February, 2023

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Etiquette Tips for Aspiring Meeting Professionals

Smart Meetings

Have the rules for business networking changed post-Covid? Jacqueline Whitmore As the frequency of business events continues to expand, many meeting professionals may find themselves in an uncertain social limbo navigating what is now acceptable to do at a cocktail party. To handshake, or not to handshake? How soon is too soon to reach out after an event ends?

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How Tourism Organizations Can Find Inspiration for Content Strategy with AI Platforms

Advanced Travel and Tourism

By now, you’ve probably seen the YouTube video where actor Ryan Reynolds uses ChatGPT to write a script for an ad. There’s definitely a wow factor there—lights, camera, chatbots! But just where does ChatGPT belong in terms of creating content for your site? ChatGPT is a chatbot powered by GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3), which is an advanced natural language processing (NLP) model developed by Open AI.

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Europe’s tourism rebound predicted to continue into 2023

ETC Corporate

The outlook for travel to Europe is promising despite global pressures such as high inflation, the war in Ukraine and consequent energy crisis, and the looming economic recession. The latest data indicates a recovery of 75% of 2019 travel volumes to Europe in 2022. This strong tourism rebound is expected to continue well into 2023, though at a slower pace.

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Set the Stage: Why Life Stage Marketing is a Must

Dana Communications

When we leverage life-stage marketing, we’re able to reach our targets at the right moment in time with the right message. Case in point? Let’s look at two Gen Zs. One is a 13-year-old girl making an inspo board for her blowout bat mitzvah. The other is a 25-year-old woman planning the wedding of her dreams. Both are from the same generation. Both are seeking a venue for a milestone event.

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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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Standards for safer events

Conferences that Work

As I write this, we are entering the fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic which has been responsible for millions of deaths and long-term disabilities. Many more people are going to die and contract Long COVID. In addition, most current events are still dangerous to attend for people with disabilities and certain chronic illnesses. Under the circumstances, it’s shocking that the meeting industry has developed no widely-accepted standards for safer events.

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5 Steps to Financial Success as a Meetings Business

MeetingsNet

Focus on your people and the fundamentals to keep business thriving in uncertain times. In today’s market, meeting-planning companies are asked to do more for their clients with less. The post-pandemic surge in meetings coupled with concerns around inflation and a labor shortage have all contributed to an environment where independent planners have to operate at their best but with fewer resources, including smaller budgets.

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12 Event Debrief Questions You Must Ask After an Event

Bizzaboo

Ask 10 team members about the top goals they hope to achieve after hosting an event, and you’ll get 10 different answers. Although some folks are most interested in growing sales pipelines, others care more about discovering new opportunities, increasing registrations, and driving brand awareness. With so many competing priorities, it can be difficult to assess whether an event is truly a success for the company.

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Instant Booking Ushers in New Era of Transparency for Group Rates

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: In today’s pressure-cooker environment, planners want the same immediacy and variety as in their online grocery shopping. GroupSync’s instant booking gives them the faster, smarter decision-making capabilities they crave.

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US Travel Industry Seeks Federal Action to Boost International Visitation, Spending

Travel Pulse

US Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman said 'the latest trade data is a wake-up call for immediate federal action to boost this essential industry and increase travel exports to benefit the entire US economy.

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5 Need-to-Know Excel Functions for Event Planning

Eventbrite

An Excel spreadsheet full of data on ticket sales, budget, and registration information can be an incredibly helpful resource as you plan your event. By using Excel for your event planning, you’ll discover it’s more than a simple event checklist. It’s a versatile application with plenty of tools to help with event management.

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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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3 Steps to Surviving the Staffing Shortage

MeetingsNet

There’s no simple solution to understaffed meeting teams, but a multi-pronged approach will help you get through tough times and build a solid foundation for future growth. The staffing shortage in our industry is real and not easily resolved. Here are some ways to find good people and invest in their professional development, plus some ideas for getting by until you’ve got a full team in place.

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Together, We Can Do Hard Things 

Smart Meetings

A special message in advance of Global Meetings Industry Day 2023 As we approach Global Meetings Industry Day 2023 on March 30, we’re going to talk a lot about the economic value of meetings. Facing renewed economic uncertainty, that’s an important message for any organization. But here’s another important message: Let’s advocate for the intrinsic value of meetings to connect and unite communities, beyond the immediate commercial aspect.

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Announcements for Your Upcoming Event: Email Templates and Examples

Bizzaboo

When you’re promoting an event , you need to make sure you create an eye-catching, engaging announcement email to attract as many attendees as you can. After all, the announcement for your upcoming event is often the first interaction you’ll have with potential eventgoers, and first impressions matter. With this in mind, writing effective event announcement emails isn’t always easy, particularly since the average open rate is 21.33%, according to Mailchimp.

