March, 2023

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3 Business Traveler Pain Points (And 8 Solutions You Can Provide!)

Dana Communications

A Global Business Travel Association industry poll indicates a massive uptick in business trips for 2023, with 78% of travel managers and 85% of travel suppliers expecting higher or much higher numbers year-over-year. With slightly rusty skills likely to exacerbate these road warriors’ frustrations, we’ve unpacked three business traveler pain points — and eight solutions your resort or hotel can provide.

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GMID 2023: Looking Towards the Future

Smart Meetings

How the industry is celebrating and what you can do to support March 30 th marks Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) 2023 and there is more excitement than ever. This year’s focus is #MeetingsMatter, a reference to reminding the business world that meetings are important and a call to action for building a foundation that breeds success for the future.

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Key European tourism stakeholders co-sign a Code of Conduct on data sharing in tourism

ETC Corporate

In a move to respond to the digital transition of the tourism industry, 20 organisations representing the travel and tourism sector at European level agreed to sign a Code of Conduct on data sharing in the tourism sector. This non-binding document clarifies the main aspects to consider in data sharing agreements and should help to build trust and foster data sharing agreements.

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Client Spotlight: South Carolina Artisans Center

Advanced Travel and Tourism

You could hunt all over the state for authentic handcrafted art representing South Carolina’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. Or you could pop over to the South Carolina Artisans Center to explore the handcrafted Art by handpicked Artists – see, touch, smell, taste, and shop art. Located in Walterboro and founded in 1994, the state’s official folk art and craft center is a one-stop showcase for fine handmade crafts of every imaginable variety and media, from Gullah sweetg

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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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Get to Know ME with Lilly Jobes

Motivation Excellence

Lilly Jobes started as a travel program coordinator in the late summer of 2022, and everyone who has worked with her has nothing but compliments to cast her way! She may be soft-spoken, but she’s not necessarily shy. She’s also up for trying new things, experiencing new cultures and rescuing animals! Read below and watch our one minute video interview to Get to Know Lilly this month.

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US Passport Processing Times Extended Again Amid ‘Unprecedented Demand’

Travel Pulse

The processing time for US passport applications and renewals has increased again, as State Department employees scramble to keep up with an unprecedented number of submissions.

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Smart Moves: Food and Beverage

Smart Meetings

Harris Sakalis Sakalis is executive chef for Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s Globe@YVR Restaurant and Jetside Lounge. Sakalis arrived in Canada from Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2016, at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta as executive chef, his most recent role. He has also worked as executive chef for Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda and Rosewood Abu Dhabi as chef de cuisine.

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Europe needs return of long-haul travel to sustain recovery

ETC Corporate

The European Travel Commission (ETC) today hosted a joint press conference with Tourism Economics and European Tourism Association (ETOA) at ITB Berlin on the state of long-haul travel recovery to Europe and expectations for 2023. The organisations stated that the return of long-haul arrivals is necessary for complete recovery of visitor spend and the associated benefits needed to support the.

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Obsessed with conferences

Conferences that Work

Hey, meeting planners! Yes, you , you know who you are. Are you obsessed with conferences? Well…hopefully not to the same extent as George Meyer. Speedboats have been a lifelong diversion. Scotch, a serious problem. Yet no vice bedevils me like my one desperate fixation, my shameful ravening itch: I simply must attend conferences. — George Meyer , My Undoing: Obsessed with conferences , The New Yorker, May 28, 2007 Of course, every good meeting planner is fixated on the details of the events w

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Conflict Resolution: Find the Solution that Works for You!

Motivation Excellence

Ever feel like you run into conflict with the same person again and again? Maybe it’s a coworker, or a family member, or a friend of a friend. Sometimes personalities just clash, and it’s not necessarily always one person’s fault. (Although, honestly, we all run into people who seem to make it their goal to make your day a little harder.) Knowing that we all face individuals, or situations, that make us want to scream, or run away, or break out in tears, having conflict resolution tools at our d

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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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A Host Facility’s Energy Sources: What Planners Should Know

MeetingsNet

To achieve true sustainability, planners should understand where the energy comes from that's powering their meetings. Here's how to do that—with or without the venue's assistance. An event venue’s power source has a notable effect on a meeting’s total carbon emissions. After all, a hotel that’s connected to a regional utility whose power is, say, 80 percent derived from fossil fuels produces significantly more carbon than a hotel whose regional utility uses 40 percent fossil fuel

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What Does an Event in the Metaverse Look Like?

