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Agriculture and Agritourism in Virginia Beach

Smart Meetings

Virginia Beach’s agricultural industry tells a story beyond economics Every morning David Trimmer wakes up thinking about the viability, sustainability and growth of the agricultural industry in Virginia Beach. Trimmer—and the city—places a heavy focus on its agriculture, which makes up a third of its economic output, alongside other major industries like the military and tourism.

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Is Your Destination a Memorable Masterpiece?

Advanced Travel and Tourism

One thing I have turned to over the last several years is LEGO and truly getting into enjoying the hours it takes to build something. It really is about the memories created brick by brick, and this got me thinking…  As Destination Marketers, we are not too far off from being a LEGO Designer. It just looks a little different. We too create memories for our target audiences that are celebrated and remembered for years to come.

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Helping Hospitality Students Transition from Campus to Career

ADMEI

Helping Hospitality Students Transition from Campus to Career 20 February 2024 Heading into a career right after college can be a daunting task for many graduates, especially transitioning from academic classes to the professional world. That comes with its own set of challenges, and having connections set ahead of time can make all the difference. As undergraduates look ahead toward the transition from student to professional, the Association of Destination Management Executives International (

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Get to Know ME with Steve Chemello

Motivation Excellence

Steve Chemello is our Get to Know ME employee spotlight for February. It’s our shortest month and as you can see below, his answers are short and sweet too. Thanks, Steve, for giving us a tiny peek into what makes you, you! What’s your current title and how long have you been in the incentive industry? I’m a developer. It will be eight years in April.

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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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Smart Stars 2024: Vote for the Industry’s Brightest!

Smart Meetings

Vote for the Best in the Meetings Industry The 12th annual planner’s choice award is based on the actual experiences of Smart Meetings magazine readers at venues and destinations around the world. This is your chance to rate suppliers who partner with you to elevate the meetings experience based on a range of amenities from the best golf resorts to the best incentive hotels.

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ETC and University of Surrey launch children’s book series to promote careers in tourism

ETC Corporate

Today, the European Travel Commission (ETC) and the University of Surrey launch the publication of two children’s books: Dee and Flee at the Theme Park by Julia Hubery and Searchlight: The Rock by Ann Bryant. This project, founded by ETC and the University of Surrey in partnership with Graffeg Publishing, seeks to promote tourism jobs to young people as a source to learn socio-emotional skills.

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Spring Break and Travel Advisories – What Can You Do if They Overlap?

Motivation Excellence

You’ve probably seen recent news stories about Americans being the victims of serious crimes on a couple of Caribbean islands. Currently the U.S. Department of State has travel warnings out for two prime locations for spring break revelers: The Bahamas (level 2) and Jamaica (level 3).

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Smart Moves in Miami Beach, Denver and More

Smart Meetings

Richard Oshiro Richard Oshiro is the inaugural regional sales manager for MacNaughton, a family-owned hospitality investment, development and management firm based in Honolulu. In this new position, Oshiro focuses on the wholesale, military, groups and travel agent markets for Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head , Waikiki Malia and Hotel Renew. In his nearly decade of hospitality experience, Oshiro has worked with Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, and Hawaii Island Air.

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Lessons from Anguilla on returning after four years away

Conferences that Work

After a four-year gap due to the COVID pandemic, we eagerly returned to Anguilla for a two-week vacation. We love this tiny Caribbean island and have taken a welcome break from Vermont winter for fifteen years. I have written many posts about lessons from Anguilla gleaned during our visits, and this trip uncovered more. The trip For the first time in many years, Celia and I stayed in Anguilla without company.

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Top Reasons to Meet in Puerto Rico

Convene by PCMA

Your meeting attendees will make memories in Puerto Rico. The beauty of Greater Palm Springs is legendary. This Southern California oasis entices visitors with mountain vistas, swaying palm trees, and more than 300 days of sunshine each year. In addition to stunning scenery, here are five more reasons to plan your next meeting in Greater Palm Springs.

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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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How to use post-event data to supercharge your event strategy in 2024 & beyond

Bizzaboo

The best events teams are powered by data. To help event professionals learn how to use data to accelerate event strategy and get better outcomes with each B2B conference , we recently hosted a new webinar — No data left behind: Strategies for transforming post-event data into 2024 event success — featuring Nicola Kastner , founder of The Event Strategist, and Jon Wolff , global events manager at Lenovo.

