efforts Consistent

Advanced Travel and Tourism

In the dynamic landscape of modern marketing, effective communication among different organizational departments is vital to achieving coherent and impactful campaigns. This holds particularly true for the travel and tourism industry, where successful destination marketing requires collaboration between various teams. Enter the content plan – a strategic roadmap that not only keeps your brand on course but also facilitates seamless interaction among different departments.

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Get to Know ME with Patty Armstrong

Motivation Excellence

Welcome to this month’s edition of Get to Know ME ! We’re spotlighting Patty Armstrong, out of our Traverse City office. Patty is succinct, organized and always ready to be a team player. The cherry on top? She’s an easy smiler! Watch her short video (told you she’s succinct) and we bet you’ll smile along with her! Thanks, Patty for sharing a bit about your life with us this month (and the nautical trivia).

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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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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ‘Actively Practiced at Every Level’

Convene by PCMA

To create a true diversity, equity, and inclusion program, leaders need to do more than observe month-long celebrations, DEI consultant Zoe Moore said at EduCon 2023. Zoe Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Consulting Agency, also known as “Grow with Zomo,” has heard a lot of leaders talk about their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, “but they didn’t have a strategy or a plan,” Moore told attendees in late June at the start of her EduCon 2023 session, “How to Operatio

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How to Transition Your Brand Into the Luxury Market

Special Events

The luxury event market holds a lot of potential, but it comes with unique challenges that industry pros must overcome to find their place and meet clients’ high expectations.

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Fun and Exciting Events Happening Labor Day Weekend

Smart Meetings

Work hard, play hard Labor Day denotes the social and economic achievements of American workers everywhere! In honor of the holiday, Chase Travel gathered the top Labor Day Destinations for travelers. Smart Meetings zeroed in on the top domestic Labor Day destinations and the activities throughout the United States that meeting planners may want to utilize if they’re in the area.

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Team Spotlight: Becky

Advanced Travel and Tourism

We are excited to share our latest team spotlight, Account Executive Becky Mason. Becky covers South Carolina and Coastal Georgia territory and is a joy to have on the team. Becky is originally from Beaufort, South Carolina. She lived in various navy towns across the country after college, mostly Pensacola, Florida for 30 years. A few years ago, she moved back to her hometown – Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Propel Yourself Past Procrastination 

Motivation Excellence

It feels odd that a word with “pro” at the very beginning is actually not a positive. Procrastination is definitely not a word associated with any kind of desired behavior. And if you’re not a PROcrastinator, does that mean you’re an ANTIcrastinator? Something to think about as you read this blog and avoid the next item on your to-do list. ? Procrastination is a habit that can be broken with the right mindset and psychological tools.

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‘Stay the course’ - An MPI volunteer leader in Hawaii shares her story

MPI

Heather Bailey, director of membership - Hawaii for the MPI Oregon Chapter, shares her message about the importance of not canceling visits to Maui and some inspiring stories that highlight the “spirit of Aloha” in the face of adversity.

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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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Newly Expanded Convention Center Rooftop to Bring an Unparalleled Indoor-Outdoor Experience to The Mile-High City

Convene by PCMA

Take in showstopping views from the Colorado Convention Center’s new 20,000 square-foot terrace. With its easy proximity to hotels, restaurants, culture, and nightlife, Denver’s Colorado Convention Center is already a prime meeting spot. But come late 2023, a stunning rooftop expansion will make it the most user-friendly meeting space in the nation.

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Force-Majeure Clauses: Out of Sync with Natural Disasters?

MeetingsNet

Planners should look more carefully at the fine print and consider changing some terms, says industry attorney Joshua Grimes. The wildfires that decimated the resort town of Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of Maui have brought to the fore an important question for meeting and incentive-program planners: Is an event contract’s force-majeure clause written in a way that allows the best decision to be made about whether to hold an event after a natural disaster in a destination?

