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The Future of Meetings

2015 Review: Millennial Meeting Planners and Attendees Are Driven By Recent Social, Economic and Political Factors, Not iPhones and Instagram: The total tonnage of cliches, conjecture and general misinformation surrounding the millennial mindset could sink a small navy fleet. While millennials in general have typically been defined by their affinity for technology and faculty with social media, we attempted in 2015 to identify the deeper roots underpinning their behaviors in the events sector.

The most predominant motivations driving Gen Y decision-making and demands in meetings are in large part the result of dramatic socio-economic and political events and an ultra competitive job market over the last 15 years. Read more at Skift

Social Quote of the Day

“View all the World Congress sessions at  ” — @Pilar Conesa on Twitter



Predicting the Rise of the Smart Hotel in 2016: The “lifestyle” design hotel is so 2014. The Smart Hotel of the future will be a node in the Internet of Things, plugged into a city’s open data platforms sharing everything from new restaurant openings to public debates. Smart Hotels will educate guests about Microsoft and Bismart’s new Smart Destination App. There will be live sessions and various media content discussing participatory citizenship to co-create the future city.

Imagine a hotel bar that’s designed like Apple’s Genius Bars where you can order a test drive of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset with your micro-beer. Read more at Skift

The Man From Marriott: Marriott International President/CEO Arne Sorenson will be the opening general session speaker at PCMA Convening Leaders 2016 in Vancouver next month. He will talk about easing global travel and partnering with planners “from inspiration to execution.” Read more at Convene

HospitalityNet: Why Teaching Millennials Has to Change in 2016: If you want your team to perform more effectively in 2016, then chances are your teaching and training methods need to change. Read more at HospitalityNet

Event Trends

2016 Meeting Trends: The biggest issues impacting meetings in 2016 include securing enough Wi-Fi bandwidth, working with limited budgets, negotiating with hotels, and delivering compelling meeting experiences. Read more at Successful Meetings

Five Major Trends to Expect at CES 2016: Every year the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) draws thousands of people to Las Vegas for a look into what’s new and next in tech. Read more at 360i

5 Software Companies That Host User Conferences: What They Know That You Don’t: Dreamforce is hosted by, founded in 1999. The first Dreamforce occurred in 2003, with just 1,300 attendees. Now in its 11th year, the event is expected to to host 135,000 registered attendees from around the world. Read more at Capterra

10 Event Tech Trends for 2016: As the eventtech market expands, more event professionals see a direct link between the use of technology and better engagement. In 2015, 94% of event professionals said they will invest in technology to increase engagement at events. Read more at Event Manager Blog

MPI Offers Behind-the-Scenes-Look at CES, SXSW: This is cool. Meeting Professionals International put together a 2016 Experiential Event Series that gets planners back doors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and South by Southwest in Austin. Read more at MPI


PCMA: These Are The Most Innovative Cities Around The World: Meeting professionals always have one essential question on their minds during venue sourcing. Which host destinations can deliver the type of creative culture that will shape a more engaging environment? Read more at PCMA

Bringing It Home for Buffalo: Buffalo has experienced a $1 billion transformation including a redeveloped waterfront and dozens of new hotels. Visit Buffalo Niagara is harnessing that energy to benefit the conventions and meetings industry through its new Bring it Home Initiative. Read more at Meetings Mean Business


Skift MeetingsIQ is curated by Skift senior editor Greg Oates [[email protected]]. The newsletter is emailed every Wednesday.

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Photo credit: Millennials see the world through the lens of 9/11 and the global economic meltdown. Cheesy corporate messaging has limited impact. debaird / Flickr

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