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8 Fun Ways to Get Around New Zealand

If you've ever considered visiting or holding an event in New Zealand, this blog is designed to get your wheels spinning. Tourism New Zealand just hosted a dozen U.S. meeting and incentive planners, and one lucky journalist, to…

Australia Solidifies Reputation as Foodie Destination

Last week it was announced that Australia will be the host destination for the prestigious…

New Zealand Takes Proactive Team Approach to Meetings Industry

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is referred to…

HomeAway Lets Travelers Spend a Night in the Eiffel Tower

One of the world’s most iconic attractions, the Eiffel Tower in Paris has been visited by more than 250 million people since it was completed in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s…

Baha Mar Resort Negotiations Move Forward

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie recently announced that a framework agreement has been reached to…

New Development and Easy Air Access in Miami

Kimberly Corbets, convention sales manager for Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, met up with Smart…

Southwest Florida: The Quiet Corner of the Sunshine State

Florida, the nation’s third most-populous state, gets a lot of publicity for its bright lights, big cities and renowned attractions. All that notoriety is justified, as anyone who’s held a meeting in the…

Madrid: Spain’s Meetings Hub

After dark, the streets of Madrid bustle with locals and tourists strolling from tapas bars…

Mexico’s Pacific Coast: Thriving All Over

Mexico’s Pacific Coast boasts some of the most luxurious destinations in the world, with rich…

Survey Pinpoints Trends Among Modern Meeting Planners

Are you a modern meeting planner? What are the duties and roles required of modern meeting planners? Social Tables, a leading provider of cloud-based hospitality software, decided to dig deeper into these questions by surveying 350…

MPI #WEC16 By the Numbers

Photo credit Orange Photography Meeting Professionals International’s 2016 World Education Congress (#WEC16) took place at…

New Zealand Takes Proactive Team Approach to Meetings Industry

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is referred to…

Live Updates: MPI Kicks Off #WEC16 in Atlantic City

Meeting Professional International’s signature annual event, World Education Congress (#WEC16), kicks off June 11-14 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The mega event offers attendees from around the world education, networking and business opportunities, and…

Sharing Our Triumphs at the 2016 Maggie Awards

It was nice to be finalists in nine categories—by far the most in Smart Meetings’…

IACC Stands for Quality

Rebranding calls attention to association’s broader membership Just as KFC no longer stands for Kentucky…

Tis the Season for Meeting Industry Trade Shows

Memorial Weekend is upon us, which means the major meeting industry trade shows are just around the corner. IBTM America will convene in one of the hottest meeting cities on the planet June 15−17, when…

Rave Reviews for Orlando World Center Marriott

In my 10 years as a keynote speaker, I’ve spoken at hundreds of conferences and stayed…

Report Finds Luxury Travel Outpaces Rest of Travel Industry

Global consumers are increasingly spending their disposable income on experiences rather than material goods. Their desire…

Study: How Age Impacts Wellness Travel Preferences

Part II of Spafinder Wellness 365’s “State of Wellness Travel Report” reveals Millennials & Gen…

Game Time for Pittsburgh: Hosting Fans, Tourists and Massive Celebrations

Citywide company meetings, trade shows and festivals are typically booked a year or more in…

Survey Pinpoints Trends Among Modern Meeting Planners

Are you a modern meeting planner? What are the duties and roles required of modern meeting…

IBTM America Heads to Fort Lauderdale in 2017

Reed Travel Exhibitions knows how important location is to IBTM America and is doing a great job of taking its annual trade show to key destinations to maximize attendance. IBTM America wrapped up its 2016…

Top 10 Places to Meet in Valley Forge

In the history books, Valley Forge is the site of bitterly cold winters the soldiers…

Cincinnati Prepares to Host Two Major Conventions

Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau found a creative way to include its community as…

20 Event Industry Trends Shaping the Meetings Landscape

While the future can be hard to gauge, Dan Berger recently offered his predictions at…

Delos Brings Stay Well Guest Rooms to Marriott Hotels

  Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, is expanding its Stay Well hotel room portfolio into select Marriott International hotels. Stay Well guest rooms are available at six Marriott properties, including Charlotte…

MPI Announces New Education Offerings and Membership Model

Photo credit Orange Photography During its 2016 World Education Congress in Atlantic City, Meeting Professionals…

Why Boston Waterfront Needs More Hotel Rooms

Following the release of a hotel management report compiled by a hotel management advisor, Massachusetts…

Hyatt Hotels Embrace Health

In an announcement perfectly timed to celebrate Global Wellness Day, Hyatt Hotels Corporation is partnering…

It’s Time for International MICE Trade Shows, too

Just because it's winter throughout much of the Asia/Pacific region of the world, doesn't mean that international MICE trade shows are in hibernation. New Zealand will host its largest MICE trade show of the year…

4 Amazing Ways to Serve Doughnuts at Events

Photo from Doughnuttery Doughnuts are no longer just a breakfast staple. Thanks to the growing…

Tampon Ceiling Tops New Event Ideas

Tampon-Filled Ceiling Tops Innovative New Attractions A ceiling installation made of dangling tampons and a…

