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11 Tourism Boards That Use Twitter Like a Real-Time Concierge

11 Tourism Boards That Use Twitter Like a Real-Time Concierge | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Of the 450 destinations listed on Skift's social data dashboard SkiftIQ, only 12 marketing organizations reply to travelers' tweets in less than 2hours.
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From Talent Wars to Big Data: 5 Trends Affecting Incentives

From Talent Wars to Big Data: 5 Trends Affecting Incentives | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

These major shifts are having an impact on corporate incentives, according to the Incentive Research Foundation. These five business trends are affecting the use—as well as the delivery—of incentives.

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Eastern Europe: Sochi After the Games

Eastern Europe: Sochi After the Games | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Russian organizers are predicting that after the Games, Sochi will become one of the most important Russian meetings industry centres. To this end, the organizers opened the Sochi Convention Bureau.
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Hotels Without Reviews Don't Get Booked

Hotels Without Reviews Don't Get Booked | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Find out what percentage of consumers will never book a hotel without online reviews, according to research by PhoCusWright, commissioned by TripAdvisor.
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New Technology Lets Hotel Guests Use Phones Over Wi-Fi

New Technology Lets Hotel Guests Use Phones Over Wi-Fi | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
GuestMobile is a hospitality-specific, VoIP/Voice over Wi-Fi solution that lets guests hotel guests make and receive low- to no-cost international and domestic calls on their own smartphones.
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It’s a Deal: The Secret Science behind the Perfect Handshake

It’s a Deal: The Secret Science behind the Perfect Handshake | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Some of the most fascinating research related to the psychology behind physical movement that our team uncover is, unfortunately, not always of real use in my blog.
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Lufthansa Group developed energy management tool

Lufthansa Group developed energy management tool | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
catering division’s water consumption cut by 30 percent With innovative software, SIMBA, LSG Sky Chefs has lowered the amount of energy and electricity used by its dishwashing lines at 65 locations worldwide...
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The Return on Investment of Brand USA Marketing

The Return on Investment of Brand USA Marketing | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Destination marketing is a proven driver of economic development and is particularly important due to the unique characteristics of the tourism sector and the global travel market. Oxford Economics, in coordination with its Tourism Economics subsidiary company, onducted a detailed analysis of the return on investment of Brand USA’s marketing in its 2013 fiscal year (October 1, 2012-September 30, 2013).

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Updated Economic Impact Numbers: Good News for Meetings Industry

Updated Economic Impact Numbers: Good News for Meetings Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
The Convention Industry Council has released its new "Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy" report, an update to a 2009 study, which had been conducted during the depths of the economic recession.
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Results: 2013 ICCA Scandinavian Destinations Sustainability Index

Results: 2013 ICCA Scandinavian Destinations Sustainability Index | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Yesterday at the ICCA Scandinavia Chapter meeting, I had the pleasure to release the 2013 ICCA Scandinavian Destinations Sustainability Index.  MCI conducted this benchmarking study to compare and analyze the sustainability performance of 20 cities...
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The Power of Networking

The Power of Networking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What comes to mind when you hear the word “networking?” One might immediately associate it with an event of some sort; an opportunity to exchange business cards while sipping on a crisp glass of wine or a cold beer. You meet a few people; engage in small talk, hoping to spark a great conversation that might eventually lead into something bigger.

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VIP for a Fee: Airport Services Designed for High Value Customers

VIP for a Fee: Airport Services Designed for High Value Customers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

VIP treatment, such as early boarding, bonus miles, fast track screening, and first class upgrades, has proven to produce the revenue payback eagerly desired by airline management.  The eleven airlines reviewed in this report (Air Asia, Air France, American, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Hawaiian, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Qatar, and Virgin Atlantic) provide personalized one-on-one airport service that often stretches from curbside to the aircraft door.  The report describes how these airlines allow consumers to buy the package of goodies once reserved for travelers having gold and platinum status.

