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3 Tips for Better Global Thinking

3 Tips for Better Global Thinking | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I just returned from a trans-Atlantic cruise. Initially, I was going to dedicate this article to the value of going on holiday: disconnecting 100 percent and recharging for a fresh perspective and renewed energy. However, the cruise was full of people from all over the world: Australia, South Africa, England, Canada, the Philippines, Europe, and more. It made me realize once again that so many of us from the States are "U.S. centric." We think that everything is better if it is from the United States. As a result, many of us have no clue what other countries are dealing with unless it is a big issue like Brexit or the North Korea nuclear threat. Therefore, I decided to focus this article around global habits, in the hopes that we can all expand our knowledge and understanding of those things affecting our colleagues, clients, and friends across the globe.

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U.S. Millennial Travel Report

U.S. Millennial Travel Report | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Every generation has its own set of stereotypes, but Dianna Carr, vice president of Resonance Consultancy thinks that their “2018 Future of U.S. Millennial Travel Report” helps dispel a few enduring millennial myths. As a demographic, millennials range from 20 to 36 years old, and far from being a homogenous group, they are in fact, “a huge kind of cross-section of humanity,” Carr told Convene.  There are “some that are still on the sofa and some that have kids and families.”

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Have Event Ticket, Will Travel - The New Millennials Mini Break Trend

Have Event Ticket, Will Travel - The New Millennials Mini Break Trend | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Looking for a way to attract more millennials to your event and increase your revenue? Exciting new research commissioned by Eventbrite shows you can do both – by giving them an excuse for a mini break. We already knew millennials would rather spend money on experiences than on physical goods, so we decided to investigate their willingness to travel to find these experiences. We teamed up with consumer insights platform Attest to survey 250 people in the UK, aged 22-36, about attending events that require an overnight stay. The results were surprising and present some real opportunities for event organisers.

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Ride the Rails to Sustainability –

Ride the Rails to Sustainability – | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

One of the key components of producing a sustainable event is transportation to the event itself. Too often this important factor is overlooked or, in the case of air travel, ignored like the elephant in the room. We will leave air travel for a subsequent blog and today focus on ground transportation. Savvy event hosts know the importance of selecting a destination with mass transit from the airport to the meeting venue and to accommodations. 

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U.S. Millennials Seek Immersive Travel Experiences

U.S. Millennials Seek Immersive Travel Experiences | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

U.S. millennial travelers are seeking immersive, local experiences that challenge them and expand their awareness, according to a new report. The report, 2018 Future of U.S. Millennial Travel, was based on a Resonance Consultancy survey of U.S. residents from 20 to 36 years old who have taken an overnight vacation at least 75 miles from home in the past year. Eighty-five percent of respondents said that venturing out of their comfort zones and learning new things is a priority, right behind dining (91 percent), fun attractions (90 percent) and sightseeing (88 percent).

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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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Is Your Conferencing Treating Its Customers As Tourists Or Explorers?

Is Your Conferencing Treating Its Customers As Tourists Or Explorers? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

How does your conference treat its participants? How do you and your leadership team view them? Are your conference customers more like tourists? Seeking conference swag, amenity room drops, welcome bags and quick ideas? Or are they more like explorers? Craving authentic experiences, no matter the size, that enhance their lives and change their attitudes, behaviors and skills?

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Travel Planning: A List of Lists

Travel Planning: A List of Lists | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Since I was traveling at least one week a month, I really needed a separate set of toiletries and travel-related gear. Since much of this was on my list, I was able to build up a bit of an inventory while I was out and about—whenever I went to the pharmacy, I’d stock up on travel-sized soaps, lotions, and toothpaste. Because I loved my hair stylist’s hair-care line, I purchased some travel-sized products when I was there for my regular appointment. Even if you’re not traveling for a week or more, start to put aside your clothing in one place as you do your laundry, assuming you won’t wear it in the meantime.

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The Future of the Attendee Journey

The Future of the Attendee Journey | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2018 Convening Leaders conference this week in Nashville, Tenn., Alex Rolfe, director of event solutions, Cvent, showed an audience of event planners some new options to improve the attendee journey and make your event more memorable this year.

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Packing a Punch: Packing Hacks

Packing a Punch: Packing Hacks | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Given my line of work as a travel planner, I know my way around a suitcase. The task of packing and unpacking has become a familiar chore – although personally, I take pleasure in it. I find packing to be a cathartic experience, and a way to ensure comfort and control while I’m away from home. Believe it or not, I pack three-to-four weeks ahead of time, or immediately upon my return from my preceding trip. Why? Because the idea of putting it off and packing the night before gives me the heebie-jeebies, even though start to finish, the process takes me only about 15 minutes.

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What’s the best way to communicate with your travelers?

What’s the best way to communicate with your travelers? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Good question! It’s one that comes up a lot in the corporate travel industry; after all, you can have an exceptional program in place, but if your communication tactics to your target audience miss the mark, all of that hard work can fall short of expectations. So, what’s the answer? It depends on several factors, such as your corporate culture, audience behaviors, and tools at your disposal, among others, but there are some standard best practices we’ve outlined below. Enjoy!

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Business Travel: What Me, Worry?

