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The Event-changing Magic of a Thoughtful Post-con

Smart Meetings

Meeting professionals spend months and sometimes years designing events that are engaging, inspiring and educational. But once the custom tablecloths have gone back to the rental company and the stage deck has been struck, we are often slackers when it comes to deconstructing how it all went so we can improve the next time. A recent visit to Sedona Mago Center for Well-being for a taste of Body & Brain Wellness experiences in Arizona was a reminder that as meeting professionals, we have to l

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Why incentive travel professionals should follow Irish farmers by adapting to, and adopting AI

Pádraic Gilligan

Pádraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer, SITE & Managing Partner, SoolNua AI is not new on the Wild Atlantic Way AI is not at all new in Ireland, at least not along the Wild Atlantic Way or in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Since the 1940s, it has been a thing in rural Ireland where I have deep. Read more » The post Why incentive travel professionals should follow Irish farmers by adapting to, and adopting AI appeared first on padraicino.

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Cultivating Corporate Partnerships: Strategies for Long-Term Business Relationships — Build Synergy, Reap Mutual Rewards

Traveler's Q

Building successful corporate partnerships is much like cultivating a garden: it requires patience, strategic planning, and a nurturing touch. In the terrain of corporate events, these partnerships are not just profitable alliances but pivotal elements that dictate the event’s success. This guide is tailored for corporate executives and small business owners who understand that collaboration and synergy aren’t just buzzwords—they’re the cornerstone of a thriving business ecosys

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A Sustainability Pulse Check for Events

Convene by PCMA

For a sense of how the business events industry is — or isn’t — embracing sustainability, let’s take a look at three different surveys. We’ll start with whether climate change is being incorporated in the program content. According to the “ 2024 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report ,” sustainability comes in tenth on a list of 17 relevant speaking topics — between technology and human rights — that organizers are planning their events around this year.

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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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Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Pilots Holistic Harmony Wellness Retreat

Smart Meetings

The non-gaming property further develops its wellness focus Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas’ director of sales and marketing is a “spa girly.” “When I’m on vacation, it’s a big priority for me,” says Ali Murray. “It’s something I’ve always loved and I think that it’s something our city is missing a little bit. You don’t think of Vegas as a health and wellness destination typically.

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On-time connections in Switzerland & SITE’s Incentive Summit Europe

Pádraic Gilligan

Pádraic Gilligan, Chief Marketing Officer, SITE & Managing Partner, SoolNua 05:50 Andermatt to Göschenen It was graveyard still, and pitch dark. Amy, Marina and I left the Radisson Blu and made the short journey on foot to the train station at Andermatt. Despite the altitude and the season, there was no early morning chill, validating. Read more » The post On-time connections in Switzerland & SITE’s Incentive Summit Europe appeared first on padraicino.

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Why Medical Associations Worldwide Rely on ABTS Convention Services

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. When it comes to international group housing, ABTS Convention Services is the name to know. ABTS is the only provider of white glove travel, lodging, concierge, and compliance services for international attendees of major medical association events.

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Smart Moves in Aspen, Islamorada and More

Smart Meetings

Inge Morascini and Krista Loercher Inge Morascini (left) and Krista Loercher (right), Embrace Whidbey and Camano Islands Embrace Whidbey and Camano Islands makes two appointments to its creative team. These professionals will lead the county’s approach to regenerative tourism, supporting the local community while providing meaningful experiences for visitors.

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Planners Get Straight Talk from Hotel Owners

MeetingsNet

At a recent meetings-industry conference, hotel executives explained how their properties struggle to balance rising operational costs with competitive rates for meeting groups. With prices for virtually every element of corporate and association meetings alarmingly high, planners naturally want answers as to how the situation has reached this point, and whether prices will maintain the same upward trajectory.

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Becoming a writer

Conferences that Work

This is not another success story about becoming a writer. Outwardly, I’ve succeeded. Since 2005, I’ve written three successful books on meeting design and facilitation and over 800 weekly blog posts on a wide range of topics. About half a million words so far. My books continue to sell, and this blog is the world’s most popular website on meeting design and facilitation.

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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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Discover a World-Class Events Destination: Greater Miami and Miami Beach

Convene by PCMA

Gorgeous stretches of white beaches and turquoise water are just the beginning of what Greater Miami & Miami Beach has to offer attendees. An accessible destination with global perspective, rich cultural offerings, and the best weather you’ll find anywhere? This is Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Take a look at why your next meeting, convention, or event should be here!

