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Hilton Purchases Graduate Hotel Brand for $210 Million

Smart Meetings

Acquisition accelerates growth of lifestyle market Thursday, Hilton announced it had agreed to purchase the Graduate Hotel brand for $210 million. The deal gives Hilton rights to 35 properties in college towns across the U.S. These properties will operate under long-term Hilton franchise agreements, but will Nashville-based AJ Capital Partners will continue to serve as owner.

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Designing Events with Empathy

ADMEI

Designing Events with Empathy 13 March 2024 In the world of event planning, there's a growing awareness of the importance of empathy in crafting unforgettable experiences for attendees. Destination Management Companies are at the forefront of this movement, recognizing the diverse needs and preferences of attendees and incorporating thoughtful touches to ensure inclusivity and enjoyment for all.

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Get to Know ME with Brittany Cerillos

Motivation Excellence

Brittany Cerillos joined our Travel Department in the last year and made an impression instantly. She’s got a happy, can-do attitude and if you pass a bar with karaoke, you know she’s going to duck inside for a moment (or two). When you read below and watch her short video, you’ll be able to see her spark too! Thanks Brittany, for being our Get to Know ME subject this month!

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Connect Smarter, Engage Deeper: Embracing Technology in Corporate Events

Traveler's Q

In today’s fast-paced business environment, technology stands as a pillar for innovation, especially in the realm of corporate events. Strategically incorporating technology into your events is not just about wowing participants—it’s about creating more meaningful connections and ensuring that every attendee walks away with an exceptional experience.

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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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How to Cultivate a State of Play at Events

Smart Meetings

Visit California demonstrated the power of the ultimate playground Play isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, according to the National Institute for Play (NIFP) based in Carmel Valley, California, feeling playful is seriously important for a healthy life. Incorporating play in an event also makes business sense. “Play is an antidote to stress and a foundation for wellness,” according to NIFP researchers, who have partnered with Visit California to share their findings.

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Ensuring Live Events are Accessible to All

Convene by PCMA

At PCMA Convening Leaders 20204 in San Diego, Ten Fifty Entertainment’s Austin Whitney led an immersive tour to show event professionals what makes an event or venue accessible when it comes to mobility needs. (Whatever Media Group) When a car accident at 18 left Austin Whitney with a permanent spinal cord injury, the idea of living out the rest of his life in a wheelchair left him feeling “hopeless.

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Building a Strong Event Sponsorship Strategy for 2024

Bizzaboo

In today’s challenging economic climate, it’s getting harder and harder for event teams to lock down sponsorship dollars. At Bizzabo, we’re all about making every aspect of event orchestration easier for teams like yours, so we recently hosted a webinar called Show me the money: Navigating event sponsorship challenges in 2024 that was jam-packed with tips, tricks, and insights you can use to accelerate your event sponsorship initiatives.

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F&B Smart Moves in Lake Tahoe, Miami Beach and More

Smart Meetings

Cherry Tsui and Allison Wells Cherry Tsui (left) and Allison Wells (right), InterContinental Bellevue at the Avenue The InterContinental Bellevue at the Avenue expands its F&B team with experienced culinary professionals. Tsui fills the role of director of food and beverage, bringing over two decades of experience in luxury hospitality. She is a French and European-trained culinary expert, and earned her hospitality degree in Switzerland.

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Fabulous Food Driven Events

AIME

Fresh off the back of AIME’s 2024 Welcome Party, event partner and Grazeland Director John Forman explores the power of food in networking. Networking made easy Networking is not just about exchanging business cards and attending conferences; it’s about connecting … The post Fabulous Food Driven Events appeared first on AIME.

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What you need to know about ADA for hotel websites in 2024 and beyond

Leonardo

The American Disabilities Act (or ADA) was passed in 1990, long before websites were a twinkle in most hoteliers’ eyes. Most hotels know what they need to do to make their on-site premises accessible, but the digital world is not nearly as straightforward. The small print is vague because, as written, the Act itself does not include the word websites.

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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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Building a Strong Event Sponsorship Strategy for 2024

Bizzaboo

In today’s challenging economic climate, it’s getting harder and harder for event teams to lock down sponsorship dollars. At Bizzabo, we’re all about making every aspect of event orchestration easier for teams like yours, so we recently hosted a webinar called Show me the money: Navigating event sponsorship challenges in 2024 that was jam-packed with tips, tricks, and insights you can use to accelerate your event sponsorship initiatives.

