November, 2023

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Could Event Freelancers Save 2024 Meetings?

Smart Meetings

A Survey Exploring the Motivations and Values of Independent Planners Might Help Lean Planning Teams Elevate Events The future of events is a little unpredictable, to say the least. Predictions of a recession and headlines about military and health crises seem to pop up every day. That leaves companies hesitant to plan too far ahead or even fully staff their event teams.

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A.I. and Meeting Contracts: Don’t Ignore the Warning Label

MeetingsNet

The new meetings-industry A.I. engine is impressive, but planners need to understand how best to use its contracts section and how human expertise is still required. Warning: Please note that the generated output is not legal advice. You are advised to consult a lawyer. That’s the small print on the legal prompts in Spark, the meetings-specific generative-A.I. engine launched earlier this year by the Professional Convention Management Association and Gevme, an event-technology provider.

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Navigating Neurodiversity Challenges at Conferences

Convene by PCMA

Neurodiverse attendees may benefit from quiet spaces where they can take a break from the lights and sounds at a conference. When neurotypical people think of situations that could be stressful for neurodivergent people, loud concerts or energetic sports games may come to mind. But what many neurotypical people fail to recognize is that “a conference room that might seem relatively calm to everybody else might feel incredibly overwhelming for an autistic person,” said Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm ,

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Incentive Travel: Interactive Connection is the Name of the Game

Smart Meetings

Walking tours provide distinct experiential learning that you can’t get any other way As incentive travel continues to be a critical tool for retaining and motivating talent, planners are looking for ways to make excursions more meaningful and memorable. One of the simplest ways to do so is by employing a local organized walking tour. Smart Meetings spoke with representatives from three leading walking tour companies about how tours can help to truly transform a meeting experience.

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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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Europe’s tourism displays a strong rebound, but remains uneven across the regions

ETC Corporate

Following a summer of strong tourism demand, international tourist arrivals to Europe are only 3.2% below 2019 levels, and nights are down by 1.3% for the January-September period. The rebound is being driven by resilient intra-European travel and the influx of US tourists benefitting from favourable exchange rates.

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11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DMC

ADMEI

11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DMC 08 November 2023 Planning an event from afar can be difficult. To simplify the process, save money, and eliminate stress, consider hiring a Destination Management Company. A DMC can help you plan and execute events with excellence — but it’s important to hire the right team. Questions to Ask a Potential DMC Partner As you reach out to potential event partners, these questions can help you determine which DMC is the best fit for you. 1.

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Get to Know ME with Amy Rose

Motivation Excellence

Amy Rose is the subject of our latest Get to Know ME segment. She started at Motivation Excellence in our client marketing department eight months ago and quickly became involved in our Events Committee. She helps plan fun events for our teams in the Schaumburg headquarters in addition to helping clients bring their programs to life. In the blog below, and the attached 3-minute video, Amy Rose really opens up about what makes her truly unique.

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Revolutionizing Event Experiences with Virtual Reality: An Exploration of Innovative VR Ideas

Traveler's Q

Over the last few years, virtual reality (VR) has emerged as an innovative and impactful technology, which has revolutionized several industries, including the event industry. With its ability to create a fully immersive and interactive experience, the technology has the potential to transform how people participate in events. Virtual reality headsets, platforms, and software have made it possible to create truly impactful and memorable events that engage and captivate attendees.

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New and Renovated: California Dreaming

Smart Meetings

Captivating Designs Make Memorable Debuts From the sunny coastline of SoCal to the fog-draped Golden Gate, new and renovated hotels across the charming state of California make for compelling options to host your next meetings, event or retreat. A variety of different spaces, from size to design, are constant across all these properties. But that’s where the similarities end—each offers its own distinct character and captures the essential flavor of whichever destination it calls home.

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European Travel Commission celebrates 75th anniversary as new members join

ETC Corporate

This week, the European Travel Commission (ETC) marked 75 years of promoting and representing European tourism at its General Meeting #106 in Tenerife, hosted by Spain’s National Tourism Organisation, Turespaña. The event saw record participation, bringing together leaders from thirty-three European national tourism organisations, as well as private sector ETC associate members.

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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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ADMEI Announces 2024 Awards Finalists

ADMEI

ADMEI Announces 2024 Awards Finalists WIMBERLEY, Texas (14 November 2023) The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI), a leading global membership association for Destination Management Companies (DMCs) has officially announced the 2024 ADMEI Awards finalists. ADMEI’s awards program is among the most respectable and distinguished in the meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) industry and the most robust, noteworthy DMC-specific awards program.

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Destinations – Keep Holiday Travel Pain Points from Snowballing

Dana Communications

Ahhh, the holidays. Some relish the idea of decking the halls and fa, la, la, la, la-ing in the comfort of their own home. Others can’t wait to get away and escape the chilling temps and holiday hassles, board a plane and travel to a far-flung location that’s warm and exciting. Some place anywhere other than their primary residence. Which is a fabulous idea.

