March, 2024

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Applications now open for the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2024

ETC Corporate

For the seventh year in a row, ETC continues its partnership with the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), Europa Nostra and the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) to encourage the development of sustainable cultural tourism practices in European destinations.

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Women in Leadership: General Managers

Smart Meetings

Women are taking the lead in GM roles Smart Meetings continues to celebrate Women’s History Month! We are highlighting women who have worked their way up and earned the position of General Manager (GM) to show our appreciation for their dedication to hospitality, their genuine passion for helping others and for standing strong in an industry where men still dominate the majority of leadership roles.

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ADMEI Welcomes Denise Malo, DMCP, as New Board President

ADMEI

ADMEI Welcomes Denise Malo, DMCP, as New Board President WIMBERLEY, Texas (19 March 2024) As the Destination Management industry evolves and experiences significant growth, the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) remains committed to ensuring strong leadership that represents the diversity of DMCs worldwide. In line with this commitment, ADMEI is pleased to announce the election of Denise Malo, DMCP, of BBC Events, a Global DMC Partner, as its 2024 president.

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Is It Time For A Rebrand?

Dana Communications

At Dana, our core belief is this: A brand is not just a logo, symbol or tagline – it is a living entity, a collection of perceptions and beliefs that live in the hearts and minds of your customers. And, like any living entity, a brand has to grow and evolve. Sometimes the need for change is obvious (check out our Brand Reckoning blog here ). Other times, not so much.

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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 Brittany Cerillos

Motivation Excellence

Brittany Cerillos joined our Travel Department in the last year and made an impression instantly. She’s got a happy, can-do attitude and if you pass a bar with karaoke, you know she’s going to duck inside for a moment (or two). When you read below and watch her short video, you’ll be able to see her spark too! Thanks Brittany, for being our Get to Know ME subject this month!

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Why incentive travel professionals should follow Irish farmers by adapting to, and adopting AI

Pádraic Gilligan

Pádraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer, SITE & Managing Partner, SoolNua AI is not new on the Wild Atlantic Way AI is not at all new in Ireland, at least not along the Wild Atlantic Way or in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Since the 1940s, it has been a thing in rural Ireland where I have deep. Read more » The post Why incentive travel professionals should follow Irish farmers by adapting to, and adopting AI appeared first on padraicino.

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Event Experts Talk Connection at CMP Advance

Smart Meetings

Where Certified Meeting Professionals gather, connection and innovation flourish From March 11-13, 2024, events industry professionals who hold the esteemed Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation gathered in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York. Between enlightening presentations, sessions with expert panels and bustling networking receptions, the 200 CMPs in attendance—about 70% of them planners and 30% on the supplier side—left with a treasure trove of knowledge around today’s highest-

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Reflections on ADMEI 2024 Annual Conference: “In the Zone”

ADMEI

Reflections on ADMEI 2024 Annual Conference: “In the Zone” 20 March 2024 The 2024 ADMEI Annual Conference, aptly themed "In the Zone," delivered a powerful punch of education, networking, and industry insights for Destination Management Companies (DMCs) worldwide. As the only DMC-tailored conference and awards experience in the world, this unique experience is one worthy of a 7+ hour flight.

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Cultivating Corporate Partnerships: Strategies for Long-Term Business Relationships — Build Synergy, Reap Mutual Rewards

Traveler's Q

Building successful corporate partnerships is much like cultivating a garden: it requires patience, strategic planning, and a nurturing touch. In the terrain of corporate events, these partnerships are not just profitable alliances but pivotal elements that dictate the event’s success. This guide is tailored for corporate executives and small business owners who understand that collaboration and synergy aren’t just buzzwords—they’re the cornerstone of a thriving business ecosys

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Celebrating Herstory is a Win for Everyone!

Motivation Excellence

In this blog, we will be highlighting some recent wins by women as well as shine a light on some women from the past you may not have heard about before. At Motivation Excellence we have a lot to celebrate when it comes to women. Nearly 75% of our entire team is female, including 83% of our salespeople and half of our top leadership positions. The latter is by design too.

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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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On-time connections in Switzerland & SITE’s Incentive Summit Europe

Pádraic Gilligan

Pádraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer, SITE & Managing Partner, SoolNua 05:50 Andermatt to Göschenen It was graveyard still, and pitch dark. Amy, Marina and I left the Radisson Blu and made the short journey on foot to the train station at Andermatt. Despite the altitude and the season, there was no early morning chill, validating. Read more » The post On-time connections in Switzerland & SITE’s Incentive Summit Europe appeared first on padraicino.

