Virtual events, the Internet of Things, crowdsourced marketing, and globalizing knowledge are just some of the trends fundamentally reworking the meetings and convention user experience.
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What You Need to Know
The Tourist Office of Spain is hosting its annual Meet In Spain virtual trade show this week, where U.S. buyers can network online with more than 30 Spanish destinations, hotels, meeting venues and destination management companies.
This year, the portal was designed with a mobile-first user experience, and all of the suppliers have posted info, photos and videos so planners can research them thoroughly before submitting a request to connect on Skype. [Skift]
There’s a new meeting attendee profile emerging that’s demanding a higher deliverable than just a “memorable event,” or if anything, a distracting over-hyped experience that doesn’t offer real opportunities for professional and personal development. [Skift]
Social Quote of the Day
— @IBM IoT on Twitter
Jonathan Loh, regional director of the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, explains how the relatively small country established a reputation as “Association Central” and “Gateway to Asia.” [International Meetings Review]
At ICCA this year, Scott Taylor, CEO of Glasgow City Marketing, discussed what he is calling the world’s first completely crowdsourced destination promotion. [ICCA]
Events & Venues
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensors including iBeacons can track attendee movements throughout a meeting facility and local area to provide a wide range of assistance such as location-aware information and directions. [Corbin Ball]
Millennials are driving the trend of creating connections based on personal as well as professional interests. [BizBash]
Meeting attendees not only have more devices year-over-year, they expect to be able to connect to more richer, more contextualized digital experiences. [Facility Manager Magazine]
Meeting trends include challenges around: “The broad range of generations co-existing in the workforce and their different communication styles.” [IAEE]
The European InterCons banded together to create a rich storytelling platform positioning the properties as bucket lists for business travelers. [InterContinental Hotels]
When planners set their budgets, they should do it “as if 2010/2011 never happened”—in other words, build your budget increase based on 2007/2008 rates. [MeetingsNet]
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