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Make Gratitude Your Attitude All Year Long

Motivation Excellence

In the United States, November is the BIG month for gratitude, with Thanksgiving starting off the holiday season through the end of the year. But research shows living a life of thankfulness ALL year is truly beneficial to your health. Robert Emmons is the leading scientific expert on gratitude. Through his research, he and his team found that being grateful: Boosts your immune system Lowers your blood pressure Helps elevate your mood Allows you to celebrate the present Blocks negative emotions

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48 years together — so far, so good

Conferences that Work

48 years ago this week I met Celia at the wedding of mutual friends in the heart of the English New Forest. I moved in with her ten days later and we’ve been together ever since. We married in 1977… …and moved to the U.S. the same year. We have been through so much together. Wonderful times and hard times. Along the way our family grew; we now have three (adult) children and three grandkids.

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Smart Moves in Hawaii, Half Moon Bay and More

Smart Meetings

Jaye Moreau and Beth Haddock Jaye Moreau (left) and Beth Haddock (right), Kōloa Landing Resort Luxury Kaua’i resort, K ōloa Landing Resort , has appointed Moreau as destination weddings and sales manager. She brings over 10 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing and a specialty in weddings, milestone anniversary celebrations, reunions and more special events.

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How Event Professionals Are Feeling About Their Jobs

Convene by PCMA

The responses event professionals wrote to open-ended questions in our 30th Meetings Market Survey, conducted in late summer, illuminate what they have on their minds in a different way than their answers to multiple-choice questions. Here is a collection of their responses as reflected on their roles earlier this year. Stay tuned for the full results of the survey in the November issue of Convene and soon online.

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How Corporate Events Impact Your Reputation as a Company

ADMEI

How Corporate Events Impact Your Reputation as a Company 22 November 2023 You know your company culture inside and out, from familiarity with your own internal language to easily reciting the values your organization holds. But most consumers – and perhaps even some employees – don’t know your company the way you do. Instead, they rely on key touchpoints to decide how they feel about your brand — primarily, marketing and in-person events.

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Event-Contract Sticking Points: A Practical Approach

MeetingsNet

Three industry veterans share their advice on crafting contract terms and clauses that meet the needs of host groups, not just host venues. Right now, the meetings industry’s landscape features high demand, rising prices, and hotel reps’ relative inexperience with meetings, all of which make planners’ jobs more difficult than ever. To help cut through the thicket of contractual issues within this landscape, three longtime meeting negotiators—Tyra Warner, Lauren Andrews, and Jeff Duncan—held a di

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Digital Transformation: A Competitive Edge in Tourism & Hospitality

EHL Insights

“If we are digitally on the way and data-based, […] it is essential that the guest stands for us in the center. Digitalization should simplify internal processes, increase the guest experience and always have in mind the tourism stakeholders of the destination. Only in such a trio we can be successful.” - Mattia Storni, Saas-Fee/Saastal Tourismus.

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Hotel Attachment with Fox World Travel

Fox World Travel

Written by: Carly Brecka, Meeting and Incentives Program Manager At Fox World Travel, we understand the importance of consolidating hotel bookings to maximize efficiency and cost savings for your travel program. We offer the following services to ensure your travelers receive the best rates, amenities, and hotel options: Hotel Discount Program and Corporate Negotiated Rates […] The post Hotel Attachment with Fox World Travel appeared first on Fox World Travel.

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Formula 1 Las Vegas Sees a Successful Inaugural Event

Smart Meetings

Formula 1’s first year shook things up on the Las Vegas Strip In a weekend filled with more drama than your mom’s favorite soap opera, Las Vegas’ inaugural Formula 1 race ended with practice race mishaps , record-level betting numbers and a more than $1 billion economic impact to the city. Big Numbers Las Vegas Grand Prix reported a 315,000-person attendance number over the course of the event.

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Meetings Market Survey 2023: ‘The Work Has Gotten Very Difficult’

Convene by PCMA

The last time we conducted the Meetings Market Survey — the results of which had been published every year, without fail, in Convene for 29 years — it was November 2019 , and in the public mind, the pandemic referred to early-20th-century influenza, not the global health crisis we were on the brink of experiencing. When we brought back the Meetings Market Survey this summer, we knew the questions couldn’t be cut-and-pasted from previous years, but had to reflect new realities, including the rise

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2024 ADMEI Award Finalists

ADMEI

2024 ADMEI Award Finalists 03 November 2023 CONGRATULATIONS to all 2024 ADMEI Awards finalists! Finalists and winners are determined by scores entered by judges from around the world. These judges are familiar with DMCs (association and corporate planners, hoteliers, venues, photographers, production companies, agencies, etc.). Judging is anonymous - judges do not see any company-specific information ( except Best Destination Marketing).

