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Trends Report: The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry 

Trends Report: The Rise of Midsize Cities in the Meetings Industry  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting planners are looking toward midsize cities to host their programs, meaning that for some destinations, being a midsize city is no longer necessarily a negative for attracting events. Download our latest report to learn more.

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New Meetings Mean Business Study Shows Industry Contributes $446 Billion to GDP

New Meetings Mean Business Study Shows Industry Contributes $446 Billion to GDP | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What industry creates more jobs in the United States than auto manufacturing, chemical manufacturing (including pharmaceuticals), and oil and gas? As an event professional, you know intuitively that it is the event industry. A new study by Tourism Economics (a division of Oxford Economics) for the Events Industry Council and Meetings Mean Business Coalitionshowed that bringing people together for face-to-face meetings has massive impacts on everything from direct spending at venues to indirect spending through the supply chain and spending by people working in the industry.

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How is Digitization Shaping the Way We Experience Events?

How is Digitization Shaping the Way We Experience Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Delivering memorable and outstanding experiences is an event professional’s overarching goal. What may challenge this goal is the rise of personal devices and continuous connectivity especially for many traditional companies which may find themselves at odds with the modern digital era. However the booming wave of digitization is a great opportunity in the hands of event professionals who strive for interaction, engagement and participation.

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Five Tips To Help You Organise A Healthy Event

Five Tips To Help You Organise A Healthy Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Conferences and meetings are usually thought of as sedentary events, as they require attendees to spend hours sitting down in enclosed spaces. Professionals in the events industry make significant efforts to create memorable events, but the health and well-being perspective often gets overlooked. In this post, we suggest five ways to ensure your next event promotes wellness and has a valuable impact on participants.

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The Events Industry in 2018

The Events Industry in 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The events industry is booming — so how can you stay ahead in a saturated market? Find out in this infographic, using new data from more than 1,000 event creators in the United States and Canada. You’ll discover new insights to help you benchmark against your competition.

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Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies 

Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Traditionally in cities, tourism boards have strived to attract higher numbers of visitors, while economic development agencies focused on strengthening the local business community and infrastructure. Different government departments worked with each side, but in the big scheme of things, there often wasn’t a lot of collaboration between the people stewarding the growth of their visitor economy and local economy.

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Who Goes to Events?

Who Goes to Events? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I just took an interesting 41-question survey that aims to figure out what event participants value by asking respondents about what types of events they’ve attended recently, what they found most and least useful about the learning formats and technology used, and several other factors about the event experience. It got me thinking. 

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5 Predictions and Prescriptions for Your Meeting Environment

5 Predictions and Prescriptions for Your Meeting Environment | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Make 2018 the year of memorable meeting experiences. Attendees are demanding it. They want to move beyond lectures to more personal experiences, more networking, and more creativity. But how do you do that? What does this mean for the meeting environment? Here’s my take on what’s happening—and what needs to happen—in your meeting environment in the year ahead.

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Industry Roundup: What ‘Experiential’ Means for Event Brands

Industry Roundup: What ‘Experiential’ Means for Event Brands | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we head deeper into 2018, the web is abuzz with event trends. One area of event marketing that’s getting a lot of airplay is experiential marketing. There are countless anecdotal tales of experiential success, and the actual metrics to back them up.

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An Events Pro Finds the Future at CES

An Events Pro Finds the Future at CES | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It's a bit ironic that the largest collection of digital technology is displayed in a traditional trade show setup at CES each year. Even as technology advances, robots become more human, and the most talked-about innovation is AI that can't be seen, it still takes a human touch to put together the right display to market these products.

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Partnering With IMEX To Inspire Your Next Event

Partnering With IMEX To Inspire Your Next Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The IMEX Group and EventMB announce new partnership - industry research, case studies and exhibitor storytelling define ‘unprecedented journey’. We are very glad to announce a partnership with IMEX Group. We have been following the evolution of IMEX and participated in some of it with #IMEXpitch, one of the first event technology pitch competitions.

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Women and Events

Women and Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Oprah may have dropped the mic at the Golden Globes, but it was Melinda Gates who in an op-ed to Time Magazine shined a spotlight on the next chapter in the women’s movement: women and leadership. In her piece, Gates called for more funding for women-led organizations pointing to the success rate of women’s movements, many of which run on a “median budget.” “Simply put, women get things done,” she wrote.

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Enlist Now in the #AttentionRevolution

Enlist Now in the #AttentionRevolution | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Whether you’re walking down the street or through an airport, at a restaurant, or in meetings and events, there’s one sight you’re guaranteed to see: people staring at their phones. And you may just be one of them.

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Trendspotting 2018: What Will Drive this Year's Association Meetings?

