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Unpack 8 Top Travel Trends of 2023

Dana Communications

After two years of being at home and the revenge travel surge of 2022, the world has welcomed a more, shall we say, logical approach to vacationing. People are traveling again. Really traveling. To exotic places. Far-flung locales. Urban oases. We’re talking cross-this-off-your-bucket-list type outings. But they are doing it wisely. The travel trends of 2023 point to a year of purposeful, smart travel inspired by television shows and movie sets, lower carbon footprints, ice baths and magic mushr

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The Evolution of Urban Renewal Takes Shape in Seattle and Portland

Smart Meetings

The crisp air carrying the eccentric energy over the Willamette River in Portland or through the booth of a Pike Place fishmonger heaving salmon through a grey Seattle afternoon creates a keen sense of expectation and excitement in the hearts and minds of smartphone-wielding visitors. But unfortunately, this festive atmosphere was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic and was later rocked by civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

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Talking Nomadic Living, Attendee Education, and Kindness with Ashley Lawson

Endless Events

Ashley Lawson is a big name in the travel meetings and incentives industry. Recently featured on the SITE Global and IMEX Instagram accounts, she’s also been featured closer to home. In a recent Event Brew episode on event inspiration , Deanna named Ashley as someone she goes to for inspiration and to bounce ideas off. Eager to learn more about Ashley, we’ve decided to bring her on for today’s #EventIcon episode!

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Get to Know ME with Kim Kopchick

Motivation Excellence

It’s time for our latest installment of our Get to Know ME feature; this time highlighting our accountant in Traverse City, Kim Kopchick! She was kind enough to sit down for a video interview so be sure to spend two minutes watching it. You’ll see she’s an easy chuckler and likes to look at the positives in life. Thanks, Kim for letting us get to know you better!

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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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The Abbi Agency Airlines: Your Guide to Top Travel PR Placements

The Abbi Agency

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome onboard TAAirlines’ Flight PR1 with service from media strategy to crisis management. We are currently third in line for take-off and are expected to be in the air in just a few minutes. In the meantime, we ask that you please fasten your seatbelts and direct your attention to our PR experts as they walk you through the stories that soared to new heights in 2022.

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Las Vegas Gives a Preview of What’s to Come

Smart Meetings

“Las Vegas is recharged and ready for the next chapter of business,” said Mary Beth Sewald, president and CEO of Vegas Chamber , this week at Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce preview of major upcoming events in town, including 2024 Superbowl and Formula 1 Racing. “In most cities, to have even one of these opportunities would be a big deal, but to have all three of these monumental events happening in about six months, that’s just incredible.

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US Tourist Fined for Driving Across Florence’s Famed Medieval Bridge

Travel Pulse

An American man endangered pedestrians and centuries-old architecture by driving a rental car over Italy’s iconic Ponte Vecchio, claiming he was looking for parking.

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Hotel-Labor Issues Bring Immigration Policies, Robots to the Fore

MeetingsNet

Eighty-five percent of AHLA member properties say they are “somewhat or severely understaffed.” Some are adapting through technology while the AHLA lobbies for more international workers. The hospitality industry has been talking about robots augmenting hotels’ staffs for several years now, but the technology seems to have reached the point of being effective and reliable enough to handle a variety of customer-facing situations.

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Get Around Green in Orange County

Smart Meetings

Sustainable Transportation in Anaheim Reducing carbon emissions in transportation has been at the forefront of conversations in the meeting industry, and Anaheim has been taking it seriously. Not only for the day-to-day public transportation system in the city, but also for visitors as well. Meeting professionals have options for group and event attendee transportation that can reduce the carbon footprint.

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Will People Change Their Lifestyle for VR Events?

Endless Events

As event professionals, we’re always looking to explore new methods, techniques, and technologies to make each event better than the last. Virtual reality (VR) is a topic we often discuss on the Event Tech podcast and has been a technology growing in popularity in recent years. But with the adoption of VR technology comes an important question: will people change their lifestyle to attend VR events?

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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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State Department Cautions Against Using Uber in Cancun, Surrounding Areas

Travel Pulse

Local taxi drivers’ harassment and violence against Uber drivers have caused the State Department to issue an advisory against taking app-based transportation in Quintana Roo.

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Making the Case for Meetings in Uncertain Times

MeetingsNet

New figures show that the meetings market is hot. But inflation, a slowing economy, widespread layoffs, and cost cuts could change the situation quickly. Industry notables offer advice to planners on maintaining their event portfolios. In both November and December 2022, the number of business meetings and events in the U.S. was about three percent higher than during those same months in 2019, according to the most recent industry analysis from Knowland.

