September, 2023

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Time to Mask-up for Meetings Again?

Smart Meetings

Medical professional offers advice on how to manage the rise of Covid-19 variants Meetings are back to in-person, but the possibility of contracting Covid-19 still looms with high-profile individuals like First Lady Jill Biden having recently tested positive for the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Covid data tracker , between Aug. 4 and Sept. 2, Covid-related hospitalization rose to 8.7%, resulting in 18,871 total hospitalizations.

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Get to Know ME with Carrie Fox

Motivation Excellence

Carrie Fox is a repeat employee, and we’re sure happy to have her back as a coordinator in our travel department! She’s our focus for this month’s Get to Know ME segment. She’s crafty and grateful and full of good vibes! Thanks, Carrie, for sharing your thoughts on our monthly questions. What’s your current title and how long have you been in the incentive industry?

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Techy Travel in 2023: What Resorts & Hotels Need to Know

Dana Communications

Techy Travel in 2023: What Resorts & Hotels Need to Know Have you noticed how much easier it is to travel nowadays? Technology has improved the way we get out into the world – making it safer, more exciting and, ultimately, more accessible. With so many possibilities for properties to grow their business through travel tech, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top advancements below.

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Munich Marriott Hotel City West opens with 398 rooms and 2,326 sqm of event space

The MICE Blog

Munich is a prime international MICE destination. It’s a superbly connected and modern city where tradition meets a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Today Munich welcomes a new venue highlight with the opening of the Munich Marriott Hotel City West. The hotel brings an additional 398 rooms to Munich, along with 2,326 square meters of event space. Only a few hotels in Munich offer such a large capacity in both rooms and event space, making this hotel’s size a game changer for the city.

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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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Making Your Brand Stand Out: The Importance of Event Branding in a Competitive Landscape

Traveler's Q

In today’s hypercompetitive business landscape, making your brand stand out from the crowd has become more crucial than ever. With so much noise in the market, creating a unique and memorable brand image is necessary to catch the attention of potential customers and ensure that your business is successfully differentiated from the competition.

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Satisfying wants and needs at conferences

Conferences that Work

I use the phrase “wants and needs” a lot when talking about participant-driven and participation-rich conferences. It even appears in the title of my third book ! Satisfying wants and what Abraham Maslow called growth needs are core goals of any event. But whose wants and needs are we talking about ? Whom is your event for? Conference organizers have, of course, every right to create an event that satisfies their wants and needs.

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An Easy Read on Having Difficult Conversations

Motivation Excellence

We’ve all been on the receiving end of heart-plummeting conversation starters like: “We need to talk…” “Please come into my office for a few minutes…” “There’s something I need to tell you…” “Close the door behind you…” Did your tummy get a little queasy reading any of those? While the recipient legitimately can feel instant apprehension upon hearing someone say those words, the speaker has probably been reeling from internal turmoil leading up to the conversation for quite some time.

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Overtourism Management & Solutions: Where More Isn’t Better

Dana Communications

Think about the last time you shared where you’d be vacationing with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Those who’d already been there probably bombarded you with oh-you-have-to-go-to-(fill-in-the-blank) recommendations. And surprise, surprise, they were all the same handful of places. Even less surprising? These over-recommendations are very likely those most overrun with more tourists than you can shake a (selfie) stick at.

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Destination guide for sustainable venues in Stuttgart 

The MICE Blog

Everyone is familiar with one side of Stuttgart’s story—its fame as the birthplace of the first car and its dominant presence in the automotive sector. Yet, there’s a less explored narrative that’s now emerging. There’s a lot happening in Stuttgart right now, especially in its transformation into a leading destination for sustainable events.

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Amplifying Your Event Promotion: How to Use Automated Email Campaigns for Maximum Impact

Traveler's Q

Organizing an event is a challenging task that requires a lot of effort and planning. However, no matter how perfectly you might have organized it, if you don’t promote it well enough, you might end up having an empty audience. Email marketing is one of the best ways to promote your event because it can directly reach your target audience with personalized messages.

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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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5 Great Ways To Use SMS for Events and Retail Experiences

Eventtia

As brands search for innovative ways to interact with their audiences, SMS for events and retail experiences has emerged as one of the main channels for high customer engagement. No wonder why: mobile-first experience is necessary while more people spend time on their phones. As Statista highlights, “In 2021, mobile users in the United States sent roughly 2 trillion SMS or MMS messages.

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How to Host a Brava Meeting in Italy

Smart Meetings

6 tips for a smooth European event from an international DMC expert If it seems to you everyone is taking their incentive meeting to Europe this year, you are not alone. International destinations often increase the perceived value of an experience in the mind of the participants making the reward (in the case of an incentive program) even more unique and unforgettable.

