December, 2023

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Are Regenerative Meetings Even Possible? Ask Paso

Smart Meetings

A quest to find sustainable event experts leads to an emerging wine region in California’s Central Coast It’s not your imagination. The quest to design green meetings often feels like a greenhouse gas-cutting limbo game. At first, it was enough to do away with plastic straws to save the turtles. Then the bar was set on removing single-use plastic bottles in favor of branded, refillable jugs.

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Get to Know ME with Geneva Mitchell

Motivation Excellence

Hold on to your belly and get ready to chuckle along with Geneva Mitchell, our Get to Know ME spotlight this month. Thank you, Geneva, for being authentic in answering our questions below and in our short video. Your laugh is contagious and your positivity is engaging! If anyone holds onto a stereotype of accountants being quiet or “not fun,” Geneva definitely breaks it to pieces.

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4 Top Takeaways From Our 2023 Webinars

ADMEI

4 Top Takeaways From Our 2023 Webinars 27 December 2023 At ADMEI, we continue to focus on providing helpful content based on current events and the status of the DMC industry today. Throughout 2023, we hosted webinars that touched on several key industry insights, including health and wellbeing, emergency preparedness, local partnerships, incentive travel research, improving business operations, and increasing sales.

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Event-ful Travel: 5 Winning Ways to Get Event-Goer Heads in Beds

Dana Communications

Did you know that Coachella 2023 lured over half a million music fans into the California desert? And, earlier this year, SXSW drew nearly 350,000 participants to Lone Star’s capital city? The thought of all those room nights is a hotelier’s dream come true. But, even if your property isn’t located in Indio or Austin, there are festivals and events taking place all across the map (some near you!

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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 hotel in Munich for large events: Munich Marriott Hotel City West

The MICE Blog

Since its grand opening on September 7, 2023, the Munich Marriott Hotel City West has established itself as a major player in Munich’s event and hospitality scene, effectively addressing the high demand for hotels with large event space and guest room capacity. It was purposefully designed with a central focus on catering to corporate events. I first visited the Munich Marriott Hotel City West during the final stages of construction in August.

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Keeping Your Event Website Relevant: Why Regular Updates Are a Must

Traveler's Q

A website is the most significant platform for any organization to showcase its events and communicate with its audience. It provides an effective medium for connecting with potential attendees and promoting the upcoming event. However, creating an event website is not enough to generate traffic and attract participants. Regular maintenance and updates are essential to keep the website relevant and engaging.

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Incentive Travel Will Be Strong in 2024 with Some Caveats to Consider

Motivation Excellence

We’ve had a lot to talk about over the last four years in our incentive travel industry! 2023 was packed with programs that had to be rescheduled from 2020 and 2021. As we close out this year, and rev up for next year, there are a few key areas to keep an eye on in 2024. And they apply to single travelers, as well as incentive groups. An Election Year With 2024 being an election year, businesses are prone to be a bit more cautious with their spending budgets.

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How DMCs Can Help You Manage the Unexpected

ADMEI

How DMCs Can Help You Manage the Unexpected 13 December 2023 You’re probably already familiar with this popular phrase in the hospitality industry: expect the unexpected. Even the most meticulously planned events can fall prey to natural disasters, a pandemic, vendor cancellations, and keynote speaker travel delays. Each of these circumstances, along with countless other unforeseen wrinkles, can lead to a lot of stress if you don’t have a backup plan in place.

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To TikTok or Not?

Dana Communications

Can you imagine someone asking why Instagram is part of your marketing efforts? Of course not! Because Instagram delivers proven engagement with your audience and holds huge sway in travel inspiration. Yet many marketers DO question whether or not TikTok should be part of their social media strategy. Well, we’re here to unpack the platform’s positive impact on tourism and hospitality brands.

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Fake women event speakers? We need to think bigger!

Conferences that Work

For heaven’s sake! Fake women event speakers? Fake articles by fake writers in Sports Illustrated? Meeting professionals: this is a golden opportunity! We need to think bigger! Yes, friends, it’s now obvious that what our industry needs is… fake events! Think about it for a moment. Fake speakers Creating fake women speakers is just one tiny step in the right direction.

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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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Six Event Trends We’re Watching in 2024

Convene by PCMA

The Promise of AI for Events Large language models like ChatGPT continue to dominate the discussion about artificial intelligence because generative AI — which can generate new content, including text, images, and music — is a relatively new tech development. But AI has been behind event-tech tool innovation for much longer. Shawn Cheng The companies participating in the Tech Playground at Convening Leaders 2024 in January are introducing creative solutions for event organizers powered by AI.

