Articles by Greg Oates

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How Calgary is Tapping its Advanced Industries to Boost Conference Business

How Calgary is Tapping its Advanced Industries to Boost Conference Business

Greg Oates, SkiftX

More midsize cities like Calgary are promoting their local industry expertise to attract conferences in high-priority sectors, supported by the surging growth of advanced industries outside the world's gateway cities.

5 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies

Travel Megatrends 2018: Cities Navigate the Clash of Visitor and Local Economies

Greg Oates, Skift

City leaders in government, tourism, and economic development are collaborating more strategically to grow their leisure and business travel sectors in alignment with the interests of their local communities and industries.

3 weeks ago

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Colombia’s New Tourism Campaign Is a Soundtrack For Travelers’ Inner Journeys

Colombia’s New Tourism Campaign Is a Soundtrack For Travelers’ Inner Journeys

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Colombia’s tourism leaders are tapping into the power of local music to convey the warmth and welcoming spirit of the Colombian people, who want to share their profound sense of national pride and optimism with travelers, based on the country’s surging popularity in recent years.

2 months ago

VisitScotland’s New Meetings Campaign Promotes Silicon Over Salmon

VisitScotland’s New Meetings Campaign Promotes Silicon Over Salmon

Greg Oates, Skift

Scotland's government and convention bureau want meeting planners, especially those in the U.S., to grasp that there's cutting-edge innovation in advanced industries taking place in the UK outside London.

3 months ago

Visit Seattle Enlists Its Big Tech Companies to Reposition City to Meeting Planners

Visit Seattle Enlists Its Big Tech Companies to Reposition City to Meeting Planners

Greg Oates, Skift

Visit Seattle is positioning itself as a broker of innovation, versus a sales conduit for meeting space, by introducing meeting planners nationwide to some of the world's most advanced companies.

4 months ago

Puerto Rico Convention Bureau CEO Is Focusing on 2018 After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico Convention Bureau CEO Is Focusing on 2018 After Hurricane Maria

Greg Oates, Skift

The Puerto Rico Convention Bureau is actively selling for 2018 meetings and conventions despite the fallout from Hurricane Maria, but with the rebuilding efforts, the island should reposition itself more as a hub of industry innovation rather than just a U.S. tropical paradise.

4 months ago

Chat Is the Future of Everything at Events — Meetings Innovation Report

Chat Is the Future of Everything at Events — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

In 2017, SXSW, IMEX, BizBash and other event companies all rolled out new chatbot platforms, which leverage artificial intelligence to customize messaging. This is how we'll engage with all brands in the future.

6 months ago

Behind the Rise of Chatbots in Meetings and Events

Behind the Rise of Chatbots in Meetings and Events

Greg Oates, Skift

Chatbots offer the first glimpse into a future where meeting and event planners can deliver mass personalization at scale using artificial intelligence.

6 months ago

The 6 Big Trends That Are Reshaping Luxury Travel

The 6 Big Trends That Are Reshaping Luxury Travel

Greg Oates, Skift

In the luxury travel space, at a macro level, demand is growing for the accumulation of travel memories drawn from transformative moments that resonate deeply with the individual traveler’s ideal of personal fulfillment, and his or her best aspirational version of themselves.

6 months ago

Meeting Planners Are Struggling With the Fast Evolution of Event Technology

Meeting Planners Are Struggling With the Fast Evolution of Event Technology

Greg Oates, Skift

Innovation in event technology today relates as much to how planners use the platforms that already exist, as compared to new advancements in the technology itself.

6 months ago

Business Travel Is Expected To Grow Amid High Uncertainty — Meetings Innovation Report

Business Travel Is Expected To Grow Amid High Uncertainty — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

While spending on business travel is forecasted to grow significantly in the next five years in both developed and emerging markets, there has also never been so much uncertainty collectively around global political, social, and economic disruptions.

7 months ago

Cities Want to Leverage Conventions Better to Drive Growth — Meetings Innovation Report

Cities Want to Leverage Conventions Better to Drive Growth — Meetings Innovation Report

Greg Oates, Skift

There's a growing conversation in the U.S. about how city governments and convention bureaus can better pool their resources to promote their local startup and research communities to convention organizers.

7 months ago