February, 2024

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European tourism draws close to pre-pandemic levels in 2023

ETC Corporate

Towards the end of 2023, European tourism continued its robust recovery, nearing pre-pandemic levels despite inflationary pressures. Across reporting destinations, foreign tourist arrivals stand at 1.6% below 2019 figures, with nights 0.6% below, showcasing a resilient travel demand across the continent – a trend which is expected to continue into 2024.

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Breaking Tradition and Being Inclusive: A 2024 Meetings and Events Outlook

Smart Meetings

A 2024 meetings outlook from Marriott International’s Julius Robinson Julius Robinson Editor’s Note : Julius Robinson, Marriott International’s chief sales and marketing officer for the United States and Canada, provides the top meetings and events trends and priorities that will shape the hospitality industry in 2024 as seen as several Marriott properties across the United States and Canada.

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Is Your Destination a Memorable Masterpiece?

Advanced Travel and Tourism

One thing I have turned to over the last several years is LEGO and truly getting into enjoying the hours it takes to build something. It really is about the memories created brick by brick, and this got me thinking…  As Destination Marketers, we are not too far off from being a LEGO Designer. It just looks a little different. We too create memories for our target audiences that are celebrated and remembered for years to come.

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Helping Hospitality Students Transition from Campus to Career

ADMEI

Helping Hospitality Students Transition from Campus to Career 20 February 2024 Heading into a career right after college can be a daunting task for many graduates, especially transitioning from academic classes to the professional world. That comes with its own set of challenges, and having connections set ahead of time can make all the difference. As undergraduates look ahead toward the transition from student to professional, the Association of Destination Management Executives International (

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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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Social Savvy For Your Generational Marketing Efforts

Dana Communications

People just can’t get enough of social media. Sprout Social has the usage stats to back this up: reporting an estimated 4.89 billion worldwide users visiting, on average, seven different channels a month to rack up 151 minutes spent on social media daily. (Because if you’re not scrolling while simultaneously streaming your favorite TV show, are you even doing it right?

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Get to Know ME with Steve Chemello

Motivation Excellence

Steve Chemello is our Get to Know ME employee spotlight for February. It’s our shortest month and as you can see below, his answers are short and sweet too. Thanks, Steve, for giving us a tiny peek into what makes you, you! What’s your current title and how long have you been in the incentive industry? I’m a developer. It will be eight years in April.

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Agriculture and Agritourism in Virginia Beach

Smart Meetings

Virginia Beach’s agricultural industry tells a story beyond economics Every morning David Trimmer wakes up thinking about the viability, sustainability and growth of the agricultural industry in Virginia Beach. Trimmer—and the city—places a heavy focus on its agriculture, which makes up a third of its economic output, alongside other major industries like the military and tourism.

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A Digital Marketers’ Survival Guide for This Election Year

Advanced Travel and Tourism

Every year in digital marketing presents unique challenges and trends, but an election year takes the complexity to a whole new level. As the political landscape transforms, the effects ripple across various sectors, including digital advertising. In this survival guide, we explore the nuances of digital marketing in an election year, specifically focusing on the landscape of 2024.

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Lessons from Anguilla on returning after four years away

Conferences that Work

After a four-year gap due to the COVID pandemic, we eagerly returned to Anguilla for a two-week vacation. We love this tiny Caribbean island and have taken a welcome break from Vermont winter for fifteen years. I have written many posts about lessons from Anguilla gleaned during our visits, and this trip uncovered more. The trip For the first time in many years, Celia and I stayed in Anguilla without company.

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A Win in the Fight Against Conference Scammers

MeetingsNet

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a rule allowing it to take scammers to court—including those who fraudulently use conference names, logos, and mailing lists—and seek financial penalties. “Advocacy works!” said Tommy Goodwin, FASAE, CAE, PMP, CMP, vice president of the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance, applauding both the Federal Trade Commission for finalizing an anti-impersonation fraud rule and the many business event industry organizations that advocated for it.

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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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Spring Break and Travel Advisories – What Can You Do if They Overlap?

Motivation Excellence

You’ve probably seen recent news stories about Americans being the victims of serious crimes on a couple of Caribbean islands. Currently the U.S. Department of State has travel warnings out for two prime locations for spring break revelers: The Bahamas (level 2) and Jamaica (level 3).

