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A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Marin Bright

Smart Meetings

Marin Bright often told the story of how she launched the meetings and events industry’s first lifestyle magazine in 2002, a few months after the devastating attacks on 9/11 and the downturn in the travel industry. Over 22 years, through economic recessions, a global pandemic and personal health issues, as CEO of Bright Business Media, LLC and Smart Meetings , she continued to exemplify the resiliency and grit required to build the Smart Meetings community into the most engaged in the in

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European tourism draws close to pre-pandemic levels in 2023

ETC Corporate

Towards the end of 2023, European tourism continued its robust recovery, nearing pre-pandemic levels despite inflationary pressures. Across reporting destinations, foreign tourist arrivals stand at 1.6% below 2019 figures, with nights 0.6% below, showcasing a resilient travel demand across the continent – a trend which is expected to continue into 2024.

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The 2024 Travel Outlook Survey Results: What are DMO’s Marketing Priorities?

Advanced Travel and Tourism

Our 2024 Travel Outlook survey highlights DMOs’ Marketing Priorities, with professionals from destination marketing organizations (DMOs) emphasizing brand awareness as their top goal for 2024, even surpassing the importance of increasing visitor numbers. Brand awareness, indicated by 40% of respondents, is deemed crucial for destinations in generating demand and emerging from the recent pandemic years.

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START Summit injects innovation into Europe’s startup conference scene

The MICE Blog

START Summit offers an innovative take on entrepreneurship conferences – entirely student-run it gives a fresh perspective on Europe’s startup landscape. It’s scheduled for March 21-22, 2024, in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The history of START Summit dates back to 1997 when it was established as START Global by students from the University of St.

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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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ADMEI Welcomes Denise Malo, DMCP, as New Board President

ADMEI

ADMEI Welcomes Denise Malo, DMCP, as New Board President WIMBERLEY, Texas (19 March 2024) As the Destination Management industry evolves and experiences significant growth, the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) remains committed to ensuring strong leadership that represents the diversity of DMCs worldwide. In line with this commitment, ADMEI is pleased to announce the election of Denise Malo, DMCP, of BBC Events, a Global DMC Partner, as its 2024 president.

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First Business Event in Las Vegas Sphere

MeetingsNet

The keynote address for HPE Discover 2024 will use the venue’s 160,000-square-foot wraparound screen as the band U2 did a few months back. When Hewlett Packard Enterprise brings its HPE Discover 2024 conference to the Venetian Convention and Expo Center in mid-June, attendees will have to walk a bit farther than usual to take in the keynote presentation from HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri—but it’s unlikely that many of them will mind the inconvenience.

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Is the RFP Process for Events Getting Easier or Harder?

Convene by PCMA

Showcase — presented by PCMA and Destinations International during Business Events Industry Week in Washington, D.C. — began with a discussion about “The State of Sourcing.” (EPNAC photo) The topic for panelists participating in “The State of Sourcing” discussion kicking off Showcase — presented by PCMA and Destinations International on April 10 during Business Events Industry Week in Washington, D.C. — was RFPs: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Bizzabo named a Leader in 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Event Technology Platforms

Bizzaboo

Bizzabo has been named a Leader in the 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Event Technology Platforms. In the first-ever Magic Quadrant for event technology platforms, Gartner conducted a detailed evaluation of Bizzabo and 12 other vendors against specific criteria that analyzed the company’s overall Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute, based on a comprehensive survey, executive briefing, demo video, customer interviews, and Gartner Peer Insights reviews.

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40 Leading Women in the Events Industry You Should Follow in 2024.

InEvent

The events industry is a vibrant, dynamic sector that continually evolves to meet the needs of audiences and clients. From the emergence of virtual events to the rise of experiential marketing, the sector continues to evolve at breakneck speed. It is driven by innovation, creativity, and the tireless efforts of professionals who strive to deliver … Post 40 Leading Women in the Events Industry You Should Follow in 2024. showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Luxury experiences: When luxury meets hospitality

EHL Insights

The luxury industry is undergoing a change. As a result, its products are reaching more and more people. In order to avoid losing exclusivity and uniqueness, many brands are now relying on ‘experiences’. These are enabling them to strengthen their relationships with their customers, offering them a unique experience without sacrificing status or reputation.

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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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American Airlines Eases Pet Policy

Smart Meetings

As American makes it easier to travel with pets, what will this mean for passengers? The next time you’re on an American Airlines flight, don’t be surprised if things look a little, well, furrier. American recently updated its pet policy, which could serve as encouragement to travelers—specifically, those who normally leave their small friends at home or try to pass them as support animals—to bring them along.

