The opening day of IMEX America 2021 at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas was humming with people just happy to be back together. Don’t miss out on these important industry highlights from the tradeshow floor!
Destinations International Large Market Roundtable outlined initiatives to establish Destination Booking Agreement Guidelines to create certainty for all parties. “Once a legally binding contract is in place, it sets the stage for easier conversations,” said Dustin Arnhem, senior vice president of sales with Visit Baltimore.
As Darren Kingi, senior vice president of sales at Visit Indy said of the importance of streamlining letters of intent, “We can’t just rely on handshakes any more.”
Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board announced a partnership with Clear Health Pass and Co.Protect branded protective equipment to help meeting professionals create frictionless solutions for establishing and executing protocols.
“We started working early to help people get back to what they enjoy doing,” said Darren Green, senior Vice President of sales with LATCB.
- On track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 (or sooner)
- Reduced greenhouse emissions by 36.1% and water withdrawal by 33% since 2011
- Diverted 45% of all waste from landfill in 2020
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts launched The Meetings Collection, a new network of premium meetings-focused hotels offers meeting planners new incentives in desired markets, and streamlined multi-year bookings.
“It is time as meeting planners are starting to book again,” said Evy Garcia, Director of Sales & Marketing for Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort.
Carol Lynch, senior vice president of global sales, said planning for the network stared before the pandemic, but will be an important tool to promote flexibility and consistency going forward.
Visit California—and 22 of its encompassing destinations attending IMEX 2021—celebrated the Golden State’s June reopening to group travel with Napa Mumm sparkling wine, and a new online hub for media and meeting professionals (see here!).
After suffering economic loss from strict in-state Covid restrictions, Visit California President and CEO, and 2021 Catalyst Award Winner, Caroline Beteta announced results from a recent study in tourism perception that the state is now caught up with competitors for its desirability for group travel.
— Allseated (@AllSeatedcom) November 9, 2021
Hybrid event company Allseated announced a partnership with Matterport, a company that brings real life experiences to the virtual world using 3D technology.
The two companies will work together to turn spatial data into an accurate and immersive digital twin, which can be used to design events effectively.
The new reality for venues is that they must find a way to sell and plan events remotely. Even as in-person meetings make a return, clients have come to expect virtual venue tours. Allseated’s VISION product offers dynamic layout and floor planning inside a Matterport model, explained Sandy Hammer, CMO of Allseated.
Discover Puerto Rico celebrated its great recovery, announcing an all-time record year for lodging revenue and the island’s status as first in the nation for vaccinations.
“We are winning the war against Covid,” said Discover Puerto Rico CEO Brad Dean. “There are more visitors, more flights, more hotels and more investments.”
The proof is in the pudding:
- Passenger arrivals surpassed 2019, with record arrivals May-Sept 2020
- Orlando-San Juan was the busiest route in the world in early 2021
- Pipeline of future events is the highest in the last five years
- Five new and reopened hotels in 2020, including El Conquistador Resort, InterContinental Hotel and Palmas del Mar Resort
- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is celebrating NYE 2022 outside of Puerto Rico Convention Center for the first ever Spanish-language countdown
Plus, more updates from Smart Meetings TV!