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12 Travel Trends Making Moves in 2024

Dana Communications

Revenge travel, brocations, babymoons, staycations, bleisure…you’ve heard about them all, and they’re still around. 2024 follows suit and ushers in some interesting travel trends that will be popping up on your radar soon. Dupe Travel – The TikTok beauty trend has manifested its way to the travel industry, this time offering budget-friendly alternatives to destinations that carry a bigger price tag.

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Is Your Meeting Storm Ready?

Smart Meetings

Storms have been hitting the Northeast and East Coast, causing carnage to residents, homes and those who were planning to fly into or out of the area. According to authorities, at least five people have been killed in Wisconsin, Georgia and North Carolina as a result. Nearly 89,000 New Yorkers lost power before 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to poweroutage.us.

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Get to Know ME with Michelle Ebner

Motivation Excellence

It’s always fun to introduce a NEW member of our team with our Get to Know ME segment. Michelle Ebner joined as VP of Finance toward the end of 2023. Read below, and watch her short video, to learn about her first career choice and why people like to open up to her. Thanks Michelle for letting us get to know you! What’s your current title and how long have you been in the incentive industry?

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Tying the Knot in Style: Top Innovative Wedding Themes and Designs for 2024

Traveler's Q

Wedding themes and designs are constantly evolving, and with each passing year, we see new and unique ways of celebrating the special day. As we look toward the future, the year 2024 promises to bring some exciting and innovative wedding themes and designs. From eco-friendly and sustainable weddings to culturally inspired celebrations, couples are finding creative ways to put their personal touch on their big day.

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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 Year, New Beginnings:Ignite Your Event Professional Journey!

Techsytalk

Happy New Year! As we bid farewell to the old and welcome the possibilities of the new, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news with you. Drumroll, please… Introducing our brand-new website! We’ve revamped, reimagined, and reinvigorated our online space to better serve passionate independent event professionals like yourself. Explore it now !

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PCMA’s Big Bet on Presidential Visit Paid Off

Smart Meetings

The more than 4,200 people who attended PCMA’s 2024 Convening Leaders in San Diego this week and another 700 who registered to stream the education sessions were encouraged to “Think Bigger.” The directive was meant to be an inspiration for attendees and a mandate to lead by example for PCMA, according to Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO of Professional Convention Management Association.

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Hillary Clinton’s Decision-Making Lessons for Meeting Planners

MeetingsNet

At the recent PCMA Convening Leaders conference, the former U.S. Secretary of State recalled a critical moment in her career that defined her approach to staying open-minded, objective, and energized when leading teams through tough tasks. As a professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Hillary Clinton says this to her students on a regular basis: To make the best decisions, you must be able to hold multiple thoughts in your head at the same time—and often, th

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10 hospitality trends for 2024: Crafting tomorrow's experiences today!

EHL Insights

As a testament to its resilience, agility and innovative spirit, this article reflects today’s increasingly dynamic hospitality industry in terms of its long, medium and short-term evolution. Best-selling author, Will Guidara , claims “We are entering into a hospitality economy” – suggesting that what underpins the essence of hospitality, (service excellence, human interaction, personalization and the co-creation of memorable experiences), is actually what many sectors of industry are desperatel

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New and Renovated: Venues with a Vision

Smart Meetings

Spaces to Inspire Your Next All-Star Meeting An essential part of an outstanding meeting is an amazing location. These new and renovated venues offer the perfect canvas for the meeting planner’s creative mind. Maybe you seek a design-forward boutique hotel in the big city; or a historic seaside inn in a small village. The perfect event space is out there—read on, and maybe you’ll find it here.

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Leonard Hoops, Incoming PCMA Board Chair: Why 2024 Is a Big Year for PCMA

Convene by PCMA

“I don’t know if I’d be the CEO of Visit Indy and would have enjoyed the kind of work life that I’ve led for 12 years if not for PCMA,” said Leonard Hoops, incoming chair of PCMA’s 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees. Leonard Hoops has been involved with PCMA in one way or another for a significant portion of his career. He’s been an active member in both PCMA’s Northern California and Greater Midwest chapters when he lived and worked in each of those regions.

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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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Conference Branding: The Complete Guide to Event Branding 

Bizzaboo

Event branding is crucial in creating a distinctive and impactful identity for conferences and corporate events, including creating a theme or idea that matches the event’s goal, principles, and target audience. By incorporating elements such as the event name, logo, color palette, typography, visual design, and overall aesthetics, event branding aims to deliver a cohesive and consistent experience for attendees, sponsors, and stakeholders.

