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IMEX is the heartbeat of the global business events community. Welcome to our meetings and events industry content hub where we curate our favourite content. You can experience live education sessions at our exhibitions, IMEX (www.imex-frankfurt.com) and IMEX America (www.imexamerica.com).
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5 Bold New Convention Center Developments Greet Groups Across the Country 

5 Bold New Convention Center Developments Greet Groups Across the Country  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

While the pandemic may have sidelined events at convention centers and other venues for a while, several made great use of the downtime to continue constructing new venues or expanding existing facilities. Check out five of the most notable new developments in 2021.

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IAEE Teams Up with Epistemix to Make Its Data-Driven Decision Support Tool More Accessible for Event Organizers

IAEE Teams Up with Epistemix to Make Its Data-Driven Decision Support Tool More Accessible for Event Organizers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As those in the meetings and exhibitions industries know all too well, changes in the COVID-19 pandemic are continuing to cause major challenges for event organizers, with any organization looking to host a trade show or conference tasked with taking changing information from public health officials into account. In such a complex environment, it can be understandably difficult for organizers to demonstrate their ability to run events in a safe and sustainable way.

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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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STB, PCMA and UFI Release White Paper Reimagining the Future of Business Events

STB, PCMA and UFI Release White Paper Reimagining the Future of Business Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry dusts itself off and emerges from the pandemic, the need to continue envisioning innovative ways of doing business has never been greater. To help event organizers rethink their offerings and operations, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, teamed up to launch a white paper titled “Reimagining Business Events—Through COVID-19 and Beyond.

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Winner announced for Disrupt the V Awards competition - micebook

Winner announced for Disrupt the V Awards competition - micebook | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Disrupt the V Awards is a competition launched by micebook during a time of uncertainty amongst many graduates and event industry new hires. The aim was to create an exciting opportunity for event graduates and newcomers to showcase their creative skills and get recognition in a room full of big agency brands and companies.

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BPA-led working group assists UFI in creating audit rules for digital events/trade shows

BPA-led working group assists UFI in creating audit rules for digital events/trade shows | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When the pandemic struck and in-person events were suspended in early 2020, a number of BPA-audited trade shows pivoted to become virtual events. However, organizers soon found they needed guidance on reporting metrics for digital events since there did not seem to be any “industry standard.” To address this need, BPA began working with UFI to develop reporting standards for a digital or “hybrid” trade show that would also allow it to earn “UFI Approved Event” status.

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The Heat Is On: How to Bake a Climate Strategy Into Your Event

The Heat Is On: How to Bake a Climate Strategy Into Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Severe drought and record-setting heat waves in western North America serve as a clear reminder of the urgent need to maintain sustainability as an event priority and step-up your event sustainability strategy. Here’s what you need to do.

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EventWell confirms second annual wellbeing and mental health summit

EventWell confirms second annual wellbeing and mental health summit | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

EventWell, the event industry’s charitable social enterprise, has confirmed the return of its two-day virtual summit, EventWell Live.

 

The summit from 13-14 July aims to bring event professionals together and provide them with tools and tips to help make better lifestyle choices, enhance personal health, and gain knowledge to foster a healthy workplace culture.

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The Convention Cities Index | Northstar Meetings Group

The Convention Cities Index | Northstar Meetings Group | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To aid in the selection process for the world’s largest events, Northstar Meetings Group has created the meetings industry’s first-and-only Convention Cities Index, a weighted-ranking system that identifies those destinations that are ideally suited for the world’s grandest gatherings. The CCi rankings reveal the top 25 global convention cities, as well as the top 25 U.S. cities.

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MPI World Education Congress Demonstrates the Power of Face-to-Face Meetings

MPI World Education Congress Demonstrates the Power of Face-to-Face Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

More than 1,200 event professionals gathered at MPI’s World Education Congress at CAESARS FORUM last week, the largest in-person industry event so far this year. While attendance was about half of pre-pandemic levels, the large showing is another shot in the arm for an industry recovering from essentially a lost year of business.

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Wikimania Virtual Event Uses Multilingual Content to Break Down Global Barriers

Wikimania Virtual Event Uses Multilingual Content to Break Down Global Barriers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Wikimania, the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation, is going virtual for the first time in its 16-year history. Instead of viewing it as a limitation, the operator of Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects is taking the opportunity to expand the event’s reach across time zones and language barriers.

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Industry Unites to Spotlight the Power of Global Exhibitions

Industry Unites to Spotlight the Power of Global Exhibitions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Trade show, exhibition and the event professionals took a moment to celebrate the industry’s worth and influence before a grand kickoff of shows begins to flood the global marketplace.