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Top Event Technology Trends for 2024

Smart Meetings

How emerging AI and other technology will boost event humanity by putting attendee needs at the center of conference design Attendees expect more from events today and emerging technology is helping to deliver on those demands. We sat down with the Maritz team to ask what top event technology trends they see for 2024 and how they will fundamentally change the meeting professional’s job.

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Make Reflection a Reflex All Year Long

Motivation Excellence

December is a natural month to look back at your year and take note of the good, the bad and the ugly. Reflecting much more often, though, is associated with many benefits for your personal and professional worlds. Let’s dive into this amazing soft skill that can create waves of positive changes when incorporated regularly into your life. Create a Better You Betterup.com writes that the value of self-reflection is its ability to show you what’s working well in your life, as well as what needs to

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Planner-Salary Survey: Marketing Duties, Certifications Mean $$$

MeetingsNet

Data from more than 800 corporate, association, and agency planners reveals trends in pay, hours worked, time off taken, job satisfaction, and other work elements. While the average annual salary is $97,130 for the nearly 850 business-event planners who responded to a fall 2023 survey by Convene, the publication of the Professional Convention Management Association, the salary range is fairly wide for planners based on a number of factors.

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Marketing Conferences: The #1 Marketing Events Guide in 2024

Bizzaboo

Attending conferences is one of the best ways to stay ahead in the ever-changing marketing industry. Learn from thought leaders at successful brands, discover new tools, and get to know your colleagues at these 2024 marketing events. We’ve compiled a list of 70+ marketing conferences, summits, and other events that focus on a wide range of topics, from SEO, to social media, to content marketing.

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My contract with myself

Conferences that Work

Long ago, I participated in and later staffed a series of workshops that profoundly affected my life. They led me to create a contract with myself that is still important to me. Creating a contract with oneself is a common way to motivate yourself toward achieving desired goals. There are plenty of resources available for writing such contracts. ( Here’s one that’s slanted toward event professionals. ) The workshop where I created my contract for myself took a deeper perspective.

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5 Trends You Need to Focus on in 2024

Convene by PCMA

Try three new things at your event this year and make it a regular practice going forward, suggests Beth Surmont. Beth Surmont, CMP-Fellow, FASAE, CAE The beginning of the year presents a fresh opportunity to reflect on what we have learned and how we want to use that to grow in the coming year. The events industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace and the best way to keep current is to look ahead and anticipate the trends coming for this year.

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Best of 2023: Event Contracts and Budgeting

Smart Meetings

Creating experiences, setting the stage for networking opportunities, and fostering connections among colleagues and association members are what the meetings and events world is all about. However, without a proper budgeting plan and contractual agreement with vendors and hotels that play a part in making your event a reality, there’s no event to be had.

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Why Melbourne? A Testament to Business Events in Melbourne

AIME

Why Melbourne? A Testament to Business Events in Melbourne Melbourne : Often heralded as Australia’s cultural epicentre, this city is more than just a point on the map; it’s a journey in itself. When determining the backdrop for the Asia … The post Why Melbourne? A Testament to Business Events in Melbourne appeared first on AIME.

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HBR Report: Company Meetings Critical for Supporting Remote Workforces

MeetingsNet

Based on survey results from corporate managers, a newly released report from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services makes the case for more in-person meetings among coworkers to strengthen an organization’s top line and bottom line. With so many employees working from home on a regular basis, the importance of holding employee meetings has become increasingly apparent to corporate managers, according to a recent survey and analysis conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services title

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Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan to have the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives

Travel Daily Media

The post Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan to have the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. With less than 500 days to go, the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition is thrilled to announce the commencement of advance ticket sales for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, has started from Thursday, November 30 th , 2023.

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What’s a Winter Wonderland Theme? How to Plan a Spectacular Seasonal Event

Social Tables

While some view winter as a cold, windy season where the world slows down and shutters up to wait for warmer weather, we see things differently. We think winter is the perfect season to bring people together for warm, welcoming events. Amid the coldest, harshest season of the year, what better way to usher in holiday cheer than bringing friends, family, and coworkers together at an event with a winter wonderland theme?

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Salary Survey 2023: Highs and Lows for Event Pros

Convene by PCMA

Event professionals have been on a roller-coaster ride since the pandemic — monetarily and in other ways. Respondents to this year’s Salary Survey shared what they loved most about their jobs — recurring responses included no two days are ever the same, the work is challenging, the perks of travel, and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues.

