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Will the Paris Olympics Get the Gold from Meeting Profs?

Smart Meetings

You think planning a sales conference at a Chicago hotel ballroom is tough, try planning the 2024 Summer Olympics. The games stretch from July 26 to Aug. 11. To be closely followed by the Paralympics from Aug. 28-Sept. 8. The Olympics opening ceremony, for the first time in the history of the summer games, will not take place in a stadium, but will see 10,500 athletes from 205 international delegations glide along Paris’ River Seine on more than 80 boats as the sun sets.

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Concerns about using facial analysis at events: part three

Conferences that Work

In early 2024, I wrote two long, detailed posts ( 1 , 2 ) that explained why using “facial analysis” technology at events is ethically and legally dubious. Now I’ve learned of strong evidence that the core claim of such technology — that it can reliably measure attendee emotions at events — is seriously flawed. Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett is a neuroscientist, psychologist, and the Northe astern University Distinguished Professor of Psychology.

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Green & Grand Transforming Corporate Events with Sustainable Summer Ideas

Traveler's Q

As the warm breeze of summer begins to swirl, it beckons corporate teams outdoors, offering a perfect backdrop for rejuvenating and reconnecting. Today’s corporate landscape demands engagement and environmental consciousness, presenting a unique opportunity to blend creativity with sustainability. Outdoor ingenuity is your guide to orchestrating summer corporate events that inspire, entertain, and underscore your commitment to eco-friendly practices Innovative Themes for Outdoor Corporate

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ETC General Meeting #107

ETC Corporate

The European Travel Commission (ETC) is the non-profit organisation responsible for the promotion of Europe as a tourist destination in third markets

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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 Moves in Columbus, Boston and More

Smart Meetings

Stuart Levy Stuart Levy, The Singer Oceanfront Resort, a Curio Collection by Hilton Levy takes on the role of general manager at The Singer Oceanfront Resort, a Curio Collection by Hilton. With decades of experience leading full-service properties and a passion for fostering meaningful relationship and driving growth in the hospitality industry, Levy will take the helm at the resort and lead it through its upcoming multi-million-dollar renovation.

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Mastering the art of saying no in the hospitality industry

EHL Insights

In the hospitality industry, the mantra " the customer is always right " has deeply rooted itself, shaping guests' expectations and fostering a culture where saying no to guests seems almost taboo. The relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction, underscored by the industry's dedication to meeting and surpassing travelers' desires, has made saying no a delicate art.

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F&B Trends, Tips, and Tactics from an MPI Planner

MeetingsNet

Tanya Philyaw, CMP, senior meeting planner for Meeting Professionals International, shares her food-and-beverage planning experiences. Edamame for breakfast, anyone? Lesson learned: Interviewing a meeting planner while her conference is going on around her is practically inviting interruptions. However, it’s also a chance to see the multitasking superpowers planners are known for and to feel some of the event’s behind-the-scenes energy.

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The Convergence of the Events and Wellness Industries: Why Event Planners Should Care

Smart Meetings

Cvent CEO Reggie Agarwal recently stated that the event industry has reached a staggering $1.6 trillion! This stands as a testament to the global appetite for connectivity, knowledge exchange and memorable experiences. That being said, according to a McKinsey study the wellness industry has hit an even more impressive $1.8 trillion, driven by a universal shift towards holistic health and well-being.

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IndiGo to host 81st IATA AGM in Delhi

Travel Daily Media

The post IndiGo to host 81st IATA AGM in Delhi appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that IndiGo will host the 81st IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Delhi, India. “We look forward to gathering the aviation industry in Delhi, India’s gateway city, for the 81st IATA AGM in 2025.

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Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops on Achieving Work-Life Balance

Convene by PCMA

There will always be someone who moves a little faster in the race for that next opportunity. During a recent podcast interview with Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy and chair of PCMA’s 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees, Magdalina Atanassova, Convene ’s digital media editor and podcast host, asked Hoops whether he thought the industry would change in order to attract younger professionals who are oriented toward work-life balance.

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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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ETC Board of Directors #113 Brussels-Hybrid

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Fun in the Motor City: Revving Up During PCMA EduCon

Smart Meetings

When I worked in downtown Detroit, I went to Toronto or Chicago to get an urban buzz. But no more. The Motor City, especially downtown and its nearby neighborhoods, is reborn. In 2023, 30 million people visited this bustling cityscape, where PCMA EduCon will take place June 23-26, right across from Canada on the Detroit River. If you’re going to EduCon, what you should know is that even in its worst days, Detroit saw itself as somewhere special.