Convene by PCMA

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting participants met at the underwater table in the Kelp Conference Room in the Global Collaboration Village. (Courtesy of Accenture) Convene editors gathered ideas and insights from a variety of sources to examine what the metaverse is and how business events professionals are and will be using it in the future. This is one in a series of stories (see list at bottom) from the March/April issue of Convene.

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In the Cloud We Trust

Smart Meetings

How meeting profs can keep event data safe with the latest cybersecurity tools You don’t want to be the next data leak to hit the headlines. Maintaining the security and protection of your organization’s information is a requirement for producing a successful event. Your attendees trust you and are counting on you to treat their information with the utmost care.

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Frequent Business Traveler? These Toiletry Bags Can Stand Up to the Test.

Hotel Engine

Finding the perfect toiletry bag is important. Traveling will take you out of your ‘home domain.’ This change means that you will need to find a way to make your morning and evening hygiene routines as straightforward as possible. In other words—you’re going to need a toiletry bag that’ll help […] The post Frequent Business Traveler?

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Industry Voices Call for Global Effort to Bring About Climate-Ready Travel

Travel Pulse

"Envisioning Tourism in 2030 & Beyond" provides a glimpse into what the travel industry should be doing now to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

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The Best Outdoor Activities for Team Building (With Planner Checklist)

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: In the age of Zoom fatigue and hybrid work, outdoor activities are an ideal solution for team-building exercises that re-energize participants and build company culture. Discover eleven inspiring ideas grounded in real-world Arizona adventures, and download the accompanying free planner checklist to make sure your outdoor event goes off without a hitch.

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Hot Topics, Top Fees: 2023 Speaker Study

MeetingsNet

The newest Speaking Industry Benchmark Report is out with details on this year’s hot topics, what speakers are charging (and what planners are paying), and more. Demand is hot for speakers who address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. In fact, event professionals are just as eager to find DEI-focused speakers as those who address time-honored topics around leadership and motivation.

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The Third-Most Stressful Job in the World

Convene by PCMA

Event planners are experiencing sticker shock from rising costs for audiovisual, food and beverage, and other direct meeting expenses. (Whatever Media Group) According to a study by the World Scholarship Vault , event planner stress levels are hitting a new high — the third-most stressful job in the world for 2023. Meanwhile, nearly every article I read or industry panel I attend is proclaiming that our industry is nearing a full recovery.

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5 Irish Lessons in Storytelling Meeting Profs Need to Know

Smart Meetings

On St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, folks Irish, a little Irish and not Irish at all embrace the “wearin’ of the green” and all things Emerald Isle. While a lot of those tropes are stereotypes, the Irish love of storytelling is not and it’s a concept that meeting planners can embrace and learn from. In Irish culture, the storyteller is called a seanchaí which means “bearer of old lore.

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Small Business Guide to Corporate Travel Planning

Hotel Engine

When you run a small business, your success comes from maintaining a good balance of the critical factors. But how do you juggle a corporate travel budget while still keeping your bank account above water? Business trips can be an integral part of your company’s objectives. Adding up all the basic […] The post Small Business Guide to Corporate Travel Planning appeared first on Hotel Engine.

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Travel Industry Unites To Help Travelers Find Sustainable Options

Travel Pulse

The new website Journey to Clean aims to help travelers learn about the sustainability practices and efforts of well-known travel industry companies and brands.

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Food Donation After an Event Is Now Easier Than Ever

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: President Joe Biden recently signed the Food Donation Improvement Act into law. This legislation makes donating food easier than ever, welcome news for the meetings industry.

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Are You an Event Technologist—but Your Bosses Don’t Know It?

MeetingsNet

A recent MeetingsNet webinar addressed the role of event technologist in both strategy and logistics, and how planners seeking to be one can get their executives to buy into this now-critical skill set. Although the Covid pandemic is firmly in the rear-view mirror, the waves it created across the business-events industry will be permanent. A far greater reliance on technology has come to the meeting-planning task, producing a new role that many planners don’t realize has an actual name: event te

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Remarkable Canadians Take to the TED Stage

Convene by PCMA

Kris Alexander, professor of Video Game Design, Virtual Production, and Esports Broadcasting at Toronto Metropolitan University, delivers a TED Talk in New York City that is part of the TED@Destination Canada. (Gilberto Tadday/TED) The iconic TED conference has been bringing its speakers and audience to Vancouver since 2015. Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, Destination Canada and TED reversed those dynamics and brought the best of Canada to the TED Theater in New York City last month.

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Cvent Will Go Private Again After $4.6B Sale to Blackstone

Smart Meetings

Event technology company Cvent announced that after going public for a second time in 2021 through a special acquisition at a valuation of $5.3 billion, it will be acquired by a New York-based private equity fund managed by Blackstone for $4.6 billion. The highly anticipated deal represents an $8.50 per share price for stockholders, a 52% premium over the 90-day running average prior to Jan. 30, the day before reports of a potential transaction were published.