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How AI Could Help Build Better Meeting Spaces — Online and IRL

Convene by PCMA

MidJourney created this “timber pavilion in nature” from prompts written by Digital Media Editor Magdalina Atanassova. The recently published “The Future 100: 2024” report identifies 100 trends across industries — from culture to technology to travel and hospitality — that will shape the way people live and work this year and beyond. Each year, editors from VML Intelligence, the futurism, research, and innovation unit of global creative agency VML, offer thought-provoking observations for the an

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Smart Moves in Albuquerque, Denver and More

Smart Meetings

Cara Banasch Cara Banasch, ConferenceDirect Banash is appointed senior vice president of enterprise solutions at ConferenceDirect. She will oversee sales, strategy and implementation of the company’s Strategic Meetings Management Program. Wenks holds over 20 years of experience in executive hospitality leadership, most recently serving as vice president of the sales organization for Omni Hotels.

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The Evolution of The Super Bowl Halftime Show: Then vs. Now

InEvent

Image by CBS news The Super Bowl Halftime Show has evolved from a simple intermission entertainment into a global spectacle that commands the attention of millions worldwide. What started as a modest showcase featuring university marching bands and basic performances has transformed into a must-see event that rivals the game itself in anticipation and spectacle. … Post The Evolution of The Super Bowl Halftime Show: Then vs.

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23 Best Atlanta Event Venues and Meeting Spaces  

Bizzaboo

Atlanta, known as “The City in a Forest,” offers a rich tapestry of history and modernity, making it an ideal locale for events. From its pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement to its evolution into a bustling metropolis with lush, green spaces, Atlanta blends cultural depth with vibrant city life. Add to its colorful history an abundance of Atlanta meeting venues, and you can’t go wrong with this Georgia peach of a city!

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Labor Double-Whammy for Hotels Affects Planners, Too

MeetingsNet

Even as they pay front-line employees the highest average hourly rate ever, more than two-thirds of properties nationwide still have notable staffing shortages. December 2023 saw the highest average hourly rate ever for front-line employees at hotels across the country: $23.91, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even so, 67 percent of more than 400 hotel managers who responded to the latest survey conducted by the American Hotel and Lodging Association say they still face a staffi

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New FTC Rule Addresses Common Event Scams

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: A new ruling by the Federal Trade Commission targets scammers seeking to rip off the business events industry, paving the way for direct monetary compensation from bad actors.

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20 Bright Ideas for Personalizing Attendee Experiences

Convene by PCMA

A participant of the executive leadership summit at Convening Leaders 2024 answers questions for a group exercise. The summit, which took place the day before CL officially started, is an example of two of Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes’ 20 bright ideas to personalize events — pre-event and executive programming. (Whatever Media Group) The term personalization is used so often in the events industry that its meaning has become a little hazy — does it refer to technology?

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Smart Moves in Minneapolis, Ann Arbor and More

Smart Meetings

Dr. Romie Dr. Romie, Great Wolf Resorts Board-certified physician, award-winning wellness speaker and founder of brainSHIFT, Dr. Romie , begins a new role as chief wellness officer for Great Wolf Resorts. She will build on the resort organization’s people-driven culture to improve the physical and mental wellness culture throughout the organization using data-driven solutions.

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Ultimate Guide to Planning Unforgettable Black Culture Celebrations

InEvent

Source: Freepik As an innovative leader in event management, we’ve always believed in the power of culture to bring people together. There’s something truly magical about celebrating and embracing our heritage, and when it comes to planning black culture celebrations, the possibilities are endless. Afrocentric event planning is not just about throwing a party; it’s … Post Ultimate Guide to Planning Unforgettable Black Culture Celebrations showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Unpacking Sustainable Tourism Certifications – What do they mean and are they effective?

Solimar International

Sustainable Tourism Certification: Steps and Benefits In this modern era, where responsible travel is becoming more popular, the way we travel is changing significantly. Travelers are increasingly looking for authentic experiences that not only satisfy their desire to explore but also have a positive impact on the places they visit. This shift in traveler behavior is closely linked to the growing awareness of global environmental and social issues.

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A.I. Is Accelerating Meetings-Related Tech

MeetingsNet

At Mobile World Congress 2024, the rapid advance of artificial intelligence is on display through “spatial computing” applications that will affect meetings, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D teleconferencing. While the 2024 edition of Mobile World Congress, which began on February 26 in Barcelona, still is not drawing as many attendees as it did before the Covid pandemic—109,000 people came in 2019 versus about 95,000 this year—it’s not because the rate of innovation in commu

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Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2024 opens for registration

Travel Daily Media

The post Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2024 opens for registration appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Thailand’s leading B2B travel industry show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2024, is scheduled to be held on 5-7 June at JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Phang-nga. Online registrations for buyers and sellers will open on 9 February.

