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Will Meetings Thrive in 2024?

Smart Meetings

Experts weigh in on what needs to change to work together better Editor’s Note : Hospitality sales consultant Steve Steinhart will be speaking at Smart Meetings Extraordinary Experience in Monterey, California, Nov. 5-7. Register here to hear him in person. Steve Steinhart Both planners and sellers will have to make paradigm shifts if 2024 is to become the new high watermark for group attendance and revenue.

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Winners of the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2023 revealed

ETC Corporate

The ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism’ Awards aim to amplify the visibility of European cultural tourism destinations, establish a platform for sharing experiences and knowledge and foster networking among destinations. For the sixth consecutive year, the European Travel Commission (ETC), the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), Europa Nostra, and the Network of European Regions.

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Reinvention

Techsytalk

This is perhaps the hardest part of reinventing yourself. I’ve experienced this SO. MUCH. over the past few years as I’ve become a mom, our events landscape has changed so drastically, and life has just …happened… My goals, values and hopes have changed, but it’s taken me a while to step into that fear of change & rebrand and build something new.

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The Importance of First Impressions: How to Wow Your Guests with the Right Decorations

Traveler's Q

First impressions matter, especially when it comes to hosting events. The right event decorations can transform any occasion into an unforgettable experience, capturing the attention of your guests and setting the tone for the entire event. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, or a birthday party, the right decor can make all the difference.

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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 Attendees Aren’t Committing Early to Conferences

Smart Meetings

In recent years, many event organizers have observed a notable trend: despite offering enticing early bird registration discounts, many attendees are hesitant to commit to conferences well in advance. Let’s delve into the reasons behind this hesitancy and what event professionals can do about it. What’s Behind Attendee Hesitancy 1. Ongoing Uncertainties Due to Covid-19 The ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic are still out there.

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Financial pressures shape Europeans’ travel plans in late 2023 and early 2024

ETC Corporate

According to the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) latest report, ‘Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel[1],’ 68% of surveyed Europeans plan to travel between October 2023 and March 2024. This represents a slight drop of 2% compared to the same period last year. Respondents from Spain and Italy are the most eager to travel, with 75% likely to take a trip before March 2024.

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More CVBs Earning Autism Travel Accreditation

Convene by PCMA

Visit Salt lake, the destination’s convention and visitors bureau, recently earned the designation Certified Autism Center through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. When Visit Salt Lake’s Evan Bauerle heard about Mesa, Arizona, becoming the first-ever Autism Certified City through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) — a story Convene wrote about in 2022 — he knew it was something he wanted to share

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Event Case Study: Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

Smart Meetings

Where healthcare professionals share design and architecture ideas 1998 was the first year Jenabeth Ferguson, symposium director for Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE), became aware of the expo, formerly Symposium on Healthcare Design. “I was early in my career producing events, so I wasn’t always focused on the purpose of each event, but the Symposium was different,” she says.

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Meeting-Budget Woes, by the Numbers

MeetingsNet

Maritz Global Events released its Industry Trends Report at IMEX America with some eye-popping data on the rising cost of hotels, airfares, F&B, and other event-budget elements. If your meetings budget has kept up with price increases over the past few years, you’re among the lucky. For its Industry Trends Report, October 2023 edition, Maritz Global Events crunched numbers from the U.S.

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Healthcare Industry: Employee happiness is key to patient happiness

EHL Insights

Human interaction is more important than ever as society recovers from COVID-induced social changes and welcomes the arrival of ubiquitous artificial intelligence such as ChatGPT. Human experience based on interactions is not only critical to the traditional hospitality industries but also other industries, such as healthcare and retail. As part of the Hospitality Vibes interview series, I interviewed Claudio Garbellini, Deputy General Director of SOL Group, Italy’s leading home care provider.

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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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Vote for The Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry for 2023: Let’s Make It Five in a Row!

Conferences that Work

Click to vote for The Most Influential People in the Events Industry for 2023! Dear colleagues and friends, I hope this message finds you well and thriving in your event industry endeavors. It’s with pride and gratitude that I share that I’ve been nominated once again for the prestigious Eventex Index as one of The Most Influential People in the Events Industry for 2023.

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New and Renovated: New England Meetings Take Center Stage

Smart Meetings

Meetings from quintessential Virginia, to the mountains, to Capitol Hill Make your way to the places where the fall foliage turns the red, orange and gold of everyone’s favorite autumn movies and art: New England. Not only will you be front and center to some of the country’s most historic locations; you’ll have no shortage of convenient meeting space in a wealth of diverse locations.

