Category Archives: Trends

Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down

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There were more international association meetings than ever last year, but on average the meetings had fewer participants, reports the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The ICCA did not speculate on the reasons behind these two opposing trendlines in its annual report on international association meetings. Based on data supplied by ICCA members, the…

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Majority of Americans Think Travel Ban Should Stay Blocked

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Fifty-seven percent of Americans say federal courts were right in blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban while 39 percent disagree with the judges, according to a new poll. Not surprisingly, the poll, by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, shows opinions are sharply divided along partisan lines: 82 percent of Democrats favor the…

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5 Tips to Manage Travel Anxiety in this Age of Terrorism

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Business travel has always been wearing, and hard on occasion, too. Now, in this time of terrorism, it’s tempting to call it scary. As a meeting professional, travel is in your DNA—but you still might ask yourself from time to time, “Should I really go?” “Should I really ask them to go?” Here’s expert guidance…

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3 Ways to Delight the Growing Bleisure Class

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Attendees flying in from far and wide to participate in the experiences your events provide may have a hidden—or not so hidden—agenda. According to a new report from Global Business Travel Association, 37 percent of business travelers extended their work trips for pleasure last year, putting them squarely in the hybrid bleisure class. What is…

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6 Things Travelers Want from a Luxury Experience

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What really creates a luxurious experience? Is it the champagne and caviar or breathtaking views? In an effort to pinpoint the exact characteristics, global travel deals publisher Travelzoo®and the Global Hotel Alliance collaborated on a survey involving more than 4,800 people from their respective membership bases.  The results were pretty astounding. Richard Singer, Travelzoo president,…

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US Hotels See Strongest Demand Since 2015

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During the year’s first three months, consumer confidence drove demand for lodging at the strongest quarterly rate since 2015, reports PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Both occupancy and the average daily room rate saw modest growth, and revenue-per-available room increased 3.4 percent. Reinforced by rising employment, higher real income and increased household net worth, consumer confidence and sentiment…

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Meetings Hit Hardest as US Travel Industry Set to Lose $1.3 Billion in 2017

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Since the announcement of President Donald Trump’s first travel ban in February, travel leaders have warned against its potential impact on the industry. One week after the executive order was signed, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) reported that the travel ban caused the United States to lose $185 million in bookings in one week. Although…

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Hotel Building Buoyed National Economic Outlook in April

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Westin Irving Convention Center Las Colinas Hotel Hotel construction groundbreaking ceremonies were bright spots in the April building report from Dodge Data & Analytics released May 19. Hotel construction starts rose 5 percent from the previous month, according to the report. Dodge specifically called out the $106 million hotel portion of One Beverly Hills, a mixed-used…

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Luxury Travel Keeps on Rising

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Luxury travel has been doing quite well in recent years. In 2016, the industry experienced a record-breaking 32 percent growth rate. Travel Experts Inc., a host agency for independent luxury travel agents, now predicts a continuing climb throughout 2017. In fact, the company’s luxury travel agents have already reported a 58 percent increase since 2016…

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