September, 2021

Mitigating the Risks of Returning to In-Person Meetings


The old saying goes, “The Only Constant in Life Is Change.” Heraclitus] That certainly has been true of late in the travel and hospitality industry. On a daily basis, we account for all types of uncertainty in the planning of all of our incentive travel programs, meetings and events.

Incentive Travel is alive and well … in 2021


Corporate inSITEs Edition 2 is currently “fielding” with our US corporations and we’ll have a sneak peak of preliminary results during SITE Classic. We’ve been following up with some of the corporations on our panel and received this wonderfully inspiring email from one of them highlight how incentive travel is alive and well … “Just completed the survey and thank you for resending and allowing me to include my input.

How to measure the success of virtual and hybrid events—an interview with Hannes Putzig, Director of Strategic Solutions at the VOK DAMS event agency.

The MICE Blog

VOK DAMS is a great example of an event agency that has been successfully implementing virtual and hybrid event strategies for the past 18 months.

Everything You Need To Know To Create Your Event Timeline

Endless Events

So, you want to plan an event. If your head is spinning, don’t worry: it’s all completely normal. Take the event planning process one step at a time. How about you start with creating an event timeline?

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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.

How Diversity and Inclusion Changed Microsoft for the Better

Convene by PCMA

Philip Jarvis, a software engineer on Microsoft’s HoloLens team, uses one of the devices on the job. Jarvis, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, came to Microsoft as part of the Neurodiversity Hiring Program. Read Jarvis’s story on the Microsoft blog. Courtesy Microsoft).

Before, During, and After: The Complete Guide to Event Engagement

Social Tables

Have you ever tried to teach a class, promote a discussion, or get people to join in on an activity only to be met with blank stares and an awkward silence? Expert planners know that event engagement is vital to an event’s initial success, as well as the success of potential future events.

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Hybrid Events – 15 Mistakes to Avoid

Event Manager Blog

For many event planners, hybrid events are still a relatively new endeavor, one that brings the unfamiliar challenge of engaging two very different audiences at the same time. Here are 15 tips for avoiding the pitfalls that can easily occur.

Business travel continues slowed recovery while some companies consider new travel program approaches

Travel Daily News

Latest GBTA poll shows Delta variant continues to cloud business travel industry sentiment and recovery, with signs that corporate travel managers are working in news ways

The Nitty-Gritty Of Virtual Event Production With Socio!

Endless Events

There is only one thing that seems to be certain in these trying times in the events industry: virtual events are here to stay , no matter the state of the pandemic and our personal preferences. And that’s why it’s time to talk about virtual event production -again.

Top 10 Reasons to Meet in Canada

Convene by PCMA

Are you ready to inspire connection? Start planning your next meeting with Destination Canada Business Events. With its wide-open spaces, diverse culture, vibrant cities and natural beauty, Canada is home to a variety of inspiring destinations for events of every kind.

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

14th Consecutive Year on MeetingsNet's CMI 25 List

Bishop McCann

We are thrilled to announce that MeetingsNet , a digital magazine and website dedicated to the meetings and incentives industry, has named Bishop-McCann to its 2021 CMI 25 list , which highlights the largest and most influential corporate full-service meeting and incentive travel management companies in North America.

Smart Woman Summit Celebrates Transformation

Smart Meetings

The act of honoring winners of the Smart Women in Meetings Award is a celebration of the resiliency of meeting professionals everywhere.

In-Person vs. Virtual vs. Hybrid: How to Choose Your Event Format

Meeting Tomorrow

If you’re a meeting or event planner, you’ve probably felt like a ping-pong ball over the last 2 years-or-so since COVID changed our industry forever.

The Évora Forum – A World for Travel takes the lead in sustainable actions for the travel industry

Travel Daily News

The teams at A World for Travel and the Resilience Council developed a baseline of where the travel industry currently is in terms of sustainable actions and goals

Event AV Costs: How To Get The Best Possible Deal

Endless Events

Oh, event AV costs. Just when event planners thought they had enough to think about, the question arises.

The Hybrid Event Format Is Here to Stay, Survey Suggests

Convene by PCMA

One of the ways Encore has helped clients adapt to the hybrid meeting format is with its hybrid studios, which it set up for a PCMA Rocky Mountain Chapter event that took place at four physical locations, including the Hilton City Center in Denver.