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Hilton Readies Small-Meeting Booking Tool

MeetingsNet

The Events.Hilton.com site is being enhanced to allow planners with groups of up to 35 attendees to book meetings online. Hilton has announced plans to roll out a direct-booking tool for small, simple meetings in early 2024. Clients will be able to book meeting packages for up to 35 attendees, or reserve meeting and event spaces, with or without guest rooms.

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Adventure Awaits in Aurora—Gateway to the Rockies

Convene by PCMA

The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center with Rocky Mountain view. Easy access, seamless meetings, and impressive exhibits all make for successful events. And as home to Colorado’s largest convention center, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center , located only minutes from Denver International Airport , Aurora certainly offers those details.

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Importance of Indigenous Involvement in Tourism Development

Solimar International

Two women standing in front of a market stall that sells traditional crafts in Oaxaca, Mexico, showcasing a basic form of indigenous involvement in tourism development programs. However, most of these products are not authentic and are sold as a response to uninformed tourist demand. Indigenous involvement in tourism development is crucial Picture this: cultural education and interpretation that breathe life into traditions, a vibrant marketplace brimming with authentic cultural treasures, the r

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What One Thing? Traveling Beyond the Stars with Ben Nemtin

Smart Meetings

On this episode of What One Thing Smart Meetings CEO and Founder Marin Bright is joined by Keynote Speaker and Author Ben Nemtin to discuss his storied accomplishments of creating a bucket list to attain his goals, finding purpose in life and his next big goal to go into space! Don’t Miss a Podcast Drop. Listen to Smart Meetigns on Spotify today! Listen on Brought to you by: Listen to more What One Thing?

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Bigger and better: ITB Asia 2023 returns with more exhibitors

Travel Daily Media

The post Bigger and better: ITB Asia 2023 returns with more exhibitors appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. ITB Asia 2023 has returned for its 16th edition occupying two full floors of the Sands Expo & Convention Centre! Proving that it is the largest travel trade show in the continent, ITB Asia kicked off with over 1,838 international exhibitors, a 35% increase in new exhibitors, a 38% increase in MICE, and more than 200% growth in travel technology.

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Reasons Why Cleveland is the Place to be in 2024

Convene by PCMA

Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will also host the NCAA Women’s Final Four in March 2024. You may already know that Cleveland is hard to beat when it comes to choosing a centrally located, Midwest meeting destination. Affectionately called The Land, it’s a city that packs all the attractions of a first-tier city while offering the friendliness and accessibility of a more intimate destination.

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Meet the Project Team

Tourism Tiger

[alertsnippet] Today I’m going to be talking about THE magical moment. The moment you have been working so hard for. Someone has arrived at your site! This is one of the most pivotal moments – and you need to make a great impression.

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CMP Spotlight: Get to Know Tarin Horan, CMP

Smart Meetings

Tarin Horan, CMP, knew that meeting planning was the industry for her when she began interning with sports teams. She originally earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a political science minor, intending to go to law school. Afterwards, she began working in sports, as a customer service and community relations manager with DC United. In this role, she planned their season ticket holder events.

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Gold Medal host “Access All Areas” event for over 30 agents

Travel Daily Media

The post Gold Medal host “Access All Areas” event for over 30 agents appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Gold Medal welcomed agents to their head office in Leyland last week as part of their Access All Areas day – their signature ‘behind the scenes’ event. The event provided agents with the opportunity to connect with selected suppliers from across the globe through deep-dive educational 45-minute sessions, as well as the opportunity to network with fellow agents and, of course,

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Time to Think Outside the Inbox

Convene by PCMA

By not looking beyond email marketing to options such as creating a blog, a podcast, or other content, marketers could be missing a chance to attract more attendees to their events. Cait Brown ‘What people say about you online is more important, powerful, and credible than what you say about yourself.’ Email marketing remains one of the most-reached-for tools in a marketer’s belt — and for good reason.

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Business + Leisure = Event Success

Special Events

Take advantage of the bleisure trend to improve event engagement

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Orlando and DC Enhance Transportation Alternatives, Western Connections Could Follow

Smart Meetings

Getting everyone gracefully from point A to meeting B is one of the challenges event professionals wrestle with every day, even if those points are simply from airport to venue and back again. After the final session closes, the struggle shifts to the attendee looking for a little bleisure action in nearby destinations. Cities across the country are unveiling public transit upgrades that may take the pain out of pursuing post-event pleasure.