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Spring Break! Far Out Incentive Destinations

Smart Meetings

Take a further trip for more reward in Spring, 2024 With travel continuing to open up and return to natural form after years of Covid, the world is once again an oyster for meeting professionals looking for an international incentive trip or executive retreat that will be memorable and expand geographical and cultural horizons of attendees. With “experiences” continuing to be the key word of the meetings and events industry, Smart Meetings has compiled a list of exotic and international destinat

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Enhancing Venue Sales with MeetingPackage's OSEM Integration

Meeting Package

Oracle's OSEM has long been a forerunner in the event management software arena, providing comprehensive tools for streamlined planning, execution, and analysis, thus fostering data-driven decisions and enhancing operational efficiency across various venues globally.

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ATM 2024 will address sustainability and innovation in the aviation sector

Travel Daily Media

The post ATM 2024 will address sustainability and innovation in the aviation sector appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Exploring the future of aviation, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place from 6-9 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will host prominent international airlines and aircraft manufacturers to discuss the latest industry innovations and solutions.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Cache

Tourism Tiger

Discard what you think you know and learn some key intel about the confounding world of SEO, and how to approach it over time.

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New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Hits Record-level Clean Up

Smart Meetings

New Orleans’ recycling initiative makes huge impact in its second year Roughly one million people visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras annually. While this is an estimate to be proud of, there was once another number organizers used—and were proud of—to track the visitation of the event: amounts of waste produced. “There was a time 20 years ago where the success of Mardi Gras was measured in how much trash was created,” says Walt Ledger III, CEO of New Orleans & Company.

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Networking Success at ITB 2024

Meeting Package

Even though nowadays meetings are mainly done online, and negotiations and discussions are done via Google Meet, Zoom, etc. it is still important to meet face-to-face with customers and potential future customers.

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Elevating Luxury Getaways, MICEverse Partners with ELIVAAS for Unmatched Experiences

Travel Daily Media

The post Elevating Luxury Getaways, MICEverse Partners with ELIVAAS for Unmatched Experiences appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. MICEverse proudly announces its strategic partnership with ELIVAAS, a pioneering force in curating luxury villa vacations across India. This collaboration signifies a momentous leap forward in the evolution of travel experiences, harmoniously combining MICEverse’s expertise with ELIVAAS’ dedication to crafting exceptional, seamless journeys.

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Planners: Don’t Cry for Hotels

MeetingsNet

The latest hotel data finds that rate increases are more than making up for today's meetings market not yet being back to its pre-pandemic volume. If you’re a planner who must use a first-tier destination for certain events, the following figures will confirm what you’re dealing with: While the volume of events that took place in the top 25 U.S. cities in Q4 2023 was only about 93 percent of what it was in Q4 2019, group rates are nearly 14 percent higher now versus 2019.

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United by Passion: Female Hospitality Leaders Lift Everyone Up

Smart Meetings

Women’s History Month is a fitting time to look at the leaders in our midst—regardless of their title—and learn from their heroic approach to hospitality innovation. We asked three women at three powerhouse meetings hotels about their approach to bringing everyone along and were impressed by the passion that unites them. Some have worked in hospitality their entire careers, while others found their own routes to their roles.

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The Maestro at Work: Leading a Sales Team at ITB Berlin

Meeting Package

Attending the ITB in Berlin with your team is like leading an orchestra at the center of a major music festival. Sometimes, you realize you've left the sheet music at home, your mobile phone's power bank is broken, and you must tune a new trombone on the fly.

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Navigating the storm: mastering public relations crisis management

EHL Insights

A crisis can hit any business at any time. It could start as negative news that snowballs, terrible online reviews, or even an ill-advised foray into social media. This type of event can tarnish your brand, harm your relationship with your customers, and have a damaging effect on key business outcomes.

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Astro-Hues: Unveiling the Color Palette for Each Zodiac Sign

Redfin

Embark on a celestial journey where the vibrant tapestry of the cosmos intertwines with the hues that paint our world. In this Redfin article, we will delve into the mystical connection between zodiac signs and the shades that resonate most deeply with each individual. So whether you are an Aries renting an apartment in Providence, RI , or a Taurus living in a townhouse in Cambridge, MA , join us as we unravel the secrets of the universe, one color at a time.

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New and Renovated: Creative Spaces for Meeting Masters

Smart Meetings

Looking for Style? Look No Further! Three new and renovated properties transform the hospitality game with jaw-dropping debuts. Art is at the center of each property; and attendees will find themselves in awe when they step into creative spaces unlike any they have seen before. These hotels all master one thing in particular: character. If you’re looking for a meeting venue that you’ll never want to leave, read on.

