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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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Las Vegas May Be This Fall's Business Travel Winner

Las Vegas May Be This Fall's Business Travel Winner | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Hotels, casinos, restaurants and bars are set to welcome an influx of business travelers this fall.

 

The city has emerged as the most popular destination in the U.S. for forward flight bookings, according to one corporate travel agency, amid a steady rise in hotel occupancy.

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Airport Lounges Prep for the Return of a Healthier Breed of Business Traveler

Airport Lounges Prep for the Return of a Healthier Breed of Business Traveler | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Business travelers waiting around in airport lounges are proving to be healthier compared to before the pandemic, and airlines are reacting. Even those people who bought Pelotons during lockdown now get to keep on pedaling.

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The Latest Updates on International Gathering and Travel Restrictions

The Latest Updates on International Gathering and Travel Restrictions | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As many parts of the world continue to battle coronavirus outbreaks, some leaders have paused the reopening process and announced new constraints on travel and gatherings. At the same time, other countries are easing their restrictions. Here's a roundup of what's happening around the globe.

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Two Dozen Industry Groups Release Blueprint to Reopen International Travel

Two Dozen Industry Groups Release Blueprint to Reopen International Travel | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A coalition of 24 trade organizations representing a large and diverse swath of the U.S. economy is renewing urgent calls to lift restrictions on international visitation to the United States, and on Wednesday released a policy blueprint for reopening borders safely.

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US Department of Commerce Will Invest $750 Million in Travel and Tourism

US Department of Commerce Will Invest $750 Million in Travel and Tourism | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Commerce will soon announce a $750 million investment in travel and tourism, according to Gina Raimondo, the department secretary, speaking on a virtual forum conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

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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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Biden Administration Working To Reopen International Travel

Biden Administration Working To Reopen International Travel | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Biden administration is making progress toward reopening borders. According to the White House, it is creating ‘working groups’ with other countries, including Canada, the European Union, Mexico and the United Kingdom to lift restrictions.

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Royal Caribbean Will Start U.S. Cruising with Six Ships This Summer From Florida and Texas

Royal Caribbean Will Start U.S. Cruising with Six Ships This Summer From Florida and Texas | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Royal Caribbean International has announced that six of its ships will begin sailing from major U.S. cruise ports in Florida and Texas in July and August. The full fleet will be in operation by the end of 2021, according to the company.

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World of Concrete in Las Vegas first trade show

World of Concrete in Las Vegas first trade show | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A rapidly recovering Las Vegas will be the focus of the global tourism industry Monday, when World of Concrete stages the first major trade show in the United States since the COVID pandemic wiped out the lucrative convention and meeting business.

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WTTC Says Reopening International Travel Could Create 2 Million Jobs

WTTC Says Reopening International Travel Could Create 2 Million Jobs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released data that suggests more than two million jobs could be created if international travel reopens before the busy summer period.

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Virgin Trains plans extension of LA - Las Vegas high-speed line

Virgin Trains plans extension of LA - Las Vegas high-speed line | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

XpressWest, the subsidiary of Virgin Trains USA planning a high-speed line from California to Las Vegas, has begun talks to extend the western terminus from Victorville to Rancho Cucamonga, where the line could connect directly to the Los Angeles metro network.

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Airline CEOs call for summit to speed relaunch of UK-US travel

Airline CEOs call for summit to speed relaunch of UK-US travel | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Bosses of major U.S. and UK airlines called on Tuesday for a summit between the two governments to speed the reopening of transatlantic travel, still paralyzed even though the countries have among the world's highest COVID-19 vaccination rates.

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Focus on Sustainability: The pandemic's green shoots: Travel Weekly

Focus on Sustainability: The pandemic's green shoots: Travel Weekly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Even as it sidelined travel worldwide, the Covid crisis also helped sharpen the industry’s focus on sustainability.

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Americans Feel More Confident About Travel

Americans Feel More Confident About Travel | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With the winter surge behind the country and vaccine availability becoming more widespread, travelers are beginning to feel more confident about getting out and about, according to new research from J.D. Power Passenger View, which surveyed 1,500 respondents traveling through major U.S. airports.

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Paint the Town Red: How 2,000 Event Venues Came Together for One Night

Paint the Town Red: How 2,000 Event Venues Came Together for One Night | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Event professionals are not the type to sit still during a pandemic. Case in point: last month's slew of eye-catching “empty events,” which were held across the country to draw attention to the struggling live event industry and advocate for government support.