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New Survey: Planners Most Interested in A.I. for Marketing and Logistics

MeetingsNet

About half of respondents know how A.I. can assist with event planning, but only a small percentage have incorporated it “extensively” into their processes while some others have dabbled. Information on how artificial intelligence can help build, market, and analyze business events has been a popular offering at industry events and in the trade media this year.

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The hotel general manager: Time for a new job description?

EHL Insights

The hotel General Manager (GM) is the person ultimately responsible for a hotel’s performance. A GM’s ability to make decisions and take action will thus have an important impact on his or her hotel’s operational and strategic results. GMs, however, may not always have the autonomy to make these critical decisions as the hotel’s owner and/or hotel management company (HMC) may in fact limit this through their own decision-making interventions.

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Qatar Travel Mart 2023 hosts over 60 countries and welcomes more than 9,000 visitors 

Travel Daily Media

The post Qatar Travel Mart 2023 hosts over 60 countries and welcomes more than 9,000 visitors appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Qatar Tourism is proud to be the strategic partner of the upcoming Qatar Travel Mart (QTM) 2023.

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What One Thing? Finding Joy at Events with Jacques Martiquet The Party Scientist

Smart Meetings

On this episode of What One Thing? Smart Meeting’s Vice President JT Long chats with The Party Scientist Jacques Martiquet to explore the concept of bringing joy to events, turning attendees from spectators into connectors and the impact of movement and music on attendees. Read more about how to create engaging events from Martiquet here. Don’t Miss a Podcast Drop.

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The Rise of LinkedIn

Convene by PCMA

LinkedIn’s job-related focus might be one of the factors that has helped it grow to 950 million users in 200 countries. (Courtesy LinkedIn) LinkedIn, you may have noticed, is booming. Long considered the duller, nerdier counterpart to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the 20-year-old business-oriented social-media channel was ranked as one of the top 10 fastest-growing brands in the world in 2022.

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A Guide to Event Ticket Pricing Strategies for In-person, Virtual, and Hybrid Events

Bizzaboo

Ticket prices can have a profound effect on the success of your events. When you strike the perfect balance between pricing and event content, you increase the chances your event is packed with eager attendees excited to learn new things and network with like-minded people. On the other hand, when you price tickets too high or too low, you risk alienating would-be attendees or missing out on an opportunity to generate revenue.

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Sustainability, Air Travel, and Meetings: No Intersection on the Horizon

MeetingsNet

Airlines are ramping up their carbon-reducing measures—but ever so slightly—while more attendees face internal carbon budgets and taxes to come to events. What can planners do? Virgin Atlantic Airlines announced in late November that it will be the first carrier to operate a trans-Atlantic jumbo-jet flight powered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel—a mix of used cooking oil, animal fat, and agricultural waste.

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Leveraging the essence of luxury for effective marketing strategies

EHL Insights

Luxury has always been associated with high-end brands and products, with marketers utilizing this association to promote their offerings effectively. Luxury is not just about price tags and exclusivity, but an intricate web of storytelling, consumer psychology, and brand identity. This piece delves into how luxury can be a precious tool for powerful marketing strategies across various industries.

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Europalco back at IBTM World 2023, boosting Portugal as a Top MICE Destination

Travel Daily Media

The post Europalco back at IBTM World 2023, boosting Portugal as a Top MICE Destination appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Europalco, the largest provider of solutions for events and shows in Southern Europe, will participate at IBTM World at Fira Barcelona Gran Via from 28-30 November 2023, at stand D80. Europalco, recently honored with the “Rental, Staging and Virtual Production Business of the Year” AV Award, will present its comprehensive turnkey services covering audiovisua

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FICP 2023 Empowered Members for a Future Beyond the Horizon

Smart Meetings

Financial & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP) brought 700 thought leaders together at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida to prepare meeting professionals for whatever comes next with a call to reflect, discover and recharge. Smart Meetings was in attendance and sent back this report from beyond the horizon, touching on topics like the disruption from artificial intelligence, ever-increasing costs and shrinking teams.

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They’ll Want to Come Back Again: Dallas Does More than Great Meetings

Convene by PCMA

“The Traveling Man” statue walks tall in Deep Ellum — an arts and entertainment hub near downtown Dallas. From a planner’s point of view, hosting an event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas is a clear win: The world-class event venue has 724,000+ square feet of contiguous exhibit space; versatile meeting spaces and ballrooms; and even more on the horizon with an expansion beginning construction in 2024.

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Meetings and Conventions Grapple with Gun Violence

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Keeping attendees safe and secure is the focus of all meetings and conventions, but a rise in gun violence is making that more difficult.

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