Archive for the ‘Meeting Planners’ Category
December 10, 2014
Pop-up restaurants have gained popularity in the last few years and even launched careers in the restaurant industry. Now pop-up event venues are the latest trend gaining popularity in the UK and even New York. The location, decor and concept are there for a season only to return again the following year. Take a look at the hottest pop-up Christmas venues and watch for the trend to reach other destinations.
December 05, 2014
The new $1-billion International Convention Centre Sydney is set to open in December 2016 and is being positioned as a premier MICE venue, not just for Australia, but for the entire Asia Pacific region. The new complex, which replaces a more modest structure that closed at the end of 2013 after 25 years of operation, will feature 37,674 sq. ft. of exhibition space, including 26,910 square feet of space described as multi-purpose.
December 05, 2014
Marriott International is making it a little easier to plan meetings globally. An additional 75 hotels have enabled meeting management with Marriott’s Meeting Services App (MSA). Nearly 600 hotels now offer MSA, including properties in Europe and the Middle East. Available in 20 different languages, MSA breaks down language barriers and makes it easy for event planners and hotel event staff to communicate in their native tongues while executing their meetings.
December 03, 2014
As global smartphone ownership increases, iBeacons can have a major impact on the meetings industry by prompting event apps to perform certain actions and deliver relevant content to attendees within range of the beacon transmitters.
October 20, 2014
IMEX America 2014 was billed as “three days of deal-making,” and it sure felt like attendees were in the mood to strike some serious deals. Planners were on the hunt for amazing venues; suppliers were only too happy to talk up theirs.
Roy Bloom, IMEX chairman, said at the closing press conference that the number of one-to-one business appointments and booth presentations had risen to 53,000 from 50,000 in 2013.
The Las Vegas show, in fact, turned out to be the biggest to date, with 2,900 exhibitors and 2,900 hosted buyers, and 10,000 total participants. Throngs of attendees filled the Sands Expo and Convention Center, not only on the expo floor but also in the breakout rooms and halls. Nearby restaurants were packed, and in the later hours business seemed brisk at area hotels’ clubs, bars and casinos (that may not have been due solely to IMEX, of course).
No doubt shops and services in the myriad malls benefited as well. Cathy Tull, senior vice president for marketing for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, underscored the show’s economic impact on the city. “There was a total of $13 million in non-gaming revenue from IMEX14 to the city of Las Vegas,” Tull said at closing press conference.
But despite IMEX crowds at certain times of day–for example, when the expo floor opened at 10 a.m.–mid-afternoon found many booths relatively empty, with representatives from various hotels, CVBs, DMCs, airlines, tour operators and event services sitting idly at their tables. Planners must have taken late lunches, or perhaps stuck with major brands (Marriott, Caesars Entertainment, Disneyland, among others) where the booths were always busy.
Planners’ familiarity and comfort with big brands (many of these coincidentally based in the United States), and the likelihood that their meetings would take place in the U.S. most certainly played a part in booth popularity, but some in attendance felt that things are shifting.
“It’s not as American as it used to be,” said Monica Maturano, executive director of Buenos Aires Convention & Visitors Bureau, speaking of IMEX14 compared to previous years. “Planners are more open to international meetings.”
Bloom acknowledged that IMEX is still growing. “Next year’s show can expect a certain increase in the hosted buyer program, and an increase in top buyers from around globe,” he said.
October 14, 2014
by Susan RoAne
The $64,000 Question: How can meeting planners create conferences, meetings and events where everyone interacts, connects and converses? This is not a new question. It’s been around since meetings first occurred.
My dad was active in his Chicago chapter of the Paper and Paper Products Association in the 1940s. I went to my first convention, which was in Miami, when I was 12. Like my dad, people go to meetings, conventions and conferences because they want to attend and know they should attend, but that doesn’t make it easy. Dad was quiet and Mom was the connector so he always wanted her with him at these events. Why? Our overall discomfort at walking into rooms (or giant convention centers) full of people—many of whom are strangers—is a predominant feeling for the majority of attendees, speakers and vendors across the board.