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Why Generative AI Can’t Replace Event Organizers’ Jobs

Convene by PCMA

Meeting planners don’t have to worry about AI taking over their jobs, a new report from the World Economic Forum suggests. There’s a lot to unpack in the 296-page report released Sept. 19 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) about the impact of Large Language Models (LLM) — aka generative AI — on jobs. But the headlines hold very good news for those working in the business events industry: Among the jobs expected to be least exposed to the threat posed by generative AI’s impact are those that

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Tourism in Switzerland: A successful summer 2023 for the Industry

EHL Insights

The latest figures released by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) have put even more spring in Swiss tourism’s step. Night stays in Switzerland for the months of June and July 2023 were recently published. And the news is good! Night stays (or hotel stays) were 8.6% higher in June 2023 versus June 2023. This confirms an earlier report indicating that in the first half of 2023, night stays increased 13.8% year on year.

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VisitBritain hosts first ‘Ambassador Reception’

Travel Daily Media

The post VisitBritain hosts first ‘Ambassador Reception’ appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. VisitBritain has been putting the importance of the business events sector in the spotlight, hosting its first ‘Ambassador Reception’ to recognise city sector and academic ambassadors who continue to secure new international business events in Britain.

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Major Events Firm Pushes Hard on Sustainability Certification

MeetingsNet

After one big effort in August, nearly six times as many Maritz Global Events employees are certified in event sustainability. In 2022, the Events Industry Council launched the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate online course, aimed at meeting planners and suppliers interested in improving the sustainability and social-impact efforts of their organizations and the business events they organize.

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11 Qualities to Look for When Partnering with a Team Building Company: CSR Research Part Three

Best Corporate Events

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives benefit businesses, their employees, and their local communities. CSR team building events are often one core component of broader programs. But to get the most value for everyone involved, it’s vital to choose the right CSR team building partner. An ideal partner will deliver programs that create fun, emotionally powerful, memorable shared experiences for employees.

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Platinum Choice 2023: Nominate Your Favorite Hotel Partner!

Smart Meetings

Give a shout out to your partners! The annual Platinum Choice Awards serves as the perfect opportunity to show appreciation for your favorite hotels and CVBs. All votes are entered to win one of three $100 Amazon Gift Cards. The deadline to get your votes in is Sept. 30. Winners will be announced in the December Smart Meetings Magazine. Vote Now! Take a look at last year’s Platinum Choice winners here.

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Tactics to Help Resolve Competing Priorities in Planning Your Event

Convene by PCMA

Rising costs — for food and beverage, AV and production, and speakers/entertainment — are challenging planners who want to meet attendee expectations at their events. First, the bad news: Full-year performance for 2023 participation and revenues is expected to be around 10 percent below 2019. But the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) says next year’s performance is expected to eclipse 2019 results by nearly 4 percent.

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Why labor shortages led to a skills gap in the hospitality sector?

EHL Insights

Labor is the biggest single cost for hospitality institutions, yet many hotel and tourism industry employers are facing an industry-wide shortage of qualified employees. Travel and tourism may be up as global levels of wealth increase, but there are fewer qualified hospitality workers across the entire industry - from casinos and cruise ships to restaurants and hotels.

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Get ready to party at “Cruise Control 4.0” with Cordelia Cruises

Travel Daily Media

The post Get ready to party at “Cruise Control 4.0” with Cordelia Cruises appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. Cordelia Cruises is thrilled to unveil the much-awaited comeback of “Cruise Control 4.0,” Asia’s biggest cruise festival. Against the mesmerising backdrop of the Arabian Sea, this year’s edition promises an unprecedented amalgamation of opulence, music, and entertainment, featuring the spectacular Canadian artist, Shubh, as the head

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Six reasons why unconferences aren’t more popular

Conferences that Work

Why aren’t unconferences more popular? Events and media consultant Julius Solaris shared at the Unforgettable Experience Design Summit that he was initially very enthusiastic about unconference format events. He thought conferences would eventually adopt unconference models. But Julius didn’t see them catch on and now focuses on other aspects of the meeting industry.

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The Ultimate Sustainable Event Management and Planning Checklist

Bizzaboo

Now more than ever, sustainability is top of mind for event planners because it’s a top priority for event attendees. It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting a team summit, client meet-and-greet, or large trade show — attendees want to participate in events prioritizing a safe, healthy planet. In our recent State of in-person B2B conferences report , 26.8% of attendees said sustainability and DE&I are their No. 1 priority, and 31.2% said they’re their No. 2 priority when choosing to attend

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Cooking Up Culinary Excellence

Smart Meetings

Profiles on five woman chefs of color leading the culinary industry Chef Alice Seo, DM of Wolfgang Puck Catering in Seattle, was one of five incredible woman chefs of color in a leadership position who spoke to Smart Meetings about their careers. In her interview with Smart Meetings, she recalled watching an interview of Madeline Albright, the first female U.S.