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New and Renovated: All Along the Eastern Coast

Smart Meetings

First phase restorations and new all-suite towers The East Coast influence is strong at the properties below, from floral interior design to the activities and culinary experiences offered. These recent additions are something you may want to take a look at. La Concha Key West La Concha Key West guest room Following its addition to the Marriott Bonvoy family, La Concha Key West has recently completed the first phase of its restoration process, involving a revamp of its 160 guest rooms and 14 sui

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Event Marketers’ Power Tools: TikTok, Reels, YouTube

MeetingsNet

Short-form video is wildly popular and not difficult to produce—provided the event host has a plan for content creation and a timely strategy for pushing it out. Last year was a watershed for short-form video, and especially for videos less than four minutes in length—perfect for event marketers who want to deliver maximum impact before interest in a piece of content fades among potential attendees and exhibitors.

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What’s New Under the Sun When it Comes to Meetings?

Convene by PCMA

Take a look at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center & attached Omni Hotel There’s already plenty to recommend Greater Fort Lauderdale—with its vast range of accommodations, unforgettable outdoor setting by the Intracoastal Waterway and nearby Everglades, not to mention its 24 miles of gorgeous beaches—for your meetings and events.

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Hong Kong’s 2024 event hot list

Travel Daily Media

The post Hong Kong’s 2024 event hot list appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. From world-class events to seasonal celebrations, Hong Kong’s year-round event calendar is unmatched. The city is a cultural hub brimming with art, gastronomy and sports – a perfect match for every type of traveller. Discover five unmissable events on Hong Kong’s 2024 event hot list below.

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16 Ways to Increase Belonging at Events

Special Events

Small steps to get you started on creating a sense of belonging for your event attendees

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Top Ways to Give Your Event a Huge Hygge Hug

Creative Group Inc

How can we add hygge to events and meetings? By Gretchen Yetzbacher, Program Manager, Creative Group Maybe you’ve seen the word “hygge,” a Danish Word (pronounced hoo-gah, not hug!), and have it all figured out: You know what it means and have a hygge corner of your office and your house has the aesthetic too. But for those of us who are unsure what to make of this word, hygge means the feeling of quiet comfort; coziness.

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More than just Meetings: Why Oklahoma City is the Place to Be

Convene by PCMA

White-water rafting at OKC’s RIVERSPORT is just one of many exciting group-outing possibilities. A convenient location (within a 3-hour flight of most US cities); a state-of-the-art convention center ; and plentiful, luxurious accommodations within walking distance of downtown all make Oklahoma City a top choice for meetings and events. But potential attendees will also be interested to know what’s in store for their free time.

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UK’s top 10 most ‘Instagrammable’ festivals of 2024

Travel Daily Media

The post UK’s top 10 most ‘Instagrammable’ festivals of 2024 appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. World’s biggest indoor main stage superstructure just announced at Creamfields Creamfields is the most Instagrammable UK festival, with almost half a million posts tagging the event, a new study reveals. Bonus experts, NoDeposit365.co.uk analysed Instagram hashtag data relating to over 30 of the UK’s most popular music festivals to find which have been shared most by festival-goers o

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Visuals in vogue: Revolutionizing hospitality & travel marketing

EHL Insights

Visuals have long played a significant role in the advertisement of travel destinations. During the 1930s, travel advertising posters were booming in the hope of stimulating the depression-era economy (see some examples by clicking on the previous link). Actors like railway companies hired famous artists to create those posters. One noticeable example is the set of posters created by Salvador Dali for the French railway company.

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WEC: Better connections through openness and self-awareness

MPI

Princess Sarah Culberson says that assumptions can be a good thing. When they’re acknowledged and examined, they can be powerful tools for personal and communal growth. “By recognizing our assumptions, we open the door to understanding our biases and perspectives, which is the first step in expanding our worldview,” Culberson says.

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Big Things are Happening in Phoenix

Convene by PCMA

The Phoenix Convention Center is equipped to host conferences, meetings, and exhibitions large and small. Have you experienced Phoenix lately? With an enviable track record as the host of high-profile mega events, Arizona’s sunny capital city is now firmly established as a premier destination for meetings and gatherings of all sizes. Here’s a look at why you should consider Greater Phoenix for your next large-scale event: The biggest names in sports compete here Dubbed “Championship Valley

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Exploring Melbourne’s Event Scene: A Journey of Discovery with AIME

Travel Daily Media

The post Exploring Melbourne’s Event Scene: A Journey of Discovery with AIME appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Melbourne, is renowned for its vibrant events industry, and this year’s Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) provided the perfect opportunity for the hosted media program to delve deeper into the city’s allure as the Events capital of Australia.

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Ultimate San Jose, CA, Bucket List: A City Explorer’s Guide

Redfin

Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is known as a good place to live for technological innovation, cultural diversity, and breathtaking sights. Rich in attractions, food, and beauty, it’s hard to not be captivated by San Jose’s charm and imagine renting an apartment or buying a home in the city. From farmers markets to Buddhist temples, strap in for Redfin’s San Jose, CA, bucket list to begin the journey of uncovering all that your new home has to offer. 1.

