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22 trends for 2022 | Consumer Trends, Insights and Business Opportunities

22 trends for 2022 | Consumer Trends, Insights and Business Opportunities | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Your purpose-driven manual for 2022: a collection of must-not-miss business opportunities and emerging consumer trends and insights that no brand can afford to ignore, plus advice on creating your own innovations.

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Events Industry Council Extends Benchmarking Survey for First Phase of Equity Acceleration Plan

Events Industry Council Extends Benchmarking Survey for First Phase of Equity Acceleration Plan | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards, has extended the benchmarking survey for the first phase of its recently launched Equity Acceleration Plan. The landmark plan aims to provide a framework to turn its vision to action and lead the challenge against discrimination and systemic racism in the events industry.

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Evessio partners with The Diversity In Events Awards 2022

Evessio partners with The Diversity In Events Awards 2022 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Leading event technology specialist, Evessio has announced a new partnership with Diversity Ally to provide its awards software for the inaugural Diversity in Events Awards 2022.

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Google Identifies the Trends That Will Shape the Future of Travel

Google Identifies the Trends That Will Shape the Future of Travel | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

New research from Google reveals three key trends destined to play a role in travel's continued recovery in 2022, including a rise in "life moments" that people put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tech giant also projects travel to become more inclusive and purposeful over the next year, revealing new data to back it up.

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U.S. Issues First Non-Binary Passport

U.S. Issues First Non-Binary Passport | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday that it issued the first U.S. passport with an X gender marker, which will provide non-binary, intersex and gender non-comforming people the opportunity to select a gender other than male or female on their official travel document.

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15 Event Professionals Making an Impact

15 Event Professionals Making an Impact | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For the past 56 years, Meetings & Conventions has recognized the important work of leaders in the meetings and events industry. Many of these influencers have been featured and quoted often in our pages.

 

In this transitional time, we looked for people who might not be household names among meeting professionals — but should be. The 15 difference-makers we chose to profile here did exemplary work for the benefit of their colleagues, clients and communities when they needed it most.

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Wembley Stadium to offer British Sign Language at every concert

Wembley Stadium to offer British Sign Language at every concert | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Wembley Stadium connected by EE has today announced that it will become the UK’s biggest venue to offer British Sign Language (BSL) as a guaranteed service at every live concert. The announcement commits that all future concerts at the stadium will offer guaranteed BSL interpretation with services provided by Performance Interpreting Ltd, ensuring the magic of live music can be enjoyed by more people than ever.

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Events Industry Council Teams Up With The Code To Help Stop Child Trafficking

Events Industry Council Teams Up With The Code To Help Stop Child Trafficking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards, has joined The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code), a multi-stakeholder initiative to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in travel and tourism throughout the world.

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New research reveals strong demand from disabled audiences to return to live events

New research reveals strong demand from disabled audiences to return to live events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A snapshot online survey, carried out by the charity Attitude is Everything between 19th July and 1st August this year, has revealed the diverse positions Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people now find themselves in since the lifting of COVID-safety regulations one month ago on 19th July.

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Becoming a JEDI Warrior: Four Bs of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Becoming a JEDI Warrior: Four Bs of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As organizations work to improve their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, there is a fourth goal that is less talked about but just as important to the workplace: justice. Tanya Gibson, who spoke at PCMA's EduCon 2021 on July 8, incorporates the goal of justice into her title as vice president of JEDI — justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion — and human resources at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

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Pride 365: LGBT MPA Spotlights Need for Yearlong Diversity Initiatives

Pride 365: LGBT MPA Spotlights Need for Yearlong Diversity Initiatives | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Like most events held in 2020, Pride celebrations globally were cancelled last year or moved online. But the challenges of Covid-19 also brought new opportunities. During the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association's "Day of Diversity" on June 30, industry leaders shared their experiences planning Pride celebrations during the pandemic, discussed new ways for connecting year-round and emphasized the need for enhancing diversity and inclusion efforts at every event.

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Widening accessibility with virtual networking events

Widening accessibility with virtual networking events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As restrictions ease over the summer, I’m certainly eager to get back into live events and networking. This past year, however, many events managers learned a valuable lesson: for some people virtual is the best - or only - option

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‘Tourism Diversity Matters’ Brings Industry Together for Equity

‘Tourism Diversity Matters’ Brings Industry Together for Equity | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The devastation suffered by the hospitality industry over the last year was nothing short of tragic, but it could also be a reset, a chance to build back stronger and better. Between the pandemic shutdown of events and hotels and increased focus on diversity in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, many organizations stepped up their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

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Black Event Industry Leaders Call for Action

Black Event Industry Leaders Call for Action | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The event industry is suffering from inaction and a lack of representation. We spoke to four black leaders and they gave us a plan to change that. At EventMB, diversity and inclusion in the event industry is a topic that we hold very dear to our hearts. 

