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Planning for the Future: What Are the Hot Trends in 2019?

Planning for the Future: What Are the Hot Trends in 2019? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The events industry is primed for innovation. With increasing access to attendee and exhibitor data, new engagement technology, and different ways of delivering content your constituents crave, 2019 is expected to introduce new ways to maximize your event’s value. We can expect this year’s trends to reflect this year’s challenges. Whether those challenges are attendee/exhibitor retention or increasing attendee engagement with on-site activities, this year’s solutions will focus on solving universal challenges for event professionals and show organizers.

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The Great Myth of the AI Skills Gap

The Great Myth of the AI Skills Gap | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the most contentious debates in technology is around the question of automation and jobs. At issue is whether advances in automation, specifically with regards to artificial intelligence and robotics, will spell trouble for today’s workers. This debate is played out in the media daily, and passions run deep on both sides of the issue. In the past, however, automation has created jobs and increased real wages.

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Conference Trends 2019: What You Need To Know

As the New Year starts, so does a wave of new conference trends. From kimchi and chatbots to delegate wellness and themed events, 2019 is set to be an exciting year for the conference industry. Creating memorable experiences and promoting attendee interaction will be at the top of planners’ wish lists. Due the advance of event technology, real-time data and wearable technology will soon become the norm. Delegates have high expectations and it’s now up to meeting planners and venues to provide innovative meeting experiences to wow their guests and streamline events.

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Qantas passengers want VR, exercise spaces and cafes on ultra long-haul flights 

Qantas passengers want VR, exercise spaces and cafes on ultra long-haul flights  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Qantas passengers would like to see virtual reality experiences, exercise spaces and cafés on board the airline’s future ultra long-haul flights, research conducted by the airline shows.

 

The Australian carrier in 2017 announced its goal to start non-stop services between the east coast of Australia and New York and London by 2022. Named “Project Sunrise”, these ultra long-haul services follow the launch of Qantas’s non-stop service between Perth and London in March last year.

 

In conjunction with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre, Qantas surveyed passengers on board its Perth-London service, along with separate focus groups, late last year to determine the features they would most like to see on the carrier’s future 20-hour flights.

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10 Takeaways from the IRF Trends Study

10 Takeaways from the IRF Trends Study | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The Incentive Research Foundation has released its 2019 Trends Study, highlighting 10 key issues affecting organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2019. “The IRF 2019 Trends Study reports very positive trends for incentive travel, merchandise, and gift cards—and also highlights areas of concern,” said IRF President Melissa Van Dyke. “As economic and technological changes continue to accelerate, the IRF is tracking shifts in the industry and providing insights into how to anticipate and respond to these changes to gain a competitive edge.” 

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The Future is Multimodal, According to a New Study

The Future is Multimodal, According to a New Study | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In a meetings world where attendee expectations are changing faster than the event app technology, anticipating the needs of groups is essential. PCMA and Marriott International joined forces to commission innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212 to look into their analytical crystal ball and determine what trends would result in long-lasting shifts—and more importantly, what business event strategists can do to meet those evolving needs.

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Nine Experience Design Trends from CES 2019

Nine Experience Design Trends from CES 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As the first major show of the year, CES serves as a barometer for the experiential marketing industry, offering clues on the kinds of budgets, builds, technologies and design styles marketers can expect to see across events over the year. While foldable phones, rolling television screens and futuristic transportation modes made national headlines, the spheres, colors and consumer-style activations—including Google’s “The Ride,” which scored mega buzz—were among the experiential trends that caught our attention. Here’s what we noted on the ground in Las Vegas.

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1 Big Idea Worth Stealing from PCMA Convening Leaders Day 4 

1 Big Idea Worth Stealing from PCMA Convening Leaders Day 4  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“No economic good will be successful if we don’t have social good,” said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA president and CEO, in a small breakout room before the final speaker (more on actor Geena Davis later) took the stage to address the approximately 3,800 people who traveled from 36 countries to be there for the flurry of networking and education sessions. More than 900 also watched parts of the presentations on livestream.

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F&B Trends: Smaller Portions, Global Flavors, Small-Batch Rum, Craft Sodas

F&B Trends: Smaller Portions, Global Flavors, Small-Batch Rum, Craft Sodas | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With food costs rising, chefs and event planners will have to work together to create exciting menus at just the right price. “Cost is going up. Gas prices are going up. Delivery costs will be reflected in the prices,” says Brian Stapleton, vice president of food & beverage at Aramark. “It is going to require chefs to be creative and source some things differently.” Chefs may have to turn to lesser cuts of meat and use different cooking methods or seasonings to create menus that will wow attendees, says Stapleton, who began his career as a sous chef in 1985. He’s worked at hotels across the U.S., including The Carolina Inn, Siena Hotel and various The Ritz Carlton properties.

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Wake Up and Smell the Change: 5 Macrotrends Affecting Today’s Attendee

Wake Up and Smell the Change: 5 Macrotrends Affecting Today’s Attendee | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you want to get ahead of the changing expectations of your meeting and convention participants rather than just play catch-up, a new report from Marriott International and the Professional Convention Management Association is essential reading. “The Future of Meetings & Events” reports on five global macrotrends, how they are affecting the expectations of attendees, and how planners can recalibrate to adapt.

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11 Event Tech Trends That Shaped 2018

11 Event Tech Trends That Shaped 2018 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The personal touch attendees expect from meetings is now largely being delivered with the help of machines. Yes, the event business has officially entered the realm of high-tech. From smart apps to the Internet of Things (IoT), event professionals must either master programming along with spreadsheets and CRM database building—or hire someone who does. Smart Meetings covered all the must-have tech advances this year to help you stay at the top of your game.

