October, 2023

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Will Meetings Thrive in 2024?

Smart Meetings

Experts weigh in on what needs to change to work together better Editor’s Note : Hospitality sales consultant Steve Steinhart will be speaking at Smart Meetings Extraordinary Experience in Monterey, California, Nov. 5-7. Register here to hear him in person. Steve Steinhart Both planners and sellers will have to make paradigm shifts if 2024 is to become the new high watermark for group attendance and revenue.

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The great travel recovery is here. Now what?

Dana Communications

The great travel recovery is here. Now what? As we all flipped the calendar to 2021, industry pundits were already forecasting when travel would return to pre-2020 levels. Despite current global economic uncertainties and continued geopolitical instability throughout some regions of the world, all indicators ­– including our clients’ own experiences – show the great travel recovery is already here, well ahead of the prognosticators’ predictions.

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Why Attendees Aren’t Committing Early to Conferences

Smart Meetings

In recent years, many event organizers have observed a notable trend: despite offering enticing early bird registration discounts, many attendees are hesitant to commit to conferences well in advance. Let’s delve into the reasons behind this hesitancy and what event professionals can do about it. What’s Behind Attendee Hesitancy 1. Ongoing Uncertainties Due to Covid-19 The ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic are still out there.

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Winners of the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2023 revealed

ETC Corporate

The ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism’ Awards aim to amplify the visibility of European cultural tourism destinations, establish a platform for sharing experiences and knowledge and foster networking among destinations. For the sixth consecutive year, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), Europa Nostra, and the Network of European Regions.

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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 Bre Chambers

Motivation Excellence

Bre Chambers is not a fan of being recorded, but she knocked our Get to Know ME recording out of the park this month! Be sure to watch her two-minute video and read below to get to know more about our spirited Travel Coordinator out of the Traverse City office. Thanks, Bre, for sharing how you ended up in the incentive travel industry and the brilliant photos of some recent hiking adventures (can only be seen in the video – what are you waiting for?

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What is a DMC and How Does It Benefit Me?

ADMEI

What is a DMC and How Does It Benefit Me? To put on a successful event, you need both big-picture vision and an eye for detail. From location and transportation to schedules and speakers, a multitude of decisions await you in your planning. Events of every size require strategic preparation and skilled partners. As an event planner, you’re the expert in this craft —yet it could benefit you greatly to have a local ally who is the expert in your selected destination.

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Bouncing Back: Tourism After a Natural Disaster

Dana Communications

Tourism is fascinating. Tourism is exhilarating. Tourism is also easily affected. By a lot of things ­– from Mother Nature to politics. Those of us in the tourism industry know all too well that in the blink of an eye, a natural disaster can turn a beautiful top-selling destination into a disaster zone. Think: the recent wildfires in Maui or Hurricane Idalia that hit the Florida Gulf Coast.

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IMEX America Insights: Notes from the Tradeshow Floor

Smart Meetings

Day 1 At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, the switch flipped on 150 education sessions and thousands of one-on-one meetings at IMEX America 2023 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas as Nick Santonastasso, CEO of Victorious International, took the stage to help everyone rewrite their stories with themselves as the narrative hero. His message: “Focus on what you can control instead of what you are lacking.” We walked the floor and kept this running journal of insights gleaned.

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Financial pressures shape Europeans’ travel plans in late 2023 and early 2024

ETC Corporate

According to the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) latest report, ‘Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel[1],’ 68% of surveyed Europeans plan to travel between October 2023 and March 2024. This represents a slight drop of 2% compared to the same period last year. Respondents from Spain and Italy are the most eager to travel, with 75% likely to take a trip before March 2024.

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Making Perception Corrections: How to Turn that Frown Upside Down

Motivation Excellence

Perception is more than a visual sense. Is the Uno card showing a 6 or a 9? You know that where you’re sitting in relation to the card might change what you see. And while visual perception is important (there’s credence to the saying, “Dress for the job you want”), how your gut instinctively feels about your environment and the people around you says a lot about your mindset.

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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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The Importance of First Impressions: How to Wow Your Guests with the Right Decorations

Traveler's Q

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to hosting events. The right event decorations can transform any occasion into an unforgettable experience, capturing the attention of your guests and setting the tone for the entire event. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, or a birthday party, the right decor can make all the difference.

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Reinvention

Techsytalk

This is perhaps the hardest part of reinventing yourself. I’ve experienced this SO. MUCH. over the past few years as I’ve become a mom, our events landscape has changed so drastically, and life has just …happened… My goals, values and hopes have changed, but it’s taken me a while to step into that fear of change & rebrand and build something new.

