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Improving sustainability has become a major challenge across the travel industry, and planners are taking more steps to ensure their events are creating less waste.

New research from Eventbrite shows a surge in awareness on sustainability issues from event planners, along with the specific steps they are taking to deal with them. Check out the story below.

We also have a look at how hotels are dealing with guests smoking weed and the latest on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on travel in Asia.

If you have any feedback about the newsletter or news tips, feel free to reach out via email at as@skift.com or tweet @sheivach.

Andrew Sheivachman, Senior Enterprise Editor

The Future of Events and Meetings

How Event Planners Are Finally Embracing Green Practices: New Report: Planners are taking simple steps to address sustainability at their events, with a specific focus on reducing waste. How effective they can be in transforming their events, though, is another question altogether.

Hotels Are Confused by Rise of Legal Marijuana: Opportunity or Liability? The legalization of marijuana by states is getting murkier in the eyes of the federal government, which has still not legalized pot. Some hotels are embracing certain forms of cannabis. Others don’t want the potential liability.

Asian Destinations Reel From China’s Outbound Travel Ban: For a string of Asian destinations, China is by far the number one market, so the outbound travel ban that became effective Monday there has shaken tourism businesses even though they know it is for the good.

Around the Industry

Most Big Hotel Chains Are Now Committed on Plastics: Here’s the Problem With Promises: We’re drowning in press releases about global hotel companies promising to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics. Most of these items require alternatives though, so what are they?

Accor Taps Sabre for Pilot of Major Hotel Tech Project: Accor recently rebranded its loyalty program under the phrase “Live Limitless.” The company needs to replace its limited technology structure to meet that ambition, and this deal represents a huge commercial win for Sabre.

Opening Closed Doors: Can Hotels Do More to Fight Human Trafficking? Human trafficking touches every corner of the travel industry — especially hotels. And while the accommodations sector didn’t create the problem, it does have an elevated responsibility to put an end to it. The question is: How effective have the industry’s efforts been so far?

The Best of EventMB

The Best of EventMB is our newest section, giving you a look into key content from EventMB, whether it be reports, articles, or resources for planners. EventMB joined the Skift family in September and is the largest online media resource for trends, technology, innovation, and education in the events industry.

Event Industry’s Outcry as Evian Partners With Fyre Festival Planner: Andy King, an event producer of the infamous Fyre Festival, recently partnered with Evian to create limited-edition water bottles. Despite all the talk of planners taking on more strategic, senior roles in our industry, King is being rewarded for going the extra mile — in the worst possible direction.

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

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