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9 Strange F&B Trends Explained

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Chefs are becoming more and more inventive with food presentations, making for some pretty outrageous creations. Love it or hate it, a quirky presentation gets people excited. Outlandish f&b displays are a new experience and, perhaps more importantly, they’re highly Instagrammable. Rather than scoffing at the latest food craze, corporate meeting planners can take advantage…

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Despite Restrictions, Travel to the U.S. Grows

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Despite fears the Trump travel ban would hurt tourism, the number of travelers visiting the U.S. is up. International arrivals in May were 5.2 percent higher year over year. In April they were 6.6 percent higher than a year earlier. “There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the US travel market—perception of the country…

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Hotels Adding Guest Rooms at Breakneck Pace

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But many new properties have limited meeting space These days, it’s good to be in the hotel business, as guest room sales are booming. “In 2016, the hotel industry in the United States sold more rooms than ever, and had its highest occupancy rate, highest average room rate and highest revenue per available room [RevPAR]…

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Meeting Trends: Millennials Favor In-Person Over Online Meetings

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Great news, meeting professional: Your career is safe. That’s a takeaway from a recent poll conducted in the United States by event technology platform Eventbrite. The poll results overwhelmingly indicated most Americans believe events and in-person meetings are more effective than online experiences—and that positive change requires connecting with one another in person. “As the…

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Bleisure Travel Raises Travel Policy Questions

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Over the past year, more than a third of North American business travelers mixed work with play by extending a work trip for leisure. According to a new study by GBTA Foundation (the research arm of Global Business Travel Association), millennials led the way in so-called bleisure travel. Bleisure is the current buzzword for combining…

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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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