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Four Things Venues Need from Meeting Planners to Ensure Your Event Goes Smoothly

Smart Meetings

As event managers, our goal at the end of a long-awaited event is to ensure meeting planners and their constituents are happy. But often, as both parties get wrapped up in the endless details and minutia of planning, the overarching goal gets lost. Unfortunately, this can lead to lack of clarity, unclear expectations and a soured experience. Recently, Nashville was named the No. 2 destination for meetings in North America, and one can imagine our event spaces and hotel services at JW Marriott Na

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Innovations in Conservation Tourism: Pioneering a Greener Future

Solimar International

The world is teeming with natural wonders that we must preserve for the benefit of life as we know it. In the post-lockdown world, an increasing number of tourists have planned travel to contribute toward a greener future. We have developed a stronger appreciation and yearning for destinations offering unfamiliar environmental opportunities. The ominous warning signs of climate change have accelerated our desire for ”last chance tourism,” driving us to observe animals and landscapes in dan

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20+ Questions To Ask When Choosing the Best Event Management Software

Bizzaboo

Are you on the hunt for the best event management software? Event software isn’t created equally. These 20+ questions will help you choose the best software partner for your organization’s unique event needs. The events industry has seen a considerable influx of event software over the past few years, and it’s no surprise. The pandemic accelerated the need for solutions to help event organizers plan, execute, and measure the success of virtual, in-person, and hybrid events.

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The Beauty of Oman: 5 Dazzling Event Venues

inVOYAGE

Guest Article: by Pure Arabia DMC Oman, a land of breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, offers a treasure trove of award-winning venues and unforgettable experiences. From ancient forts to luxurious resorts set amidst natural wonders, read on to discover 5 of Oman’s most exceptional event venues… Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel - Muscat: Nestled between the majestic Hajar Mountains and the azure waters of the Gulf of Oman, Al Bustan Palace lies in an oasis of comfort

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Discover Why Cleveland is The Land of Exceeding Expectations

Convene by PCMA

Cleveland boasts a lively dining and nightlife scene. With the attractions of a first-tier city but the accessibility and friendliness of a more intimate destination, Cleveland — known to locals simply as The Land — may be the Midwest meeting destination you didn’t know you needed. World class attractions… Whether it’s a tour of the Cleveland Botanical Garden or a quiet afternoon in the Museum of Contemporary Art , an excursion within a stone’s throw of your meeting offers a great way to unwind.

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Airlines Are Shifting Flight Schedules, Complicating Meetings Travel

MeetingsNet

With leisure travel strong and transient business travel well below pre-pandemic levels, the number of flights into and out of some big cities are being cut. In a business where fewer than 20 percent of customers once delivered more than 50 percent of total profits, it’s not surprising that those customers received preferential treatment. In the case of airlines operating before the Covid pandemic, it was their business travelers who received preferences, one of which was more flights operating

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What One Thing? Considering Other People’s Happiness with Lisa Messina

Smart Meetings

On this episode of What One Thing? Marin Bright, CEO and founder of Smart Meetings, is joined by Lisa Messina, chief sales officer of Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, to discuss her journey through the hospitality industry, leaning into change and keeping a perspective on the role you play in other people’s happiness. Don’t Miss a Podcast Drop.

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Role of Tourism Consultants: Secret to Success

Solimar International

The Secret Behind Thriving Travel Destinations At the heart of every successful tourist destination, the essential role of tourism consultants operates like a well-kept secret. Their work is multifaceted and dynamic, shifting from one project to the next, each day offering a unique set of challenges. However, the proficiency they bring to international development, tourism, and marketing industries is irrefutable.

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Event Management Skills: What You Need to Know and How to Improve Them

InEvent

Whether you are a seasoned planner with years of experience or an aspiring planner planning the first event, you must improve your skills. Each event is unique and requires proper planning. Therefore, you cannot set rules that match all your settings. Events are like milestones; you need a goal and steps to achieve them. You … Post Event Management Skills: What You Need to Know and How to Improve Them showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Event Registration: Everything You Need To Know About Ticketing for Events

Bizzaboo

Event ticketing and registration are the first — and perhaps most important — opportunities to impress attendees with a seamless, personalized experience and set the stage for a successful event. In a post-pandemic, in-person-first world, ticketing is vital for getting participants onboarded to your full event experience. Luckily, according to Bizzabo’s The state of in-person B2B conferences report , 61.7% of event organizers have seen growth in registration.

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Relationships are Key to Growth for OVG360

Convene by PCMA

Oak View Group Town Hall Meeting at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. What makes one venue management company stand out from the rest? If you ask the team at Oak View Group’s OVG360, they’ll tell you it’s the relationships they nurture that make the difference. With a goal to serve as disruptors to the status quo, Oak View Group founders Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff brought sports and music industry relationships to the enterprise, leveraging wide-ranging partnerships and a roste

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’Tis the Season for Industry Acquisitions

MeetingsNet

Freeman strengthens its corporate presence with an agency pick-up; EventMobi buys a virtual-events platform to boost its hybrid-meeting abilities; and Hopin sells its core products to a videoconferencing competitor. So much for summer being a slightly slower time for the meetings industry—three big business deals took place in one week in late July.

