2023

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How Hot is the Meetings Market, and Where is It Hottest?

MeetingsNet

Knowland’s report on year-over-year events growth says Nashville’s meetings scene jumped more than 30 percent in September. Here are the other high-percentage growth cities, and the industries driving it. Knowland, a data-as-a-service provider for the hospitality industry, has some of the answers. Its meeting-volume report for September was released October 5, and it shows growth for the events industry is strong.

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Satisfying wants and needs at conferences

Conferences that Work

I use the phrase “wants and needs” a lot when talking about participant-driven and participation-rich conferences. It even appears in the title of my third book ! Satisfying wants and what Abraham Maslow called growth needs are core goals of any event. But whose wants and needs are we talking about ? Whom is your event for? Conference organizers have, of course, every right to create an event that satisfies their wants and needs.

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Lessons Learned from MPI WEC in Mexico

Smart Meetings

What to consider when planning an event at an all-inclusive resort Meeting Professionals International (MPI) CEO Paul VanDeventer likes to say that when planning the association’s World Education Congress (WEC), MPI takes chances so members don’t have to take on the risk. “Some things work better than others,” he said in a call, reflecting on lessons learned from last week’s gathering of 1,400 meeting professionals at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Europe’s tourism displays a strong rebound, but remains uneven across the regions

ETC Corporate

Following a summer of strong tourism demand, international tourist arrivals to Europe are only 3.2% below 2019 levels, and nights are down by 1.3% for the January-September period. The rebound is being driven by resilient intra-European travel and the influx of US tourists benefitting from favourable exchange rates.

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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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11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DMC

ADMEI

11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a DMC 08 November 2023 Planning an event from afar can be difficult. To simplify the process, save money, and eliminate stress, consider hiring a Destination Management Company. A DMC can help you plan and execute events with excellence — but it’s important to hire the right team. Questions to Ask a Potential DMC Partner As you reach out to potential event partners, these questions can help you determine which DMC is the best fit for you. 1.

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Six Event Trends We’re Watching in 2024

Convene by PCMA

The Promise of AI for Events Large language models like ChatGPT continue to dominate the discussion about artificial intelligence because generative AI — which can generate new content, including text, images, and music — is a relatively new tech development. But AI has been behind event-tech tool innovation for much longer. Shawn Cheng The companies participating in the Tech Playground at Convening Leaders 2024 in January are introducing creative solutions for event organizers powered by AI.

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Tourism in Switzerland: A successful summer 2023 for the Industry

EHL Insights

The latest figures released by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) have put even more spring in Swiss tourism’s step. Night stays in Switzerland for the months of June and July 2023 were recently published. And the news is good! Night stays (or hotel stays) were 8.6% higher in June 2023 versus June 2023. This confirms an earlier report indicating that in the first half of 2023, night stays increased 13.8% year on year.

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How to Make Money From Events

Eventbrite

In these belt-tightened times, savvy event organizers are looking for new ways to boost their revenue. Here are 5 proven ways to bring in additional income from your event.

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Press Release: MeetingPackage raises $4.6 million in Series A funding to boost European growth and forge into the North American market

Meeting Package

Helsinki, Finland - 2nd of October 2023 MeetingPackage, a leading all-in-one sales automation software specializing in venue and group bookings, has secured a $4.6 million Series A round led by Scale Capital. While MeetingPackage is already cash-flow positive and profitable, this additional funding will accelerate growth in Europe and facilitate expansion into the North American market.

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How To Use AI Content Tools like ChatGPT To Plan and Market Your Event

Bizzaboo

After rapidly pivoting to virtual events during the pandemic and refocusing on in-person engagements last year, event professionals today are doing more with less while nursing whiplash. Luckily, we live in an age where there’s an abundance of technological solutions for doing more every day. In this article, we’re looking at ChatGPT for event organizers.

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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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Why Meeting Planners Should—and Shouldn’t—Worry About Airline Strikes

MeetingsNet

Pilots are walking the picket line, but odds are that planes will keep flying. Here’s why. Recent news that pilots at American, Southwest, and United airlines are threatening to strike might be fraying the nerves of meeting professionals concerned about their upcoming events. Here’s a wrap-up of the latest news on airline pilot contracts, and some perspective on the possibility of a strike.

