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2020 Outlook for Meeting and Events

2020 Outlook for Meeting and Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In its 2020 Future Trends Report for Meetings & Events released during this week’s IMEX America show in Las Vegas, CWT Meetings & Events revealed the destinations that are landing the most meeting and event bookings for the next two to three years, as well as regions that are seeing fewer bookings due to issues larger than their hospitality and tourism industries. The report also provides insight on technology trends affecting attendees’ meeting experiences.

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A Year of Inspiration in one Free Report

A Year of Inspiration in one Free Report | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We are very excited to once again release research that will inspire event professionals for the next year.

 

Just for you: 50+ actionable tips from a 350-event research report on sustainability, collaboration, transformation, and inclusion.

What if you could change your event forever?

 

This is the burning question that fuelled this report. We will showcase how some event professionals innovate by thinking differently.

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The 30 Best Event Survey Questions to Steal Now

The 30 Best Event Survey Questions to Steal Now | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

54% of event planners cited surveys as a tool they use to gauge attendee satisfaction and overall event success, but how do you know what questions to ask and when? Achieving a good response rate and obtaining useful survey data is a matter of asking the right questions at the right times. The first struggle with event survey questions is knowing what to ask to get the most actionable insights. The second is getting attendees to engage with the surveys so you have a good enough response rate to accurately reflect the thoughts and feelings of your audience.

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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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What Do 200 C-level Convention Execs Know that You Don’t?

What Do 200 C-level Convention Execs Know that You Don’t? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At the annual Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum, Sam Lippman, president of Lippman Connects and producer of the event, has a tradition of starting off the conference with a five-minute summary of the top-level takeaways from the annual ECEF Pulse Survey. This year’s event on May 28 at the JW Marriott Washington, D.C., was no exception, and Lippman’s quick delivery of the survey results—five business trends for convention executives—was a fitting blast-off to the fast-paced educational day.

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Tight Budgets and Growing Tech Top Challenges for Planners 

Tight Budgets and Growing Tech Top Challenges for Planners  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

This is just one of the top problems Teneo Hospitality Group found in its recent 2019 survey, comprised of responses from 150 meeting planners and hoteliers. The results continue to follow the trends; keeping up with technology is still crucial for successful events, while creativity cannot be lacking if you hope to have an interesting and engaging meeting.

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Cyber Privacy One of Top 10 Hospitality Trends of 2019

Cyber Privacy One of Top 10 Hospitality Trends of 2019 | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Privacy has become the top necessity for event planners, according to a new report from Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. The global hospitality company released its “Top 10 Meeting Trends for 2019” report based on insights gleaned from interactions with event professionals all over the world. “We learn a lot from our guests, often by observation in addition to their direct feedback,” says Ted Davis, Benchmark’s chief sales and marketing officer. What they have found, according to the report is that from high-tech to down-time, groups are now demanding that organizers plan based on how they live their lives. Here are some of the insights the synch with the observations Smart Meetingseditors have discovered on their global travels.

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How to Stay Relevant in the Event Industry

How to Stay Relevant in the Event Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Years can pass by without you looking up to see what has changed. Without you coming up for a breath. Without you seeing that the world outside your office or cubical is changing drastically. Staying relevant in the industry is a necessary obligation that we can find ourselves seeking out when we come up for air.

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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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