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Get Ready for a Human-centered IMEX America 2023

Smart Meetings

Learning tracks cover challenges that keep meeting professionals up at night When what is expected to be the largest crowd ever for an events industry trade show arrives at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas in October for IMEX America 2023 , the focus will squarely be on connecting people in new, effective ways. Smart Meetings sat down with Tahira Endean , head of programme for IMEX Group, to discuss how the talking point of Human Nature will be woven through the experience during the

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Maldives to become the official island travel partner of ITB China 2023

Travel Daily Media

The post Maldives to become the official island travel partner of ITB China 2023 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. The dedicated Maldives stand will serve as the centerpiece of the island republic’s extended presence at ITB China 2023. Here, 33 companies will be co-exhibiting with the Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), providing the perfect opportunity for domestic tourism professionals to connect with the Maldivian travel trade, establish new bu

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Tourism Businesses: How to Get the Most Out of Your Email List

Tourism Tiger

“What should I send in my emails?” Ahh, the universal question. If you’re like most people who haven’t yet tried email campaigns, you may be scared of annoying people with spam. Before we get on to that, there’s three types of people who would be on your list: hot prospects, long-term prospects and past guests.

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How to Throw an Epic Pool Party

Achieve Incentives

Heading somewhere warm for your corporate retreat or incentive program ? Awesome. We are here to help you level up the fun factor. Here’s how: host an epic pool party that will step up the vibe. Pool parties are a great way to gather a large group in one place and provide an opportunity to connect with no agenda. To make it truly epic, it’s important to add a few memorable extras that will keep your attendees hyped about the event for years to come.

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Discover the Meaningful Sustainability Efforts in Greater Miami and Miami Beach

Convene by PCMA

The Greater Miami area is known for beautiful beaches, a thriving cultural scene, and as a global, cosmopolitan destination. The Greater Miami and Miami Beach region is also making great strides in sustainability practices. For meeting planners who are looking to include sustainable elements in their events, there are various recent efforts to consider.

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Icebreaker Events at Meetings: More Critical Than Ever

MeetingsNet

After the pandemic and in the remote-work environment, it’s not enough to simply plan a meeting and have people show up. Many employees’ social skills have suffered in recent years—something that planners can proactively address. A break of nearly two years from most personal interactions, including standing face-to-face with professional colleagues, has likely taken a toll on the social skills of many people.

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Smart Leaders: Understanding the Collective Experience

Smart Meetings

Executive Director of Tourism Diversity Matters Greg DeShields discusses: The Importance of Belonging The Collective Experience: 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference , driven by the thought leadership of Tourism Diversity Matters (TDM), is dedicated to exchanging insights and concepts about best practices for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB).

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The Art Of Social Media For Event Planners: Event Promotion

InEvent

The power of social media is undeniable; we all know how powerful and to what extent it can outrage its horizon. Likewise, in event planning, it can do wonders. In early 2023, an Event Manager blog revealed that “social media is of high importance to event profs,” and particularly with “event planning,” it has stated … Post The Art Of Social Media For Event Planners: Event Promotion showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Phukets farm-to-table movement takes centre stage at PHIST 2023, Southeast Asia’s largest sustainability event

Travel Daily Media

The post Phukets farm-to-table movement takes centre stage at PHIST 2023, Southeast Asia’s largest sustainability event appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Phuket’s farm-to-table culinary movement is shaping a sustainable future for hotels across the region The flourishing farm-to-fork movement will take centre stage at PHIST 2023 (Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism), as a group of leading chefs demonstrate how Michelin ratings can raise the bar for sustainabi

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Rachel Deloffre Promoted to Vice President, Creative Services

DCI

DCI is excited to announce the promotion of Rachel Deloffre to Vice President, Creative Services. Rachel has been a steady force at DCI for a dozen years, always willing to step in and step up to handle a variety of clients whenever needed given her long tenure and breadth and depth of experience. She is one of the longtime DCI West staffers who first helped to build DCI’s public relations service, and more recently DCI’s marketing strategy, branding, creative and site selection consultant ser

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Score Big with a Meeting in Greater Lansing

Convene by PCMA

The Michigan State football season adds excitement to fall meetings in Greater Lansing. Photo © 2015 Michigan State University Board of Trustees Fall is a special time of year in Greater Lansing. While the leaves turn golden and red, everyone roots for the green and white—the Michigan State Spartans. The excitement of Big Ten conference football spreads from Spartan Stadium in East Lansing to the state capital of Lansing, just three miles away.

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