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Diversity And Inclusion In Events: Paving The Way For A Better Tomorrow

Diversity And Inclusion In Events: Paving The Way For A Better Tomorrow | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Welcome to this week’s #EventIcons, where we’ll discuss the topic of diversity and inclusion in events. And if you’ve been following us for a while, you know this isn’t new. Because we find this to be such an important conversation, we’ve covered it a few times already. However, things like diversity and inclusion in events will always remain extremely important. Plus, we’re happy to have as many perspectives as we possibly can on the matter.

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5 Tips for Including Mocktails and Booze-Free Options at Your Event

5 Tips for Including Mocktails and Booze-Free Options at Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Libations have been a part of social gatherings for ages, and have certainly been a big to-do in event planning of all types. However, as we continue to shape this new millennium, it’s time to reconsider how we include a growing number of attendees who don’t consume alcohol. Read on for our thoughts on why mocktails and/or booze-free drinks are important, and how to serve them at your next event. 

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Planners to Boost Efforts in Sustainability, Diversity, Immersion

Planners to Boost Efforts in Sustainability, Diversity, Immersion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Nearly 60 percent of planners surveyed said that they would be taking steps to address environmental issues at their events, according to the 2020 Events Trends Report recently issued by Eventbrite.

The survey included feedback from 6,800 event and experience planners worldwide—one-third of them from North America—to find out their expectations for 2020. Planners expressed more satisfaction with their jobs and indicated they’re focused on sustainability, inclusivity, and upping the original and immersive nature of their events. The biggest challenge they face is finding ways to involve more attendees.

Overall, the findings present insights into taking no “green” initiative for granted, navigating the needs of an evolving, diverse market and deconstructing the hot term “experiential.”

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Tips for Supporting Gender Equality

Tips for Supporting Gender Equality | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Women in the event management industry, just as everyone else in the industry, have a lot to worry about day-to-day. However, expecting equal salaries and respect to match shouldn’t be on those virtually endless to-do lists. Unfortunately, securing both remains a persistent issue that requires an unprecedented amount of attention. Three issues are at play when it comes to the gender pay gap.

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5 Ways to Build a Diverse Event Team

5 Ways to Build a Diverse Event Team | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You want to create an event that no one will feel excluded from, so you actively market your event to all types of people. Your lineup is carefully curated to feature a diverse set of talents. And your venue is entirely ADA compliant.

But there might be a fatal flaw in your diversity efforts: your team. If your staff and volunteers are a homogenous crew, it sends a subtle message to attendees that’s not as inclusive as you think.

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9 Ways to Make Absolutely Everyone Feel Welcome at Your Event

9 Ways to Make Absolutely Everyone Feel Welcome at Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

From #metoo to white supremacy, the lens on diversity issues is bright these days. It’s a good time to be an advocate for equality and fairness for all people. Within the world of events, you can take a stand and cultivate a culture of inclusivity.

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How to Cultivate an Inclusive Event Brand

How to Cultivate an Inclusive Event Brand | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You thought your check-in process was smooth as butter — until one of your friends told you that she and her friends feel intimidated coming through your doors. As a result, they frequent your venue less often. 

Today, diversity and inclusion are top-of-mind concerns for all kinds of event creators. Whether you’re in charge of a giant recurring festival or a tiny one-time pop-up, you want as many people as possible to enjoy it. And you certainly don’t want anyone to feel excluded. 

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The Top 20 Tips for Inclusive Events

The Top 20 Tips for Inclusive Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Even small changes to your venue selection, contracts, and event design can make a significant difference in how welcoming your event feels to attendees.
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The Welcome Guide: Tools and Ideas for Inclusive Meetings

The Welcome Guide: Tools and Ideas for Inclusive Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know how many hotel rooms your attendees need, and which educational sessions they are looking for. But how much time do you spend thinking about what they need to really feel welcome and cared for? For some, finding almond milk at the coffee station is enough; for others, a great deal more planning is needed to make them feel fully welcome and able to participate at your events. 

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Delta identifies sign language-speaking staff

Delta identifies sign language-speaking staff | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Call this a good sign: hearing-impaired travellers can now identify Delta Air Lines employees who can communicate in sign language with a quick glance at their nametag.

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4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly

4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sometimes, introverts get a bad wrap. “They don’t like being around people.” “They just want to be alone.” Not true!  Introverts do enjoy socializing. They just tend to prefer doing so in smaller groups or one-on-one. And not only that, but they often like to have (and need to have) a little quiet time to recharge. So when your conference centers so heavily around networking, how you can make it appealing - and valuable - for your introverted attendees?

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