Category Archives: Trends

Incentives Prove Immune to Disaster

 Executives surveyed in the annual SITE Index 2018 forecast say that incentive travel is of increasing importance to driving sales and boosting profitability. “Basically, incentive travel works,” is how John Iannini, vice president of meetings and events America for Melia Hotels International, and 2018 SITE Foundation president, summarizes responses from 574 professionals in 72 countries.

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Unified Tourism Voice: US is Open for Business

A new group wants to turn those numbers around. The meetings industry joined a host of other travel-related groups to launch a Visit U.S. Coalition on Tuesday, setting a goal of reversing a decline in U.S. competitiveness for international travel business.

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Hospitality Technology Trends for 2018

The hospitality industry is constantly subject to the revolving door of changing tastes, design developments and technological advancements that have become the norm. Here are some of our hospitality technology trends for 2018 to make sure that you’re one step ahead of the game.

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Top Travel Ideas for 2018, Survey Says

Before deciding where to meet next, why not think out of the binder? Post-meeting surveys and other tried-and-true analyses certainly have their place, but site decisions can almost always benefit from a little creative input. To that end, global luxury travel network Virtuoso has issued its annual trend-spotting report. According to Virtuoso’s “comprehensive survey of…

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3 Dramatic Changes that Could Hit Event Industry in 2018

Photo credit: Steve Pate-Newberry Attendees at the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) Seasonal Spectacular opening session were given a heads-up about changes coming in the industry that could impact how they plan meetings in the coming year. Get Ready for Change Mike Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, warned that the speed of…

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‘Tis The Season of Giving with Donation Drives at Hotels and Meetings

Following Thanksgiving, there’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Those are all days dedicated to consuming. But, today is Giving Tuesday, which is about giving back to those in need. Meeting professionals have long incorporated charitable donations into events. During a year marked by natural disasters across the country from wild fires in…

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Starwood Loyalty Program, Uber to End Partnership  

Meeting professionals soon will be unable to use Uber rides to earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points, but the transportation company may offer other loyalty program options. Marriott International, which purchased Starwood in 2016, issued a statement Tuesday indicating that the Starwood-Uber partnership will not be renewed in 2018. Starpoints that already have been earned…

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