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Applications now open for the Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2024

ETC Corporate

For the seventh year in a row, ETC continues its partnership with the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), Europa Nostra and the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) to encourage the development of sustainable cultural tourism practices in European destinations.

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The 2024 Travel Outlook Survey Results are Here

Advanced Travel and Tourism

Even with sophisticated data and consumer profiling, success relies on the basics — that is, the right time, right place, right message directed at the right audience. When you’re thinking about how you can best reach travelers and potential travelers as they move across their digital journey, these four considerations are the key to success. Sounds simple enough?

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New Bureau Launches to Meet High Demand for AI Speakers

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Keynote speakers with expertise in artificial intelligence are in high demand as organizations embrace the new technology. One emerging speakers bureau is crafting bespoke sessions to meet client objectives.

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Reflections on ADMEI 2024 Annual Conference: “In the Zone”

ADMEI

Reflections on ADMEI 2024 Annual Conference: “In the Zone” 20 March 2024 The 2024 ADMEI Annual Conference, aptly themed "In the Zone," delivered a powerful punch of education, networking, and industry insights for Destination Management Companies (DMCs) worldwide. As the only DMC-tailored conference and awards experience in the world, this unique experience is one worthy of a 7+ hour flight.

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A Win in the Fight Against Conference Scammers

MeetingsNet

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a rule allowing it to take scammers to court—including those who fraudulently use conference names, logos, and mailing lists—and seek financial penalties. “Advocacy works!” said Tommy Goodwin, FASAE, CAE, PMP, CMP, vice president of the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance, applauding both the Federal Trade Commission for finalizing an anti-impersonation fraud rule and the many business event industry organizations that advocated for it.

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Concerns about using facial analysis at events: part two

Conferences that Work

My January 15, 2024 article “ Concerns about using facial analysis at events ” generated much discussion. (See, e.g., this thread on LinkedIn which has, at the time of writing, four thousand impressions.) Five days later, Panos Moutafis , co-founder & CEO of Zenus , the “ethical facial analysis” company, responded. I find his response inadequate, and this post explains why.

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What Event Attendees Want Now

Convene by PCMA

There’s encouraging news in the Freeman Trends Report: 2024 Attendee Intent and Behavior , released Tuesday, Jan. 16, by the global events company: Attendance at in-person events, which has risen as the worst of the pandemic has receded, is expected to hold steady over the next 12 months. But comparisons with the past aren’t the point, said Ken Holsinger, Freeman’s senior vice president, strategy and research.

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Klik wearable event technology drives 400% increase in exhibitor leads

Bizzaboo

New research demonstrates Bizzabo SmartBadge™ advantages over traditional name badges New York, NY – Bizzabo, the Event Experience Operating System (OS), today announced groundbreaking data demonstrating the impact of Klik wearable event technology on lead generation, attendee networking, and event engagement compared to traditional name badges and lead capture methods.

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The Evolution of The Super Bowl Halftime Show: Then vs. Now

InEvent

Image by CBS news The Super Bowl Halftime Show has evolved from a simple intermission entertainment into a global spectacle that commands the attention of millions worldwide. What started as a modest showcase featuring university marching bands and basic performances has transformed into a must-see event that rivals the game itself in anticipation and spectacle. … Post The Evolution of The Super Bowl Halftime Show: Then vs.

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Q&A with Dr. Mori: A discussion about research & knowledge-sharing

EHL Insights

Welcome to the regular Q&A feature where we shine the spotlight on our EHL research faculty and their current work. With a view to going behind the scenes to better understand the fascinating, impactful world of research, the EHL Institutional Visibility team will be regularly catching up with an EHL researcher whose work is making a difference in both classroom and industry.

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Why It’s Time to Get Serious About AI for Events

Smart Meetings

Event tech native Nick Borelli: AI will remove the drag stuff so you can produce A+ events Nick Borelli, director of marketing for the ethical facial analytics company Zenus Inc., has good news for meeting professionals. AI is not just one more thing they have to learn to do their jobs. “It is actually a tool that will get some of that ‘drag stuff’ out of the way to focus on the things that you really want to do, the reason you got into the events industry in the first place,” he explained at Sm

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31st Travel Tour Expo set Feb 2 – 4 at SMX

Travel Daily Media

The post 31st Travel Tour Expo set Feb 2 – 4 at SMX appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. Get your travel mode on as the 31st Travel Tour Expo (TTE) 2024 and the ninth International Travel Trade Expo 2024 will once again wow the crowd with unprecedented travel packages, on Feb. 2 to 4, at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay City.