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Fake women event speakers? We need to think bigger!

Conferences that Work

For heaven’s sake! Fake women event speakers? Fake articles by fake writers in Sports Illustrated? Meeting professionals: this is a golden opportunity! We need to think bigger! Yes, friends, it’s now obvious that what our industry needs is… fake events! Think about it for a moment. Fake speakers Creating fake women speakers is just one tiny step in the right direction.

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Top Event Technology Trends for 2024

Smart Meetings

How emerging AI and other technology will boost event humanity by putting attendee needs at the center of conference design Attendees expect more from events today and emerging technology is helping to deliver on those demands. We sat down with the Maritz team to ask what top event technology trends they see for 2024 and how they will fundamentally change the meeting professional’s job.

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Why Melbourne? A Testament to Business Events in Melbourne

AIME

Why Melbourne? A Testament to Business Events in Melbourne Melbourne : Often heralded as Australia’s cultural epicentre, this city is more than just a point on the map; it’s a journey in itself. When determining the backdrop for the Asia … The post Why Melbourne? A Testament to Business Events in Melbourne appeared first on AIME.

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4 Top Takeaways From Our 2023 Webinars

ADMEI

4 Top Takeaways From Our 2023 Webinars 27 December 2023 At ADMEI, we continue to focus on providing helpful content based on current events and the status of the DMC industry today. Throughout 2023, we hosted webinars that touched on several key industry insights, including health and wellbeing, emergency preparedness, local partnerships, incentive travel research, improving business operations, and increasing sales.

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How Event Professionals Are Feeling About Their Jobs

Convene by PCMA

The responses event professionals wrote to open-ended questions in our 30th Meetings Market Survey, conducted in late summer, illuminate what they have on their minds in a different way than their answers to multiple-choice questions. Here is a collection of their responses as reflected on their roles earlier this year. Stay tuned for the full results of the survey in the November issue of Convene and soon online.

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US Tourist Fined for Driving Across Florence’s Famed Medieval Bridge

Travel Pulse

An American man endangered pedestrians and centuries-old architecture by driving a rental car over Italy’s iconic Ponte Vecchio, claiming he was looking for parking.

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Luxury hospitality: Trends, challenges, and best practices

EHL Insights

Luxury is the new black. Post the pandemic, the global luxury industry recorded sales of €1.15 trillion in 2021, and continued its growth in 2022 by 19%-21% (Bain & Company, 2023). Luxury hospitality, luxury cars, and personal luxury goods represent over 80% of the total market. In this article, we zoom into the world of luxury hospitality to examine the trends that shape this industry, the challenges that are associated with the trends, and the best practices that illustrate how firms are m

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Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan to have the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives

Travel Daily Media

The post Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan to have the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. With less than 500 days to go, the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition is thrilled to announce the commencement of advance ticket sales for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan, has started from Thursday, November 30 th , 2023.

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In-Person Events Build Trust — Vital in a Polarized World 

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Trust in the business world has eroded to unprecedented levels. One of the only areas it has increased is face-to-face events.

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Business Resilience in the Age of Uncertainty

Special Events

Six strategies to grow a sustainable business that can withstand every curve ball in life and leave you stronger on the other side.

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10 Ways to Make Meetings and Events Neuro-Inclusive

MeetingsNet

April is Autism Awareness Month, the perfect time for meeting professionals to commit to learning more about how a few simple changes can improve the meeting experience for neurodiverse attendees. As the growing interest in workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion expands, meeting professionals are considering how events can be more inclusive for neurodiverse attendees, including those with autism.

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My contract with myself

Conferences that Work

Long ago, I participated in and later staffed a series of workshops that profoundly affected my life. They led me to create a contract with myself that is still important to me. Creating a contract with oneself is a common way to motivate yourself toward achieving desired goals. There are plenty of resources available for writing such contracts. ( Here’s one that’s slanted toward event professionals. ) The workshop where I created my contract for myself took a deeper perspective.

