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What’s Wine Got to Do with It?

Smart Meetings

When you bring people together for a meeting or event, there is always a reason. You may want to educate, create raving fans, increase sales or network with colleagues and clients. Often, it’s a combination of these goals. For over 8,000 years wine has played a central role in fostering connection, business and culture. It can enhance almost any event, contributing to depth, delight and significance that are fundamental to almost every program we curate.

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InFLUence is Contagious – It’s OK to Spread It!

Motivation Excellence

Nowadays, being an influencer is a bona fide job in the social media universe. But being influential doesn’t always have to involve selfies, shares and likes in the brick-and-mortar world. Great leaders know the difference between influence and authority, and between arrogance and celebrating their team. If you want to gain influence in any of your orbits, set your trajectory upward and bring others with you!

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Back in Abu Dhabi to visit the Abrahamic Family House

Pádraic Gilligan

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua & Chief Marketing Officer, SITE Returning to Abu Dhabi Returning to Abu Dhabi, I had the opportunity to visit the remarkable Abrahamic Family House, a testament to the city’s visionary development since my first visit in the early 2000s. Back then, the grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque was the primary.

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A Planner’s Guide to Event Vendors 

Social Tables

Planning a successful event involves working with a large team of reliable, capable professionals. Planners work with venues, specialized staff, and vendors to ensure everything runs smoothly. A lot of tiny pieces must fall into place for an event to succeed, and the wrong event vendors could lead to lots of trouble later in the planning process. In this guide, we’re walking you through everything you should know about event vendors.

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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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New and Renovated: Cool and Convenient

Smart Meetings

No need to sacrifice serenity for ideal destination access From vibrant green Florida to the Great Salt Lake to sunny California, new and renovated hotels offer up an enhanced experience and brilliantly refreshed meeting space. Thoughtfully designed spaces enhance a feel of serenity right in the middle of ideal locations where you’ll find easy access to each respective destination’s business hub.

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AI-Powered Events Transforming Summer Celebrations with Smart Technology

Traveler's Q

As summer approaches, event planners and corporate teams are gearing up for the season’s festivities, from vibrant corporate retreats to lively community gatherings. Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into event planning is revolutionizing how these celebrations are conceived, planned, and executed. Once a distant concept, this technology has become indispensable for creating more efficient, engaging, and personalized events.

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7 Big Ideas for Adding Wellness to Your Events

MeetingsNet

After introducing a “wellness menu” last fall, Caesars Entertainment walked the talk at its inaugural Global Wellness Summit. For organizations open to it, building wellness activities into an event agenda offers a variety of potential benefits. It can energize attendees for upcoming sessions, engage them in ways that make the event more memorable, introduce them to healthful stress-reduction practices, and build community around shared experiences.

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CMP Spotlight: Get to Know Allyson Gee, CMP Fellow

Smart Meetings

Growing up, Allyson Gee, CMP Fellow , told everyone she would be an artist one day. “Then,” she says, “I realized traditional art, like drawing or painting, wasn’t my gift.” Her gift, she would later discover, lay elsewhere. Fast forward to the present day, and you’ll find her working as event venue manager at Hines@Airbnb. “I may not have grown up to be a professional artist in a traditional sense,” Gee says, “but I can confidently say events are now my canvas and the details have the greatest

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Joe Cummings Announced As Extraordinary Travel festival speaker

Travel Daily Media

The post Joe Cummings Announced As Extraordinary Travel festival speaker appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. The organizers of the Extraordinary Travel Festival are pleased to announce a new speaker, Joe Cummings. Joe originally touched down in Thailand in the late 1970s. He will be sharing stories from six different decades.

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Rethinking Swag at Events

Convene by PCMA

According to the latest analysis from the Advertising Specialty Institute, distributor sales of promotional products, including event giveaways, in 2023 set a new record, reaching more than $26 billion in sales. Last year, a Reddit user who was helping to plan for a booth at a conference asked the online academic community on the social website for suggestions on swag.