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STAAH hosts yet another ‘Connect Hub’ conference successfully in Jaipur

Travel Daily Media

The post STAAH hosts yet another ‘Connect Hub’ conference successfully in Jaipur appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. STAAH, the New Zealand-based leading hospitality solutions provider, today concluded yet another ‘Connect Hub’ conference in the country in Jaipur. The conclave was attended by renowned leaders and experts of the hospitality space, and shared insightful sessions on how property owners can better their business practices, learn to capitalize on the evolving industry

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How to Continue Attendee Engagement After Your Event Ends

InEvent

Hosting a successful event is about more than great snacks and even better entertainment. Guests should want to keep up with your company even after the gathering ends. Post-event engagement sets professional party planners apart from enthusiasts. Here are a few strategies to remember when strategizing marketing ideas after a conference. 1. Email Post-Event Surveys … Post How to Continue Attendee Engagement After Your Event Ends showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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What is AI and How We Can Use It: Artificial Intelligence 101 for Those Less Techy

Creative Group Inc

AI Isn’t Just a New Buzzword, It’s an Old Friend with a New Look By: Jennifer Petsche, Marketing Communication Strategist, Creative Group Not a day goes by when I don’t come across some mention of artificial intelligence: an article, a late-night TV show host’s monologue, my Facebook feed…you get the idea. I hear about it so much that I have begun to tune it out—it’s overwhelming and I’m just not sure how it fits into my life.

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Well-being, Exciting Food and Natural Beauty: Experiential Incentives in Asia

Smart Meetings

Boutique hotels in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka Incentive trends are seeing increasing interest in international destinations, experiential opportunities to discover the country and a focus on wellness. With luxury boutique hotels offering authentic cultural experiences, exciting culinary fare and nature-driven activities, Asia has become a desirable destination for incentive trips and executive retreats.

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FHA-HoReCa announces new initiatives and partnerships for 2024 edition

Travel Daily Media

The post FHA-HoReCa announces new initiatives and partnerships for 2024 edition appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. L-R: FSTEC Asia and Worldchefs Global Chef Challenge Final 2022 When FHA-HoReCa, Asia’s most comprehensive and premier hospitality event, makes a return this 22-25 October 2024, look forward to a host of new initiatives and partnerships set to shake up the hospitality industry.

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Optimizing Event Landing Page: How to Boost Signups

InEvent

Creating an event landing page is a critical step to promote your upcoming gathering. But it’s not enough to simply design a web page and hope for the best. Optimizing your landing page is necessary to achieve success in driving signups. From headlines to visuals, all elements in your event landing page must blend perfectly. … Post Optimizing Event Landing Page: How to Boost Signups showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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A Strategic Approach to a Successful 2024 for Small Business Owners

MPI

As the calendar year winds down, it's essential to shift our focus from immediate deadlines and priorities to long-term planning. Your year-end business plan retreat is the springboard to that long-term planning!

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F&B Smart Moves in San Francisco, San Antonio and More

Smart Meetings

Alex Hernandez Alex Hernandez, Hotel Bennett Hernandez joins Hotel Bennett as director of food and beverage. He will plan, develop and execute all food and beverage operations across the property. Throughout his 20-year career, he has held numerous leadership roles at hotels and restaurants. During his time at Bottega Restaurant, in Napa, he helped them earn the prestigious Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator.

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Future trends include AI-based travel agencies and space tourism

Travel Daily Media

The post Future trends include AI-based travel agencies and space tourism appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The second day of TIS – Tourism Innovation Summit 2023 highlighted the most disruptive trends shaping a more sustainable and digital industry. Jenny Southan, CEO of Globetrender, presented six tourism megatrends that will develop in the coming years.

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How to Make the Most out of 11 Off-Site Event Spaces in Austin

Convene by PCMA

The Palmer Event Center (right) sits within downtown Austin’s Butler Park. (Courtesy of Austin Convention Center Department) It’s no secret that Austin has some of the best food, beer, and live music in the country. For event organizers, the most authentic way to infuse those signature tastes and sounds into their programs is by tapping one (or more) of the city’s unique off-site venues, which range from iconic live music halls to modern museums to historic theaters.

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Building a Sustainable Event

Creative Group Inc

By: Liz Ferenciak, Digital Marketing Strategist, Creative Group Although I don’t normally travel much for business in my Marketing role, I recently had the opportunity to participate on-site at a client event to better understand how we are helping our clients design to the trends we often talk about in our industry. And sustainability is a big one.