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TTM+ 2024 witnessed 15000+ meetings with 430 sellers from across Thailand and 425 global buyers

Travel Daily Media

The post TTM+ 2024 witnessed 15000+ meetings with 430 sellers from across Thailand and 425 global buyers appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. TTM+ 2024 welcomes global players with “Amazing Thailand: Your Stories Never End” theme. This year’s edition shines a spotlight on Thailand’s meaningful travel experiences to a record number of global buyers at 425, generating some 15,000 appointments with 430 quality sellers from across the country.

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Looking back, moving forward: How hospitality trends are evolving

EHL Insights

Last year, we explored eight dynamic hospitality trends shaping our industry. What’s changed since then? Are these trends still relevant, or have they faded into obscurity? We revisited our insights to evaluate their current status.

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‘Just Be Curious’ Advises 36-Year Events Industry Veteran

Convene by PCMA

Carol McGury, who served on the PCMA Foundation Board from 2015-2022 and as chair in 2019, will retire at the end of June after a 36-year career at Smithbucklin. When Carol McGury retires from Smithbucklin at the end of June, she will have logged 36 years at the professional services company serving industry associations, most recently as executive vice president, event and education services.

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IRF Invitational Went All-in on Incentive Event Personalization

Smart Meetings

When more than 500 experts in the art of using travel to motivate performance met in the Bahamas at Baha Mar for Incentive Research Foundation’s Invitational 2024 , it was personal—as in attendees were surprised with celebrations of anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions gleaned from a pre-event survey and some judicious Facebook stalking. The annual gathering to discuss trends and connect with peers kicked off with a discussion about the power of designing incentive programs that includ

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What Is Event Design? Exploring the Art and Science Behind Memorable Events

Bizzaboo

At its core, event design is all about deliberately crafting every aspect of an event to achieve specific organizational objectives and create memorable event experiences. More than mere decoration, event design considers all sorts of elements, including venue layout, lighting, seating arrangements, and flow of activities to enhance engagement and communication.

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Luxury hotel marketing: Strategies for elevated guest experiences

EHL Insights

Infinity pools with breathtaking views, spacious beachfront bungalows, exclusive spa treatments, Michelin-star restaurants, exquisite design, and exemplary service are all elements we typically associate with luxury hotels. But how do you communicate the elements that make your hotel exceptional to prospective customers?

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Bringing the Maker Movement to Events

Convene by PCMA

Maker Faire Shanghai is one of hundreds of Maker Faires that take place around the globe each year. Dale Dougherty started noticing “all these people doing cool projects” in the early 2000s, he told Convene. “I was just fascinated by them. They were so interested in the work they were doing, their projects.” Leveraging his background in publishing and technical writing, Dougherty launched Make: Magazine to break down “those cool projects” for readers.

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How To Fight AI Bias: Keep Humans in the Loop

Smart Meetings

Continuing our discussion of AI with Janette Roush, executive vice president of marketing and digital for New York City Tourism & Conventions, and Sindhu Srivastava, CEO of We Crush Events and MeaningfulData, in this special mini episode, we explore the issue of bias in AI. To hear the full conversation, listen here. The post How To Fight AI Bias: Keep Humans in the Loop appeared first on Smart Meetings.

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Mandarin Oriental sets up ship in Greece as the latest brand to launch in Navarino Bay

inVOYAGE

Nestled on the historic Bay of Navarino, known for its spectacular views and award-winning Bay Course golf course, excitement has been brewing as Mandarin Oriental step into the scene with their grand debut into Greece. Join us as we head there for ourselves to enjoy an exclusive look behind the scenes and a taste of what’s in store for the luxury incentive market… Surrounded by the world’s leading brands What was once a family-run resort in the Costa Navarino area has soon become a bustling hub

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Event Agencies Ashfield and WRG Join Forces

MeetingsNet

The new agency, Emota, comes together under parent company Inizio Engage to serve the healthcare industry and global brands. Sister companies Ashfield Event Experiences and WRG have merged and rebranded as Emota. Ashfield, largely focused on event experiences for healthcare meetings, and WRG, which offers strategic and creative capabilities for event experiences, congresses, and exhibitions, are each part of London-based Inizio Engage.

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Shamera Stewart

Convene by PCMA

This year, PCMA’s 20 in Their Twenties program honors exceptional young leaders in the business events industry. Class of 2024 member Shamera Stewart, MBA, CMP, DES, Senior Consultant, Events and Operations, at CarMax, shares how she got into the events industry, the role of digital events have to play now, and what opportunities lie ahead for business events professionals.

