Category Archives: Trends

Plan an Unforgettable and Safe Firework Show at Your Next Event

Star Spangled 200 (All photos courtesy of Fireworks by Grucci) Visualize looking up at the dark night sky and seeing your event or brand logo bursting in color. Now imagine looking at the expression of awe on the faces of your event’s attendees. Incorporating fireworks into a meeting can be impactful, but there are several…

Read more

New and Renovated Hotels from East to West and Beyond

Hotel openings and renovations are continuing at a record pace It seems that everywhere you look these days, new resorts and hotels are popping up. In fact, the crane seems to be a fitting symbol of the times. This perception is validated by recent statistics. A March report from STR, which tracks supply and demand…

Read more
The Bottom Line

Hotels Adding Guest Rooms at Breakneck Pace

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]…

Read more

Meeting Trends: Millennials Favor In-Person Over Online Meetings

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…

Read more

Bleisure Travel Raises Travel Policy Questions

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…

Read more

Association Meetings Up, Attendees Down

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…

Read more

Majority of Americans Think Travel Ban Should Stay Blocked

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…

Read more

5 Tips to Manage Travel Anxiety in this Age of Terrorism

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…

Read more

3 Ways to Delight the Growing Bleisure Class

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…

Read more
luxury

6 Things Travelers Want from a Luxury Experience

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,…

Read more