4 Ways Quality of Towels Influences Hotel Image

Can you really judge a hotel or resort by its towels? A recent survey by…

Wide-Open Possibilities in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

Science has shown that when people move from the indoors to the outdoors, the sensory stimulation has a beneficial physical and psychological effect on them. Meeting planners sometimes try to take advantage of…

Election Fever in Ohio

This July, all eyes will be on Cleveland. Few conventions command the attention of a…

Q&A with Marc Murphy of Riviera Nayarit CVB

Marc Murphy is Managing Director, Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mexico When did you decide…

A Better Burger

Burgers may be the quintessential American food—collectively we consume 50 billion of them annually. Purists…

Express Purpose in Your Life & Work

It can lead to greater success in realizing goals We’ve all had the experience of making a firm resolution to reach a goal, only to lose the initial enthusiasm and fall off track.…

Power Players in Meetings: June 2016

A Legendary Master of Events Tony Conway knows a good venue when he sees one.…

Beyond Bourbon Street & Beads in New Orleans

Resilient, fun-loving New Orleans gets serious about business  There are many reasons why New Orleans…

The Ethics of Receiving Loyalty Points

Some companies won’t accept them when they book meetings There are few issues in the…

3 Easy-to-Use Video Apps That Put Your Attendees in the Spotlight

Today it seems like everyone with a selfie stick enjoys being in the limelight. At events, planners with smartphones can shine a spotlight on attendees with easy-to-use video apps that create instant, professional-looking short…

5 Cool Tech Tools for Event Check-In and Registration

Cvent OnArrival kiosk mode Managing attendee registration and check-in doesn’t have to be stressful and…

Uber Scheduled Rides Feature Debuts in Seattle

Six years ago Uber revolutionized the world of transportation with the introduction of an elegant…

Google’s Instant Apps is a Game-Changer for Events

Every meeting planner knows that one of the biggest challenges with event apps is getting…

Etouches Acquires Hospitality Booking Company Zentila

Cloud event management software company Etouches announced today their acquisition of enterprise software company Zentila, which provides venue sourcing and booking for corporate and third-party meeting and event planners. The acquisition will significantly…

Tis the Season for Meeting Industry Trade Shows

Memorial Weekend is upon us, which means the major meeting industry trade shows are just around the…

TSA and Airlines Struggle to Expedite Airport Security

In other Transportation Security Administration (TSA) news, airports around the country continue to be plagued…

Periscope Now Lets You Live Stream Events from Drones

Live video streams empower planners to take attendee engagement to the next level. You can…

Event Platform Bizzabo Now Integrates with Salesforce, Mailchimp And Slack

Bizzabo, an award-winning event success platform is launching three new integrations that will empower event organizers to take smarter decisions and work more collaboratively. The release integrate events, which is the single largest…

Get a Glimpse of Google’s Upcoming Travel App

Google is currently working on a revolutionary new mobile travel app that aims to meet…

Survey Finds 9 in 10 Workers Stress Over Meeting Tech Failure

One of the greatest investments a business can make for itself and its employees is…

Infographic: Pros & Cons of Videoconferencing, According to Workers

As satellite offices, work travel, and even employees working from home and from coworking spaces…

Pre-Event Engagement Builds Interest and Momentum

Here’s an interesting paradox: For in-person meetings and events to remain valued by participants and vital to their professional success, planners must build a better experience for when attendees are not at those…

A Sketchy Idea for Your Next Event

A New York City-based company is putting a digital twist on what historically has been…

Infographic: How and Why Meeting Planners Use Tech

The people who create the latest and greatest event technology and the people it’s meant…

Q&A with Lawrence Coburn, DoubleDutch CEO

Lawrence Coburn is CEO of DoubleDutch, one of the leading event apps currently on the…

Tech Behind the Scenes: How Technology Enhances Events

How tomorrow’s events are being planned today In the not-too-distant future, attendees of large conferences will be outfitted with contact lenses that deliver information about people, booths and events directly to their eyeballs.…

Press Play: 6 Ways Video is Integral to Meetings and Events

Millennials have been raised on videos. The largest age group of U.S. workers, most millennials…

DoubleDutch CEO Lawrence Coburn’s Take on Vista and Cvent

DoubleDutch CEO Lawrence Coburn shares his thoughts about Cvent's acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in…

Disney Adds Budget-Friendly Meetings Wi-Fi

In a move designed to entice meeting planners, in June all Walt Disney convention resorts…

Supersonic Jet is Making a Comeback

Many bemoaned the demise of the Concorde, which whisked passengers, at twice the speed of sound, from New York to London. The journey took a little more than three hours. Although the futuristic-looking, supersonic…

5 Awesome, Innovative Kickstarter Travel Products

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is known for being the birthplace of groundbreaking products. From virtual reality…

Japan Institutes New Fingerprint System for Visitors

Japan has always been at the forefront of new technology. Carrying on in that tradition,…

Cvent to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners

Cvent Connect 2015 Cvent, Inc., a cloud-based enterprise event management company widely used by planners…