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Martial Artist Jen Cassetta Talks ‘Badassery’

Smart Meetings

Cassetta shared life and leadership lessons during a virtual Smart Woman sessions Smart Woman members all across America tuned in for a Smart Woman virtual session to hear martial artist and keynote speaker Jenn Cassetta speak about her journey toward “badassery.” Cassetta will be speaking at Smart Woman Summit on Aug. 16 th at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and this session offered a teaser for what is sure to be an inspirational and motivating keynote presentation for Smart Woman Summit 2024 &

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1 Year on from inVOYAGE Marbella: Puente Romano Boasts Fresh New Look with 5 More Restaurants

inVOYAGE

1 year on from inVOYAGE Marbella, we take a back-stage tour of Puente Romano Beach Resort and all that’s happened since we brought inVOYAGE to their beach-side paradise, early last year. From new Mediterranean delights courtesy of Chef Izu Ani to sushi pop ups and traditional Peruvian techniques, take a trip down memory lane with one of Marbella’s most cherished properties….

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ITB China 2024 closes with great success, boasting more than 27,500 Business Meetings

Travel Daily Media

The post ITB China 2024 closes with great success, boasting more than 27,500 Business Meetings appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. ITB China 2024, the travel trade show focused on China’s travel market, has concluded its fifth edition, marking an unprecedented year of regrowth and optimism for the Chinese travel industry. More than 15,000 attendees, over 1000 selected buyers, and around 250 media representatives participated in the event, underlining the high demand and

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Jenna Wiese

Convene by PCMA

This year, PCMA’s 20 in Their Twenties program honors exceptional young leaders in the business events industry. Class of 2024 member Jenna Wiese, National Account Director, Destination DC, talks about the challenge of rising event costs and how if she had her way, she would instill a larger commitment to sustainability in the events industry.

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How to Leverage Asynchronous Technology to Create a Healthy Workplace Culture

Gavel International

Reading Time: 5 minutes A growing number of organizations are recognizing the value of building a workplace culture that supports employees working at their own pace, responding to inquiries when their schedule allows it and working hours that feel most productive for them. Asynchronous technology – that is, technology that makes it possible for employees to work independently and reply to messages when they can – is one of the main drivers of the aptly named asynchronous workplace culture.

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Lake Towns in Kentucky: 7 Beautiful Lakes in Kentucky to Live on in 2024

Redfin

Across the Bluegrass State, Kentucky has an array of stunning lakes, each offering its own unique charm and a blend of tranquility and adventure. If you’ve been renting an apartment in Knoxville or own a home in Louisville and are looking for an escape to nature, you’re in the right place. At Redfin, we’ve collected a list of the best lakes in Kentucky to live on this year.

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Transforming event spaces with The La Serre Experience

Travel Daily Media

The post Transforming event spaces with The La Serre Experience appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. La Serre, the latest venture by Akshay Anand, has officially opened its doors in the lush setting of Delhi. Known for his successful establishments Cozy Box, Ophelia, and Toy Room, Anand now introduces a new level of elegance and sophistication to Delhi’s event landscape.

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Kaylee Harris, CMP | PCMA Member Spotlight

Convene by PCMA

Get to know PCMA Next Gen Member Kaylee Harris, CMP , Meeting Event Manager, Maritz. How has your career developed as a result of being a PCMA member? Highlight specific resources and benefits that have helped you achieve your goals. PCMA membership has significantly shaped my career. The mentorship program provided me with invaluable guidance from industry professionals, helping me navigate my career path effectively.

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SailGP Celebrates Success in Immersive Style

Special Events

A celebration event utilized massive custom projections to recognize this new sport's growth

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Is Buffalo, NY a Good Place to Live? 10 Pros and Cons of Living in Buffalo

Redfin

Buffalo, NY is a dynamic and diverse city that has captured the hearts of many with its rich history, stunning architecture, and thriving arts scene. While the city offers a unique blend of cultural experiences, unique neighborhoods , delicious cuisine, and a strong sense of community, it also comes with its own set of challenges. In this Redfin article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of living in Buffalo to help you decide if it’s the right place for you.

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Why You Should Attend an AI Conference (Key Benefits and Opportunities)

All Conference Alert

In the world of technology, there is a constant evolution, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of this exciting revolution! If you’re curious about AI and its impact on the world, then attending an AI Conference in 2024 is the perfect way to learn more. At an AI Conference in 2024, you’ll be surrounded by experts and enthusiasts who share the same interest — AI.

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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. How to Work for an Overly Critical Boss Your boss points out what’s going wrong more often than what’s going right. Meetings sometimes feel like inquisitions. While a generally difficult boss might be challenging due to their mood swings, lack of clarity, or unpredictability, a highly critical boss consistently focuses on “the gap,

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