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Event Marketing: The 2019 Guide

Event Marketing: The 2019 Guide | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Welcome to your guide to event marketing in 2019 and beyond. Discover best practices for selling out your event, leveraging event data, aligning with the rest of your organization and more.

Event marketing is the promotion of a product, brand, or service through in-person interactions. There are many forms of event marketing and each can be catered to address a marketer’s specific goals.

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10 Hotel Technology Trends for 2019 That Will Help Your Event

10 Hotel Technology Trends for 2019 That Will Help Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

RFP, security breaches, in-house AV. I know your head is already hurting. Yet, making the right choice for the hotel that will host your guests has many crucial implications. Events are not enough anymore. Attendees want experiences and your event venue will significantly impact the delivery of a memorable and transformational experience.

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Freeman Study: Event Data is Driving Increase Revenue

Freeman Study: Event Data is Driving Increase Revenue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A new study by Freeman illustrates the dramatic role event data is playing in helping event professionals deliver bigger and better meetings. “Data Benchmark Study,” which was produced in partnership with Chief Marketer, showed that collecting and analyzing everything from attendance to leads and sales has the potential to positively influence decision-making and help event marketers and planners significantly improve the attendee experience.

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Research Brief: 5 Takeaways from the 2018 Incentive Travel Industry

Research Brief: 5 Takeaways from the 2018 Incentive Travel Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In this short video, Padraic Gilligan, managing director at SoolNua, and the chief marketing officer at the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, explains the top five takeaways from this year’s Incentive Travel Industry Index research.

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100 Event Trends for 2019

100 Event Trends for 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If there is one thing that event planners from all over the world love EventMB for it would be current trends in event planning. Since 2010, we have published some of the most successful research ever done on trends. Join over 60,000 subscribers that use EventMB to stay on top of How to's, Trends & Event Technology.

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The Inside Scoop: How Expert Planners Gamify Their Events

The Inside Scoop: How Expert Planners Gamify Their Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how other successful meeting planners use the newest event tech? This series takes you behind the scenes to see how your peers use features like gamification, augmented reality, and facial recognition to take their events to the next level.

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Automation —the Next Big Step for Meetings Management?

Automation —the Next Big Step for Meetings Management? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meeting automation is potentially positioning itself as the next technology to shake up the planning game. While apps and meeting management systems have been grabbing headline and topping lists of “tech to watch,” more complete meeting automation could take those principles another step forward.

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Event Formats On the Corporate Horizon: 2019

Event Formats On the Corporate Horizon: 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What a year it’s been for the event industry. If we look back, we can see that there has been continuous movement forward towards bigger, better, and yet, more sustainable events. New destinations are joining the fray and experiences are becoming more holistic and robust. And that’s great! Event planners and managers know how important event experiences are. They ask themselves the questions:

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Record-Setting IMEX America Highlighted by Research, Partnerships

Record-Setting IMEX America Highlighted by Research, Partnerships | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

IMEX America concluded its eighth show in Las Vegas on Thursday (Oct. 18) with new records set for attendance, registered hosted buyers, number of appointments and the overall size of the show, which expanded to an additional hall in 2018 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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Putting More Experiential into the Meeting Experience

Putting More Experiential into the Meeting Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Think about a person who’s never walked on a beach barefoot. You can tell them about your experience doing it, have them read stories about it, show them pictures or videos, and even offer VR versions … but until they’ve actually kicked off their shoes and sunk their toes into the sand, they haven’t experienced it to the fullest.

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Meeting Trends that Have Shaped the Last Decade

Meeting Trends that Have Shaped the Last Decade | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Having helped to plan and oversee thousands of meetings during my career, it has been interesting to see how the meeting and convention industry has changed and continues to evolve to this day. From today’s high-tech capabilities and mindfulness practices to more experiential and cultural influences, we are working in a really exciting time where we have more access than ever to technology, unique activities, and authentic experiences that can provide an unforgettable event for attendees.

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3 Major Challenges Facing Travel and Tourism

3 Major Challenges Facing Travel and Tourism | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Highlights of the IMEX Policy Forum 2018 — formerly known as the Politicians Forum — held May 15 in Frankfurt, Germany, have recently been published in a special report. The program for this year’s Policy Forum was comprised of four parts: a discussion group of national-level government representatives addressing policy issues relevant to the events industry; a discussion workshop for local and regional government representatives to explore the evolution of cities vis a vis the business events industry; an open forum featuring a panel of industry leaders who addressed current concerns, initiatives, and issues raised by government representatives; and an opening presentation by Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC).

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How to Keep Your Conference in Prime Position

How to Keep Your Conference in Prime Position | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With a growing desire to increase impact, exposure and strengthen the legacy, what does it take to create a showstopper conference?

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Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy

Insight, Intentionality, and Intimacy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It has long been understood that most business or professional conferences and trade shows have been about the 3 C’s: content, commerce, and community. These three legs of the stool for big, national events made sense. First, we aggregate an array of education and programming known as content. Next, we host a football-field-sized trade show with booths and let attendees/“shoppers” wander, looking for the right company that has what they’re looking for. And last, we’ve seen it as our job to bring a community of like-minded people together in the hope that the right people would find each other and build or renew a professional relationship.

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Worldwide exhibitions for incentive travel, meetings and events - taking place in Frankfurt & Las Vegas.