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Business Events and Air Travel — a Climate Conundrum

Convene by PCMA

Kathleen Warden (from left), Kit Lykketoft, Randy Fiser, Matthew Huber, and Edward Koh take part in an executive session on climate change at PCMA Convening Leaders 2023 in January. (Whatever Media Group) Matthew Huber, Ph.D., didn’t pull any punches during his presentation at an executive session on climate change at PCMA Convening Leaders 2023 in January in Columbus, Ohio.

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Best practice for pairing wine with art in the classroom: Synesthesia

EHL Insights

For a few years now, Gildas L'Hostis, EHL Senior Lecturer in Oenology (the knowledge of wine, wine service, production, economics and tasting), has been trying out new tools enabling students to express themselves more freely and creatively. The synesthetic approach is a method that shuns traditional analytical wine tasting along with the ubiquitous wine tasting ‘grid’, replacing it with a more imaginative practice that summons up many of the senses.

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39 Event Invite Subject Lines: Stand Out & Increase Attendance

Eventbrite

When writing a subject line for an invitation email, the goal is to pique your attendees’ interest. Subject lines for event invitations should be brief, informative, and intriguing. You should provide just enough details that the recipient will want to open up the email and learn more.

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A Snapshot of 2023 Hotel Rates: Not Pretty

MeetingsNet

In a February 9 earnings call, Hilton chief Christopher Nassetta made it clear that guest-room prices for all customer segments will remain stubbornly high for the foreseeable future. Hilton President and CEO Christopher Nassetta maintains an active presence in the meetings market through stage appearances at events such as Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders conference , held last month in Columbus, Ohio.

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Coordinating International Travel: What to Look Out For

Smart Meetings

Traveling internationally as an individual is tricky. Coordinating international travel for large groups? That requires a lot more planning and forethought. Smart Meetings spoke with Harmony Nordgren, vice president of operations at Cyberbacker, about things to consider when setting up international travel for your attendees. “Coordinating international travel is far more different and difficult than coordinating travel domestically because event planners must account for schedules and personal

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13 Creative Corporate Event Entertainment Ideas

Bizzaboo

As companies roll out their back-to-office strategies, corporate event planners are primed and ready to plan corporate events for the ages. But you need impactful and exciting speakers, an impressive agenda, and unforgettable entertainment. Whether your event is in-person, hybrid, or virtual, your choice of entertainment can make or break your attendees’ experience.

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4 Newly Renovated Spaces Ready to Host Your Next OKC Event

Convene by PCMA

The stunning Oklahoma City Convention Center sits directly across the street from the 70-acre urban oasis that is Scissortail Park. Oklahoma City, a great environment for your next meeting or convention, boasts several new and recently renovated event spaces. The Modern Frontier is home to one of the nation’s newest convention centers. The stunning new Oklahoma City Convention Center is a total of 500,000 square feet and includes a 200,730 square foot exhibit hall, which is divisible into four h

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3 of the Best Travel Incentives in Africa – by Dragonfly Africa

inVOYAGE

Have you heard the thrum of the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara? Or woken to the chorus of crickets? Beyond our borders lies a continent partially untouched with constantly changing landscapes, a wealth of experiences and a promise of an incentive trip like no other. This week we hear from Dragonfly Africa and Green Route Africa – Southern and East Africa’s leading DMC and long-term inVOYAGER for a round-up of the best luxury travel incentives they've arranged across Africa and a ta

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How to Celebrate Earth Day: 14 Event Ideas for Earth Day 2023

Eventbrite

Earth Day is an annual call to dedicate ourselves to environmental protection. Each year’s Earth Day focuses on a different topic, and the theme for 2023 is climate change. April 22 may only be one day on the calendar, but with these event ideas, you can set the tone for sustainability year-round.

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Pain Point Number 1: Rising Costs

MeetingsNet

A recent survey takes the pulse of meeting planners, asking about budgets, contracts, airfares, virtual meetings, and more. If higher costs are your challenge when executing events, one thing is for sure: You’re not alone. The latest meeting planner survey from Global Event Planners, the network of independent destination management companies, found that higher costs was a top challenge for 70 percent of the 200 planners surveyed.

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5 Tips for Positive and Profitable Planner-Vendor Relations

Smart Meetings

You can be the best event planner in the world and have wonderful clients who love you, but none of that will matter if you don’t have a solid team of vendors to work with. Vendors and planners need each other. A planner without a vendor cannot produce an event. Period. We each play our role to bring an event to life so we need to be on good terms and work well together for the sake of the client’s event and our industry as a whole.