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Making MLK Day 2024 Count: Get Involved in Local Service Projects and Events.

InEvent

Introduction Welcome to the ultimate guide to MLK Day 2024 service projects and events in your local area. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on the third Monday of January each year, is not only a federal holiday but also a day of service. It’s a day when communities come together to honor the legacy … Post Making MLK Day 2024 Count: Get Involved in Local Service Projects and Events. showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Smart Moves in Monterey, Seattle and More

Smart Meetings

Michele Pearce Michele Peace, See Monterey See Monterey appoints Pearce as senior conference sales manager. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, and as a local for many years, she will support the tourism board’s multifaceted strategy to drive corporate meetings and event business to hotels and hospitality partners throughout Monterey. Summer Shoemaker Summer Shoemaker, San Diego Mission Bay Resort Shoemaker takes on the role of general manager at San Diego Mission Bay Resort.

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Why Curiosity and Attention are the Secrets to Coaching

Convene by PCMA

“There are a lot of useful places to give advice, but just not as often or as early as you think,” said Michael Bungay Stanier, who will give the opening keynote at Convening EMEA 2024. Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, is one of the world’s top experts on coaching. Founder of the Toronto-based learning and development company, Box of Crayons, in December, Stanier received the 2023 Coaching and Mentoring Award from Thi

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The Top US and Canadian Event Management Agencies for 2024

Bizzaboo

Looking for an event or experiential marketing agency in 2024? Check out this comprehensive list of the best event agencies in the United States and Canada. According to The state of in-person B2B conferences report , 80.4% of event organizers believe that events are the most critical marketing channel for achieving business goals, and 75.9% of organizers believe in-person conferences will become increasingly critical to their organization’s success in the coming years!

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The Latest Best Practices for Outdoor Activities and Events

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Outdoor activities and events are more popular than ever, but this means more pressure to avoid the pitfalls that can come with large crowds. Safety and sustainability are paramount. Here are three best practices to ensure a foolproof checklist for outdoor activities.

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Vamos a Los Tropicos!

Smart Meetings

Refresh your Spanish for tropical incentive travel in 2024 The New Year brings the promise of winter ending, flowers blooming, the sun shining and warmer weather. For some destinations, this is the norm. Tropical locations offer beautiful beaches with luxury all-inclusive resorts for executive retreats and incentives, but travelers are now wanting something more.

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Generative AI: ‘The Essence of What Will Create Our Future’

Convene by PCMA

AI authority Nina Schick said AI creations can now pass the Turing test, convincingly imitating human behavior and demonstrating advanced cognition. (Whatever Media Group) People shouldn’t worry about artificial intelligence replacing them in their jobs, agreed presenters Nina Schick and Mo Gawdat in their Monday Main Stage session, “The Future of Generative AI: Exploring the Benefits, Risks & How It Will Change the Human Experience.

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Avaana Climate and Sustainability Fund successfully conclude Climate Conference 2024

Travel Daily Media

The post The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Avaana Climate and Sustainability Fund successfully conclude Climate Conference 2024 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. India’s leading climate-tech venture capital fund, Avaana Climate and Sustainability Fund, partnered with The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to organize The Climate Conference 2024 in Mumbai.

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3 Ways to Take Incentive Travel From Transactional to Transformational

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Today’s incentive travelers want more than just a free trip — they demand deep, meaningful experiences that are good for the planet and food for the soul. Here are three ways incentive destinations can help travelers connect not just with each other but also with their purpose and place in the world.

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The Branding Pyramid for Tour Operators

Tourism Tiger

This isn't just useless theory. Take a step back and look at what exactly you're offering and what sets you apart in order to better market your tours.

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Great Minds in Biotech Gravitate to Phoenix

Convene by PCMA

The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building anchors the Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC) campus. Greater Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing markets for life sciences in the U.S. according to CBRE, and a draw for professionals and researchers in biomedicine and healthcare looking to be in the heart of innovation. For meeting planners, that unique knowledge center of leaders and speakers—plus state-of-the-art bioscience facilities conveniently located within walking distance of 4,000 hotels rooms

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Umm Al Emarat Park to host Abu Dhabi’s first community Special Olympics event

Travel Daily Media

The post Umm Al Emarat Park to host Abu Dhabi’s first community Special Olympics event appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi’s favorite green destination, is hosting the city’s very first Community Athletics Festival for People of Determination in collaboration with Special Olympics UAE and Abu Dhabi Athletics Club.