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A Sustainability Pulse Check for Events

Convene by PCMA

For a sense of how the business events industry is — or isn’t — embracing sustainability, let’s take a look at three different surveys. We’ll start with whether climate change is being incorporated in the program content. According to the “ 2024 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report ,” sustainability comes in tenth on a list of 17 relevant speaking topics — between technology and human rights — that organizers are planning their events around this year.

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A Security Flaw in Millions of Hotel Keycard Locks Has Been Found. What Does that Mean for Planners?

Smart Meetings

How planners can safeguard their attendees against hotel room breaches In 2022, at a private event in Las Vegas during “hacker summer camp,” as the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences have come to be known, a group of researchers found a flaw that could put millions of hotel rooms around the world at risk of being breached. Security researcher Lennert Wouters, Seats.aero flight awards search tool founder Ian Carroll and a team of researchers have just recently come out with the news of what

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Designing Events with Empathy

ADMEI

Designing Events with Empathy 13 March 2024 In the world of event planning, there's a growing awareness of the importance of empathy in crafting unforgettable experiences for attendees. Destination Management Companies are at the forefront of this movement, recognizing the diverse needs and preferences of attendees and incorporating thoughtful touches to ensure inclusivity and enjoyment for all.

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Effective Travel Management for Business Events – Streamline Planning, Maximize Value

Traveler's Q

Traveling for business events involves more than just booking flights and hotels; it’s about streamlining the entire planning process to ensure maximum value and an optimal experience for all involved. In this in-depth guide, we’ll provide you with efficient strategies tailored for business travelers who seek to make corporate event travel as seamless as possible.

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Bizzabo named a Leader in 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Event Technology Platforms

Bizzaboo

Bizzabo has been named a Leader in the 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Event Technology Platforms. In the first-ever Magic Quadrant for event technology platforms, Gartner conducted a detailed evaluation of Bizzabo and 12 other vendors against specific criteria that analyzed the company’s overall Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute, based on a comprehensive survey, executive briefing, demo video, customer interviews, and Gartner Peer Insights reviews.

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Canada Unveils Financial Incentives to Draw Conventions, Exhibitions

MeetingsNet

A large fund from the national government is now available to destinations making bids to host larger events from outside the country. Over the next three years, Canadian cities that are making bids on conventions and trade shows from the U.S. and elsewhere can tap into a new $36.75 million (CA $50 million) fund to enhance their destination’s appeal to event decision-makers.

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40 Leading Women in the Events Industry You Should Follow in 2024.

InEvent

The events industry is a vibrant, dynamic sector that continually evolves to meet the needs of audiences and clients. From the emergence of virtual events to the rise of experiential marketing, the sector continues to evolve at breakneck speed. It is driven by innovation, creativity, and the tireless efforts of professionals who strive to deliver … Post 40 Leading Women in the Events Industry You Should Follow in 2024. showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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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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What’s in Store for the Events Industry in 2024?

Convene by PCMA

More than two out of five respondents to Knowland’s State of the Meetings Industry survey expect to book more meetings in 2024 than they did in 2023. What does the “ 2024 State of the Meetings Industry ” report tell us? In a nutshell: Some challenges event organizers have faced post-pandemic have lessened while others have increased; the year ahead is expected to be a healthy one for the events industry, but we lag behind other sectors when it comes to sustainability and tech adoption.

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Budgeting for your wedding Copy

Traveler's Q

Making a wedding budget: what to consider Your current savings Your credit score (go into as little debt as you can) Alternative ways to fund it Keeping in mind unexpected life disasters that may occur before the wedding is paid off Wedding budget breakdown Not all marriages are created equal What will make the cost of your wedding vary from others that other people may have?

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Klik wearable event technology drives 400% increase in exhibitor leads

Bizzaboo

New research demonstrates Bizzabo SmartBadge™ advantages over traditional name badges New York, NY – Bizzabo, the Event Experience Operating System (OS), today announced groundbreaking data demonstrating the impact of Klik wearable event technology on lead generation, attendee networking, and event engagement compared to traditional name badges and lead capture methods.

