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Attendees Booking Outside the Room Block

July 27, 2015 by Lori Smith

An industry-wide collaborative study of 170 U.S. events shows that on average one out of three group nights are booked outside the event-contracted room block. The landmark study was performed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company. It was jointly released by

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IncentiveWorks Preview: Building Stronger Connections

July 13, 2015 by NIKKI PETT
Nikki Pett

There’s a plethora of information out there on making a good first impression; how to dress, how to appear confident, books on how to shake hands (firm, but not too firm) and even how to articulate your words. We’re told

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Leadership: What does work-life balance really mean?

July 13, 2015 by JILL HARRINGTON
Jill Harrington, salesSHIFT

We all strive for the elusive utopia of “work-life balance” (WLB) dangled before us by professional development gurus like a golden carrot. How many of us have quietly berated the boss, pointed a guilt-laden finger at the client or cursed

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QuickMobile Launches Event App with Apple Watch Integration

July 13, 2015 by Lori Smith
QuickMobile Event App + Apple Watch Integration

Vancouver-based QuickMobile has launched the industry’s first mobile event app with Apple Watch integration. Developed for the 2015 Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) Annual Summit, July 12-14, 2015, the app allows attendees to personalize their schedules, network with other attendees and

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Green Key Global Partners with Soap Recycler

July 6, 2015 by Lori Smith

Green Key Global and Clean The World Canada have partnered to promote soap recycling to hotels in Canada and beyond. Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body that offers industry standard programs and resources designed specifically for the

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Rising budgets challenged by increasing costs, reports MPI

February 18, 2015 by Lori Smith

The winter 2015 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Meetings Outlook finds that the industry is generally healthy but planners will have to sharpen their pencils as costs on the supply side outweigh increases in budgets and lead times remain short. Key

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German Convention Bureau Reveals Predictions for Meetings Industry

December 3, 2014 by Lori Smith

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) has issued its predictions for the meetings industry in 2015. They are: 1. Value is Viceroy. Planners and organizers will not only look to negotiate savings, particularly in food and beverage, but will also want

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AMEX Forecast Reports Meeting Industry "Back in Business"

October 16, 2014 by Lori Smith

2015 is shaping up to be a good year for the meetings industry, according to the just-released American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast.  “The meeting industry overall appears to be very much ‘back in business’, in particular

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AMEX Research on Meetings Technology Shows Gap Between Planner and Attendee Expectations

October 9, 2014 by Lori Smith

New research from American Express Meetings & Events shows that meeting attendees have higher levels of interest in event apps than social media initiatives and meeting planners remain interested in virtual meetings but lag behind attendees who want more virtual experiences.  

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MPI Launches New Quarterly

February 12, 2014 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released the first edition of  Meetings Outlook™, a quarterly report covering trends and innovations in the meeting and event industry. It replaces the bi-monthly Business Barometer previously published by MPI. “MPI spent months conducting research,

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Editor's Comment: What Do You Think?

February 4, 2014 by Lori Smith

The week before this issue was due to head to the printer, I took an hour out of a production day to listen to a Northstar Meeting Group webinar, sponsored by Cvent, which looked at “How the C-Suite Views Meetings.”

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Industry "Quietly Optimistic," says EIBTM Report

November 20, 2013 by Lori Smith

EIBTM‘s just-released Trends Watch Report reveals that the mood of the MICE industry has shifted to quiet optimism for 2014. EIBTM industry analyst Rob Davidson presented the report in a session at EIBTM 2013, which was held this week in