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THAIFEX – HOREC Asia 2024  to boost Thailand’s role in the HoReCa industry

Travel Daily Media

The post THAIFEX – HOREC Asia 2024 to boost Thailand’s role in the HoReCa industry appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. With 359+ companies, the event spans 27,000 sq.m., featuring nine segments and the THAIFEX – HOREC Academy, showcasing industry trends. As Day 1 concludes, below are highlighted several key updates emerging at THAIFEX-HOREC Asia, currently underway at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok: Thailand Ultimate Housekeeping Challenge – A competition featuri

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Make the difference between constructive criticism and toxic comments

EHL Insights

Criticism is never easy to take, but at some point in your professional life, you will receive it and may also have to give it. Although it might not feel like it at the time, receiving criticism can be a positive and enriching experience. It can help you identify gaps in your knowledge and enable you to see certain situations in a different way. Constructive criticism, by its nature, aims to support growth and improvement, making it an invaluable tool for personal and professional development.

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Why Leveraging Spring Themes Can Transform Your Corporate Events

InEvent

Themes play a vital role in shaping corporate events, serving as the foundation for building the event’s atmosphere, mood, and overall attendee experience. Selecting an effective theme boosts engagement, making the event memorable and meaningful for the target audience. As we slowly move towards spring, it’s worth considering having your next event in its theme!

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The Power of Purpose is Fueled by Collaboration

Smart Meetings

What to expect at Business Events Industry Week 2024 The meetings and events industry calendar is a crowded place, filled with must-attend association conferences, regional gatherings and our own projects, especially in the summer and fall. One that has been distinguishing itself since it started four years ago is Business Events Industry Week ( BEIW ).

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Introducing Hotel Room Block Management to the Event Experience OS

Bizzaboo

We’re excited to introduce integrated hotel room block management to Bizzabo’s Event Experience OS. Powered by Resiada, this robust integration enables event organizers to streamline the attendee hotel booking process and monitor their room block natively within Bizzabo. Event participants can move easily from event registration to hotel reservation by clicking through to the event’s branded, mobile-friendly booking site, where their personal information and ticket number are auto-filled.

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Transparency & conflict resolution in Airbnb & other two-sided markets

EHL Insights

The rise in e-commerce platforms on the digital marketplace has lead to many successful peer-to-peer businesses operating on an apparent trust basis between provider and user. However, as the platforms expand and become distanced from their initial incarnation, the process of maintaining transparency has in many cases been disrupted. In this article, we examine the crucial role of transparency and effective conflict management in sustaining the success of two-sided markets such as Airbnb.

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Hybrid Events: Bridging the Gap Between In-Person and Virtual Experiences

InEvent

The emergence of hybrid events marks a significant shift in the landscape of gatherings and conferences, blending the traditional in-person experience with the convenience and accessibility of virtual platforms. In an increasingly interconnected world, where digital technologies have become integral to everyday life, hybrid events offer a compelling solution to the challenges posed by distance, … Post Hybrid Events: Bridging the Gap Between In-Person and Virtual Experiences showed as first

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How to Cultivate a State of Play at Events

Smart Meetings

Visit California demonstrated the power of the ultimate playground Play isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, according to the National Institute for Play (NIFP) based in Carmel Valley, California, feeling playful is seriously important for a healthy life. Incorporating play in an event also makes business sense. “Play is an antidote to stress and a foundation for wellness,” according to NIFP researchers, who have partnered with Visit California to share their findings.

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Charity Announced for inVOYAGE Madrid

inVOYAGE

As excitement builds for inVOYAGE Madrid, we’re delighted to announce our partnership with local charity FIET to help uplift individuals, especially women and children, who have been victims of human trafficking. So, with that in mind, we sit down with Marta from Spanish Heritage to unravel the story behind FIET and the impactful initiatives planned for our inVOYAGERs… inVOYAGE: As part of inVOYAGE Madrid, we felt it was really important to help give back to the destination and use our voice and

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‘The Radical Act’ of Creating Community

Convene by PCMA

The Dinner Party events bring together grieving adults to break bread and share their common experiences. The ”relational dining” trend in VML Intelligence’s “ The Future 100: 2024 ” report resonated with me. VML calls it an “emerging wave of dining concepts created to encourage community connection.” The New York Times take? It’s “the radical act of eating with strangers.

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Unlocking Success: Mastering ROI Strategies for Corporate Conferences

Blue Spark Event Design

Mastering return on investment (ROI) with corporate conferences involves more than just organizing an event; it requires a comprehensive approach that begins with meticulous planning, continues through strategic execution, and culminates in the thorough measurement of outcomes. Here’s an expanded exploration of each component: Meticulous Planning Objective Setting: Clearly define the objectives of the conference.