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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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Risk and Reward: Meetings in Hurricane Season

MeetingsNet

Favorable hotel deals are appearing for event groups willing to gather in hurricane-prone areas in late 2024 and 2025. How does a “flexible cancellation clause” and 50-percent attrition allowance sound? Just as the 2024 hurricane season began on June 1, a few meetings-focused hotels in South Florida, both on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, publicized promotions to the group market featuring especially favorable pricing and contract terms for meetings taking place between July and December of 2024

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Caesars Demonstrates the Power of Wellness at Inaugural Global Wellness Summit

Smart Meetings

The $450 billion U.S. wellness industry (as measured by McKinsey & Company ) could help meeting professionals design events that are more effective, accommodating and memorable. To demonstrate the power of integrating elements to nurture body and mind into agendas, Caesars Entertainment pulled from its Wellness Menu of activities, F&B options and speakers to immerse a group of 100 meeting professionals and industry watchers in the possibilities over three days at Nobu Las Vegas in Caesar

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Understanding sustainability challenges in the Galapagos Islands

EHL Insights

Since 2020 , an interdisciplinary research team from EHL Hospitality Business School, the Catholic University in Quito, and the Charles Darwin Research Station at the Galapagos in Ecuador have been studying the challenges associated with tourism dynamics at the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galapagos Islands. This article summarizes the main findings of this collaboration: the carrying capacity of the islands, the sustainability transition of tourism, and the political challenges

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SEAHIS 2024 begins today at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit

Travel Daily Media

The post SEAHIS 2024 begins today at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. This is the 7th edition of the South East Asia Hotel Investors’ Summit (SEAHIS) 2024 which is being held from 10-11 June, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit. SEAHIS 2023, the 6th edition of the Summit, was held in Bangkok on 26-27th June at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit.

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Artisans Craft Ribbon Into a Unifying ‘Social Fabric’

Convene by PCMA

The vibrant Cielo Tejido project that started in Etzatlán, Mexico, before going international earned a Guinness World Record for the largest woven pavilion in the world. In 2015, Lorena Ron and her mother, Paloma, who was in her 80s, began crocheting raffia — a type of ribbon made from recycled plastic bottles — into medallions to create a colorful tapestry to decorate trees in the town of Etzatlán, Mexico.

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Nine practical tips to letting go in a chaotic world

Conferences that Work

Recently, I’ve been practicing what Susan Pollak calls “letting go of whatever isn’t serving you right now” Perhaps your first thought is “That sounds nice” , quickly followed by a second thought along the lines of “Huh, easy to say, hard to do. OK, Adrian, how can I let go in this chaotic world?” I’ve no guarantees, but here are nine suggestions that almost always work for me. 1 — Notice what’s going on Yes, we need to shut up and list

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Portland’s Destination Appeal Beyond the Meeting Room

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Meeting planners are often challenged to provide exceptional experiences on limited budgets. A city with ample leisure appeal, such as Portland, Oregon, can give people a compelling reason to attend. Add in sector-specific field trips and strong EDI credentials, and this “Silicon Forest” is a meeting destination on the rise.

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Compelling reasons to book rooms with access to the Club InterContinental at InterContinental Bangkok

Travel Daily Media

The post Compelling reasons to book rooms with access to the Club InterContinental at InterContinental Bangkok appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. Strategically located in the capital of Thailand, InterContinental Bangkok is one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangkok. Aside from a new design concept and five-star amenities, Club InterContinental at InterContinental Bangkok awaits travellers who book a Junior Suite or a Premium Club Lounge Access Room.

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NAACP, NCBMP Warn American Airlines of Possible Travel Advisory

MeetingsNet

After allegations of discrimination, the NAACP and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals call on American to reinstate DEI council, create ombudsman role, and more. The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals, an organization advocating for equity in the hospitality industry, is speaking out in support of the NAACP’s call for American Airlines to respond to allegations of discrimination.

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As Seen In.Austin

Special Events

Get a glimpse of the Tradeshow Floor at Catersource + The Special Event 2024

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Human-centric hospitality: The key to thriving in the industry

EHL Insights

In the hospitality industry, success lies in the ability to integrate strategic business practices with the unique demands of the sector. A people-centric approach should lie at the heart of everything you do, both in terms of delighting your guests and attracting and retaining the best talent. However, all too often, the demands of running a business can get in the way.

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Philippines to host the 1st ever UN Tourism Gastronomy Forum

Travel Daily Media

The post Philippines to host the 1st ever UN Tourism Gastronomy Forum appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. With the rising popularity of travel shows and travel vlogging, not to mention the regular sharing of videos and photos on social media, it only takes an internet connection for anyone to see various sights and tourist attractions all over the world.

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How Representing NYC Has Prepared Fred Dixon to Showcase the U.S.

Convene by PCMA

NYC Tourism + Conventions president and CEO Fred Dixon will become president and CEO of Brand USA beginning July 15. Next month, Fred Dixon will expand his horizons beyond New York City, going from focusing on attracting visitors to the city’s five boroughs to the country’s 50 states and six territories. Following a successful 18-year stint at New York City’s DMO, NYC Tourism + Conventions, first as vice president, tourism, and as president and CEO since 2014, Dixon will become president and CEO

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The 10 Best Places to Live in Texas in 2024

Redfin

If you’re planning on moving to Texas, add these cities to your list. Texas is big. Big landscapes, big cities, and big personalities define the southern state, along with a southern culture that values progress and tradition. This unique combination has helped create sprawling cities full of bright lights and innovation adjacent to vast prairies where ranchers have farmed for generations.