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All the Ways the Travel Industry Is Helping with Coronavirus

All the Ways the Travel Industry Is Helping with Coronavirus | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There’s no denying that the coronavirus outbreak has changed, and will continue to change, how we travel. But even in light of the bleakest news—like the potential loss of 4.6 million travel-related jobs, according to a recent estimate by the U.S. Travel Association—the industry has banded together to aid in the fight.

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It’s Not All Bad

It’s Not All Bad | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Despite little good news to report about the coronavirus pandemic itself, there are positives to be found in the meetings and convention industry’s response to the global crisis. Here are six that caught our eye.

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Travel Study Reveals Growth in Unconventional Places

Travel Study Reveals Growth in Unconventional Places | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Valuing experiences over material items has been a growing trend and shows no signs of slowing down, according to a recent Airbnb travel trend survey, What’s Next in Travel: Nature Treks, Trips to the Past and Conscious Dining, in which 57 percent of Americans said they prefer to spend on travel rather than things.

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Road Warrior Tips For Managing Relationships at Home 

Road Warrior Tips For Managing Relationships at Home  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Mental health in the workplace is gaining more attention these days as study after study is revealing how stress can negatively impact employee wellness and performance. As road warriors, there are ways that you can mitigate the strain on your relationships that frequent travel can cause. While you may love your job and don’t mind the travel, being away from family and friends can still take a toll in part due to something called ambiguous loss, which is a term that describes the uncertainty about how a relationship with a loved one may change due to separation. Below are strategies for keeping your relationships strong when your job keeps you apart.

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The Importance of Site Visits for Meeting and Incentive Planners

The Importance of Site Visits for Meeting and Incentive Planners | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Most planners travel a lot. They are productive people, making it happen from California to Paris and everywhere in between. Traditionally, sourcing venues starts when a meeting or event is presented (or assigned), we seek out the right venue and then book the perfect space. One secret for finding that just right venue is maintaining a practice of continually seeking out other spaces to site while traveling.

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Make the Most of Your PCMA Trip to SF

Make the Most of Your PCMA Trip to SF | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you traveling to San Francisco’s Moscone Center for PCMA Convening Leaders next week? San Francisco Travel Association has suggestions for things to do when you aren’t discovering your “why” with Simon Sinek or practicing your “Jagger moves” with Maroon 5.

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How Early Do You Really Need to Get to the Airport?

How Early Do You Really Need to Get to the Airport? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s that time again: prepping for the airport. You lug your suitcase and carry-on out from the back of the closet. It’s the same closet you’ll sloppily pull clothes from and—just as sloppily—stick into your suitcase. But, no matter the arrangement, you did it. You feel as though you have everything you need, from TSA regulated bags for your liquids to that pair of sunglasses you always manage to forget. Your ride-share is about to take off without you, but by some miracle you make it out of the house in one piece. Everything is going to plan, you get through security and to your gate, luggage and all, only to be hit in the face by reality: the gate just closed, and you missed your flight.

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Chatting with a Chief Data Strategist

Chatting with a Chief Data Strategist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there’s one thing to take away from data research, it’s that nothing is ever as black and white as it appears. Causes may vary, adding layers upon layers of meaning to its effects. Sifting through it all and finding something meaningful can be time-consuming and requires loads of brain power. That’s where Eric Tyree comes in. Smart Meetings sat down with Eric, vice president and chief technical officer of data & analytics, chief data scientist at CWT, to talk about business travel, millennials, seeking hotels for function or for experience, and overtourism. What a ride.

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4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Makes Travel Smarter

4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Makes Travel Smarter | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere these days—from smart assistants, cars and homes to investing, advertising, security and medicine—and it’s evolving rapidly. The travel industry is not immune to the impact of AI. On the contrary, it is fertile ground for new applications and innovations. Travel management companies are increasing their investments in the technology in order to fine-tune the traveler experience and, in turn, achieve their business goals. AI is already making business travel less stressful. It can make baggage tracking more seamless, facilitate hotel check-ins, and help minimize the pain of flight cancellations. Travel managers reap the benefits of AI-enabled and automated business-travel bookings in the form of fast access to the most cost-effective and rewarding options for their travel programs.

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United Becomes First Airline to Add Gender Identifications for Non-Binary Flyers

United Becomes First Airline to Add Gender Identifications for Non-Binary Flyers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

United is the first U.S. airline to let its passengers pick a gender option other than male or female when booking tickets. Delta and other carriers said last month that they plan to make similar moves shortly. We’re with they/them.

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