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Meetingselect announces award-winning industry Powerhouse Rachel Havas as Cluster Director for Americas

Travel Daily News

AMSTERDAM – Meetingselect , leading marketplace for meeting venues, group bookings, and workspaces, announces the appointment of Rachel Havas as Cluster Director of Latin and North America (LATAM & NORAM). Havas brings nearly three decades of world-class experience, including time as Executive Director of the logistic for Sponsor Programs during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and Country Special Houses operations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Meet Sylecia Johnston, Solimar’s New DMO Solution Lead

Solimar International

Solimar International is known globally for our significant work in sustainable tourism initiatives. Engaging in enterprise readiness schemes, developing destination management organizations (DMO), and creating responsible tourism practices, the company is leading the way in countries that have huge economic potential for tourism post-COVID. And no one is better suited to help develop and achieve Solimar’s goals than Sylecia Johnston, our new project manager and DMO Development Solution lead.

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Bleisure Recommendations for the Top Business Travel Destinations

Hotel Engine

Combining business trips with a bit of fun in your free time is the newest trend in travel. While traveling for work is something people have done for centuries, today’s generations want to optimize their schedule and enjoy life, too. Enter bleisure travel. It’s traveling that mixes business and leisure […] The post Bleisure Recommendations for the Top Business Travel Destinations appeared first on Hotel Engine.

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Drukyul’s Literature Festival by Bhutan Echoes to be held from 4th – 6th August 2023

Travel Daily Media

The post Drukyul’s Literature Festival by Bhutan Echoes to be held from 4th – 6th August 2023 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Bhutan’s Department of Tourism (DoT) has confirmed that the Drukyul’s Literature Festival by Bhutan Echoes will be held from 4 th to 6 th August 2023 in the capital Thimphu. The annual literature festival, organized independently by Bhutan Echoes, a literature and arts initiative, aims to celebrate works of literature and arts by Bhutanese and

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5 Reasons to Choose Detroit For Your Next Meeting

Convene by PCMA

Detroit is awash in accolades – including being named to TIME’s most recent list of the top 50 places to visit and winning first place awards from USA Today in 2023 for best riverwalk, art museum, public square and holiday parade. The city these publications are applauding is also a great place to do business. Let’s take a closer look at five great reasons to choose Detroit for your next meeting – its cuisine, hotels, venues, entertainment, and unique culture.

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A Band of Female Event Producers

Smart Meetings

One woman’s approach to bringing other technicians on the AV career track “I have been referred to for years as ‘the AV guy,’” Anca Platon Trifan, CMP, DES, founder, creator and event producer of Tree-fan Events , shared within minutes of jumping on our Zoom call. “Words matter and we need to change the vernacular. Otherwise, we are assigning that position to a certain type of person and it makes it difficult for a woman to picture herself in that role.

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Choose How YOU Cruise

Fox World Travel

Hi! I’m Elizabeth Klitzka, Vacation Travel Advisor in Sheboygan. With a career in the travel industry for nearly 28 years, I know a thing or two about the best ways to travel. Personally, cruising is my favorite way to see multiple destinations in a short period of time. Whether you’re contemplating your first cruise or […] The post Choose How YOU Cruise appeared first on Fox World Travel.

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Seaweed Swath Twice the Size of the US Threatens Spring and Summer Tourism

Travel Pulse

This year’s Sargassum algae bloom in the Atlantic began growing early and is now roughly 5,000 miles wide, and it’s headed toward Florida, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean beaches.

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Hacks for Getting Better Accommodations at Entrepreneurship Conferences

Hotel Engine

Entrepreneurship conferences are always awesome. They allow you to network with other entrepreneurs and to learn new skills that you can use to take your business to the next level. Whether you’re a keynote speaker at a blockchain research conference or you’re heading to a global summit to pitch your […] The post Hacks for Getting Better Accommodations at Entrepreneurship Conferences appeared first on Hotel Engine.

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Bookmark These Top 30 Websites for Event Planners

Bizzaboo

We’ve compiled a list of websites for event planners so some of the hardest-working professionals can complete every task on their list. Ready to dive straight in? Browse the list or skip through the table of contents: Table of Contents News Websites and Blogs for Event Planners Websites for Event Industry Memberships, Certificates, and Certifications Websites for Finding Event Venue Websites for Researching Event Technology Get Started: Bookmark the Best Event Planning Websites News Websites an

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