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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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Customization Creates a Personalized Event Experience

Customization Creates a Personalized Event Experience | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We’re seeing a 2018 event trend for creating a personalized event experience. That means understanding what the individual (or attendee profile) wants and tailoring aspects of the event to suit them, rather than the general crowd. Why this trend? Today, we have more choice than ever when it comes to finding products and services to satisfy our needs and wants. And having the ability to tailor products to our personal requirements, means people expect the event world to follow suit. But, this isn’t just about creating personalized invitations and marketing; instead, it’s about customizing the actual event experience so that attendees are more engaged and find your event memorable.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, July 30, 2018 7:52 AM
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Why Americans Prefer to Treat Themselves With Events

Why Americans Prefer to Treat Themselves With Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Gone are the days when a new handbag or fresh pair of sneakers feel like a meaningful indulgence. The average person spends $199 a month, or about 22% of their disposable income, on non-essentials for themselves. So what are people looking for when they want to treat themselves? Experiences. Find out why in this infographic.

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Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. It is riddled with an excessive number of meanings from authors, dictionaries, experts and our personal experience. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance said management guru Peter Drucker. Within the conference arena, innovation is the process through which new value is created and delivered to customers.

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Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food

Farm to Table: How a Farmer-Turned-F&B Strategist Feels about Food | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Brian Stapleton is the vice president of food and beverage at Aramark and an International Association of Conference Centers board member, but he started his career as a sous chef back in 1985 and worked at various hotels, including a Ritz-Carlton. At Aramark, he oversees menu development and enhancing the customer dining experience, which for Stapleton starts at the beginning of the food procurement chain. Stapleton says, “I love going to farms, I grew up on one in Elk Grove, Calif, so I always go to the distributor’s warehouse and ask where the produce comes from so I can visit.”

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3 Key Conference and Corporate Event Promotion Trends

3 Key Conference and Corporate Event Promotion Trends | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know as well as anyone, a solid event promotion strategy is vital to your conference or corporate event’s success. But increased competition, limited budgets, and constrained resources have caused event creators to rethink their promotion strategies.

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Why Adding Local Flavor to an Event is the Best Way to Wow Attendees

Why Adding Local Flavor to an Event is the Best Way to Wow Attendees | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an event planner, the last thing you want your attendees to feel is that your event could have been held in any city in the world, and they wouldn’t have noticed any difference. After all, every city has quality hotels, so what else can you offer? Adding local flavor to an event helps to create an experience that sets it apart from any other your event goers have been to.

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Bien Venue's curator insight, June 27, 2018 7:18 AM
Great ideas on how to keep events local to benefit both attendees and local businesses
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Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event

Embracing the Great Outdoors in Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Now that the warm weather is here, event planners are gearing up for a season of outdoor concerts, weddings, and retreats. And surely, no matter what type of events are on your calendar, using the outdoors to your advantage can create a refreshing experience for attendees. Assuming it’s done right.

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