Category Archives: Trends

virtuoso travel survey

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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IACC Report: Gluten-free Tops Dietary Restriction List at Events

It’s unanimous. Every respondent in a recent IACC survey confirmed that requests for gluten-free options—especially for desserts—are rising. Vegan requests followed, with some 83 percent saying they have received more requests for meals free of dairy, fish, meat or eggs. While some requests are due to lifestyle choices, many are because of serious allergies, so…

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8 Top Travel Predictions for 2018

Travelers in 2018 will rely more on artificial intelligence and digital technology before booking a trip, and will increasingly emphasize health and wellness during their stay, according to a study by Booking.com. The study, which was based on customer insights from more than 1 million guest reviews as well as research from some 19,000 travelers…

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What Meeting Planners Can Do to Support #DayoftheGirl

Today marks International Day of the Girl. The United Nations sanctioned this date in 2012 as an initiative to empower girls who have been victimized by a variety of circumstances, ranging from violence to natural disasters. UN Women—an organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women—issued a statement saying, “On the International Day…

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