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New and Renovated: Built to Gather

Smart Meetings

Spaces built to streamline community-building New and renovated debuts bring thoughtfully designed spaces that help to make authentic gathering easier than ever. These venues and meeting spaces are committed to being a space that facilitates community-building. All do well to also weave the special flavor of each of their destinations throughout, so your attendees walk away with both a fantastic meeting memory and an outstanding destination experience.

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5 Tips for Engaging with First-Timers at Annual Events

ADMEI

5 Tips for Engaging with First-Timers at Annual Events 24 April 2024 No matter what kind of yearly event you’re planning, every attendee matters. However, walking into an unfamiliar setting for the first time can be especially daunting — so engaging well with first-time attendees can set the tone for their entire relationship with you. As Destination Management Companies (DMCs) consider how to effectively engage with first-timers at annual events, it’s important to remember that although they’re

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Incentive travel is changing, but is it changing fast enough?

Pádraic Gilligan

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua & Chief Marketing Officer, SITE More questions than answers Last year at SITE we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our formation in 1973. One takeaway for me after a golden year of celebrating incentive travel excellence was the realisation that, in 50 years, incentive travel hasn’t really changed that.

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Why Incentives Show Your People They Matter

Motivation Excellence

The contributions of every employee, channel partner, distributor, vendor, and supplier matter to your company’s bottom line. When everyone involved with the health of your company contributes something that adds value, the company grows and prospers. Their positive impact deserves recognition. It’s an easy equation: If a person is valued at your business, making sure they feel valued in return is good for everyone.

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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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Why Early Bird Registration Specials Don’t Work and Other Revelations from a New Maritz Study

Smart Meetings

Do you know the reasons your attendees show up at your events? And why do they wait so long to register, anyway? A new study, aptly named “ Registration Insights Report: Optimizing revenue and attendance in the face of new attendee behavior ” by Maritz revealed a changing model for getting people to fill out those increasingly long forms, sooner. Spoiler alert: It isn’t early bird discounts.

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Harnessing Big Data for Personalized Event Experiences

Traveler's Q

In our digitally driven era, the essence of connectivity is evolving, pushing the boundaries of traditional event planning into a realm where every interaction can be personalized. The catalyst behind this transformation? Big data. This powerful tool redefines how companies host conferences, turning them into a mosaic of personalized experiences that leave a lasting imprint on attendees.

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DOT to U.S. Airlines: Make Flight Refunds Easier

MeetingsNet

New rules take some uncertainty out of the air-travel experience for on-the-road meeting professionals and their attendees. Here’s what’s new. Delayed and canceled flights, lost bags, wonky WiFi: You can’t police these travel hassles out of existence, but standards can be set for how airlines will deal with them when they happen. Right now, U.S. airlines set their own standards for what kind of flight problems warrant a refund, when and how refunds are issued, when baggage is considered lost, an

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Lessons Learned at IACC 2024

Smart Meetings

Luxury language and presentation tips IACC 2024 in Basking Ridge, New Jersey was centered around empowering attendees to be seen, heard and respected as they drive their careers forward as leaders in the meetings and events industry. Quinn Conyers was the keynote speaker to kick off the event, driving home her message of self-presentation and “luxury language to be an effective leader.

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Iconic Basket Boat-Shaped Convention Centre opens in Vietnam

Travel Daily Media

The post Iconic Basket Boat-Shaped Convention Centre opens in Vietnam appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Vietnam has cut the ribbon on a striking multipurpose convention centre with a design inspired by the country’s ubiquitous coracle boat. Axi Plaza celebrated its grand opening at its spectacular beachfront location, overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s scenic Cam Ranh peninsula.

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Earth Day 2024: Ending Single-Use Plastic

Convene by PCMA

r.World, a company that provides reusable service ware, estimates 4 billion single-use plastic cups are used annually at live events in North America. The official theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastic,” a call to arms issued by Earthday.org to reduce all plastic production by 60 percent by 2040 and to rapidly phase out all single-use plastics by 2030.

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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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9 Event Technology Trends: Insights From a Gartner® Magic Quadrant™Leader

Bizzaboo

The event industry is propelled by continuously evolving event technology and increasingly demanding and specific attendee expectations. Understanding these transformations is pivotal, so we took a deep dive into the inaugural Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Event Technology Platforms — in which we were proudly named a Leader — so we could share the latest event technology trends with you.