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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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Enhancing User Experience: Making Tourism Websites Accessible for All

Tourism Tiger

Explore the importance of accessibility in tourism websites, and learn how prioritizing inclusivity can amplify reach and enhance user experience. Discover essential tips for optimizing website accessibility!

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When Tragedy Strikes at Events

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: The CEO of the software company Vistex died after falling 20 feet to the stage with approximately 700 members of his team watching. Accidents happen. Do you have contingency plans in place?

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When to Embrace Change—and When to Hold Your Ground

MeetingsNet

A veteran planner explains how to push back tactfully but effectively when a proposed change isn’t for the better. During the 12-hour educational marathon hosted by Meeting Professionals International on April 11—Global Meetings Industry Day—one session presenter touched on a delicate issue that surely had all the business-event planners in attendance nodding along: Yes, change is essential and inevitable.

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AIME 2024 STIMULATES $330 MILLION IN BUSINESS ACROSS THE ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS EVENTS INDUSTRY

AIME

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has today released analysis from its blockbuster 2024 show, with business traded between exhibitors and buyers estimated to be worth more than $330 million over the next 12 months – a 65% … The post AIME 2024 STIMULATES $330 MILLION IN BUSINESS ACROSS THE ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS EVENTS INDUSTRY appeared first on AIME.

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A Sustainability Pulse Check for Events

Convene by PCMA

For a sense of how the business events industry is — or isn’t — embracing sustainability, let’s take a look at three different surveys. We’ll start with whether climate change is being incorporated in the program content. According to the “ 2024 Speaking Industry Benchmark Report ,” sustainability comes in tenth on a list of 17 relevant speaking topics — between technology and human rights — that organizers are planning their events around this year.

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Bounce Back Stronger: Analyzing and Learning from Event Failures

Bizzaboo

The truth hurts, but not all events are successful. Event failures are common and can be a major setback for any event organizer or company. But instead of dwelling on the failure, it’s important to analyze and learn from it to bounce back stronger and build a more resilient event strategy. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of analyzing event failures and how they can lead to future event success.

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New Destinations and Hotel Brands Partner with CWW to Increase Visitation and Revenue

Connect Worldwide

Scottsdale – April 4, 2024 – Connect Worldwide, a leading travel representation company, is excited to announce the appointment of its Midwest USA office, aimed… The post New Destinations and Hotel Brands Partner with CWW to Increase Visitation and Revenue appeared first on CWW.

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10 hospitality trends for 2024: Crafting tomorrow's experiences today!

EHL Insights

As a testament to its resilience, agility and innovative spirit, this article reflects today’s increasingly dynamic hospitality industry in terms of its long, medium and short-term evolution. Best-selling author, Will Guidara , claims “We are entering into a hospitality economy” – suggesting that what underpins the essence of hospitality, (service excellence, human interaction, personalization and the co-creation of memorable experiences), is actually what many sectors of industry are desperatel

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The Event-changing Magic of a Thoughtful Post-con

Smart Meetings

Meeting professionals spend months and sometimes years designing events that are engaging, inspiring and educational. But once the custom tablecloths have gone back to the rental company and the stage deck has been struck, we are often slackers when it comes to deconstructing how it all went so we can improve the next time. A recent visit to Sedona Mago Center for Well-being for a taste of Body & Brain Wellness experiences in Arizona was a reminder that as meeting professionals, we have to l

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Ultimate Guide to Planning Unforgettable Black Culture Celebrations

InEvent

Source: Freepik As an innovative leader in event management, we’ve always believed in the power of culture to bring people together. There’s something truly magical about celebrating and embracing our heritage, and when it comes to planning black culture celebrations, the possibilities are endless. Afrocentric event planning is not just about throwing a party; it’s … Post Ultimate Guide to Planning Unforgettable Black Culture Celebrations showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Unpacking Sustainable Tourism Certifications – What do they mean and are they effective?

Solimar International

Sustainable Tourism Certification: Steps and Benefits In this modern era, where responsible travel is becoming more popular, the way we travel is changing significantly. Travelers are increasingly looking for authentic experiences that not only satisfy their desire to explore but also have a positive impact on the places they visit. This shift in traveler behavior is closely linked to the growing awareness of global environmental and social issues.