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How To Choose the Best Online Registration Software – The Ultimate Guide

Eventtia

Online registration software is a cloud-based solution that allows organizers to manage the entire event registration process from start to finish. It offers a user-friendly interface for attendees to easily register for events, providing organizers tools to track registrations, collect payments, manage attendee data, and generate reports. Professionals can use this solution to host a wide range of events, from retail workshops or fireside chats to large conferences and product launches.

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Hotels Launch Fundraising Initiatives

Smart Meetings

Meet to make a positive impact this October October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From Oct. 1 through 31 each year, the international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities aims to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and treatment. This year, a number of hotels around the United States host events and initiatives to raise money for charities that work to increase awareness of breast cancer and to fund research and pa

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Europe’s culture and history draw in long-haul travellers despite rising costs

ETC Corporate

Long-haul travellers are showing enthusiasm to explore European destinations this Autumn, with travel intention from key markers remaining steady or seeing an increase compared to last year. Interest in travelling to Europe has particularly surged in China. Despite concerns about high travel costs and inflated airfares, 74% of Chinese survey respondents intend to visit a European destination.

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The New Language of Events Spoken by Today’s Audiences

Convene by PCMA

Meeting professionals who are looking to make their events more appealing to next-generation attendees might consider making a simple shift: Use words to describe your events that resonate with your target audiences. Ken Holsinger, Freeman’s senior vice president for strategy, uncovered what he called a “new language of event attendees,” by analyzing more than 100,000 anecdotal responses collected from event attendees in dozens of industries, looking for examples of words that elicit positive an

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How Hot is the Meetings Market, and Where is It Hottest?

MeetingsNet

Knowland’s report on year-over-year events growth says Nashville’s meetings scene jumped more than 30 percent in September. Here are the other high-percentage growth cities, and the industries driving it. Knowland, a data-as-a-service provider for the hospitality industry, has some of the answers. Its meeting-volume report for September was released October 5, and it shows growth for the events industry is strong.

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Allow Me to (Re)introduce Myself

Techsytalk

Allow me to (re)introduce myself. While I’m starting a brand new Instagram account, my mission isn’t new. I’m an independent event planner who loves what I do, but also loves my family and having a LIFE! I’ve been building my business for nearly 15 years and am excited to share what I’ve learned (and am still learning!!) about doing meaningful work, making money, finding life balance and keeping the focus always on my values.

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The Complete Guide to Creating a Budget for an Event

Eventtia

Creating a comprehensive event budget is crucial for ensuring the optimal performance of any type of event. It serves as a financial roadmap, providing a clear view of all expenses and revenues associated with the event. By creating an effective event budget plan, organizers can exercise financial control and achieve maximum returns on their investments.

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Sphere Is Officially Open—and It’s Amazing

Smart Meetings

After much anticipation, Sphere is now open and taking the cinematic experience to another level. As of today, Sphere has hosted two separate shows. Irish rock band U2 has a residency there, titled “U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere , ” set to end Dec. 16 (although there are rumors of a possible extension due to high demand), and director Darren Aronofsky debuted his 50-minute Postcard from Earth film on Oct. 6.

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The Future Of Conferences Is Unconferences

Conferences that Work

Meetings and conferences are perhaps one of the most important fundamental ways in which people come together and change happens. Yet this topic is rarely the focus of much academic study. So I’m pleased to discover an academic research article paper about unconference — especially since its title is: The Future Of Conferences Is Unconferences !

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More CVBs Earning Autism Travel Accreditation

Convene by PCMA

Visit Salt lake, the destination’s convention and visitors bureau, recently earned the designation Certified Autism Center through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. When Visit Salt Lake’s Evan Bauerle heard about Mesa, Arizona, becoming the first-ever Autism Certified City through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) — a story Convene wrote about in 2022 — he knew it was something he wanted to share

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Meeting-Budget Woes, by the Numbers

MeetingsNet

Maritz Global Events released its Industry Trends Report at IMEX America with some eye-popping data on the rising cost of hotels, airfares, F&B, and other event-budget elements. If your meetings budget has kept up with price increases over the past few years, you’re among the lucky. For its Industry Trends Report, October 2023 edition, Maritz Global Events crunched numbers from the U.S.