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Positive Predictions (Part 2)

Special Events

27 prominent event pros weigh in with their forecast for the upcoming year

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The 10 Most Walkable Cities in Indiana

Redfin

Indiana , a state known for its vibrant cities and charming small towns, offers a unique blend of urban and rural living. But how pedestrian-friendly are these cities? In this Redfin article, we delve into the walkability of various cities in Indiana, providing insights into their walk scores and housing market trends. Join us as we explore the 10 most walkable cities in Indiana , from East Side Chicago to Huntington, and discover what makes each city unique. 1.

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The Clintons Are Coming

Convene by PCMA

President Bill Clinton and 67th Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton open the Main Stage on Tuesday at Convening Leaders. This morning’s general session promises to be an inspiring exploration of leadership, international relations, the global economy, and the importance of meetings and events for the free exchange of ideas and democracy. The morning session is supported by the Orange County Convention Center and Visit Orlando.

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Radisson Hotel Group expands its portfolio with Radisson RED Twickenham

Travel Daily Media

The post Radisson Hotel Group expands its portfolio with Radisson RED Twickenham appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Radisson Hotel Group announces the expansion of its presence in the UK with the creation of Radisson RED Twickenham. Situated at Twickenham Stadium. The hotel is set to open in 2024, with a full rebrand to Radisson RED in 2025.

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MPI EMEC in Luxembourg, where business meetings and leisure converge

MPI

“Luxembourg’s strengths as a meeting destination are undoubtedly the good quality of its venue infrastructure, its diversified accommodation facilities and strategic location.

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The 10 Most Walkable Cities in Georgia

Redfin

Georgia , a state known for its southern charm and rich history, is also home to some of the most walkable cities in the country. From the bustling city of Atlanta to the quaint town of Decatur, each city offers a unique blend of walkability and affordability. In this Redfin article, we will explore the top 10 most walkable cities in Georgia , providing insights into their walk scores and housing prices.

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Outgoing PCMA Chair on Year of Growth, New Alliances, Evolving Education

Convene by PCMA

When Convene spoke with Desirée Knight , CAE, CMP Fellow, DES, in late 2022 about her then-upcoming term as chair of the 2023 PCMA Board of Directors and Trustees, she said it was the fulfillment of a career-long dream. “During my first Convening Leaders, I whispered to myself, ‘I will be the chair of PCMA someday,’” said Knight, senior director, meetings and events, for the American Psychological Association.

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New Monopoly Abu Dhabi Goes Life-size for Mother of the Nation Festival

Travel Daily Media

The post New Monopoly Abu Dhabi Goes Life-size for Mother of the Nation Festival appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Abu Dhabi edition of the iconic, world-renowned Monopoly board game has just hit shelves, inviting players to discover, buy and trade the city’s most beloved landmarks. From state-of-the-art modern facilities and awe-inspiring deserts to stunning beaches and bustling cityscapes – Monopoly Abu Dhabi introduces players to a selection of vibrant squares that

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MeetingPackage Wins Best Online Venue Booking Platform for Fourth Consecutive Year

Meeting Package

MeetingPackage, a global leader in Meetings & Events online booking technology for hotels and venues, is thrilled to announce its recent victory in the Hotel Tech Awards for the fourth year in a row

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Oman Botanic Gardens

Panorama Travel

THE LARGEST OF IT’S KIND IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA AND ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD Located at the foot of the Al Hajar Mountains, where the ancient sea bed is visible, sitting 100 meters above sea level. Oman Botanic Garden will showcase eight habitats of the Sultanate and is spread across 420 hectares, the Oman Botanic Garden will be the largest of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula and one of the largest in the world.

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Protected: Advancing Women in the Business Events Industry

Convene by PCMA

PCMA Foundation and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) conducted a research project to engage the business events community on the specific and meaningful actions that can be taken to advance women into leadership roles within the industry.

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The 10 Most Walkable Cities in Florida

Redfin

Florida , a state renowned for its sun-soaked beaches and vibrant nightlife, is also home to some of the most walkable cities in the country. In this Redfin article, we delve into the pedestrian-friendly landscapes of cities like Miami, Miami Beach, and Hialeah, among others. We’ll explore their walk scores, median sale prices, and median rent prices, providing a view of what it’s like to live and walk in these bustling Florida cities.

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