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Q&A with Dr. Mori: A discussion about research & knowledge-sharing

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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Which Burnout Is Yours: Overloaded, Under-Challenged, or Neglected?

MeetingsNet

Not all job burnout is the same. Understanding the nature of your work-related stress is an important step to dealing with it. It’s no secret that business-event planning means managing multiple tasks on tight deadlines, while unforeseen challenges are par for the course along with long hours on site. On top of that, expectations are high, budgets are often tight, technologies are constantly changing, and the results of the work—the quality of the meeting—are on display for everyone to critique.

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Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Pilots Holistic Harmony Wellness Retreat

Smart Meetings

The non-gaming property further develops its wellness focus Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas’ director of sales and marketing is a “spa girly.” “When I’m on vacation, it’s a big priority for me,” says Ali Murray. “It’s something I’ve always loved and I think that it’s something our city is missing a little bit. You don’t think of Vegas as a health and wellness destination typically.

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Ensuring Live Events are Accessible to All

Convene by PCMA

At PCMA Convening Leaders 20204 in San Diego, Ten Fifty Entertainment’s Austin Whitney led an immersive tour to show event professionals what makes an event or venue accessible when it comes to mobility needs. (Whatever Media Group) When a car accident at 18 left Austin Whitney with a permanent spinal cord injury, the idea of living out the rest of his life in a wheelchair left him feeling “hopeless.

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New Bureau Launches to Meet High Demand for AI Speakers

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Keynote speakers with expertise in artificial intelligence are in high demand as organizations embrace the new technology. One emerging speakers bureau is crafting bespoke sessions to meet client objectives.

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Building a Strong Event Sponsorship Strategy for 2024

Bizzaboo

In today’s challenging economic climate, it’s getting harder and harder for event teams to lock down sponsorship dollars. At Bizzabo, we’re all about making every aspect of event orchestration easier for teams like yours, so we recently hosted a webinar called Show me the money: Navigating event sponsorship challenges in 2024 that was jam-packed with tips, tricks, and insights you can use to accelerate your event sponsorship initiatives.

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AIME 2024 STIMULATES $330 MILLION IN BUSINESS ACROSS THE ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS EVENTS INDUSTRY

AIME

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has today released analysis from its blockbuster 2024 show, with business traded between exhibitors and buyers estimated to be worth more than $330 million over the next 12 months – a 65% … The post AIME 2024 STIMULATES $330 MILLION IN BUSINESS ACROSS THE ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS EVENTS INDUSTRY appeared first on AIME.

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Planners Get Straight Talk from Hotel Owners

MeetingsNet

At a recent meetings-industry conference, hotel executives explained how their properties struggle to balance rising operational costs with competitive rates for meeting groups. With prices for virtually every element of corporate and association meetings alarmingly high, planners naturally want answers as to how the situation has reached this point, and whether prices will maintain the same upward trajectory.

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What One Thing? From Order-Taker to Strategist: Navigating the World of Event Planning with Edward Perotti

Smart Meetings

Get ready to change everything about how you think about your job! On this episode of What One Thing? JT Long, vice president and content director of Smart Meetings, has an insightful conversation with Edward Perotti, an award-winning meeting designer and principle of EP Events and Experiences. With over 27 years of experience, Perotti shares valuable insights on transitioning from being an order-taker to a strategic leader in the events industry.

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Why Medical Associations Worldwide Rely on ABTS Convention Services

Convene by PCMA

ABTS is the only provider of white glove travel, lodging, concierge, and compliance services for international attendees of major medical association events. When it comes to international group housing, ABTS Convention Services is the name to know. ABTS is the only provider of white glove travel, lodging, concierge, and compliance services for international attendees of major medical association events.

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What is service excellence? The service excellence definition for 2024

EHL Insights

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived a time when excellent service was the hallmark of a luxury experience – one that was desired by the people and delivered by the best of companies. Today, it is an aspect of the service sector that has come to be expected by customers. Companies in the service industry have claimed their adherence to the words ‘service excellence’ since time immemorial.

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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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Fabulous Food Driven Events

AIME

Fresh off the back of AIME’s 2024 Welcome Party, event partner and Grazeland Director John Forman explores the power of food in networking. Networking made easy Networking is not just about exchanging business cards and attending conferences; it’s about connecting … The post Fabulous Food Driven Events appeared first on AIME.