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How to Market Your Event App

Convene by PCMA

Making sure attendees use the event app you’ve created requires your organization to market the app before your event takes place. Your organization has created an event app that will seamlessly integrate with the in-person experience — but how do you encourage attendees to use it? Event management platform VenuIQ shared some tips and tricks in a recent blog post, “Best Practices for Marketing Your Event App.

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Lessons for Meeting Profs from MGM Resorts’ Sabbatical Policy

Smart Meetings

How “Intermissions” could launch brilliant second halves of event careers When you have reached the heights of the hospitality ladder like MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer Stephanie Glanzer, where do you go? Thanks to MGM Resorts’ sabbatical program called The Intermission, this longtime leader in Las Vegas was able to recapture the excitement of going to work by taking some time to reconnect with family—and herself.

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Explore 20 Unforgettable Travel Destinations for 2024

InEvent

Are you on the hunt for exhilarating travel destinations in 2024? Look no further! National Geographic’s highly anticipated Best of the World 2024 list is here to inspire your wanderlust with extraordinary experiences and breathtaking locations. This exclusive list, unveiled first to USA TODAY, features a diverse array of top destinations worldwide, ranging from iconic … Post Explore 20 Unforgettable Travel Destinations for 2024 showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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DePauw University Oman Study Trip Jan 2024

Panorama Travel

WE OPEN THE DOORS FOR UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCES We were pleased at Panorama Travel to organize the first DePauw University Oman Study Trip Jan 2024. The two-week study trip in the Sultanate included the capital, Muscat, Nizwa, Sur, the Empty Quarter desert, and Dhofar. It also included many experiences at tourist sites, visits to academic institutions, and meetings with Omani figures & exploring Oman culture and traditions.

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Speaker Trends for This Year’s Business Events

MeetingsNet

Economic, cultural, and technological issues are impacting who makes it onto the podium at meeting and conventions. The Speaking Industry Benchmark Report produced by AAE Speakers Bureau compiles data from both event organizers and keynote speakers to better understand the issues and trends affecting the speaker-booking process. While the full 2024 report will be released on March 26th, Jennifer Best, vice president of marketing at AAE, shared some early data from this year’s survey results with

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The countdown begins for “The Meetings Show Asia Pacific’s” debut

Travel Daily Media

The post The countdown begins for “The Meetings Show Asia Pacific’s” debut appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), The Meetings Show Asia Pacific 2024 promises to be a game-changer for meetings and events planners in the region, with its MICE market poised to grow from USD412.18 billion in 2023 to USD783.63 billion by 2032.

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Who Organized the Event Better — Humans or AI?

Convene by PCMA

Moderator Shawn Cheng (with microphone) listens as a participant presents one team’s solution for the “Human Heroes vs. AI Wizards” challenge at CL24. Last year, I started experimenting with the generative AI tool ChatGPT and making it part of my work, because of its promise to enhance productivity — but also for job security. It has become increasingly clear that — as several speakers at Convening Leaders 2024 in January in San Diego pointed out — we likely won’t lose our jobs to AI but t

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CMP Spotlight: Get to Know Gary Murakami, CMP

Smart Meetings

Gary Murakami, CMP, saw his mother work in hotels throughout his childhood. “[She] had a passion and love for the industry,” he says, which carried through to him. “Her dedication and appreciation for the connections with guests and co-workers and the career opportunities hospitality provided for an immigrant coming to the U.S. with a minimal command of English inspired me to pursue a career in the industry also.

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How to use post-event data to supercharge your event strategy in 2024 & beyond

Bizzaboo

The best events teams are powered by data. To help event professionals learn how to use data to accelerate event strategy and get better outcomes with each B2B conference , we recently hosted a new webinar — No data left behind: Strategies for transforming post-event data into 2024 event success — featuring Nicola Kastner , founder of The Event Strategist, and Jon Wolff , global events manager at Lenovo.

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Mastering the art of financial organization for PCOs

MPI

This article explores essential strategies to help PCOs maintain order and their finances to their finances to orchestrate unforgettable conferences.

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29 Survey Questions for Reliable Event Feedback

MeetingsNet

They can be tailored to your groups to better assess the experience of attendees, speakers, and vendors. To understand the attendee experience at your events, all you have to do is ask. If done right, the answers will help you build an even better experience the next time around because they’ll provide you with insight into the perceptions of participants and speakers.

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Hong Kong’s 2024 event hot list

Travel Daily Media

The post Hong Kong’s 2024 event hot list appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. From world-class events to seasonal celebrations, Hong Kong’s year-round event calendar is unmatched. The city is a cultural hub brimming with art, gastronomy and sports – a perfect match for every type of traveller. Discover five unmissable events on Hong Kong’s 2024 event hot list below.

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