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Summer 2024 Travel Trends with Meaning

Smart Meetings

Make your summer meetings meaningful and memorable with these tips and trends Summer is approaching fast and meeting professionals want to stay up to date on every seasonal trend. This summer is looking at experiential travel—whether that be a relaxing health and wellness retreat, a culturally rich destination or an environmentally conscious and responsible gathering, summer 2024 trends are geared towards progressive practices.

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Unexpected experiences of awe

Conferences that Work

If you saw the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, you surely felt an experience of awe. Even if you weren’t in the path of totality—at my home we were at 96%—it was an awesome experience. The author (on the right) and others enjoying a near-total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 The eclipse could hardly be called unexpected; it had been predicted for hundreds of years.

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ABTS Convention Services Delivers for International Groups and Sponsors

Convene by PCMA

ABTS is the only provider of white glove travel, lodging, concierge, and compliance services for international attendees of major medical association events. ABTS Convention Services is the only provider of white glove travel, lodging, concierge, and compliance services for international attendees of major medical association events. And thanks to state-of-the-art technology and data analysis, their numbers of satisfied attendees and sponsors are growing around the world.

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Tourism leaders from around the world will explore how entrepreneurship and innovation are transforming the global travel sector at ATM 2024

Travel Daily Media

The post Tourism leaders from around the world will explore how entrepreneurship and innovation are transforming the global travel sector at ATM 2024 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. International policymakers and industry leaders are preparing to gather in the UAE for Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024, where they will examine how entrepreneurship and innovation are reshaping the global tourism industry.

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IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Created a Safe Space

Smart Meetings

The 11 th International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Women’s Leadership Forum was a wake-up call for event professionals looking to take their careers to the next level while balancing their personal lives. “It was a safe space to come together, be themselves and talk freely without being judged,” said Marsha Flanagan, new president of the organization founded almost 100 years ago.

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How to Handle the 'Budget' Talk with Your Client

Special Events

Strategies to make the budget-talk process simple, straightforward, and stress-free

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Discover Why Philadelphia is the Place to be for Life Sciences

Convene by PCMA

Philadelphia is a growing and thriving metro area, and one of the top in the country for life sciences research talent. Did you know that CBRE ranks Philadelphia as one of the best life sciences cities in the U.S.? Built on innovation and connections, PHL Life Sciences division exists to help you tap into all the resources the city has to offer. Before you start planning your next meeting or convention, take a look…and unlock Philly’s DNA.

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The Meetings Show Asia Pacific makes a roaring debut in Singapore 

Travel Daily Media

The post The Meetings Show Asia Pacific makes a roaring debut in Singapore appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Meetings Show Asia Pacific, the region’s leading event for the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) industry, launched its highly successful inaugural edition this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

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2nd Annual Smart Speakers: Best of the Stage 2024 Nominations

Smart Meetings

We all know the power a great speaker holds in transforming an event from good to unforgettable. Last year, you helped us spotlight those who inspire, energize, and connect us in the most profound ways. It’s that time again to raise the curtain on our 2nd annual Smart Speakers: Best of the Stage Award. This year, we’ve added exciting new categories to showcase the diverse talents that have enriched our events.

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How does AI Help in Creating Slogans for Events?

InEvent

Every business needs branding, and slogans are vital for that purpose. A successful business needs to leave a good and lasting impression on its customers—an impression that connects a customer with your brand emotionally. One way to develop a sense of this emotional connection is by using visual elements such as a unique logo and … Post How does AI Help in Creating Slogans for Events?

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Best Event Ticketing Solutions and Platforms in 2024

Eventtia

Choosing the right event ticketing platform can be a game-changer for event managers. One can use ticketing solutions for multiple purposes, including setting up landing pages, creating registration forms, generating invoices, sending automated emails, and more. The right event ticketing platform enables organizers to coordinate every detail in their interaction with the attendees.

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GBTA joins Net Zero Carbon Events initiative as a supporter

Travel Daily Media

The post GBTA joins Net Zero Carbon Events initiative as a supporter appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Representative Image The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organisation and the voice of the industry, has joined Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE), the worldwide events industry initiative to address climate change as a supporter of the campaign.

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Savvy Marketing Activation Tips From a 20,000-Person Virtual Edutainment Experience

Smart Meetings

The secret to planning a not-boring virtual event might be to pull a George Costanza. In an infamous Seinfeld episode, the character decides to do the opposite of what his gut tells him to see if his luck changes. Entrepreneur Jay Schwedelson, who started the wildly popular Guru Media Hub virtual conferences in 2021 to engage with marketers, thinks a similar approach can turn around digital events.