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10 Catering Trends for Events in 2021 | Successful Meetings

10 Catering Trends for Events in 2021 | Successful Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

New seating layouts, zero-proof cocktails and meals that boost your immune system are among the top food-and-beverage trends for face-to-face meetings this year.

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Reopening Checklist for the Live Entertainment Industry

Reopening Checklist for the Live Entertainment Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The coming months will see live entertainment venues opening in waves, some for the first time in well over a year. Those working in this industry and have weathered the pandemic’s devastating effects on their businesses need practical, actionable guidance on which CDC-recommended health precautions to take.

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The Event Planner’s Guide to Virtual Event ROI

The Event Planner’s Guide to Virtual Event ROI | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

ROI around virtual events can mean different things for your different stakeholders - from your attendees, sponsors, exhibitors to your speakers and clients. So what do you need to know when measuring the success of online events?

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Will All Virtual Events Run on This New Zoom Platform in the Future?

Will All Virtual Events Run on This New Zoom Platform in the Future? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Zoom just announced that it will be launching a new event platform, Zoom Events, over the summer in an already saturated event tech market. Will it be worth the wait? Here's our take.

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9 Essential Tips to Reduce Hybrid Event Risk

9 Essential Tips to Reduce Hybrid Event Risk | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Hybrid events have more risk than in-person or virtual events. And this is mainly because a hybrid event combines two very different audience experiences. As in-person events slowly start to return, organisers now are faced with the prospect of running two kinds of events that carry their own set of risks. They need to look at the new issues of social distancing and the criteria for letting people into events. But they also need to consider the risks that are brought from the virtual element of the hybrid event.

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Could Clubhouse Signal a New Wave of Audio-Only Features for Events?

Could Clubhouse Signal a New Wave of Audio-Only Features for Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Audio-only features have been popping up all over the place in recent months — most notably on popular new social app Clubhouse. What’s the appeal for events, and are they here to stay? 

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How to Keep Wellness Top of Mind at Meetings | Successful Meetings

How to Keep Wellness Top of Mind at Meetings | Successful Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As meeting planners navigated the Covid-19 pandemic over the past year, concerns about attendee health and well-being have dictated nearly every aspect of how face-to-face events were held — or, in most cases, not held. In the Global Wellness Institute's latest "Global Wellness Trends Report," the authors explain that the pandemic has forced planners to reinvent their gatherings in a way that puts health at the center of virtually every decision — and that is likely to continue.

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What Role Will Event Apps Play in Keeping Events Safe?

What Role Will Event Apps Play in Keeping Events Safe? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Mobile technology is sure to play a critical role in our much-desired return to in-person events, yet event apps are currently not top of mind. Will they be used to help ensure a covid-safe environment? If so, can planners force all attendees to use them?

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The Sustainable Event Buyer's Guide 2021

The Sustainable Event Buyer's Guide 2021 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite a sea change in market circumstances the sophomore Sustainable Event Buyer’s Guide maintains its focus, detailing green thinking, green policy, green technology, green products/services and green best practice.

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How To Make Sustainability a Priority Again, According to Green Events Expert Julia Spangler

How To Make Sustainability a Priority Again, According to Green Events Expert Julia Spangler | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For event professionals who are passionate about sustainability, this past year has raised some concerns about the future of green events. As the trade show and meetings industry begins to recover, and with event budgets tighter than ever, will anyone care enough about sustainability to help the cause or will green practices end up on the bottom rung of importance?

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What Would Gen Z Change About Events?

What Would Gen Z Change About Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If Gen Zers — aged 25 and under — could change something about the business event(s) they’ve been to in the past, what would it be? If you said better entertainment or better speakers, you’re partially right. But the vast majority — 69%— of 560 survey participants to a recent PCMA survey, conducted by JUV Consulting and sponsored by the PCMA Foundation, would like to see more engaging activities. And that’s followed by more inclusive events, chosen by 39% of survey participants.

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A New North Star for the Meetings Industry

A New North Star for the Meetings Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A veteran planner sees six key themes for the future of meetings and events; purposeful, sustainable, digital, experience-based, data-driven and interactive.  

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Las Vegas Convention Center’s expansion opens

Las Vegas Convention Center’s expansion opens | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings, convention and trade show media heard from Las Vegas leaders of the industry and got their first look at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s $989 million, 1.4 million-square-foot West Hall expansion on Global Meetings Industry Day.

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