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Smart Moves in Colorado, Utah and More

Smart Meetings

Kristen Babich Babich is events manager for The Gant Aspen in Colorado. Babich previously worked with Aspen Ski Company, which took her to restaurants such as Ajax Tavern, Limelight Aspen, Limelight Snowmass and Sam’s. She has also worked with Kenichi Aspen, Matsuhisa Aspen, Hotel Jerome and W Hotel Aspen. Read More : Colorado: Rocky Mountain High Alinio Azevedo Aspen Hospitality in Colorado named Azevedo CEO.

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4 Ideas to Consider When Making Main Stage Contingency Plans

Convene by PCMA

Having a Plan B in place will help organizers react quickly and effectively to unforeseen issues, like weather and flight cancellations. Last fall, two of our consulting clients were scheduled to have their annual conferences in Orlando. In late September, Hurricane Ian pummeled central Florida, triggering a significant number of flight cancellations.

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Opportunities for tourism due to post-pandemic travel triggers

EHL Insights

Insights from a recent research project that analyzes the post-pandemic emotional triggers behind making travel decisions. The findings highlight how people today are deciding to travel due to a desire to make human connections, find a sense of belonging, create lasting memories and undertake affordable sustainable actions. These new values of travel are opening up important opportunities for hoteliers and DMOs to create innovative and engaging offers based on quality rather than quantity of tra

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Big Raise Coming for Foodservice Workers at Orlando’s C.C.

MeetingsNet

A sizable minimum-wage increase plus a $5.50-per-hour boost in pay for unionized employees could alter the hospitality-pay standards in the country’s second-largest meeting destination. With Unite Here Local 737’s nearly 800 workers at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center threatening to strike since the end of 2022, a tentative contract agreement was reached on January 24 between the union and Sodexo, the foodservice provider at the facility.

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Survey: How Are You Sourcing More Sustainable Events?

Smart Meetings

Welcome to the Sustainable RFP of the Future survey. This three-minute exercise is a partnership between Destinations International and Smart Meetings to quantify the demand and options for meeting professionals looking to reach their company greenhouse gas emissions goals. Your insights will help us create a resource that will allow destinations to offer the sustainable features meeting professionals really want and empower event professionals to ask the right questions when sourcing for an env

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It’s Always the Right Time for a Meeting in Daytona Beach

Convene by PCMA

Just 400 feet from the white sands of Daytona Beach, the Ocean Center exceeds expectations for both planners and attendees. Each February, the spotlight shines on Daytona Beach, Florida, when the world-famous Daytona 500 NASCAR race draws thousands of spectators. Year-round, however, Daytona Beach offers a slower pace—and a convention center staff that will ensure your meeting or convention is always on the road to success.

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Event Marketing: How To Write Webinar Email Subject Lines To Boost Registrations

Bizzaboo

Did you know that 45% of email recipients say they’re likely to read your email because of the sender and 33% decide whether to open an email based on the subject line alone? Those stats are courtesy of research by SuperOffice , a CRM provider, but we’ve seen figures that say as many as 50% of email recipients open an email based on the subject line.

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ITB China announces comeback as in-person event from 12-14 Sept

Travel Daily Media

The post ITB China announces comeback as in-person event from 12-14 Sept appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. ITB China, the B2B exclusive travel trade show focusing on the Chinese travel market, announces its comeback as a live event. The show will once more bring together top-level buyers from China – the world’s biggest source market for international travel, together with global travel suppliers at its traditional location, the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Co

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Meeting Planners Travel Report: DOT to Dig Into Southwest Airlines Holiday Chaos

Smart Meetings

DOT Announces Investigation into Southwest Holiday Chaos The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced an investigation this Wednesday into Southwest Airlines’ chaotic holiday weekend in December 2022. “DOT is in the initial phase of a rigorous and comprehensive investigation into Southwest Airlines’ holiday debacle that stranded millions. DOT has made clear to Southwest that it must provide timely refunds and reimbursements and will hold Southwest accountable if it fails to do so.

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What Should Your Hybrid Event Strategy Be?

Convene by PCMA

A hybrid event strategy is actually a content strategy. Organizers have many options, like livestreaming and/or recording live sessions, that will create content. Beth Surmont, CMP, FASAE, CAE 2022 was the year of proving the value of in-person events, and 2023 is the year of really digging in and understanding what hybrid can and should be. Planners can start by examining four important questions.