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Wellness Experience in Arizona: Embrace the Challenges

Smart Meetings

What does a healthy experience mean to you? For attendees of Smart Meetings Wellness Experience this week at The Wigwam Resort just outside of Phoenix, the program addressed physical and mental health along with the deeper need for human connection. Healthy meeting strategies demonstrated included gifting, content, team building and F&B operations.

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Amex GBT to acquire CWT for USD 570 million

Travel Daily Media

The post Amex GBT to acquire CWT for USD 570 million appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) agreed to acquire global business travel and meetings solutions provider CWT for $570 million. The planned acquisition would offer CWT’s 4,000 customers access to the Amex GBT ecosystem and create about $850 million in revenue, the companies said in a Monday (March 25) press release.

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Mental Health and ROI

Special Events

Why you should build mental health into your business strategy

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Make a Lasting Impression at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Convene by PCMA

The Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philly is a venue like no other. Philadelphia has everything a meeting planner looks for in a vibrant, friendly, accessible destination—from restaurants and culture to unrivaled accommodations. And at the heart of it all? The Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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Las Vegas Airport Tests Self-Service Security Checkpoint

Smart Meetings

Harry Reid International Airport’s new self-service system will be a litmus test in new airport security operations Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun a self-service screening system at Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas. In its current prototype iteration, only TSA PreCheck passengers at TSA’s Innovation Checkpoint will have the ability to use the system, which began earlier this month.

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ITB China Conference 2024: Elevating the China travel business

Travel Daily Media

The post ITB China Conference 2024: Elevating the China travel business appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. From 27 to 29 May, China’s travel think tank will run concurrently with ITB China, the B2B exclusive travel trade show focusing on the Chinese travel market. Both events will be held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.

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Predictions: Food & Beverage Trends

Special Events

Part 5 in our annual State of the Industry (SOI) report

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Come to Sioux Falls and Craft the Perfect Convention Experience

Convene by PCMA

The spectacular Falls Park is just one of the attractions Sioux Falls has in store for meeting attendees. Located in the middle of the Great Plains, Sioux Falls has the attractions, hospitality, and convenience of a big city—all with a small-town feel. Take a look at how you can find the venue, accommodations, and free-time activities to make your next meeting or convention exactly what you and your attendees want it to be.

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New and Renovated: The Pioneers of Luxury

Smart Meetings

Where historic charm and modern quality converge These three new and renovated hotels and venues debut spaces that both celebrate their heritage and look boldly into the future. When you meet in spaces like these, you’re bound to feel that special balance of nostalgia and inspiration. Are you looking for a boutique experience? Refined luxury? That perfect epicenter of stylish renown?

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ATM 2024 to see an unprecedented 56% growth in its Travel Tech area

Travel Daily Media

The post ATM 2024 to see an unprecedented 56% growth in its Travel Tech area appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024, scheduled to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from May 6 to May 9, is poised to be a pivotal event for the global travel and tourism industry, particularly in the realm of travel technology.

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Customer experience management: Business vs. Customer expectations

EHL Insights

If you operate in the hotel or hospitality industry, you’ll know that the customer’s experience is EVERYTHING. From a customer’s first online search and the booking experience to every customer touchpoint and interaction during their time with you, it’s the customer experience management that drives repeat visits and those glowing online reviews.

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11 Questions You Need to Ask Attendees Before An Event

Stova

What’s the most effective way to anticipate the wants and needs of your audience? Ask them directly with pre-event survey questions – and then deliver. Pre-event evaluation questions can cover everything from logistics to topics to keynote speakers. This valuable feedback will help you plan around your crowd and show your attendees that you are organized and responsive.