Business Travel: What Me, Worry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, working with Artemis Strategy Group, surveyed more than 1,900 business travelers from around the globe in spring 2017 for its CWT Connected Traveler Study. While researchers found that business travelers are indeed connected—on average carrying four types of technology—they also learned that many travelers find a lot to worry about when on the road and many use strategies to relieve some concerns, including buying insurance and signing up for alerts. To participate in the study, respondents had to have made more than four business trips within the past 12 months.

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The Importance of Work and Family Balance

The Importance of Work and Family Balance | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The reality is that my job comes home with me and can interfere with many of my best-laid plans; after all, issues may arise at any hour in the event technology world. However, they say you have to give some to get some - and it’s true. What we’re willing to give may differ for each individual, so it’s important to know what you ARE NOT willing to give. The solution to my personal success was to learn what these are for me…

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Will Hurricane Harvey Have Lasting Effects on the Hospitality Industry?

Will Hurricane Harvey Have Lasting Effects on the Hospitality Industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Global data benchmarking and analytics firm STR (formerly Smith Travel Research) has taken what it learned from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy to forecast potential effects Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath may have on the U.S. hospitality industry. 

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How to make the most of a unique venue

How to make the most of a unique venue | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are few things that annoy me more than boring venues. We have all been to – and no doubt hosted – events in boring venues. You know the ones; dark, dreary and devoid of atmosphere. But things are changing. It’s no surprise that an increasing number of event planners are looking to take their events to “unique venues”.

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4 Ways Airports Are Doing Good

4 Ways Airports Are Doing Good | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Bad behavior at airports has been making headlines: Last month, an airport worker punched a passenger — who was holding a baby — at the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport in France. And earlier this year, after a brawl broke out at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport over flight cancellations, three people were arrested with charges including inciting a riot.Now for the good news: We found four ways that airlines and airport administrators are rising above the fray and working behind the scenes to create positive change — and these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. 

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Global Meetings Part II: Trends and Hot Button Issues

Global Meetings Part II: Trends and Hot Button Issues | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

During the MeetingsNet webinar on June 28, Anna Link, CMP, CMM, HMCC, director of global sales, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, reassured participants that planning a global meeting will go smoothly if planners bear in mind the basics.

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10 Etiquette rules for flying economy class

10 Etiquette rules for flying economy class | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Flying is often expensive, even in the economy class. Therefore the joy of getting a bargain is usually very large. Just because nearly 85% of seats are filled on US airline flights and simultaneously increase the complaints against the US airlines, it is important to follow some rules. Note just a few rules to make the journey comfortable for yourself and for the other passengers. 

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5 of the Nastiest, Germiest Places on an Airplane

5 of the Nastiest, Germiest Places on an Airplane | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Do you travel with disinfectant wipes in your carryon luggage? I didn’t used to, until I started reading about just how germy planes can be—now I bring a full load with me on every flight, including the one I plan to take to get to Toronto for the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting this weekend. Four of these top five grossout areas I knew about before reading this Time Health article, but one was new to me. So here, in order, are the targets you need to start wiping to prevent your next trip from landing you in a sick bed.

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Will Meeting Planners Be New Targets for Influencer Marketing?

Will Meeting Planners Be New Targets for Influencer Marketing? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Influencers are all over social media touting the latest place to see, restaurant to visit, or shoe to buy. So why haven’t destinations harnessed that power to target meeting planners? One city is about to try — and others likely aren’t far behind.
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How to Sensibly Transport Your Products to a Trade Show

How to Sensibly Transport Your Products to a Trade Show | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When thousands of people attend a trade show exhibition hall with their colleagues, customers and client prospects, the good news is that there is a lot of sales prospecting and high-powered networking going on. The bad news is that you might have a bulky product to transport.

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Business travel responsible for $547 billion in U.S. GDP in 2016, creates over 7.4 million jobs

Business travel responsible for $547 billion in U.S. GDP in 2016, creates over 7.4 million jobs | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
A new report issued by the GBTA Foundation and American Express GBT, highlights the positive economic impact business travel has on the nation’s economy.
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Tour the Inside of Airbus’s Highly Anticipated Modular Planes

Tour the Inside of Airbus’s Highly Anticipated Modular Planes | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Since December, Airbus has been teasing out the airplane of the future. Now we finally know what it could look like.

The Verge’s senior technology editor, Lauren Goode, toured Airbus labs to look at Transpose, the modular airplane concept that the company has been working on.

In Airbus’s vision of the future, swappable airplane “modules” could put coffee shops, fitness studios or day spas in the body of the aircraft — within 15 minutes.

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Georgie-Jane Drohan's curator insight, July 28, 2017 7:29 AM
This is a fantastic solution to many problems airlines face, I have scooped this, because its so intriguing to hear how they intend to pass it through The FAA and safety regulations within the next couple of years. This could solve so many problems for people wanting to fly who have health issues or at risk of DVT. Usually turnarounds are about 30 mins. The fact they aim to do a turnaround in the same amount of time is impressive. Loading these compartments would mean they could be cleaned prior on the ground before being loaded. Leading to more jobs within the industry. And lightening the load of cabin crew members, who sometimes need to assist with the turn around.
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Airbnb Listings and Hotels Now Side by Side on Concur

Airbnb Listings and Hotels Now Side by Side on Concur | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Airbnb Listings and Hotels Now Side by Side on Concur - For the first time, a corporate travel management platform will offer Airbnb and traditional lodging options together.

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