Planners in the Asia-Pacific region are more worried about enabling interactive technology in their events than finding flexible meeting spaces or local activities for attendees. Check out our story below on the latest research from IACC.

We also spoke to Hyatt’s new wellness executive about bringing more healthy lifestyle choices to its various hotel brands and analyzed what luxury conglomerate LVMH’s potential acquisition of Belmond means for the wider hotel sector.

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The Future of Events and Meetings

Interactive Technology Becomes Focus of Asia-Pacific Event Planners: In Asia-Pacific, planners are more concerned about facilitating new technological advances than bringing local experiences to attendees.

Hyatt’s New Wellness Exec Talks Strategy: As luxury hotel companies work to become spaces for healthy living, we’ll likely start seeing more people with “wellness” or “well-being” in their titles take up senior positions.

What LVMH’s Belmond Buy Means for the Future of Luxury Travel: LVMH might not have been the most obvious of suitors for Belmond’s luxury assets, but now that it’s close to owning them, it’s a deal that makes a lot of sense in this post-experience economy still contending with the concept of new luxury.

Around the Industry

Bonuses for Corporate Travel Specialists Increased in 2018: Salaries for travel buyers were relatively flat this year, although less experienced buyers saw a nice uptick in their annual bonuses.

25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2018: This past year served up headlines that certainly didn’t end with the start of another news cycle. The ripple effects were felt across all of travel. Follow the trends of the moments that we have pointed out here — and be prepared to ride their waves well into 2019 and beyond.

Augmented Reality Startup Blippar Fails: It looks like brands aren’t spending to create augmented reality content as much as the prognosticators and thinkpiecers suggest they are. It could also be that Blippar grew too fast and didn’t develop the right technology to evolve with the sector.

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Skift Senior Editor Andrew Sheivachman [as@skift.com] curates the Skift Meetings Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Wednesday.

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