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Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics for Tour Operators

Tourism Tiger

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with the owners of a cool new tour business in Chile named Evoluzion (regular readers of this blog may remember that we are currently working out of Santiago, Chile.) They’re like most tour operators. They love tourism and they love their country.

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ChatGPT for Destination Marketing: Embrace it, Sometimes

DCI

As a human writer stringing together these words, it’s difficult to get too excited about ChatGPT for destination marketing, the chatbot launched in November 2022 by OpenAI. Its alarmingly eloquent text produced by entering a prompt illustrates how far artificial intelligence has come in recent years. For destination marketers, ChatGPT does offer some advantages that may make day-to-day tasks easier.

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FiturNext 2023: Tourism as an agent for the development of destinations

Travel Daily Media

The post FiturNext 2023: Tourism as an agent for the development of destinations appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. FiturNext closed with reflections from public authorities such as Niels Olsen, Minister of Tourism of Ecuador, and Arturo Bravo, Vice-Minister of Tourism of Colombia, keynote speakers in the Observatory’s programme.

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Increasing Post-Session Survey Response Rates

Convene by PCMA

PCMA’s Catalyst community offers members a platform to ask each other questions, share ideas, or, as the website says, “communicate and collaborate.” Here’s a sampling from two recent Catalyst discussions. “How are your teams increasing post-session survey response rates?” asked Jennifer Mammele , manager, conference & events, Merchant Advisory Group in the PCMA Catalyst forum.

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US Travel Association Endorses FAA Task Force Bill

Travel Pulse

“After the FAA communications system failure earlier this month, it left no question that significant upgrades are needed to modernize our air traffic system,’’ said Tori Emerson Barnes, President of Public Affairs and Policy for the USTA.

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CS + TSE Announces Annual Leadership Award Winners

Special Events

Congratulations to the outstanding individuals who have impacted the industry this year!

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Saudi Arabia ranks first among Arab nations for inbound visitors

Travel Daily Media

The post Saudi Arabia ranks first among Arab nations for inbound visitors appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Saudi Arabia registered more international arrivals than any other Arab nation during the first nine months of 2022, as government officials target 100 million annual visitors by the end of this decade. Owing to these unprecedented numbers, the Kingdom’s burgeoning tourism sector will represent a key focus at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023, which will take place at

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Should You Supersize Your Screens?

Convene by PCMA

A study found that the thinking of participants who engaged with a larger computer screen was enhanced compared to those using a smaller screen. If you want to have big ideas, you might want to think about getting a bigger computer screen. That recommendation is based on a series of studies conducted by Robert Ball, an associate professor of computer science at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, whose research focuses on human-computer interaction.

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The highest meaning of a social group

Conferences that Work

Over the years, I’ve written frequently about associations , which are just one kind of social group. Our lives are defined by myriads of social groups, some self-chosen, some completely beyond our control. These groups have many origins and purposes, some beneficial and some destructive. Although individual value systems vary, I think it’s worth asking the question: What’s the highest meaning or purpose of a social group?

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Out with the Old: Signs That Your Event Business Needs an Upgrade This Year

Special Events

Here are a few signs your business is calling for an upgrade in 2023

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Advisor Spotlight: Barb Dahl Helps Plan the Ideal Couples Getaway

Fox World Travel

Have you ever volunteered to plan the friends vacation dreamed up while having a night out together? And regretted it after all the web searches, back and forth communication and payment hassles that come with it? It doesn’t have to be that way. Just ask Meghan Woelfel from Kaukauna, Wis. “It all started one night […] The post Advisor Spotlight: Barb Dahl Helps Plan the Ideal Couples Getaway appeared first on Fox World Travel.

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12 Beautiful Places in San Diego Locals Rave About

Redfin

Located on the rocky coast of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is known for being one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. The city is bursting with sandy beaches, lush parks, and other unique locations loved by locals and tourists alike. If you’re seeking exciting places to explore, look no further, we reached out to locals to share their favorite beautiful places in San Diego.

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Meet the Team: Madison Greene, National Account Manager Team Lead

Hotel Engine

Over Madison Greene’s two and a half years with Hotel Engine, she went from being only the sixth member of the Account Management team to managing national enterprise-level accounts as well as overseeing her own team. What’s the secret to her success? It’s simple, she says: practice empathy and be sensitive to the needs of others, customers and colleagues alike.