Trendspotting 2018: What Will Drive this Year's Association Meetings? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Loyalty. Education. Content. Attendee experience. According to a report in association management company SmithBucklin’s 15th annual Circuit publication, these will be among the key issues affecting associations this year. 

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MICE destinations - When authenticity becomes mainstream

MICE destinations - When authenticity becomes mainstream | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the key trends predicted for 2018 is that delegates are looking for more authentic and local experiences and for “off the beaten path” destinations. As a result, destinations are adjusting their offer to follow this trend, with further DMCs and event agencies designing experiences around the "unknown“.

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5 Top Technology Investments for 2018

5 Top Technology Investments for 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Welcome to 2018! If you haven’t already, it’s time to create a growth strategy and budget. You may have used all types of technology to help get you where you are today. You need to consider technology investments to further what you can achieve. Here are five of the top technology investments that are worth considering as we begin 2018:

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Hanging Walls of Bacon, Mocktails, and Spontaneous Vegetarians

Hanging Walls of Bacon, Mocktails, and Spontaneous Vegetarians | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most popular sessions at the 2018 Professional Convention Management Association Convening Leaders conference this week in Nashville, Tenn., was a panel discussion on F&B issues and trends that meeting planners can expect to see in the year ahead.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, January 14, 3:27 PM
A look at food and beverage trends for 2018
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New Data Shows Big Uptick for Meetings’ Economic Impact

New Data Shows Big Uptick for Meetings’ Economic Impact | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Events Industry Council, Washington, D.C., has released the preliminary results from its third Economic Significance Study, tracking the impact of meetings, trade shows, conventions, and incentive travel on the U.S. economy. Compared to EIC’s similar research in 2012, the top-line results reveal increases in the number of attendees, the number of meetings, and the direct spending related to these meetings. In fact, the $330 billion in direct spending reflects an 18 percent increase over the 2012 findings. EIC’s research, in partnership with Tourism Economics, was conducted in the second half of 2017 based on 2016 data. EIC expects to release the final Economic Significance Study report in February.

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18 Trends to Watch in 2018

18 Trends to Watch in 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we welcome in 2018, new trends will shape the events and meetings industry. The good news is all signs point to another banner year. While societal movements and technology advancements may raise some concerns, this people-first industry remains at the forefront of where marketing, wellness and hospitality are going.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, January 11, 12:06 PM
What to watch out for in 2018
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5 Trends We'll Be Watching in 2018

5 Trends We'll Be Watching in 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Read on to find out why we expect more diversity in business-event speakers, why we think relationships will be key to improved event security, and why we are following the rise of artificial intelligence and cognitive-enhancing drugs. And finally, will the wellness trend translate to a more relaxed and personal standard for dress at events? 

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This Little Trick Can Help You Sell 45% More Event Tickets

This Little Trick Can Help You Sell 45% More Event Tickets | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In the beginning of the website age, we used to describe websites as a front desk for yout business that’s always staffed. That wasn’t exactly true because while a good quality website could provide content that may answer your visitor’s question, it was largely up to the visitor to find it. A website provided self-service help.

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Predictions for Corporate Event Marketers: How to Conquer 2018

Predictions for Corporate Event Marketers: How to Conquer 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

For years, marketing gurus have exhorted corporate marketers to know their audiences. These days, though, that’s beginner-level advice. Marketing in 2018 will require competing on an even higher level, where winning means not only understanding the landscape, but also masterfully leveraging the newest technologies and concepts to deliver powerful experiences that resonate deeply.

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The Rise of the Bleisure Event Attendee

The Rise of the Bleisure Event Attendee | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Are you seeing more extended stays after your events? If so, you may be experiencing a slow developing trend – the rise of the bleisure traveler. What will that mean for your event? Here are a few things you should know and what you can do to encourage bleisure and benefit your attendees and your events.

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Tech Landscape In Today’s Meetings & Events

Technology and the ways it is shaping the meeting & events industry has been a topic of extensive discussion among industry professionals in the past years. It comes as no surprise that the rise of immersive technologies forges change, urging planners to embrace innovation and blend it smoothly in design and production. As we are getting ready to leave 2017 behind, it seems that time is right to take a moment and reflect on the event tech landscape; assess the past, understand the present and start planning the future.

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5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Mean More

5 Ways to Make Your Meetings Mean More | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Until fairly recently, a meeting was thought to be successful if it met its financial and learner outcome goals. And while those are still important, a recent white paper posits that it’s time to stop focusing solely on the outcomes data and shift to making meetings more human-centric experiences. In the white paper, Maritz Global Events President David Peckinpaugh says, “In fact, while good meetings have well thought out logistical execution, great meetings enrich the hearts and minds of our guests.”

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