September 18, 2014
By Joel D. Levitt
The door to the meeting room opens and it’s the person who called the meeting, running 10 minutes late because the previous meeting ended late and he had to stop by his office and pick up some notes to remind him of what this meeting was about. The folks already in the room are discussing last night’s game and wondering how long the meeting is going to last. Only one person remembers to get the notes from the last meeting. And he’s the only one that has a copy of the report they’re supposed to discuss.
Does this sound or feel familiar? You’re not alone. One topic that everyone can agree on is this: meetings are often a waste of time and money. Scary meeting statistics abound. Software company Atlassian’s infographic states that U.S. businesses waste $37 billion a year in inefficient, unnecessary meetings.
So why don’t corporations make the effort to fix the problem? Perhaps it boils down to a lack of accountability. But this is something that is entirely within our control. Here are some symptoms of bad meetings and what you can do to fix them.
August 24, 2014
More domestic meetings, shorter booking lead times, increased use of technology and continuing problems with compliance are among the worldwide trends being forecast for the meetings industry in a report released this month.
The report, the 2015 Global Travel Price Outlook, is a collaborative effort of Carlson Wagonlit Travel and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research component of the Global Business Travel Association. It focuses on what businesses can expect in 2015, and is designed to help their planning.
Part of the report focused specifically on the meetings industry. Besides the trends forecast above, the report predicted that:
* The cost per-day cost for an attendee will rise 8.5 percent in Latin America and 2.5 percent in both North America and the Asia-Pacific region, and decline by 5 percent in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
* Group size will increase by 3.5 percent in North America. 2.5 percent in Latin America and .75 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, and remain stable in the EMEA region.
* North America will see steadily improving economic conditions, resulting in more corporate confidence.
* The modest increases in per-attendee spending and group size in North America will be tempered by the strategic sourcing of the many North American-based organizations that implement a holistic approach to meetings management and drive significant savings accordingly.
* Companies in North America will focus on combining meetings and events with transient spending and on continuing to consolidate suppliers for greater negotiating leverage.
* Solid growth in the Asia-Pacific region should enable organizations to invest in meetings and events.
* Booking lead times will be particularly short in the EMEA region (two to three weeks out) and will likely fluctuate in a manner consistent with corporate earnings reports.
* Bookings for EMEA events will maintain a lead time of approximately nine months.
* Meetings management will continue to become more sophisticated in the Latin America region, with more interest in end-to-end management and some countries improving online registration tools.
August 21, 2014
We’ve all been there. You had 312 people sign up for your conference – more than ever. Things started with a bang, your vendors were thrilled with floor traffic, and the hotel upgraded your room halfway through because of all the money they were making on drinks at the lobby bar. The second day was good too, as was the third. But when you woke up on the fourth and final day you realized that only 68 people were still powering through to the end, and most of them had only stayed because they were too hung-over to drive home until 2 p.m. anyway. You apologized to your closing keynote speaker, who either understood completely or (if he was Scott Jenson) shouted about how important he thought he was and then stormed off.
August 15, 2014
The MPI World Education Congress this month had dozens of captivating presentations, and one that stood out involved three young meeting professionals who participated in a panel about the generation gap in the meetings industry.
One of the panelists in the presentation, titled “Generation Next: Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace and at Meetings,” was Joe Martin, partner and conference director for BDI Events, a full-service events company based in Los Angeles. Martin has more than nine years professional experience in special-event planning and implementation for non-profits and the entertainment industry, and has served as a meeting planner for conferences ranging from 50–1,200 people.
Martin’s energy and enthusiasm buoyed much of the discussion, and his comments broadened the audience’s understanding of Gen Y meetings professionals such as himself. “When baby boomers arrive at their destination, they get on the phone and say, ‘Hi. I’m here.’ When we land, we send a text,” he said.