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Where’s the Meeting Planner?

Convene by PCMA

The Wall Street Journal ranked the Las Vegas Convention Center at No. 1 overall in its list of the top 30 U.S. convention centers. The Wall Street Journal ’s recent ranking of the top 30 U.S. convention centers used criteria generally understood as key to site selection: exhibition space, meeting rooms, total space, distance from the airport, hotel availability, meal price, arts/entertainment, food availability, and walkability.

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Luxury hospitality: Trends, challenges, and best practices

EHL Insights

Luxury is the new black. Post the pandemic, the global luxury industry recorded sales of €1.15 trillion in 2021, and continued its growth in 2022 by 19%-21% (Bain & Company, 2023). Luxury hospitality, luxury cars, and personal luxury goods represent over 80% of the total market. In this article, we zoom into the world of luxury hospitality to examine the trends that shape this industry, the challenges that are associated with the trends, and the best practices that illustrate how firms are m

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IBTM Americas: ‘Design what you want to design, and what you want to achieve’

MPI

During her IBTM Americas session on Sept. 13, Liz Whittaker, vice president of creative services for Encore, shared her vision on graphic design and the importance of organizing, prioritizing and promoting the retention of the messages we want to convey to our audience.

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Live in your own imagination

Conferences that Work

Strive to live in your own imagination, not someone else’s. Having written about the intersection of power and status at meetings , I appreciate what professor of African American studies at Princeton University Ruha Benjamin shares in this 2019 video: “ The New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination “ She delves deeply into nonobvious ways that historic designs encode and perpetuate inequity.

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Noor Riyadh 2023 to be held from 30 Nov to 16 Dec in Saudi Arabia

Travel Daily Media

The post Noor Riyadh 2023 to be held from 30 Nov to 16 Dec in Saudi Arabia appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. Noor Riyadh, the Largest Light Art Festival in the World, will return for its third edition in Riyadh, with the festival running from November 30 to December 16, 2023, and the exhibition from November 30, 2023 to March 2, 2024.

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Elevated Experiences Scored at Florida Smart Meetings Event

Smart Meetings

Luxurious Touches Made Everyone Feel Special in The Palm Beaches When the CEO arrives on the greens of historic PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, in a helicopter, dropping a bucket of golf balls to pick the winner of a high-stakes raffle, you know this is going to be a hosted buyer event unlike any other. Smart Meetings Florida Experience elevated the gathering at every turn.

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Taking a Lesson From Lego

Convene by PCMA

The Lego Group’s crowdsourcing program Lego Ideas has a website boasting a community of 2.8 million-plus customers who have contributed and debated on more than 135,000 ideas for Lego sets. (Courtesy The Lego Group) At their core, associations are built on the principle of community. Whether it’s a professional association for engineers, a group dedicated to a charitable cause, or a club for hobbyists, the thread that pulls them together is a shared interest or goal.

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How AI Revenue Management is helping hoteliers get the competitive edge

EHL Insights

Hotel revenue management is the process of optimizing revenue by predicting demand and setting prices accordingly, most commonly found in hotels to forecast occupancy in order to maximize their room rate, hotel marketing strategy, and overall property performance. It's a complex and ever-evolving field for a revenue manager to navigate, with many channels and tools to keep up-to-date with.

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Burning Man’s Muddy Contingency Plan

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: This year's Burning Man turned into a muddy mess when severe flooding left thousands stranded. Is it time we revisit contingency plans for outdoor events?

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Creating Restaurant Event Spaces that Sell

Social Tables

Have you ever attended a birthday party, holiday gathering, or business meeting at a restaurant? Although you may not have considered those occasions “events” at the time, that’s precisely what they were, and restaurants host more of them than we think. As the demand for private events grows and booking windows get shorter, more customers are looking for restaurant event spaces that meet their needs.

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MarketHub Asia 2023: Shaping the future of travel in Bangkok

Travel Daily Media

The post MarketHub Asia 2023: Shaping the future of travel in Bangkok appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. Hotelbeds popular MarketHub is returning to Asia later this year to bring travel professionals from across the globe together in Bangkok from 21-23 November 2023. Amari Watergate Bangkok will host the upcoming edition of MarketHub Asia which, under the theme “Where next?

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