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What to Expect at Cvent Connect 2024 in San Antonio

Smart Meetings

The annual customer gathering and user conference for the largest event tech company on the planet, Cvent Connect, is moving to Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, June 10-14. We asked Rachel Andrews, senior director of meetings and events, what 3,500 anticipated attendees can expect in the new location and expanded agenda. Rachel Andrews “This is the year I think we spread our wings a little bit and just try something new with a citywide in the middle of the country with

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Celebrate this Holi in the vivid colours of Madhya Pradesh

Travel Daily Media

The post Celebrate this Holi in the vivid colours of Madhya Pradesh appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. As the festival of colours approaches, Madhya Pradesh gears up to showcase its rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance through vibrant Holi celebrations. Nestled amidst the land of massive religious importance, Madhya Pradesh, boasting two jyotirlingas in Mahakal Lok, Ujjain, and Ekatm Dham (Statue of Oneness), Omkareshwar, promises an enchanting experience for devote

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Creative Thinking and the Future of Event Marketing

Convene by PCMA

Evangeline Leong, founder and CEO of Kobe Global Technologies, will speak April 15 at PCMA APAC’S The Business of Events in Singapore. Before Evangeline Leong founded Kobe Global Technologies, an international creator marketing agency based in Singapore, she had to “unlearn” a lot of what she thought she knew about digital marketing. She plans to share that story during her opening keynote presentation at The Business of Events , powered by PCMA Asia Pacific, April 15-16 at Marina Bay Sand

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Sustainability: Where should we be in five years?

MPI

Sustainability thought leaders answer the question, “Five years from now, we’ve made significant progress toward a more inclusive meeting industry. What does that look like?

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4 Ways to Incorporate Pinterest’s 2024 Rising Trends into Your Next Event

Meeting Tomorrow

According to Pinterest, 2024 will be filled with eclectic grandpas, kitschy kitchens, badminton, and…jellyfish? The annual Pinterest Predicts report details the newest rising trends based on the activity of the platform’s 482 million users, and has seen an 80% accuracy over the last four years. For 2024, Pinterest identified 23 breakout trends that touch on everything from beauty, lifestyle aesthetics, shopping, fitness, and food.

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Seatrade Cruise Asia returns from 12-13 November, 2024

Travel Daily Media

The post Seatrade Cruise Asia returns from 12-13 November, 2024 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Seatrade Cruise, the cruise industry’s leading annual platform for collaborating, innovating and connecting, announces the return of Seatrade Cruise Asia this November. Serving as a platform for industry stakeholders across Asia, the event will convene in Manila, the Philippines on 12-13 November.

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Informa Consolidates Its Business-Events Media Portfolio

MeetingsNet

MeetingsNet has joined a new family, without leaving home. With a reorganization at Informa, MeetingsNet is now aligned with Connect Meetings, a portfolio of events and media outlets serving the global business-events industry. Led by Managing Partner Matt Johnson, Connect offers national shows for meeting professionals in the corporate, association, sports, diversity, faith, and travel sectors, as well as other region-specific meetings- and hospitality-focused events.

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Incentives on Portugal’s Mid-Atlantic Islands: Discovering Europe’s very own Hawaii

inVOYAGE

Delve into the untamed beauty of Portugal’s lesser-known landscapes and discover one of Europe’s best-kept secrets with an incentive in Madeira & Azores. Nothing quite beats an island adventure so, join us as we catch up with local DMC VOQIN ’ for a whistle-stop tour of some of their best experiences, as well as tips on how to design the very best incentive programme… Madeira: A Tour of Some of the Best Experiences Jeep to Porto Moniz: Off-Road Adventure & Coastal Delights Embark on an e

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Emerging Event Industry Trends in 2024

InEvent

The Events industry has faced some challenges recently, and if the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is that events professionals are resilient. The landscape for events continues to change, with a host of factors impacting events managers and their clients. Take a look at some top trends that we are likely to see … Post Emerging Event Industry Trends in 2024 showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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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. The Hidden Damage Desk Jobs Are Doing to Our Ears Sure, an office environment itself isn’t as loud as a factory or construction site, but some people wear their headphones for their entire eight-hour workday, which could lead to hearing damage in the long term, experts say.

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ATM 2024 to see an unprecedented 56% growth in its Travel Tech area

Travel Daily Media

The post ATM 2024 to see an unprecedented 56% growth in its Travel Tech area appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024, scheduled to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from May 6 to May 9, is poised to be a pivotal event for the global travel and tourism industry, particularly in the realm of travel technology.

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Colombo's Newest Hotel Set to Redefine the Luxury MICE Industry as we know it

inVOYAGE

In the vibrant heart of Sri Lanka's capital city, Colombo, a new landmark is set to grace the skyline, promising a fusion of modernity and tradition like never before at the hands of well-renowned designer Cecil Balmond. Scheduled to open its doors in the 3rd quarter of 2024, we catch up with Cinnamon Life behind the scenes to see just what’s in store.