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Trade Your Travel Management Software for Streamlined Hotel Trip Management

Hotel Engine

Juggling expenses, record-keeping and travel management aren’t the same today as they were a few years ago. Now travel policies adapt to include action plans for remote workers, and extra flexible or hybrid trips. So: with staff frequently rotating between business events, working from home, and various work locations, how do you simplify your trip management?

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Convention Center Veteran Is Making a Difference in her Community

Convene by PCMA

Lisa Williams’ (center bottom row) nonprofit, called Loving Assisting Nurturing Educating and Supporting (LANES) Teenage Girls Inc., mentors teenage girls who live in at-risk communities in Central Florida. Lisa Williams, senior national sales manager at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, has spent 27 years working at the second-largest convention facility in the U.S., starting as a sales manager in 1996.

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Master Conference Planning With These Pre-event Checklist Templates

Bizzaboo

Planning an in-person, virtual, or hybrid event is a significant undertaking with countless moving parts. Achieving conference success ultimately requires careful orchestration between the event team, partnering agencies, and other departments, which is where a pre-event checklist template comes into play. Why use a pre-event checklist to plan your next event?

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Hospitality Industry Outlook 2023

EHL Insights

EHL Group's CEO, Markus Venzin, opens this hospitality industry report by asking the poignant question: How can hospitality reposition itself as an attractive, tech-savvy, sustainable and innovative sector in the face of today’s shifting times and changing customer needs? This is, he says, a recurring question after a few tough years where many old, ‘safe’ industry assumptions were turned on their head.

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Michael Dominguez to Be Honored for Career of Service

MeetingsNet

AHLI’s chief executive will be the recipient of MeetingsNet’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at an event-industry show in March. You can’t make a list of meetings industry thought leaders without including Michael Dominguez, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International. And when you think about in-demand educators, Dominguez is at the top of that list, too, with his data-driven sessions detailing the meeting and incentive-travel landscape.

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Meeting Profs Travel Report: U.S. Travel Association Calls Out ‘Sub-Par’ Airlines

Smart Meetings

U.S. Travel Association Says Airlines in the United States Are Sub-Par In a new quarterly press conference launched today , the U.S. Travel Association’s videotaped presentation included findings from a new Ipsos Poll field survey: The air travel experience is sub-par for nearly half of Americans: Just one in 10 Americans who have flown by air (13%) rate their overall travel experience as excellent while nearly half (45%) rate it as average or below average Crowds and congestion, flight delays o

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Hotel Engine Introduces New Chief Technology Officer

Hotel Engine

Hotel Engine is pleased to welcome the newest C-level executive to our leadership team: Chief Technical Officer Keith Zoellner. A seasoned tech leader, Keith comes to Hotel Engine most recently from DISCO, a SaaS company in the legal space. After an eight-year tenure marked by explosive growth, Keith decided to move on to make an impact at another fast-scaling organization.

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Elevate Your Meeting With Greater Fort Lauderdale’s New Hotels and Restaurants

Convene by PCMA

Greater Fort Lauderdale is an ideal destination for doing business, and there are new reasons why it should top the list for your next meeting or convention. For starters, there’s the influx of new hotels like the Four Seasons Hotels and Residences, AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach, and Avid Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport – Cruise in Dania Beach, adding to the existing 38,000+ hotel rooms.

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Bizzabo Receives Three ‘Best of’ Awards in 2023 TrustRadius Winter Reports

Bizzaboo

Bizzabo is excited to announce our recognition by TrustRadius in their 2023 Winter Reports , awarding us Best Value for the Price, Best Feature Set, and Best Relationship for event management software. Bizzabo also received these awards in the 2022 Summer Reports. TrustRadius ’s technology decisioning platform helps buyers confidently evaluate software with comprehensive, independently-gathered, vetted product information and customer-generated content.

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The Power Of Non-Monetary Incentives

Creative Group Inc

Imagine you are a partner for a company that relies on you for sales of its product. The product has increased in price six times in the last 12 months. As a result, you need to re-explain the value to the buyer, especially when competitive offers seem appealing. While your sales targets remain the same. What would persuade you to push sales of their product over another: a barely noticeable bump in your paycheck OR a personalized reward that YOU get to select?

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Can Lawmakers Improve the Air Travel Experience?

MeetingsNet

Strong consumer-protection legislation is making its way through Congress in the wake of a couple of very difficult months for the airline industry. Few would argue that the experience of connecting groups via screens is better than the in-person meeting experience. However, far fewer would say that the experience of traveling by air to get to that meeting is better than, well, not traveling by air.

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