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F&B Trend: An Elevated Focus on Mocktails

MeetingsNet

To add variety to no-alcohol and low-alcohol beverage options, Loews Hotels introduces its Free Spirited program. In a nod to two trends among travelers—the desire for tasty but healthy beverages and the desire for destination-specific experiences—Loews Hotels has rolled out a new F&B program across its 26 properties in the U.S. and Canada. Known as Free Spirited by Loews Hotels, the program is designed to offer more no-alcohol and low-alcohol options than ever before, with a focus on using

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Enhancing hotel guests’ well-being: Academic insights for hoteliers

EHL Insights

In recent years, the topic of well-being has become increasingly ubiquitous. A report by McKinsey (2024) finds, surprisingly, that millennials and Gen Z are spending more on health and wellness than older consumers. According to the Global Wellness Institute (2023), the wellness economy reached $5.6 trillion in 2023 and is forecast to soar to $8.5 trillion by 2027.

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ONYX Hospitality Group spotlights incredible MICE properties in its Malaysia Portfolio

Travel Daily Media

The post ONYX Hospitality Group spotlights incredible MICE properties in its Malaysia Portfolio appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Left to Right: Amari SPICE Penang, Amari Johor Bahru, Amari Kuala Lumpur, OZO Georgetown Penang ONYX Hospitality Group, the prominent management company in Southeast Asia specialising in hotels and resorts, serviced apartments and luxury residences, is proud to showcase its remarkable MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) properti

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A Look Behind the Lobby at New Marriott International Headquarters

Smart Meetings

When does a headquarters building look more like a hotel? When it is the new nerve center for Marriott International in up-and-coming Bethesda, Maryland. The 21-story glass building on Wisconsin Ave. is one of the tallest in the area and affords views of the green landscape for miles. Tag along to learn more. A Strategic HQ The building dedicated to managing more than 30 hospitality brands and 8,800 properties in 139 countries is filled with physical manifestations of the company’s touchstones.

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WEC: Disparate generations seek common ground

MPI

In their 2024 World Education Congress (WEC) session, “The Battle Between Baby Boomers and Gen Z,” Michael Owen and Taylor Smith take us along on a journey of multigenerational awareness. In this Q&A, Smith provides some early insights on the subject and what participants can expect.

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Hotel experience: leveraging sense of place in the luxury segment

EHL Insights

In the second article in this three-part series exploring luxury hotels and how a ‘sense of place’ help differentiate a luxury hotel and build loyalty, Suzanne Godfrey, consultant and lecturer in luxury and luxury hospitality, examines how the brand’s identity can elevate the hotel experience and create a unique sense of place.

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TIS2024 is calling tourism experts to share trends and strategies in tourism innovation

Travel Daily Media

The post TIS2024 is calling tourism experts to share trends and strategies in tourism innovation appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The dynamic tourism sector is in constant transformation, driven by rapid change and emerging innovations. Technological evolution, a focus on sustainability and changing traveler preferences are setting the future of tourism.

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What Event Sponsors Want

Convene by PCMA

As a market research company focused on exhibits and events, EVOLIO Marketing conducts hundreds of surveys a year for various clients, industries, exhibitors, show organizers, corporate events, and more, enabling the company to create benchmarks. “The benchmarks are comprised of a combination of post-event and on-site surveys among mainly medium and large B2B trade shows — 21,269 completed surveys,” Joe Federbush, EVOLIO Marketing’s president and chief strategist, told Convene.

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Embracing the Power of Volunteering

MPI

Volunteering has always been more than just a way to pass the time for me; it's a heartfelt commitment to giving back and making a positive difference in my community.

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The impact of Airbnb short-term rentals on rural and urban communities

EHL Insights

In less than two decades, short-term rentals have thoroughly transformed the hospitality industry, wresting 15% market share from hotels. From a feel-good pioneer of the sharing economy to a $100bn behemoth, Airbed and Breakfast, better known as Airbnb , has revolutionized hospitality from its beginnings in 2007 — creating a whole new market in the process.

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Global Hotel Alliance celebrates 20th anniversary at IHIF EMEA in Berlin

Travel Daily Media

The post Global Hotel Alliance celebrates 20th anniversary at IHIF EMEA in Berlin appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. UAE-headquartered Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, celebrated its 20 th anniversary this week in Berlin at the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF), where the then start-up was first announced in 2004.