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Economic Significance Study

Economic Significance Study | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This study quantifies the economic contributions made by the more than 1.8 million meetings, trade shows, conventions, congresses, incentive events and other meetings that take place across the country.

 

The Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy conducted by PwC US was spearheaded by an alliance of CIC members representing the collective meetings, travel, exhibitions and events industries in the U.S. 

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Meetings Outlook

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After months of conducting research, analyzing results and design, MPI is introducing Meetings Outlook™, a special quarterly report that replaces the bi-monthly Business Barometer and offers a unique look through the eyes of your peers into the future of the meeting and event industry.

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7 Tips for Meeting in China

7 Tips for Meeting in China | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Planning a meeting in China? It’s essential to find strong local partners who can communicate your requirements to vendors on the ground, said Patrick Chen, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration. The subtleties of planning meetings in China were the focus of Chen’s session at PCMA’s Convening Leaders meeting in Boston on January 14, with many audience members sharing their experiences as well.

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Travel Effect

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Despite the size and positive impact of the U.S. Travel industry, the act of traveling has yet to be seen as an essential part of our lives, businesses and economy. The Travel Effect campaign reverses that thinking and proves that the travel experience and the travel industry as a whole actually have a measurable and purposeful impact. The Travel Effect proves through new and original research the economic, societal, business and personal benefits of travel, demonstrating the real truth behind the "hidden" impacts that travel can have on us all. 

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International Travel Trade Show's Economic Impact Rivals Super Bowl

A comparison of the economic impact of the 2013 IPW event in Las Vegas with a similar study of the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis shows that, while the Super Bowl attracted more attendees, the measurable total impact of IPW is longer—three years as opposed to four days—and significantly larger across key economic categories. For the host city, IPW produced more than four times as many direct expenditures; delivered more than five times the amount of GDP value-added direct impact; and generated greater tax revenues across the local, state and federal levels.

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11 Lessons on Negotiating with Convention Centers

11 Lessons on Negotiating with Convention Centers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Many association meeting managers are dealing with slashed budgets, decreasing attendance, and shrinking room blocks. However, convention centers are under their own financial pressures to generate revenues. How has the equation changed when it comes to planners getting the best value for their dollar? Here are 11 lessons from convention experts.
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Sub-Saharan Africa in Spotlight at UFI Sustainability Conference

Sub-Saharan Africa in Spotlight at UFI Sustainability Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Rashid Toefy, CEO of Cape Town International Convention Centre (South Africa), winner of the UFI 2013 award on “Best reporting on sustainability” and Justin Hawes, Managing Director, Scan Display, Johannesburg (South Africa), winner of the UFI 2013...
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Germany: Green Meetings Awards and Certificates in the Stuttgart Region

Germany: Green Meetings Awards and Certificates in the Stuttgart Region | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
More venues and hotels throughout Germany's Stuttgart region are winning accolades from environmental organizations. Take a look at some of the greenest facilities in the area...
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The Economic Contribution of Meeting Activity in Denmark

A new in depth analysis highlights "The Economic Contribution of Meeting Activity in Denmark" and now it’s official; 928,000 commercial foreign delegates visited Denmark in 2010. DKK 3.5 billion was their contribution to the Danish economy and DKK 3,070 was the average daily spending/cost per person.

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Place your bids for Business Class: Airline upgrades now up for auction

Place your bids for Business Class: Airline upgrades now up for auction | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Flying economy getting you down?

 

The good news is that getting bumped up to Business Class just got more affordable. Last month, Iberia became the latest carrier to roll out an online auction scheme that allows customers to bid for seating upgrades.

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London Seeks More Life Science Conferences + Four Questions For Events

London Seeks More Life Science Conferences + Four Questions For Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

London & Partners, the official tourism body for the UK's most populated city, has begun the process of recruiting ambassadors to aid its efforts in securing congresses and investment from within the Greater London Authority's target sectors—most notably, from the life sciences community. 

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