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What One Thing? Curing the Busy Brain with Dr. Romie Mushtaq

Smart Meetings

On this episode of What One Thing? podcast Smart Meetings Vice President and Content Director JT Long chats with Dr. Romila “Romie” Mushtaq on what constitutes a Busy Brain and best practices to cure a Busy Brain. Find out more about Dr. Romie here: Brain Health Keynote Speaker | Dr. Romie (drromie.com) Curious if you have a Busy Brain? Take the Busy Brain quiz here: Busy Brain Test – Dr.

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14 Unique Things to Do in Joliet, IL 

Redfin

Thirty miles from Chicago , Joliet is one of the largest cities in the state of Illinois, and perfectly situated on the historic Route 66. There’s something for everyone in the charming city of Joliet, IL. Joliet is a diverse community full of surprises, and since it’s part of the hustling and bustling Chicago Metropolitan area, Joliet still incorporates a lot of urban glamor into its populated suburbs.

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32 Must-have Event Management Software Features

Bizzaboo

Hosting an event is complicated. Event professionals must consider millions of details and build a strategy that ensures the event goes smoothly. All it takes is one wrong decision, and your next get-together could fall apart before you know it! Luckily, with the help of event management software, nailing the details is much easier. Unfortunately, you can’t just invest in any event management solution and expect great results.

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5 Trends You Need to Focus on in 2024

Convene by PCMA

Try three new things at your event this year and make it a regular practice going forward, suggests Beth Surmont. Beth Surmont, CMP-Fellow, FASAE, CAE The beginning of the year presents a fresh opportunity to reflect on what we have learned and how we want to use that to grow in the coming year. The events industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace and the best way to keep current is to look ahead and anticipate the trends coming for this year.

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US Travel Responds to Senate Vote to End Vaccine Mandate

Travel Pulse

The legislation would end the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for travel to the United States.

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Why labor shortages led to a skills gap in the hospitality sector?

EHL Insights

Labor is the biggest single cost for hospitality institutions, yet many hotel and tourism industry employers are facing an industry-wide shortage of qualified employees. Travel and tourism may be up as global levels of wealth increase, but there are fewer qualified hospitality workers across the entire industry - from casinos and cruise ships to restaurants and hotels.

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Get ready to party at “Cruise Control 4.0” with Cordelia Cruises

Travel Daily Media

The post Get ready to party at “Cruise Control 4.0” with Cordelia Cruises appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily Media. Cordelia Cruises is thrilled to unveil the much-awaited comeback of “Cruise Control 4.0,” Asia’s biggest cruise festival. Against the mesmerising backdrop of the Arabian Sea, this year’s edition promises an unprecedented amalgamation of opulence, music, and entertainment, featuring the spectacular Canadian artist, Shubh, as the head

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3 Insider Secrets to Recruit the Next Gen of Event Professionals

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: A career in events is one of the best available, and it should be able to attract the best talent. Here’s how to make that happen.

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How to Repurpose Past Events into Engaging Content

Special Events

Follow these four tips to stretch your events into a meaningful, long-lasting marketing strategy.

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Planner-Salary Survey: Marketing Duties, Certifications Mean $$$

MeetingsNet

Data from more than 800 corporate, association, and agency planners reveals trends in pay, hours worked, time off taken, job satisfaction, and other work elements. While the average annual salary is $97,130 for the nearly 850 business-event planners who responded to a fall 2023 survey by Convene, the publication of the Professional Convention Management Association, the salary range is fairly wide for planners based on a number of factors.

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48 years together — so far, so good

Conferences that Work

48 years ago this week I met Celia at the wedding of mutual friends in the heart of the English New Forest. I moved in with her ten days later and we’ve been together ever since. We married in 1977… …and moved to the U.S. the same year. We have been through so much together. Wonderful times and hard times. Along the way our family grew; we now have three (adult) children and three grandkids.

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Hotels Launch Fundraising Initiatives

Smart Meetings

Meet to make a positive impact this October October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From Oct. 1 through 31 each year, the international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities aims to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and treatment. This year, a number of hotels around the United States host events and initiatives to raise money for charities that work to increase awareness of breast cancer and to fund research and pa

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