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Press Release: MeetingPackage raises $4.6 million in Series A funding to boost European growth and forge into the North American market

Meeting Package

Helsinki, Finland - 2nd of October 2023 MeetingPackage, a leading all-in-one sales automation software specializing in venue and group bookings, has secured a $4.6 million Series A round led by Scale Capital. While MeetingPackage is already cash-flow positive and profitable, this additional funding will accelerate growth in Europe and facilitate expansion into the North American market.

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Healthcare Industry: Employee happiness is key to patient happiness

EHL Insights

Human interaction is more important than ever as society recovers from COVID-induced social changes and welcomes the arrival of ubiquitous artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT. Human experience based on interactions is not only critical to the traditional hospitality industries but also other industries, such as healthcare and retail. As part of the Hospitality Vibes interview series, I interviewed Claudio Garbellini, Deputy General Director of SOL Group, Italy’s leading home care provider.

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New and Renovated: New England Meetings Take Center Stage

Smart Meetings

Meetings from quintessential Virginia, to the mountains, to Capitol Hill Make your way to the places where the fall foliage turns the red, orange and gold of everyone’s favorite autumn movies and art: New England. Not only will you be front and center to some of the country’s most historic locations; you’ll have no shortage of convenient meeting space in a wealth of diverse locations.

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The Audacious Meeting Industry Offer of a Lifetime: I Get to Pay for the Privilege of Sharing My Expertise!

Conferences that Work

A [MARKETING PERSON] has invited me to share my expertise at a meeting industry event. Well, there’s nothing unusual about that; it happens frequently. BUT THIS TIME I GET TO PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE! Pay me? No, you pay us! I’m regularly asked to speak, present, or run a workshop at meeting industry events. While I love to do this, the requests are often silent about something important.

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Overshooting the Mark

Convene by PCMA

Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA and CEMA Usually, when you overshoot the mark, it’s a good thing, like when you exceed your goals. But Earth Overshoot Day is no cause for celebration. This year, we reached Earth Overshoot Day on Aug. 2, marking the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

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Pricing Unveiled for Meetings Industry’s A.I. Tool

MeetingsNet

Known as Spark, the planning-specific platform will maintain a free version along with a paid version offering enhanced features that rolls out on October 23. After conducting five months of beta testing and building its datasets from the input of more than 3,000 planners and industry suppliers, the Professional Convention Management Association and event-technology firm Gevme will unveil the full version of Spark—an A.I. platform designed specifically for the business-events industry—on October

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Event Technology: The Ultimate Guide for 2024

Bizzaboo

Welcome to the 2024 event technology guide! Not sure you need event technology? Think again! Consider this data from our State of in-person B2B conferences report : 68.9% of organizers say event software has a major impact on the success of their events 67.4% of organizers say they have changed or plan to change their event management software vendor within the next year 72.5% of organizers say their event management software played a major role in the success of their most recent conference 62.

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Implementing sustainability in service organizations: A complex puzzle

EHL Insights

HIGHLIGHTS Implementing sustainability in service organizations is a complex puzzle, but it’s worth the effort as a key driver of global sustainability outcomes. External reporting of CSR information, internal management of CSR initiatives, and internal governance are key managerial anchors in this vast arena. Organizations and governments must prioritize sustainability and take these key steps today to meet global committments towards reductions in CO2 emissions.

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Event Case Study: Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

Smart Meetings

Where healthcare professionals share design and architecture ideas 1998 was the first year Jenabeth Ferguson, symposium director for Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE), became aware of the expo, formerly Symposium on Healthcare Design. “I was early in my career producing events, so I wasn’t always focused on the purpose of each event, but the Symposium was different,” she says.

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Facilitating: try to remember we are all different

Conferences that Work

While facilitating, I try to remember that we are all different. Here’s why that goal can make me a better facilitator. I can be better than I expect at noticing differences I know that everybody’s fingerprints are unique, though that doesn’t help me facilitate better. But sometimes, to my surprise, I become aware of subtle useful differences between members of a group.

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A Fundraiser With Soul — and New Soles

Convene by PCMA

Artesha Moore (second from right), president and CEO of Association Forum, leaned in to her love of sneakers to make the groups annual Honors Gala a “sneaker ball.” This past June, Chicago-based Association Forum gave its annual Honors Gala a twist by joining a growing number of organizations that have turned their fundraisers into sneaker balls.

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Hilton Readies Small-Meeting Booking Tool

MeetingsNet

The Events.Hilton.com site is being enhanced to allow planners with groups of up to 35 attendees to book meetings online. Hilton has announced plans to roll out a direct-booking tool for small, simple meetings in early 2024. Clients will be able to book meeting packages for up to 35 attendees, or reserve meeting and event spaces, with or without guest rooms.

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