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The Ultimate Vacation Planning Checklist

MTI Events

Planning an adventure away from the familiar comfort of home requires more than a flicker of thought and a splash of spontaneity. It calls for a solid foundation drawn from a reliable vacation preparation guide.

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‘Tricky Times’ for Two Convention Centers

Convene by PCMA

Cincinnati plans for a 13,000 square feet convention center (pictured) and a brand new hotel enabling the city to host two major pieces of business at the same time. (Image by Visit Cincy) Cincinnati has some exciting plans in the works — a brand-new hotel, yet to be named, to be built connecting to a renovated Duke Energy Center, adding 80,000 square feet of additional meeting space in the hotel and 13,000 square feet in the convention center, and thereby enabling the city to host two major pie

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ATM 2024 to focus on India’s outbound tourism potential, over 30% of Indian travellers visit ME

Travel Daily Media

The post ATM 2024 to focus on India’s outbound tourism potential, over 30% of Indian travellers visit ME appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. With the Indian outbound market forecast to be worth $143.5 billion annually by the end of this decade, the Indian tourism sector will come under the spotlight during Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2024, which returns to the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) for its 31 st edition from 6-9 May.

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Love-infused Living: 16 Ways to Bring Love Into Your Home

Redfin

As we navigate the spaces we call home, there’s an inherent desire to create a living space that feels warm, comfortable, and connected. In this Redfin article, we will look into 16 creative and meaningful ways to bring love into your home. From thoughtfully chosen decor and aromatic additions to personal touches that resonate with cherished memories, these suggestions aim to transform your living space into a haven of love.

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Why You Need Attendance Tracking Software for Events

InEvent

In the world of event planning and management, success hinges on precision, efficiency, and seamless execution. Whether you’re orchestrating a corporate conference, a gala fundraiser, or a community festival, the ability to accurately track attendance is paramount. Traditional methods of manual registration and check-in are not only time-consuming but also prone to errors.

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Trends Shaping the Future of Corporate Events

Blue Spark Event Design

The trends shaping the future of corporate events are constantly transforming in response to the ever-changing world of technology, cultural dynamics, and the evolving needs of businesses. Let’s take a look at some of these exciting trends below: Wellness and Mindfulness Interactive Experiences Personalization Sustainability Remote Work Integration Flexible Spaces Content Diversity and Inclusivity Wellness and Mindfulness Recognizing the importance of holistic well-being, corporate events

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Leisure Hotels Group Unveils ‘Ragas by the River’ – The Inaugural Indian Classical Music Festival

Travel Daily Media

The post Leisure Hotels Group Unveils ‘Ragas by the River’ – The Inaugural Indian Classical Music Festival appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Experience the soulful melodies of our nation’s musical legacy come alive with an extraordinary endeavour of an immersive two-day festival nestled in the serene wilderness of Corbett, Uttarakhand.

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Moving Into Management: Advice for Planners

MeetingsNet

A recent panel session at a meetings-industry conference highlighted the need for planners to have both a mentor and a sponsor, and to account for unconscious bias when seeking a promotion. When it comes to professional growth and career advancement, do you know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor? It’s an important distinction, and one that could affect how quickly you are promoted to being a departmental manager or an executive.

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In-Person Event Registration: Choosing the Right Onsite Software Partner

InEvent

In-person events are making a comeback, and event organizers are gearing up to deliver exceptional experiences for their attendees. One crucial aspect of planning a successful in-person event is the registration process. A seamless and efficient registration experience sets the tone for the entire event and ensures that attendees have a positive first impression.

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Savouring Paradise: A Story of Culinary Excellence at The Myconian Collection

inVOYAGE

From regal feasts to intimate dinners under the stars, The Myconian Collection know just how to get events off to a start. And, with more than a dozen gourmet restaurants at its helm and some of the best internationally trained executive chefs in the region, you’re guaranteed an experience unlike any other. So, let your tastebuds take over and join us as we head over there for ourselves to see just what’s in store for our delegates this September. inVOYAGE is headed to Mykonos!

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SATTE 2024 opens amidst record participation from exhibitors and buyers

Travel Daily Media

The post SATTE 2024 opens amidst record participation from exhibitors and buyers appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. In its largest ever edition, SATTE 2024 is all set to play the crucial role of a catalyst to rejuvenate domestic, regional, inbound and outbound tourism. The event is poised to serve as a cornerstone for the industry, fostering innovation, and connections, and propelling progress within the sector.