One has to wonder whether Eventbrite's struggles as a public company will make the event-tech sector less attractive to investors in the future.
Perhaps the company was too ambitious for its own good as it geared up to go public. Despite the slow integration, the company’s core ticketing service continues to drive revenue growth for the company.
This week we’ve also got a missive from the Global Business Travel Association’s big annual conference and a pair of updates on how wellness is factoring into the meetings and events space.
— Andrew Sheivachman, Senior Enterprise Editor
The Future Of Events And Meetings
Eventbrite Makes Much-Needed Progress on Ticketfly Integration: Investors will be able to breathe a sigh of relief once the event and ticketing platform finally absorbs all of Ticketfly’s clients.
Fever Raised $35 Million for Event Tech: Rakuten Capital led Fever’s Series D funding round last week. Also travel medical insurance seller SafetyWing and upselling tech firm HotelFlex, who are notably graduates of the famed Y Combinator startup accelerator, received funding.
Promise and Pablum at Corporate Travel’s Biggest Gathering of the Year: Is corporate travel a sexy sector now? Maybe to investors, but new technology is doing less to change the status quo than you may think.
Skift Global Forum Preview: Canyon Ranch Holds Fast to Wellness Mission: Canyon Ranch is pretty relaxed about its market status in the wellness space. It’s keeping its head down while adding partnerships and locations at its own pace.
Around The Industry
Don’t Expect Marriott’s Homesharing Business to Compete With Airbnb Just Yet: Marriott took a big leap in launching its own short-term rental business to take on Airbnb. But it’s definitely still too early to expect the world’s largest hotel chain to challenge on that front.
Wellness Targets the Nightlife: Millennials and Gen Z don’t want to kill festivals and clubs with their wellness wants, but they do want the event spaces to keep up with the changing times.
Hong Kong Airport Chaos Mars City’s Reputation as Global Business Center: This will hurt the airport’s key tenant, Cathay Pacific. The biggest question is: for how long?
Skift Senior Enterprise Editor Andrew Sheivachman [[email protected]] curates the Skift Meetings Innovation Report. Skift emails the newsletter every Wednesday.
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