Demystifying Conference Centers

Say you’re fairly new to the profession, or that meeting planning has just been added to your job description. You’ve got a sales team of 300 that needs meeting space for a training session. It’s too big to hold in-house, so what’s your best choice for a venue—a hotel? a conference center? And what exactly…

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Citywides Spell Big Time for Planners

Citywide conventions bring cities and communities together. They give destinations the chance to dazzle and entertain visitors by showing off their best attributes. Corporations and associations love them because the scale imparts powerful growth opportunities for entire organizations. Cities use them as opportunities to show off their latest achievements, build local pride and boost the economy.

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Top 10 Trends Impacting the Hospitality Industry

Editor’s note: We wrote the following story in July 2015 and it has been one of your favorites ever since so we thought we would go back and let you know what has changed. The updates are highlighted below, and a few of the findings ended up surprising even us. The Hotel Show, which stages…

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Partners in the Evolution

Planners of medical and pharmaceutical meetings are getting significant help from hosts There is probably no other niche in the meetings and exhibitions industry as complicated as medical and pharmaceutical. Not only do these meetings have all the challenges of other types of educational and networking programs, but the U.S. Open Payments legislation and the…

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11 Up-and-Coming Meeting Cities that Sizzle and Satisfy

Bird’s-eye view of Columbus, Ohio Emerging destinations for event planners to explore This year’s selection of 11 emerging U.S. cities consists of premium destinations for hosting business meetings, corporate events and association gatherings. From Northern California to the Colorado Rockies, from the Midwest to New England, and from the Southeast to the Lone Star state,…

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Creating Onsite Video Content

The medium extends the message: Use strategic planning when selecting digital content capture and distribution tactics For decades, most people in the meetings and events industry have contended that the face-to-face environment—as opposed to remote conferencing—delivers the most robust experience to participants. Even so, in-person events are ripe for capturing valuable content through video, which…

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Zeroing in on Meeting Security

Security screening at Denver International Airport Are you covering all your bases? At an employee-training event held inside a San Bernardino, California, government building on Dec. 2, 2015, employees were in the midst of the typical office-worker talk that swills around water coolers. Everything seemed to be moving along smoothly. It appeared to be a…

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Top 7 Event Management Software Companies

If you plan events, the Technavio 2017-2021 market research report on global event management software will definitely catch your eye. According to the tech research and advisory company, the market’s seven key players are: 1. Cvent 2. EMS Software 3. etouches 4. Eventbrite 5. Lanyon Solutions, which merged with Cvent late last year 6. XING Events…

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Super Bowl LI Offers Insights on Winning Events

This year’s Super Bowl was one of the most thrilling events in recent years—both on and off the field. On the field, there’s no doubt that the New England Patriots’ comeback will go down in history. Off the field, a fabulous glitter- and drone-powered halftime show and controversial commercials had social media buzzing. Take a…

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Millennials Demand Purpose-Driven Experiences

5 tips to attract this generation to events and keep them coming back Rapid technological advances, an unstable economy marked by recession, soaring home ownership costs, high student debt, and an increasingly flexible and freelance labor market have made the millennial generation more focused on finding meaning and purpose—not when they retire, but right now….

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