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Six Smart Moves at The Westin Grand Cayman

Smart Meetings

In this edition of Smart Moves, get to know the six recent notable appointments making up the professional event management team at The Westin Grand Cayman Islands Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. John Dillis John Dillis Heading the team is Dillis as director of event management. He earlier served as the property’s director of events from 2018 to 2021.

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Higher Education Conferences: The #1 Guide to Education Events in 2024

Bizzaboo

Explore dozens of must-attend higher education and general education events in 2024, including conferences for higher education, education administration, education management, and education tech. To better navigate this list, here are the different event types you’ll come across in this list: Conferences: Conferences are large events that bring together education professionals in the field.

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What is Greenwashing? 3 Tips to Discern Sustainable Tourism Practices

Solimar International

What does greenwashing mean? Consumers are becoming more aware of the environmental and social impacts of the businesses they support. This trend is on the rise across industries, and travel is no exception. According to American Express’ 2023 Global Travel Trends Report , 76% of respondents are interested in minimizing the environmental impact of their trips, and 69% would spend more during a vacation if they knew it supported the local community.

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Air Monitor 2024: Amex GBT forecasts flattening Air Fares

Travel Daily Media

The post Air Monitor 2024: Amex GBT forecasts flattening Air Fares appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Representative Image Airfares look set to stabilize across key routes around the world during 2024, according to new forecasts from the consulting team at American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT), the world’s leading B2B travel platform.

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Customer service management with a people-first hospitality touch

EHL Insights

Are your customers receiving excellent service? How can you be sure? These questions are a good place to start when examining one of the most influential aspects of business success: customer service management.

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The Most Unique Meeting Experience? Only in LA.

Convene by PCMA

LA’s Griffith Observatory and skyline, at sunset Los Angeles isn’t just the city of dreams— it’s also known as the Capital of Creativity. Consistently one of the top destinations in the country for meetings and conventions because of its unique venues, unrivaled connectivity, and rich local talent pool—Los Angeles also offers a diversity of neighborhoods , local culture, dining, entertainment, and accommodation options that mean you never have to plan the same experience twice.

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5 Innovative Strategies to Incorporate Wellness into Your Meeting or Convention

Smart Meetings

Finding ways to elevate attendee well-being is the new gold standard Prioritizing wellness in meetings and conventions is rapidly evolving from a nice-to-have feature to an essential component of creating a productive and positive meeting. Today, meetings and convention planners have an opportunity to enrich their gatherings like never before to ensure attendees are well cared for from head to toe.

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Women-in-tech Conferences: The Best Events for 2024

Bizzaboo

Ready for the most authoritative and comprehensive list of 2024 women-in-tech events? The number of women-in-tech events has been increasing yearly, further highlighting the importance of a more inclusive culture in tech. We’ve established a comprehensive directory of the most prominent women-in-tech conferences happening in 2024. These events focus on empowering women through conferences that help attendees learn new skills, make valuable connections, discuss innovative trends, promote in

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Gen Z Travel Trends: Why Destinations Should Cater to a New Generation

Solimar International

Tourism is a constantly changing industry that works best when it can anticipate and adapt to new trends amongst tourists. It’s in the best interest of destination management organizations (DMOs) to frequently engage in tourism planning , and to consistently navigate changing trends and adjust to new demographics. As we prepare for the changes to come in 2024, let’s take a look at how Gen Z travel trends are shaking up the tourism industry.

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2024 Event Trends Seen at the Property Level

MeetingsNet

Meetings that feature a wider purpose along with opportunities for teambuilding, wellness, creative endeavors, F&B preparation—and pickleball—are what’s being seen by one major conference-resort operator. Given the strong demand in the meetings market right now, the period of playing catch-up for meetings postponed between 2020 and 2022 does not seem to be winding down just yet.

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Could revenue management solve hospitality’s labor shortage?

EHL Insights

After suffering the effects of COVID-19 for several long years, the tourism and hotel industries are now fully entering the recovery phase. According to a report from the UNWTO, international arrivals surged to 80% of pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of 2023. Approximately 235 million tourists embarked on international travel during the first three months of the year, marking a two-fold increase year-on-year.

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New and Improved Tech Labs at Convening Leaders 2024

Convene by PCMA

Some of the technologies explored during the Tech Lab sessions at EduCon included augmented reality, virtual reality, holograms, and facial analysis. (Whatever Media Group) Tech Lab sessions were first introduced at EduCon 2023 in Montréal, Canada, with the goal of transforming the traditional technology showcase into a more engaging and less salesy format, spearheaded by Anh Nguyen, founder of Spark Event Management, and Shawn Cheng, event strategist at Curious Bear Management.