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Sexual harassment prevention in hospitality: An integrative framewwork

EHL Insights

The hospitality and tourism industry significantly contributes to the global economy. In 2022, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was approximately USD 7.7 trillion, representing a 7.6% share of the global economy, marking an increase of 22% from 2021 and a recovery nearing pre-pandemic levels ( World Travel & Tourism Council, 2023 ).

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Al Laith Group wraps up successful 2023/2024 ME Events Season

Travel Daily Media

The post Al Laith Group wraps up successful 2023/2024 ME Events Season appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. Al Laith Group, one of the Middle East’s leading providers of comprehensive temporary project solutions, has completed its key activities for the 2023/2024 winter events season, during which the company delivered more than 65 major projects and significantly expanded its footprint across the region.

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Toward Healthier Juneteenths

Convene by PCMA

Juneteenth events honoring Black heritage — in museums, parks, neighborhoods, and backyards — are part of the summer celebration time across the United States. In the three years since Juneteenth (June 19) officially became a national holiday, the number of events celebrating what some have called America’s second Independence Day have surged. There’s no official count, but jubilant music, food, and art-filled Juneteenth events honoring Black heritage are proliferating across the United States i

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Chic, Charming, and Classic: The Ultimate Coquette Room Decor Guide

Redfin

What does “Lana Del Rey-coded” mean? What exactly is Bridgerton -core? And why are there pink bows everywhere – like on that big-eyed hamster? All of these questions can be answered with one word: coquette. Believe it or not, this aesthetic can make its way into the home, too, so keep reading to see how coquette room decor ties up every interior space with a pretty bow.

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We Are LGBTQIAS+

National Association For Catering ane Events

Over the years, many have met individuals who identified as LGBT. Over the years, better understanding and inclusion of diverse sexual identities and gender expressions have grown, and so has its acronym.

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MarketHub Americas by HBX Group celebrates inaugural day: Gen Z impact, full recovery and top destinations in US and LATAM

Travel Daily Media

The post MarketHub Americas by HBX Group celebrates inaugural day: Gen Z impact, full recovery and top destinations in US and LATAM appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. Carlos Muñoz HBX Group shared key insights into current travel trends and market growth during its inaugural day of the MarketHub Americas by HBX Group, celebrated this week in Las Vegas with the title “New Frontiers” Key highlights included insights from top HBX Group executives and industry

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5 Data Points to Attract and Retain Exhibitors and Attendees

Convene by PCMA

Sam Lippman of Lippman Connects presented his annual “5 Points in 5 Minutes” at the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Lippman Connects) A hallmark of the annual one-day Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF), produced by Lippman Connects, is that it runs like a finely tuned Swiss watch.

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Transform Your Event with Stunning Stage Decor: Tips for Elevating Your Plenary and General Sessions

Blue Spark Event Design

Transform your event with stunning stage decor using these tips for elevating your plenary and general sessions. Plenary and general sessions are the heart of conferences, summits, and large gatherings. These sessions bring everyone together, creating a central focus for the event. The stage decor plays a crucial role in setting the tone, enhancing the message, and keeping the audience engaged.

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7 Strategies for Inclusive Event Networking Experiences

Stova

Ensuring an inclusive event has become paramount in recent years, but even well-intentioned event organizers can miss the mark. Anticipating and accommodating a range of needs is essential for networking experiences that don’t leave anyone feeling marginalized or unable to participate. Event professionals are charged with creating events that have a real impact on businesses, but also to create experiences that resonate, inspire, and connect.

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How the MPI Foundation celebrates, spreads the power of good

MPI

Kevin Kirby, executive director of the MPI Foundation, shares WEC Louisville successes (raising $180,000!) and teases what’s to come during the remainder of the group’s 40th anniversary celebrations this year.

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News for Professionals: Career Advice and Ideas

Convene by PCMA

Looking for ways to do your job better — or for the latest trends in the world of work? Here’s a roundup of career-related stories selected by the editors of Convene. 9 Questions to Help You Figure Out Why You’re Burned Out The World Health Organization characterizes burnout in terms of three key dimensions: sustained feelings of exhaustion, feelings of personal inefficacy, and increased mental distance from one’s job.

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