Transform Your Experience

Fox World Travel

You Matter, So Tell Us How We Can Help. The role of a travel manager is one of the most diverse.

U.S. to Open to International Travel in November

Smart Meetings

Citing increasing vaccination rates around the world, the United States announced yesterday that it will lift travel restrictions for vaccinated visitors from 33 countries, including China and much of Europe, starting in early November—possibly in time for IMEX America in Las Vegas.

Best Digital Signage Design Tips for Events

Meeting Tomorrow

When you rent a TV or monitor for digital signage, you’re kind of renting a blank canvas. The design of your content is what takes your monitor from a big black box to an engaging, attention-grabbing home for your message. .

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority promotes and hires staff

Travel Daily News

The new Tahoe South Events Center is scheduled to open in December 2022

Consistency Is Key: Better Brand Management With Astute Review!

Endless Events

Every once in a while, our hosts Will and Brandt love to bring guests to the Event Tech Podcast and have them talk about an exciting technology or software they’ve developed.

How This Planner Repurposed an Event to Benefit Essential Workers

Convene by PCMA

When planner Sondra Lynnette Williams suggested “COVID essential heroes” enjoy the dinner and an overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City that attendees of her canceled event would have used, the hotel gave her idea a “very enthusiastic” thumbs-up. Courtesy Ritz-Carlton).

Sustainabilty in hospitality: Putting construction issues first

EHL Insights

Hospitality firms are increasingly keen to jump on the sustainability bandwagon. However, too often they get lost in the complexity of the subject and limit their engagement to unimaginative solutions such as towel reuse in bathrooms.

Road to IMEX: Details Released

Smart Meetings

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly series on the planning process for producing IMEX America , the 10th anniversary of the landmark industry gathering scheduled for Nov. 9-11 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Supplier Highlight: October 2021 Business Travel Updates

Fox World Travel

The biggest challenge with my role in the recent year has been helping to keep our Fox customers knowledgeable about the changes in the supplier landscape.

TripActions launches industry-leading VIP offering

Travel Daily News

Global offering backed by Reed & Mackay rewrites the playbook for premium corporate travel

Partnering With Small Businesses To Create Wicked Awesome Virtual Experiences!

Endless Events

The year 2020 has established itself as the year of the pivot in the events industry. Since then, countless #EventIcons guests were brought on the podcast to talk about how they turned their in-person events into virtual ones and the importance of their community in these trying times.

DC’s ‘Connected Campus’ Extends Spaces for New Event Experiences

Convene by PCMA

DC’s Connected Campus initiative helps planners create non-traditional spaces to create events that expand their footprint outside the walls of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC). Consider the last business event you attended. What did you see? Conference rooms with four walls? Check.

World Tourism Day 2021: Tourism for Inclusive Growth

Solimar International

World Tourism Day is here! Communities in destinations around the world are finding ways to celebrate both virtually and in person. The 2021 theme chosen by the World Tourism Organization is “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”.

Study Finds Grocery Shopping Riskier Than In-person Meetings

Smart Meetings

When did you last go grocery shopping? Do you remember passing all those people, in that uncontrolled environment, coming from and going to places of which you have no inkling?

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Travel Manager Considerations when Searching for a TMC

Fox World Travel

with Tam Clark, Category Manager, Travel & Expense, Sysmex America As Travel Category Manager at Motorola and now Sysmex America, Tam Clark specializes in strategic sourcing of corporate travel.

Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau changes name to Visit Greater Palm Springs

Travel Daily News

The new name better reflects the organization’s longer-term vision of not only showcasing their nine cities as a premiere leisure and meetings destination but also growing the tourism economy in the region

Meet Accelevents, The All-In-One Event Management Platform!

Endless Events

What better way to learn more about the exciting world of event technology than listening to an awesome product spotlight episode of the Event Tech Podcast?

How Planners Are — and Aren’t — Approaching the Non-Binary Gender Question

Convene by PCMA

In the August COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard, planners who seek attendee gender pronoun preferences said they collect the information to use on event name badges.

Europeans remain upbeat about travelling, despite Delta variant

ETC Corporate

Almost 70% of all surveyed Europeans plan to travel by the end of January 2022. Of those with short-term travel plans, over half favour visiting another European country and 35% plan to travel domestically.